It’s easy to think of business challenges as separate and distinct from our personal challenges, yet the two so frequently go hand in hand. Running a business, large or small, consumes a large part of one’s day, and also a large part of one’s emotional capacity.
Khris Reina, a father of 5, a successful commercial real estate investor, entrepreneur, and the owner of The Oakley Kitchen + Cocktails, a popular restaurant and bar in Nutley, NJ shares how the past two years challenged him in ways he never could have imagined.
In this episode, we join Khris at The Oakley where he shares with us the psychological challenges he experienced with the pandemic’s impact on the restaurant industry and the failure of a risky real estate investment.
After many years of hard work, measured risk, impeccable timing, and incredible success it felt suddenly his luck had changed and left him with all kinds of questions about things that had once had complete clarity. Khris’ struggles become for us a beacon, illuminating the overlap of business and personal life, and how one profoundly impacts the other.
Listen with us for an inspiring story of self-starting, re-focusing, learning from challenges as they present themselves, and leaning on family when the burden feels too heavy to carry alone.
Born and raised in Baltimore. Recruited to wrestle at Harvard, where I got my degree in Mechanical Engineering. Lived in Manhattan after college, where I started a commercial real estate due diligence company in 1997, catering mostly to investment banks that were CMBS lending. Started investing in commercial real estate in 1998, and now own a portfolio of multifamily and retail properties throughout the country. Bought and renovated a restaurant, The Oakley, which opened in May 2019.