What was your first job in the realty industry? Sales associate for Coldwell Banker at its Clark and Fullerton office.
Where did you grow up? Highland Park and Highwood.
What is your favorite free-time activity? Spending time with my wife and children. Second place would be golfing, skiing and drinking with friends.
What do you do to relax when you’re stressed? Yoga and meditation, or ride a bicycle.
If you weren’t a Realtor, what would you be? Sales all the way!
If you could have lunch with a well-known figure (living or not), who would it be and why? Bruce Springsteen. I love his energy. I can relate!
Where is your favorite place to hang out? Galena, Ill.
What do you love most about the industry? How social it is. I have met and made friends with hundreds of really nice, genuine people.
How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents? Giving time and energy. Over the years, I have been doing fundraisers and spending time helping the less fortunate. I feel with my background in the building trades and my hands-on approach, I bring a lot to the table when representing a buyer or seller.
What is the most difficult aspect of your job? Explaining to sellers that need to sell that their property is not worth what they feel they need to get.
Where do you go to network and meet new clients? The three-foot rule is wherever you are. That being said, I have a huge network of friends from my childhood and happy past clients.
What has been your greatest accomplishment? Raising fantastic, smart, caring children, no question!
What was the last good movie you saw or book you read? Just read “Siddhartha” for the third time.
What is your favorite restaurant? Mia Francesca on Clark in Chicago, or Miramar in Highwood, which my cousin owns.
Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Chicago? The Wrigley Building is one of them. I really enjoy the white terra cotta brick.
What kind of car do you drive? BMW 325i.
Smartphone or paper? Palm.
What is your favorite city after Chicago? Santa Fe, N.M.
In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the industry? Stay positive – be unstoppable!