Honors and Awards
I have received numerous awards for my work in real estate, and some were even given to me with my permission. Here are some of the recent ones (at least the ones I’ll admit to):
- Invitee, Federal Reserve Branch of Atlanta, Public Affairs Forum: Forecasting Florida: What’s Ahead for Our State and National Economies (2016); Bitcoin and Beyond (2014)
- Author of The Virtual Real Estate Series, Volume 1: First Time Buyer, Volume 2: New Construction, and Volume 3: Pre-Owned Homes and Foreclosures. Authored two fiction books (2014 and 2016), with a third to be published later in 2018.
- Former Director, Board of Directors, St. Augustine & St. Johns County Board of Realtors
- Constant Contact All Star Award for Online Marketing
- BizRate National Award for Online Marketing
- FIVE STAR Best in Client Satisfaction Real Estate Agent (Jacksonville Homebuyer Magazine)
Volunteer Work and Philanthropy
I take a great deal of pride in working as a volunteer locally and giving back through donations to charitable organizations with every sale:
- Youth soccer coach, Ancient City Soccer 2014-Present. I hold the US Soccer Federation F and E licenses, and 11 x 11 coaching certification. I am slated for the US Soccer Federation license D (currently pending approval).
- Big Brother 2002-Present.
- Advisory Board and Former Chair, Big Brothers / Big Sisters of St. Johns County, 2005-2013.
- Since 2005 I’ve donated a portion of my gross commission to charity, and I make a donation to a tree planting or habitat restoring organization with every sale (below this section see a thank you from one of my most recent donations).
I have a B.A. in Journalism from The Ohio State University.
I am an MBA candidate at The University of Utah, David Eccles School of Business, the world’s top-11 online MBA program (Princeton Review).
As a Realtor I have taken numerous continuing education and sales courses through the National Association of Realtors, Florida Realtors, the Florida Real Estate Institute, the Bert Rodgers Institute, Ramit Sethi, Mark Leader Sales Courses, JTS Coaching Advisors, and Integrity Coaching Systems.
I am happily married with two wonderful children.
I used to race mountain bikes, and competed in nine USA Cycling National Mountain Bike Championship races as a cat-2 between 2006-2013 in XC and Super D (Sonoma, Mt. Snow, Granby, Sun Valley, and Bear Mountain). I’ve also raced in such notables as the East Coast Nationals, Sugar Mountain Nationals, US Cup, Swank 65, Couch Potato, Bump N Grind, and in the Citizen’s Race at the 2015 World Cup (Windham). I had a GC podium for SERC in 2011, and top 10 GCs in 2009 & 2010. I was coached by Josh Drake and Tristan Cowie at Charmical Training Systems (CTS).
From 1989 to 1994 I worked as a full-time reporter, and then part-time as a correspondent and stringer for the St. Augustine Record and Florida Times-Union (2002-2015). It was in these places that I honed my photographic, graphic, editorial, and copywriting skills. I retired from reporting in 2015.
Life isn’t perfect, but you can see it from here!