Do I look Familiar?
If you have lived in the Athens area for any length of time, then I just might. I have been serving the community here for over twenty-five years in many capacities. Maybe I was your family’s favorite server at Casa in the late 90’s? Maybe you danced your heart out while I was DJ'ing at popular local events like International Dance Night, the Halloween Street Party or more recently the family friendly Jive! New Years Eve Party? Maybe I coached your son or daughter’s t-ball, baseball, softball, or soccer team? Or maybe I’ve just seen you enough in the aisles of Kroger that you are convinced that you know me from somewhere else!
My Early Years
My life has been undoubtedly shaped by the lives and work of my parents, Bill and Claudia, two crazy kids from Long Island, New York. My father, who passed away in 2008, served as a Captain in the army during the Vietnam war. When he returned to the U.S. he went on to pursue a career in Podiatry, the majority of which was spent working at the Dayton VA Medical Center.
My mother got her graduate degree from U.D. and went on to teach there for many years before leaving for Miami University where she received her PhD and many accolades for her work as a professor. She recently retired from Urbana University and as proof of her commitment to her students she still gets letters, phone calls and visits from them on a consistent basis.
I was born in Cleveland, as was my older brother. We quickly moved to Boston before settling in Vermont for a spell, where my father ran a private practice in St. Johnsbury and my mother worked as a traveling nurse, serving the entire Northern Kingdom. Here we added my younger brother before moving back to Ohio where my sister was born. The majority of my family still resides in Dayton, most of them are librarians.
My Athens Story
I was introduced to Athens in the late 80’s when my oldest brother chose to attend Ohio University (Over Miami, sorry Ma!). I instantly fell in love with the town and surrounding area as it reminded me very much of my cherished childhood memories of living in Vermont.
When I was accepted to the OU Honors Tutorial College in 1992 it was a no brainer. (Sorry again, Ma!) With the exception of a few years spent living in California and Kentucky, I have been here ever since.
For over 20 years I honed my multi-tasking and communication skills working in the service industry, the pinnacle of which was the 9 years I spent at the helm of O’Betty’s Red Hot! As manager and co-owner I split my time between preparing the food, building relationships with the customers, listening to their stories and remembering their orders. Bob and I built O’Betty’s from the ground up on a foundation of customer service. When I parted ways in 2012 it was the only 5 Star rated restaurant in Athens on Yelp! and to this day still gets well deserved acclaim as one of the best hot dog joints in the country.
Since early 2012 I have been working as a Licensed Massage Therapist, including 4+ years of traveling in and around the Hocking Hills. I currently practice part time at Bodhi Tree Studio and Guest House. I enjoy the balance massage therapy brings to my professional life. Offering quiet moments of focused reflection and an opportunity to make a difference in the life of someone coping with pain or stress.
I am blessed with a beautiful family which includes three children who range in age from 7 to 21. I love being a father and approach it with dedication and zeal.
Coaching youth sports is a passion of mine. I sponsor and coach several teams a year with the goal of instilling confidence, teamwork and increasing respective skillsets. I can’t express how rewarding it is to see kids improve over the course of a season, whether it is soccer or baseball. I’ve never made it a full season without shedding a tear or two out of pride for the kids and their accomplishments.
Who doesn’t want a real estate agent who possesses the patience, resolve and sense of adventure to coach kindergarten t-ball or the sense of humor to coach kindergarten soccer?
What Does it All Mean?
With me as an agent you can expect a very personable approach to your real estate needs. I am down to earth, easy to talk to, a great listener, and someone who loves having fun. I have three kids, so you can count on me being humble and attentive.
Through my experience as a small business owner and massage therapist I have a developed, tried and true, attention to detail that will serve you well. I consider myself a student of life, trying to glean a lesson from every experience and striving to put those lessons into practice for the betterment of myself and the benefit of those I serve.
I pride myself on my work ethic and I approach every task with a “whatever it takes” attitude. I am the first one to roll up my sleeves and the last one to call it quits. I truly understand the value of a referral and will work extraordinarily hard to gain yours.