I have a diverse background in various industries that have been helpful in my present career in real estate. I am originally from Ohio, where I studied Business Management at the University of Toledo. I worked at Nortel Networks as a field technician for a few years until economic conditions forced me to switch gears. Later I was a sales representative for the construction products industry; this job introduced me to the world of do-it-yourself home improvement and restoration.
Working at Nortel Networks piqued my interest in Internet technologies, which moved me to pursue certifications in computer repair and network installation and maintenance. I later obtained certifications in HTML programming, CSS and search engine optimization (SEO). By then my wife Wendy was already working as a Realtor in the Sarasota/Manatee area and I helped her grow with online marketing. I realized the significance of her work and her contribution to the community, specially in the way she helps her clients see the finer points of living in Florida.
Working in real estate has also made me aware of how advanced Southwest Florida is in terms of regional housing markets. Certain aspects of suburban development like master-planned communities, nature conservation and energy-efficient homes are fascinating in the way they help neighborhoods improve quality of life. This really impressed me when I moved to Florida, and I see the same when we help clients from out of town.
Aside from marketing, I enjoy showing homes with my wife and making sure that important details like home inspections and pest control are carried out prior to closing. I have learned that being a Realtor gives me a chance to make a difference by helping the community grow.