When did you begin your career in the title or real estate industry and how did you get your start?
My real estate career began while attending college at San Diego State University when I formed a partnership to purchase an income property. After college I joined C.B. and sold income properties and managed units for investors. After moving to Austin in 1983 I continued to sell income property and land for builders. In 1985 I migrated to the mortgage business where I originated and managed two S & L mortgage companies. By 1989 I embarked on a new phase as a sales leader for First American Title. In 1995 Fidelity National Title recruited me to lead their Austin Operation. I was soon promoted to head their large North Texas operations. In 2010 I left the title business to develop, purchase, and manage self-storage facilities. Upon retruning to Austin in 2012 I rejoined the Title Industry
What is the most satisfying part of your role in the transaction process and what makes you stand out from others in your industry?
Because of my broad real estate experience, my supervision of thousands of title professionals, and my interaction with scores of underwriting personnel, I have been exposed to hundreds of real estate transactions. Unlike most of my comperitors, I am able to take an active roll in solving issues in the real estate transaction. I get the utmost satisfaction in being able to negotiate with an underwriter and getting them to see where they could minimize risk and close a deal that they may have otherwise turned down.
What factors from your past experience have contibuted the most to your current unique skill set?
I believe my leadership skill set began when I was nominated to student body president of my middle school. After that I held several student body and athletic leadership roles. My sales carreer began when I was twelve years old in a small jewlrey store. In my middle and high school years I also worked in two clothing stores and a tennis/ski shop. I grew up in a single parent household and had to fend for myself at an eary age. I beleive that environment forces one to be independent and resourceful. I am grateful to my Mother for instilling self confidence and a work ethic in me and my siblingings.
When you're away from the busy Mission Title office, what are some of your favorite activities ?
My wife Renette of 25 years and I live in Rough Hollow Lakeway with our spoiled Maltese Romeo. We are extremely proud of our only child Kalie, a Summa Cum Laude graduate of SMU Finance School and a National Scholar Athlete on the SMU Golf Team. Along with participating in many real estate associations and serving on various Boards, I enjoy my family, golf, and my Smart TV.