What was your first job in the real estate industry?
I had already been involved in sales in another business since 1982, and when I got into real estate, I started right away as a sales associate.
What is your favorite free-time activity?
I love watching a full, red moon rise over Miami Beach.
How did you learn the business?
I grew up in the Congo, Africa and France, and since I moved here 30 years ago, my family has visited me frequently. I would always drive them around and show them the beautiful neighborhoods and the houses. So, one day I said to myself, I think I can turn this into a career. Here I am 13 years later.
What was your most difficult sale, and how did you succeed?
I had a seller who did not want to sell anymore and the buyer, of course, got very upset. It got pretty hectic, so I invited them to dinner and, by the end of the night, they became friends and there was a happy ending.
What is the most difficult aspect of your job?
One of the more difficult aspects of real estate is that you always have to be involved with all the parties in the transaction. The hardest part is never relaxing. You have to supervise everyone involved until the closing table.
What has been your greatest accomplishment?
Becoming a member of The Master Brokers Forum, winning the RE/MAX Platinum Club two years in a row and finishing in the top 80 RE/MAX sales agents for the state of Florida in 2006 are all great accomplishments for me.
What is the last good movie you saw or book you read?
The last good movie I saw was “The Golden Compass.”
What is your favorite restaurant?
Macalusos in South Beach
Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Miami?
The Santa Maria on Brickell and the new Cipriani Club Condo on South Beach
What kind of car do you drive?
What is your favorite city after Miami?
Monte Carlo, Monaco
What is your personal motto?
Meditate, exercise, eat healthy
In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the industry?
Be honest, friendly, committed and get good training.