Greetings and thanks for taking the time to read ‘About Me’.
I’m a real estate agent with over 17 years of experience in the business. I started my real estate career in Illinois, working 12 years at @properties, Chicago’s largest independent real estate brokerage firm, where I consistently ranked in the top five percent of the city’s Realtors. My family and I moved to Colorado in 2012, when I joined the team at Colorado Landmark Realtors. After tenure as a senior property manager for Heartwood Properties in 2015, I returned to Colorado Landmark Realtors in 2016.
This should be the part of my bio where I list all of my good traits, like honesty, integrity, and client loyalty. Of course, I possess all of the aforementioned, as any Realtor worth their salt should, but I’m taking a different direction. I’d like to tell you my personal story of how I ended up in real estate.
As a child in central Illinois, my parents, both teachers by trade, owned multiple rental properties in a university town. From the time I could swing a hammer without repeatedly smashing my fingers, my brother and I would help our parents maintain the properties. Their passion wasn’t owning or managing rental properties, but it was a venture that helped them provide for our family while they taught. I found it fun (at times) and rewarding—and the real estate seed was planted.
Fast-forward to my post-college endeavors, I worked for almost a decade in the corporate finance world, for employers like Cargill Investor Services, what’s now Towers Watson, and The Northern Trust. It was in these years that I gained invaluable experience and met great people—but it also helped me realize that I’m not one to be stuck behind a desk eight hours a day. I require variety, challenges, and connection with others. During these years, I was approached with an opportunity to begin a real estate career but honestly, I was afraid to leave the predictable salary and solid benefits.
It wasn’t long after, on a somewhat planned departure from my desk job, that I followed a colleague to Dublin, where he was on work assignment. What began in Dublin was a six-month journey from Ireland to Greece and many beautiful countries (and not so beautiful hostels) in between. On the island of Crete, I was fortunate enough to be involved with an amazing volunteer opportunity monitoring Loggerhead sea turtle nesting habits. It was there where I camped on the beach for 45 days and met amazing people from around the world.
Through the lack of everyday amenities like running water, electricity, (and Chicago-style pizza), I learned to get by on very little, and I realized the value of what I had back home in Illinois. Deprivation breeds appreciation. And as cliché as it sounds, I also realized that life’s too short to wrestle with a career you don’t enjoy. Upon returning to Illinois, I contacted the person who’d offered me that real estate opportunity 18 months prior—and here my real estate journey began.
It’s been many moons and two states later, and I’m still in real estate because I enjoy it. Not only do I enjoy helping clients navigate the nuances of real estate’s complexities, but I also enjoy working in an industry that allows me to enjoy life and spend time with my wife and two sons exploring Colorado and beyond.
I am a proud supporter of Colorado Public Radio, The Nature Conservancy, and Community Food Share. I also volunteer at Community Cycles in Boulder and Flatirons Habitat for Humanity.
The Right Real Estate Agent for You
Whether you’re buying or selling, it’s ultimately about realizing a dream. I understand how much the decision will mean to you. In fact, that’s one of the reasons I became a real estate agent – to help people buy or sell a home, while making the process easy and trouble-free. Clients often tell me how much they appreciate my expertise, my willingness to be there with them every step of the way, and my determination to get them the best deal. They also tell me I’m friendly and a pleasure to work with – which is quite a compliment!
If you’re looking for a real estate agent, it’s important that you find someone who is a good fit for you. So let’s talk. Whether you’re selling or buying, I’d like to learn more about you and your needs and goals. You can count on me to “tell it like it is” and give you a realistic picture of what is possible.
Contact me to get in touch.