What was your most interesting job before going into real estate?
I was one of the first employees at One Kings Lane, a luxe interior design firm valued at close to $1 billion while I was there, before it was acquired by Bed Bath & Beyond.
Where did you grow up?
Growing up, what did you want to be?
Professional tennis player. I also played college tennis at Washington University in St. Louis!
What do you do to relax when you’re stressed?
I like to go for walks outside, whether it’s home in Miami or while traveling in a far-off destination, preferably with friends and family.
If you could meet any well-known figure (living or not), who would it be and why?
Jeff Bezos. He is a serial entrepreneur in many different sectors and he also happens to be a Miami native.
Where is South Florida’s best-kept secret?
Robert Is Here in Homestead, an authentic family-run fruit stand with exotic fruits and the best milkshakes in town! The neighborhood Little Havana is also a hidden gem. Ball & Chain for dancing, Azucar for ice cream and Life House for cocktails.
What do you love most about the industry?
It’s exciting, fast-paced and every deal is completely different. I also love meeting new people and working for myself.
What is the most difficult aspect of your job?
Solving unique problems on every deal. We wear so many different hats as real estate agents. Back in 2016 during Hurricane Irma, for example, I had a waterfront listing for an absentee owner. I quickly assembled a team to secure the home, including the tying and reinforcement of jet skis, something I knew little about at the time.
What’s your best advice for generating new leads?
If you do a great job, no matter how big or small a deal is, you will get referrals. The majority of my clients are referrals.
What are you binge-watching/reading/listening to lately?
Yellowstone and Succession.
What’s your favorite meal in South Florida?
Stone crabs and key lime pie from Joe’s Stone Crab.
Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in South Florida?
The Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables built in 1926 is stunning. For a newer build, I love visiting Grove at Grand Bay, two twisting glass towers by Danish architect Bjarke Ingles.
What’s the weirdest thing that’s ever happened to you on the job?
I showed a $10 million property and unbeknownst to us, it was a home decorated with… how do I say this lightly… an “erotic” motif complete with a red dancer’s pole running down from the second story to a piano down below. Luckily my client found it amusing.
What’s one thing people might be surprised to learn about you?
I worked at J.P. Morgan Private Bank in New York.
What’s your favorite vacation spot and why?
My favorite trip was going to East Africa to see the Great Migration. It feels like you’re in National Geographic to see so much undisturbed wildlife up close. I am also in love with Capetown, one of the most beautiful cities I have ever visited with great food.
In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the industry?
Be prepared to hustle and give it time. No deal is too small, say yes to everything!
Who are your favorite people to follow on social media?
@mcgeeandco and @onekingslane for design inspiration.