Saadia Sheikh, ESRP, DBJ 2017 40 Under 40

As E Smith Realty Partners’ vice president of real estate services, Saadia Sheikh leads her team in advising and strategizing with clients on site selection and location strategy, new lease and renewal negotiations, expansions, site general consultation and purchases.

Despite the bustle of North Texas’ booming real estate market, Sheikh is in the process of forming a non-profit organization to empower deaf children to reach their full potential and to provide mentorship. Sheikh’s father is hard of hearing and her mother was born deaf, and she and her siblings all speak fluent sign language.
“Growing up as part of the deaf community, I heard about the challenges my parents and their friends endured as children with limited resources,” said Sheikh. “My goal is to build a community by bringing together deaf children through events, forums and outdoor activities.”

Q&A with Saadia Sheikh


What would you go back and tell your 20-year-old self?

  • To seek mentorship outside of your industry early on. Take an interest in financial planning and focus on what you can build.

What else do you hope to accomplish by 40?

  • Grow and open more national offices for our company. I hope to have the opportunity to serve on a board of a non-profit that I have a passion for.

What accomplishment has meant the most to you in your career?

  • Earning my CCIM Designation and making “Top Producer” at our company

Describe your family.

  • I am the youngest of four siblings, three sisters, and one brother. I have four wonderful nieces and three amazing nephews. My father grew up in Pakistan, and moved to the U.S. when he was 17 years old. He graduated from the University of Tulsa. My mother is from San Diego, California, and of German/Irish descent. My father is hard of hearing and my mother was born deaf. We all speak fluent sign language in our household! I have the most wonderful two year-old French bulldog named Winston (Instagram: @Mr.Winstonthefrenchie). Winston and I travel on adventures often. He will be getting a brother or sister soon.

What’s one thing that some would never guess about you?

  • I am fluent in sign language.

Alter ego:

  • A travel blogger and motivational speaker

Who would be your dream mentor?

  • My dream mentor would be Oprah Winfrey because of her passion, perseverance, and influence in society. Her balance of success as an entrepreneur along with consistent philanthropy is something I strive to achieve.

What’s one thing that everyone needs to do or try in DFW?

  • Go to a Dallas Cowboys game at AT&T Stadium!

Favorite restaurant:

  • Rise

Favorite app:

  • Nike Run Club

Favorite nonprofit:

  • Leukemia Lymphoma Society

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