I transitioned to investment sales and haven’t looked back since. The road to real estate has been winding but I feel very grateful its lead me to Capital Pacific.
What lead you to a career in real estate?
After college I had a serious case of wanderlust, so I packed my bags and joined the Peace Corps. I ended up in a very remote community in Burkina Faso West Africa helping villagers start small businesses. Initially not being able to speak the language and living in a mud hut without running water or electricity I definitely learned a thing or two about mental toughness. I got back from Africa, worked as an EMT, started a blue jean company and became a police officer on the mean streets of Oakland. Real Estate was always on my mind. I began to schedule as many informational interviews as I could and eventually landed a position at Colliers, leasing office space. I transitioned to investment sales and haven’t looked back since. The road to real estate has been winding but I feel very grateful its lead me to Capital Pacific.
Did you have a mentor in the business? If so, what did you learn from them?
Many people have helped me along the way, but there are two people who I would consider mentors. The first is my grandfather Bernard Susman and at 94 is still developing shopping centers. He taught me that with hard work and integrity success will follow. His tenacity and stamina are an inspiration. The second person is former secretary of defense William Perry, whom I worked for while in college. He taught me the importance of understanding the motivation of others and getting the job done no matter what. On my last day working for him he gave me a short essay entitled A message to Garcia which emphasizes the importance of completing a task under strenuous circumstances without question, If you haven’t already I recommend reading it.
What do you do to recharge your batteries outside of the office?
I spend time with my amazing wife Juliann and our son Anthony. My life outside of work revolves around being the best father and husband I can be which is something I’m always working towards. When time permits I try and fit in a round of golf with the fellas or pop off a few rounds at the gun range.