What was your first job in the realty industry? As a salesperson for the M.J. Bellizzi Company, selling apartment buildings in South Beach.
Where did you grow up? I grew up in Brooklyn until one month before my 13th birthday. Then Military School in Miami Shores, and from there South of Fifth Street.
What is your favorite free-time activity? Surfing and down-hill speed skating.
What do you do to relax when you’re stressed? I’m never stressed; maybe anxious, but never stressed. I listen to club/dance/electronic music and read the Bible.
Growing up, what did you want to be? All my friends said that I would wind up being a lawyer. But I did want to be a Realtor since my tennage years.
If you could have lunch with a well-known figure (living or not), who would it be and why? My first broker, Michael Bellizzi, who taught me the brokerage business the right way from the first day.
Where is your favorite place to hang out? In the lineup as a soul-surfer to bring balance to my life, and of course, my weekly Bible Studies.
What do you love most about the industry? Do as I please when I please. The freedom from the rigmarole of a daily nine to five grind. Vacations when I want, how often I want and for how long I want.
How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents? Experience is a powerful medicine. I’ve been in the real estate business since my early 20s, and I am proud of how I conducted myself all these years as a true professional. But not only that, but the referalls I get from my peers in this industry. That’s the highest compliment.
What is the most difficult aspect of your job? This has never been a job. It has been a 28-year blessing.
Where do you go to network and meet new clients? I network when I’m surfing or at seminars.
What has been your greatest accomplishment? Obtaining my Master’s in Science in August 2012, magna cum laude.
What was the last good movie you saw or book you read? Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman.” Very sad.
What is your favorite restaurant? Siam Thai.
Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Miami? Miami-Dade Downtown Campus, the orginal building.
What kind of car do you drive? Honda for now.
Smartphone or paper? Smartphone, since I’m green and paper is out.
What is your favorite city after Miami? Too many to mention, but New York City is it.
What is your advice for someone new to the industry? As Bellizzi & Jose Fernandes would say: Pick an asset and farm a grid.
What’s your favorite real estate iPhone/Android app? HP 2BII.
Who are your favorite people to follow on Twitter? None.
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