Full name: H. N. “Hank” Saurage IV, CCIM
Title Broker / President
Company: Saurage Commercial Real Estate
Hometown: Baton Rouge
Why do you do what you do?
Real estate is dynamic. I love the “art” of the deal.
What is your greatest professional accomplishment?
Negotiating the purchase of one of the largest tracts of land (220 acres) to one of the finest birthing hospitals in the United States.
What was your first job?
Eight years old pulling weeds out of flowers beds at Community Coffee for $.25/hour.
What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
To always seek advice from smart people. I continue to do that, even today.
Who do you most admire in the local business community and why?
I can pick up the phone and call just about any president of a company here and they will return the call. Baton Rouge has always been a level playing field.
If you could have any job other than your own, what would it be?
VP of Quality Control for TABASCO® Pepper Sauces
What is the greatest personal or professional obstacle you’ve overcome?
Transitioning my residential division in 2007 to a conscientious owner with similar culture and core values.
If you started over, what would you do differently?
Offer ownership to those who are willing to share in the risks and rewards of a business.
What is your prescription for life?
Work hard and play hard. Do everything in moderation.
What book are you currently reading?
One Day, All Children by Wendy Kopp, founder of Teach for America
If you could have dinner with any three living people, who would they be? (Authors? Leaders?)
Tiger Woods, Warren Buffet, and Larry the Cable Guy
Who would play you in a movie?
What do you do to unwind?
One-on-one time with my 4-year old daughter, Maddox; watch a movie late at night; race sailboats whenever I can; and honey-dos.
What is the most expensive purchase you’ve made for yourself?
Real estate, of course.
What is your favorite weekend activity?
Sailing or golf.
What’s your theme song?
It changes with the ringtone on my BlackBerry.
What’s your favorite spot in Baton Rouge?
How do you take your coffee/tea?
Creamer (Shh…I’m the only Saurage that uses additives.)
What is your favorite movie? TV show? Band?
What’s not to like these days?
What is your favorite gadget?
What is something that you can’t live without?
My Blackberry and coffee!
If you could change one thing about Baton Rouge, what would it be?
Move it to the beach.
What is your greatest hope for Baton Rouge?
That our leadership will continue to move our great city closer to the top of the charts as the best city to live and work in America.
What is your greatest fear for Baton Rouge?
Loss of good public education.