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Joe Tyler Gerber Real estate broker with @properties in Bannockburn

What was your first job in the real estate industry? I was hired as an assistant to a top-producing North Shore broker at 16 years old.

Growing up, what did you want to be? I wanted to be a teacher. Even as a broker, I teach part time on the side. I love inspiring young people and encouraging individuality and compassion within my classroom, as well as the idea that anything is possible with hard work.

What do you do to relax when you’re stressed? I am a big foodie and also enjoy music. Music has so much power in moments of stress.

If you could have lunch with a well-known figure (living or not), who would it be and why? Oh, I’d definitely love to have lunch with Harvey Milk. He has always been an inspirational figure in my life.

Where is your favorite place to hang out? You can often find me at Norton’s Restaurant in downtown Highland Park enjoying a good burger and a cold soda.

What do you love most about the industry? I love the people: clients, colleagues and everyone in between. I love the diversity. Every broker I meet is unique, and I’m always learning from them.

How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents? Though I’m a younger broker, I’m not new to the industry by any means. At 23, I can say I’ve been in the industry for seven years. I was an assistant to other brokers and worked front desks before I got my license, so I have an extensive background in marketing and social media. I also pride myself on my strategic thinking, being accessible and paying attention to every detail. My clients notice these things, and they have become my hallmark.

What is the most difficult aspect of your job? The most difficult part of my job is wanting to please everyone. As brokers, we often want to make everyone happy. But the truth is, there are clients and colleagues who will not like us or will have criticisms of our work.

Where do you go to network and meet new clients? I realized long ago that wherever I go, I am representing my business. My face, my reputation and the energy I put into the world is how I’ll be remembered. So anywhere I go, I have to think of it as a networking opportunity.

What was the last good movie you saw or book you read? “I Feel Pretty” with Amy Schumer — amazing.

In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the industry? Be yourself, never give up and keep on keepin’ on.

Who are your favorite people to follow on Twitter? Cher and my brother

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