Martial Arts Classes
Neill Sullivan is a real estate investment executive and entrepreneur and the founder and president of the Sullivan Management Company and REO Homes. In addition to his work in real estate investment and renovation, Neill Sullivan is also a philanthropist who recently opened a community space where children and adults from the West Oakland, California, area can participate in no-cost martial arts classes.
Though practicing martial arts can yield substantial benefits for people of all ages, the discipline can have an especially profound effect on children. Over six million young people in the United States attend martial arts classes every year, with some medical professionals condoning participation in the activity for children as young as six years old.
Apart from the obvious fitness benefits, martial arts are an excellent way for children to learn self-discipline. The practice necessitates patience and concentration, and teaches children how to focus on a single task and persist until they achieve a desired goal. Additionally, studying martial arts teaches young students about respect. Instructors demand the respect of their pupils, and teach them the importance of respecting themselves, their parents, and their peers in the process.
The ability to work through the belt ranking system within martial arts also provides young students with a sense of achievement each time they attain a goal within a dojo. Earning a new belt and feeling more secure about their ability to defend themselves helps young martial arts students develop a healthy level of self-confidence that naturally carries over into other areas of life.
Urban Tree Planting
A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, Neill Sullivan manages SMC, LLC, and REO Homes, LLC, the latter of which specializes in the restoration of vintage houses. Through his position with both companies, Neill Sullivan has played an active role in beautifying West Oakland by planting hundreds of trees.
A 2012 report compiled by an environmental group in Indianapolis highlighted the numerous benefits of planting trees in urban areas. Aside from improving air quality and reducing carbon dioxide, the benefits of urban planting range from energy saving to community building.
Referencing a University of Illinois study, the report notes that urban areas with a high volume of trees have fewer and less-violent crimes than those without. Ultimately, the greener the neighborhood, the lower the crime rate. Separate studies showed that trees not only reduce noise pollution in neighborhoods, but also have relaxing qualities and numerous healing powers. For instance, the presence of trees outside a home can reduce UV-B exposure by about 50 percent, limiting the possibility of skin cancer.
Oakland Home Values
A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, Neill Sullivan studied development economics and Spanish. Neill Sullivan leverages his experience to lead REO Homes, LLC; SMC East Bay; and Sullivan Management Company, LLC, in Oakland, California, which has seen considerable growth in home prices in recent years.
Since 2001, Oakland’s median home price has risen by an astounding 178 percent. As of June 2016, Oakland reported the biggest rise of the year in home appreciation in all of California and the largest increase in rent of the 50 biggest cities in the United States, per data gathered by Zillow. Further, Oakland’s home prices rose 16 percent to a median of $616,300, compared to prices in June 2015.
Oakland’s growth is largely attributed to high prices in San Francisco, but buyers and renters alike are also attracted to the city’s cultural offerings and diverse population. The city may continue to see growth, as Uber plans to open an office in the former Sears building in late 2017.
KIPP Bridge Charter School
Neill Sullivan, the founder-president of Sullivan Management Company and REO Homes in Oakland, California, serves the public interest with involvement in community groups. Through one such community-centered program, Neill Sullivan hires paid interns from KIPP Bridge Charter School in Oakland.
One of several local KIPP schools, KIPP Bridge’s intention is for its K-8 students to develop critical thinking skills and excellence in writing and reading. By encouraging diversity, the school strives to place its students in colleges and positions of community leadership.
Located in West Oakland, KIPP Bridge offers a college preparatory curriculum with no tuition fees to 315 students. Enrollment focuses on diversity in all its forms. African-American students make up 68 percent of the student body, along with 22 percent Latino, 5 percent Asian, and 6 percent of students reporting their race as other. Ten percent of students are English Language Learners and 5 percent have special needs.
Along with other Bay-area KIPP facilities, KIPP Bridge exceeds test scores for mathematics and reading. Another measure of success is the average two hours spent nightly by students on homework. One factor in these achievements is the 21-1 teacher-student ratio. After graduation from KIPP schools, 85 percent of alumni go on to college.