What was your first job in the realty industry?
I was an agent with Keller Williams Northeast.
Where did you grow up?
Central Texas – south of Waco.
What is your favorite free-time activity?
Music (especially oldies), computer, television (especially FOX News Channel) and good restaurants.
What do you do to relax when you’re stressed?
Take a nap!
Growing up, what did you want to be?
As a youngster, I dreamed of someday being a DJ. As I grew older, my dream was to be an architect. It all evolved into a career in Healthcare Management.
If you could have lunch with a well-known figure (living or not), who would it be and why?
Probably right now my response would be George W. Bush. I really respect the man for his devotion and commitment to “caring” for other people. He’s one of the most selfless people I have ever seen. That goes for Laura, his wife, as well.
Where is your favorite place to hang out?
Probably “Tin Roof” in Humble or “Cha Chis” in Kingwood. When I’m downtown it’s probably “Twin Peaks.”
What do you love most about the industry?
The freedom that real estate allows and routinely getting to interact with different people.
How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents?
I am very sincere about what I represent. I try to be very knowledgeable and I am readily available – any time, any day, all year long!
What is the most difficult aspect of your job?
Some recent health issues that tend to hamper my mobility.
Where do you go to network and meet new clients?
HAR presentations in immediate area, open houses and any place of business that I may be in – I’m a “people person”. I am constantly greeting other customers, staff members of the business and presenting them with a business card. We usually have a laugh at the time, but that is probably my most effective marketing tool.
What has been your greatest accomplishment?
Fathering the most wonderful and beautiful daughter ever. She has made her ole daddy really proud. She has her Bachelor’s Degree from Trinity University in San Antonio, her Master’s Degree from the University of Texas in Austin and is gainfully employed in her chosen career right here in Houston.
What was the last good movie you saw or book you read?
I recently learned about an Internet Tool called “Vuze” which allows you to download movies. I downloaded nine of my all-time favorites and recently watched “The Last Picture Show”. The last book I read was “Roger Ailes -Off Camera.”
What is your favorite restaurant?
Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Houston?
Downtown Houston has many wonderfully designed buildings. I could not select just one. I’m kind of fond of my little home that I designed – it’s pretty neat.
What kind of car do you drive?
Lexus ES 300. Prior to that I drove a BMW 525.
Smartphone or paper?
I use a cell phone to receive and make phone calls and to send and receive emails. At times I have used it for a GPS but recently invested in a separate GPS apparatus.
What is your favorite city after Houston?
Dallas has always been a favorite of mine. San Antonio rates right up there as well. Fortunately I’ve had the privilege of living in all three (including Houston which is my residence of choice).
What is your advice for someone new to the industry?
Learn the technical side of the business, and then concentrate on your people skills – real estate is still a hands-on occupation and the better you get with dealing with people the more successful you will be.
What’s your favorite real estate iPhone/Android app?
I have been using BlackBerry for quite a number of years and have reasonable luck with them, so I’ve chosen to stay with ’em.
Who are your favorite people to follow on Twitter?
I don’t use any of those modern “schemes”. I don’t use Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn. If I need to communicate with someone I pick up my phone and call them – you tend to get immediate answers and/or information that you make be seeking. I guess I’m “old fashioned” but that’s all right – I can live with that moniker.
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