First job in the real estate industry: My first “job” in the industry was as an investor. In early 2013, I had just completed my bachelor’s degree in English through the University of Illinois (finally, at age 31). I’ve had an interest in real estate since my mid-20s, as I watched some of my friends get into investing. So, at 31, I was “ready,” and just dove right in without knowing anything.
Where did you grow up: Elgin and the northwest suburbs
What did you want to be when growing up? I wanted to be a baseball player. That was my first real dream. My favorite player was Ryne Sandburg of the Chicago Cubs, except I wanted to play shortstop, not second base.
If you could have lunch with a well-known figure, who would it be and why? Andrew Carnegie. He is a constant figure and example in many of the business books I have read, but more importantly, he transformed the country through industry and commerce. A great business mind that, I’m sure, would have a lot to impart.
Where is your favorite place to hang out? My house. Whether I’m working from my home office, driving all over the Chicagoland area, or at a networking event, it always feels good to get home and unwind…even if that includes a little more work.
What do you love most about the industry? This is easy – the incredible diversity. The diversity of responsibilities, people, required skills and day-to-day activities. I feel like days spent in the real estate industry are like games of chess. It is rare to have two that are identical.
Where do you go to network and meet new clients? Everywhere. I network informally when I’m playing basketball, out to dinner, at the dentist, walking my dog…everywhere. I also attend community events and meet-ups for real estate networking groups.
What was the last good movie you saw or book you read? “Think & Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill
What is your favorite restaurant? My favorite restaurant is Barrel and Rye in Geneva. It reminds me a lot of the trendy restaurants in Logan Square that highlight phenomenal pairings of exquisite drinks with inspired dishes. Order the Old Fashioned.
Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Chicago? The Aqua Tower gets my vote. It’s new, it’s creative, and each floor of the building is completely different. Amazing.
What kind of car do you drive? A 2014 Subaru WRX – I like to go fast
What is your favorite city after Chicago? San Francisco
In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the industry? Don’t be afraid to work your ass off.
What’s your favorite real estate iPhone/Android app? MRED or RPR apps when I need info on the go