What Is One Special Thing About the Place You Grew Up?
We used to call it the birthplace of the u-turn. You came into town, took one look around and made a u-turn back to where you came from. Apparently we were wrong. Shortly thereafter, Douglas County became the fastest growing county in the US for many years. Lots of people seemed to like it, a lot.
Number of Years in Real Estate:
Motocross, mountain biking, snowboarding and skiing
Describe Yourself In 5 Words:
An energetic, authentic, fun-loving guy.
Favorite Colorado Past-time:
4×4’ing with my family in the Aspen area in our old ’84 Jeep CJ-7
Favorite Place to Grab a Drink:
One Unusual Thing About You:
I achieved regional level professional status in Motocross at age 16. I started racing at age 9 on a 60cc Yamaha, we were called peewees. I then moved to an 80cc Kawasaki at age 13. We were called minis. Then I moved to a 125cc Kawasaki at 15. That was called the lites class. In 1990, I punched out as an armature and joined the big boys in the 125cc Pro Class. That year I finished 8th in the state in the Sports Riders Association of Colorado (SRAC) organization.
What Is One Item on Your Bucket List?
To learn Spanish and drive a proper vehicle on the Autobahn (see below).
What Is Your Proudest Accomplishment and Why?
My daughter Morgan. Being a parent is the most difficult and rewarding thing I have ever experienced. There is no manual on how to raise a kid. All you have is your own experiences and the collaboration with your spouse, if you’re lucky like I am. You direct and guide them as best you can and pray you’re not screwing them up. I’m a proud Dad. I’m giving that girl as much love and support as possible and so far the results are good…to be continued!
What Does Success Mean to You?
Success to me is having enough time to enjoy my life. So many people define success in monetary means, for me it’s time equity.
What Career Path Would You Have Chosen If You Didn’t Become a Real Estate Broker?
My parents wanted me to be a professional motorcycle racer. Those were very long odds for me. I started out in the tech industry and hated my life. Real estate was such a better career choice. I’m my own boss, have as much free time as I want and get paid to help people. It’s a pretty good gig. If I had to choose something else, I like to think I’d be a good architect.
If You Could Have Dinner with Anyone, Who Would It Be and Why?
It would have to be my grandparents on my Dad’s side. My grandmother died before I was born and my grandfather died when I was 3. The only memory I have of them is some old, faded, staged photography. I would love to sit with them, talk to them, and observe how they act. I’m a lot like my father and I would love to know how much of my personality came from his parents.
What Is Your Favorite Holiday Tradition?
Anyone that knows me knows my favorite holiday tradition is dressing up for Halloween. The family and I are certifiably crazy about Halloween. Costumes are planned years in advance and every Halloween typically means multiple costumes. My favorite costumes include Mad Maxx, Frankenstein, Steampunk, and Guitar Hero!
What’s the Best Concert You’ve Ever Been To? What Made It So Special?
I would say Daft Punk at Red Rocks. We had VIP seats directly in the middle, about 25 rows up. We had the perfect vantage point and optimal sound to witness the artistry that is Daft Punk. You know those shows you attend and in the moment, catch yourself thinking, “this is the greatest thing I’ve ever witnessed”? It was like that.
If You Could Live in A Book, TV Show, Or Movie What Would It Be and Why?
I think I would live in The Matrix. I may already live in there now and don’t know it, who knows? If I were in the Matrix I would like to know it and be able to exit, reprogram my life, and then re-enter. I think that would be an incredible adventure.
Presumably I would live hundreds of years, as the only thing really working is my mind. I could experience ultimate knowledge in any area, just download what I need or want. I could try any profession, any activity, and be anything I want. Then, once sick of that path, I could exit and start over. It takes a lifetime to acquire the knowledge to be an expert in most things. I think it would be fascinating to download that knowledge instantaneously.
What Is the Most Adventurous Thing You’ve Ever Done?
I purchased a Eurail Pass out of undergraduate school and traveled most of Europe for two months. I started in London, then Paris, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Berlin, Munich, Stuttgart, Interlaken, Zurich, Zermatt, and finally Rome. We were broke college kids so we traveled on the cheap. Mostly hostels until my dad came over and met us in Munich. He upgraded us to a proper hotel with a bathroom in the room. What a luxury!
He also rented us an Opal station wagon to experience the Autobahn as we traveled to Stuttgart. That experience gave us a true appreciation of the left lane, the passing lane. As we got the good old station wagon up to speed (basically as fast as that Opal was capable) we would approach slower vehicles and the maneuver to pass in the passing lane had to be completed quickly. The luxury missiles, aka BMW 7 series and Mercedes S – Class sedans would approach and pass with such ferocity they would nearly knock us off the road. I will never forget that feeling. I desperately want to be on the other side of it!
If You Could Have Any Superpower What Would It Be and Why?
I would choose to have the power to snap my fingers and instantly transport to anywhere in the world. Additionally, anyone physically touching me at the time of transport would come along. The transporting group could select the luggage they want to accompany the jump.
I would also require a transport coordinator with travel agent super powers to coordinate the logistics for the transport destination. Oh wait, I already have that in my wife, Stacy! She has travel planning super powers! Thanks Stacy! A new transport coordinator would have to be at least twice as powerful as Stacy.
With this power I could pack in as many experiences as possible into my life. After all, our lives are simply a collection of memories we choose to make.