I was born and raised in New York City and graduated from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY with a BFA in Graphic Design. While the city was fun, my wife and I moved out to raise our kids in the suburbs. I commuted to the city from Hartsdale, NY almost every day for over 20 years.
After years of working for a variety of design firms I was hired to manage a graphic design group for a small design consultant firm. Nine years later I decided to start my own design firm. I did this successfully for just over 8 years. Unfortunately, age prejudice became an issue (young people coming into the design purchasing business wanted to work with “young” designers). I looked around for a new career and real estate seemed to be a good fit. I joined a small, family run firm and successfully listed and sold properties for over 14 years
I have a daughter who is an assistant school principal in Apex NC with two grand children and a son who is in the construction business in Nashville, TN. He has an eleven year old son. When my wife and I decided to move out of the New York area we first thought about the Raleigh area but the summers were too hot for us. We visited good friends in Winston Salem and they wanted us to see their “Mountain House” in Fleetwood, NC. Well, we loved the area, the community, the climate, and the relatively close proximity to all our children. We bought land and built our permanent “Mountain House”. When I was growing up my family spent the summers in the Catskill Mountains in up state NY. I guess that’s where I started to love living in the mountains.
When we arrived in Ashe County we naturally gravitated to the real estate business here. We both enjoy assisting people in finding the property of their dreams and helping them through, what has now become a fairly complex process of buying and selling.