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Christopher Tenggren, RE/MAX Great American North, St. Charles


What was your first job in the realty industry?
RE/MAX sales associate

Who inspires you?
My wife and mother inspire me on a personal level. On a professional level, I am inspired by my peers and friends at both the Illinois State Chapters of the Council of Residential Specialist and the Women’s Council of Realtors.

What is your favorite free-time activity?
I enjoy cooking, wining and dining, sunsets, horseback riding.

How did you learn the business?
I was fortunate with both my first and second broker owners and managers for the early education, inspiration and opportunities. I have learned much of the business through the many friends I’ve made through professional organization affiliations, memberships and leadership positions.

What is the most difficult aspect of your job?
Being a busy, full-time real estate professional and independent business person is the most difficult aspect. This involves a great focus on managing my time between client relationships, education and career development, organization and affiliation commitments and family responsibilities. Time is always challenging in this industry.

What was your worst job, and what did you learn from it?
Both my worst and best job was leading the Fox Valley Women’s Council Chapter as 2006 president. It gave me a great respect for all organizational leaders, especially for those in volunteer positions.

Where do you go to network and meet new clients?
Most of my recent business has been from repeat or past clients, referrals through past clients or organizational contacts and referrals. Staying in touch with my past clients is one of my top business priorities.

What has been your greatest accomplishment?
Being the meetings and programs director for RE/MAX Northern Illinois Sales Advisory Council from 2004 to 2007 was hard work and a great honor.

What was the last good movie you saw or book you read?
For a movie, The Aviator

What is your favorite restaurant?
Right now I have two, Niche and Isabella’s, both in Geneva.

Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Chicago?
The old Standard Oil Building as the anchor looking up Grant Park

What kind of car do you drive?
Toyota Highlander

Blackberry, Palm or paper?
Palm/Treo 650

What is your favorite city after Chicago?
Elburn, Ill.

What is your personal motto?
I strive to become a permanent and trusted member of my client’s professional life team and a recognized professional by my industry and peers.

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