I have been an entrepreneur all my life.
It almost seems too idyllic to admit, but it all began with a paper route when I was 12. Once I’d gotten a good taste of making money for myself, I moved on to a far more profitable endeavor: buying, selling, and installing automobile electronics out of my parents’ garage at the age of 14. Thankfully, my parents have always been blissfully supportive of my enthusiasm, even when the most well-laid plans went astray.
I briefly tended bar, filling my requisite “food service” quotient for kids my age (and, incidentally, teaching me how not to treat bartenders), then jumped right into real estate investing by the age of 20. I completed a degree in business at a small community college in PA, but eventually decided to focus all of my energy on real estate. This turned out to be a good move, because for more than thirteen years I have been investing and consulting with tremendous results, having personally completed in excess of $40 million in real estate transactions. Currently I’m a candidate for CCIM, the highest commercial real estate designation around.
However, even that success can’t fully quench my thirst for the thrill of new business. I’ve owned a successful mortgage company, and have started a number of other successful businesses, including an events company that hosts running events in 8 different states, a printing company, marketing consulting…the list really goes on and on. I have new ideas all the time, and it’s a shame not to act on a good idea.
On March 20th of 2010, I married the love of my life, Joanna, and we live happily together with our amazing son, Jackson, and our two amazing dogs: an English Pointer named Rascal, and Blue, our German Short-haired Pointer. Through all of my ventures, I try to stay as physically and mentally active as possible. I’ve run several half and full marathons and I enjoy competing in triathlons and cycling events to stay in top condition. I love outdoor sports like boating, wakeboarding, kite boarding, surf skiing, and snowboarding, and whenever possible, my wife and I travel together. I’m an incurable autodidact; I read two or more books a month and attend seminars and training sessions throughout the year to keep my brain sharp and my ideas rolling. I am also a craft beer and wine SNOB.
I’ve worked hard and made it a long way, and there is still a long way to go. World domination isn’t on my list of goals (anymore), but I do intend to continue doing what I do well to the best of my ability. I’ve learned a lot of crucial lessons that I believe other young entrepreneurs can use to achieve success. I’ve had a lot of terrific mentors in my life, and I’ve made it a goal to “pay it forward” by offering training, resources, and much-needed guidance to the other forward-thinkers in the world. One day I would love to form a non-profit organization that offers this training to those young people who have big ideas and need a little extra help getting them off the ground.
I love life. I love my family, and my friends. I love meeting new people and taking calculated risks and inspiring growth. I love that my upbringing gave me the ability to pick myself up after a fall. Passion is the key, I think. Without it, ideas die before they have a chance to thrive, people don’t start their own businesses, and success remains a speck on the horizon.
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