Interviewing Experts speaks with Von Vesting’s Tiffani Von Alvensleben about breaking into the business world and tackling her fears head on.
Interviewing Experts: We are so glad you could join us today, Tiffani Von Alvensleben.
Tiffani Von Alvensleben: I’m glad to be here. Thank you for inviting me!
Interviewing Experts: First, let’s talk about your successes. We understand you have founded more than one successful business…
Tiffani Von Alvensleben: I personally founded Madison Holdings Incorporated. I have also helped with the inception of several other companies including Von Vesting, TKL Home Designs, and American Redevelopment Fund.
Interviewing Experts: And your husband Rich is your business partner?
Tiffani Von Alvensleben: Yes, he always has been.
Interviewing Experts: I understand that when you first started working, you were just 18 years old fresh out of high school, correct?
Tiffani Von Alvensleben: It’s hard for me to believe it now, but yes I was. My first job was as a leasing agent. I actually became their top agent in just under a year.
Interviewing Experts: That’s impressive. You moved on to a position in sales after that…
Tiffani Von Alvensleben: Yes, I began an entrepreneurship as a sales agent for a successful consumer products company.
Interviewing Experts: That sounds pretty intimidating at a young age.
Tiffani Von Alvensleben: Well, yes it was! It felt very complex despite everyone around me telling me how simple it was.
Interviewing Experts: Were you immediately as successful as you had been before?
Tiffani Von Alvensleben: Not at all. I kind of sat around scared, looking at all the successful people around me. It was overwhelming.
Interviewing Experts: So, what finally broke the ice for you?
Tiffani Von Alvensleben: One day I realized that going to seminars and training meetings by myself was counterproductive. I began to understand that the business was something to be shared, not feared.
Interviewing Experts: And you began to believe in yourself?
Tiffani Von Alvensleben: Yes, and when I believed, I achieved. I got to a point where everything I did felt right. Everything I did was working just right. I had the Midas Touch!
Interviewing Experts: So, you were working on you?
Tiffani Von Alvensleben: Like a mechanic works on a hobby car! I decided to work on being the best I could be and started challenging myself to do more.
Interviewing Experts: You were hoping for success?
Tiffani Von Alvensleben: No way. I wasn’t just hoping, I was making it happen, plain and simple. I had the will to win and eventually started teaching others how to find that same determination within themselves.
Interviewing Experts: Do you have any advice to offer those who are currently beginning a new and possibly intimidating career?
Tiffani Von Alvensleben: Business is a great challenge but it’s a challenge that is all in your head. You have to release your fear to make success inevitable.
About Tiffani Von Alvensleben
Tiffani Von Alvensleben, CEO of Von Vesting, has three decades of experience in business, real estate, and interior design to her credit. She uses these skills to help Von Vesting acquire, remodel, and resell residential properties in the Sacramento area. Tiffani Von Alvensleben is also the cofounder of Madison Holdings, Inc. and as the Manager of TKL Homes, LLC is a General Partner of the American Redevelopment Fund, LP. Combined, these ventures make Tiffani Von Alvensleben a real estate powerhouse and an inspiration to young women trying to break into the business world.