What was your most interesting job before going into real estate?
Where did you grow up?
South suburbs in the Homewood-Flossmoor area.
Growing up, what did you want to be?
A pilot and then a music teacher.
What do you do to relax when you’re stressed?
I still love to drum, listen to music and go out for a run.
If you could meet any well-known figure (living or not), who would it be and why?
Paul McCartney — I think his contribution to modern music is unparalleled. I would love to sit down and have a pint with him to talk about his process and inspiration.
What do you love most about the industry?
I love the personal connection I have with my clients. Listening to peoples’ stories and then helping them write the next chapter is pretty amazing.
What is the most difficult aspect of your job?
Setting expectations with clients and having them truly hear what the marketplace is saying.
What’s your best advice for generating new leads?
Stay in touch with all of your past clients. Remind them of what you do and how well you do it.
What has been your greatest accomplishment?
Workwise — starting a team at Compass and seeing the success of my teammates. Personal life — being married for 22 years and raising three great kids who are good citizens.
What are you binge-watching/reading/listening to lately?
Just finished bingeing the latest season of “Billions.” Reading Jake Tapper’s latest book about the Rat Pack and “How To Be an Antiracist.”
What’s your favorite meal in Chicago?
That’s a tough one — a slice of Uno deep-dish pizza or a corned beef sandwich from Manny’s.
Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Chicago?
The Monadnock building or the Carbine & Carbon Building.
What’s the weirdest thing that’s ever happened to you on the job?
People bringing a briefcase of cash to a closing.
What’s one thing people are surprised to learn about you?
That I used to teach high school social studies.
What is your favorite vacation spot and why?
There are a few. If you want to stay busy, I think London was amazing. But for a do-nothing break the Dominican Republic was beautiful.
In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the industry?
Be patient, go to every event possible, keep learning.