Northeast Ohio native Mike Catanzarite, CEO of Cameron Allie Group, LLC, is a developer, but not just of real estate. He’s also a developer of relationships, someone who knows the value of building connections, both personally and professionally, and dedicates his efforts to creating and maintaining them.
Catanzarite credits his father, Pat, with teaching him the importance of building a rapport with others. “My dad was the ultimate relationship-builder. Everybody loved him. And he helped everybody.”
Following the sale of Pat Catan’s to Michaels in 2016, Catanzarite focused his attention and time exclusively on real estate and property development, under the name of the Cameron Allie Group, an LLC he had formed six years earlier. Some of the major projects he and his sons have undertaken in the Strongsville area include Westwood One and Westwood Two commercial properties and the revitalization of the historic Strong House on the Square.
For Catanzarite, success in business all comes down to three key elements: building relationships, understanding your customer’s needs, and then servicing those needs. “Whether it’s in personal life or business, people’s needs need to be filled for whatever it is. That’s how you’re successful. And that’s in any business.”
Catanzarite’s affiliation with Farmers National Bank is an example of how building a business relationship benefits both parties. He had originally met with David Simko, Vice President, Senior Relationship Manager, Commercial Lending at Farmers, when the latter was at another bank. When Simko moved to Farmers, Catanzarite followed him, having determined that the bank was a good match for his business needs.
The benefits of the relationship go both ways, Catanzarite added. “Dave Simko is a great guy, and the highlight of my day is if I can help him get a new account. If I see somebody looking for a bank, I can share the success I’ve had with Farmers.”