Here’s how I became your local neighbourhood real estate agent:
A STRONG FOUNDATION
My work experience began in the 1980’s after I had completed my Master’s Degree in International Relations and Economics and joined Global Treasury at one of Canada’s top banks. My next move was to join a large Swiss bank in Toronto as a currency trader, first as a junior trader and eventually Chief Trader. After almost nine years working for a great company, I was recruited into the wholesale/global banking division of another top tier Canadian bank, at a time when foreign banks were closing their Toronto offices and consolidating global banking in a select number of major centres including New York, Hong Kong, London, and Zurich.
My 25 years of experience in the fast paced, aggressive and ever changing global markets has helped hone both my business and soft skills, including: negotiating; conflict management; people management; active listening; humour (stress relief) and a passion for hard work. My educational and work experiences have taught me a great deal about both domestic and international economics, including the role of money, the interplay of monetary and fiscal policy, and how it impacts everyone right down to the average consumer. This knowledge and skill set is something which I use on a daily basis and comes from a lifetime of experience.
Following my departure from the financial markets industry, I embarked upon a career in real estate which allows me to utilize my strong people skills, my passion for helping others, my empathy for others, my ability to help clients through emotionally charged situations and helping clients achieve their goals, and oftentimes their dreams. The obvious reward is moving from an initial meeting, whether it be with a buyer or a seller, through to the completion date where the closing date is reached and the transaction is complete. What does not end, however, is my commitment to clients post-transaction, and my desire to extend a helping hand well past the time when a realtor’s services are required.