What was your first job in the realty industry?
My first job in the real estate business was with a new home builder, where I helped close communities in Sugarland and Katy and later opened new communities in northwest Houston. During this time I also became knowledgeable as a licensed mortgage professional.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. Chicago is a great city filled with many different cultures and lifestyles.
What is your favorite free-time activity?
I enjoy coaching kids in sports and mentoring young men during my free-time when I am not spending it with my children and wife.
What do you do to relax when you’re stressed?
When I am stressed, I generally work. Working does not stress me out so I am continually learning new aspects of real estate, coaching, and mentorship.
Growing up, what did you want to be?
When I was young I just wanted to be successful. I wanted to be married and have kids and work with people.
If you could have lunch with a well-known figure (living or not), who would it be and why?
If I could have lunch with a well-known figure it would probably be Abraham Lincoln because I would love to pick his brain on how he saw the future and what we could be as Americans.
Where is your favorite place to hang out?
I love to go to the movies. It is definitely one of my favorite places to hang out but I enjoy being in homes and looking at the possibilities.
What do you love most about the industry?
I love interacting with people and helping them fulfill their needs. I also enjoy that this is an industry that continually changes and requires us to stay on top of our game in order to help people fulfill their needs in home ownership.
How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents?
I am an agent that is familiar in all the primary aspects of real estate but most importantly I am a believer that my clients needs and dreams are my number one priority, so I treat each and every customer that way no matter what their situation is.
What is the most difficult aspect of your job?
I do not believe my job is difficult on any level because the most important factor when working with clients is listening to their needs. If you are not listening then the job can be more difficult.
Where do you go to network and meet new clients?
I go to networking events and work with builders regularly but I spend most of my time meeting new clients through referrals.
What has been your greatest accomplishment?
My greatest accomplishment in my life has been being married for over 17 years and creating a enjoyable environment for my family.
What was the last good movie you saw or book you read?
The last good book I read was, “Coming Back Stronger: Unleashing the Hidden Power of Adversity, written by Drew Brees.
What is your favorite restaurant?
One of my favorite restaurants is Cracker Barrel, but I really enjoy eating at Los Cucos.
Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Houston?
The JP Morgan Chase tower is one of my favorite architectural buildings in Houston, because skyscrapers remind me of the city of Chicago.
What kind of car do you drive?
I drive a midsize vehicle and F150.
Smartphone or paper?
I believe in both. New technology is my favorite because it is fast and efficient but some people are not aware of how to use this technology so I enjoy using traditional methods as well.
What is your favorite city after Houston?
I would have to name a few but I love my hometown of Chicago. I would put L.A., New York City, and Miami in the conversation as well.
In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the industry?
“Learn, listen, be efficient and truthful, confident and work hard every day.” Okay, that was 12 words.
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