In celebration of REIX’s 30th anniversary, we’re profiling some of the people behind the scenes so we can put faces to names and learn a little bit more about them (for instance, what they doing in 1991 and do they have a motto?)
Why did you decide to join the REIX Board this year?
I wanted to expand my real estate career and take on a Board role. I also want to learn more about risk mitigation and the insurance industry as it pertains to the real estate sector.
What is one thing you think makes a successful agent?
To be able to build strong relationships and being a subject matter expert. Treat people like you want to be treated and also always be on top of education and regulatory matters in the business.
What is your motto?
“Don’t Worry. Be Happy.”
If you could wave a magic wand and fix one thing in the industry what would it be?
I think it would be how some realtors are careless about their business. We are professionals and must meet a high standard like other professionals in other sectors.
What were you doing in 1991?
In 1991, I was graduating from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Commerce degree, specializing in the Management of Information Systems (MIS). It was a depressed economy at that time and it was tough finding work in my field in Calgary. I ended up in Norman Wells, NWT working for Imperial Esso as a summer student.
What are the biggest changes you’ve seen in real estate and/or insurance in the past 30 years?
The pace of technology change has been phenomenal and I have only been in the business since 2007.
What is the best gift you’ve ever received?
There is a saying: “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.”
What is something you enjoy doing that you think no one would expect from you?
Being a stand-up comedian. I have always loved comedy, especially stand-up comedians like Jerry Seinfeld.
How do you spend your time when you’re not working with REIX?
Reading biographies of how people started their businesses. I just finished reading The Founder, which is the story of Ray Kroc, the Founder of McDonald’s. Quite fascinating.
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