Team Manager, Real Estate Broker
I was born on June 23, 1959 in Chicago, IL under a full moon. (I learned about the full moon on that date when I was at the Adler Planetarium some years back.) That explains a lot…LOL!
My Father was a courageous immigrant from Damascus, Syria. My Mother was a Southern Beauty from San Antonio, Texas.
My school years were spent growing up in Schaumburg, IL, where I graduated from James B. Conant High School back in 1977. I was in the top 10% of my graduating class. I excelled at sports and academics. Football and track were my sports claim to fame in those days.
I attended the U.S. Air Force Academy after graduation, where the curriculum was officer training, math, science, language arts, and military. I also attended Kishwaukee Jr. College in De Kalb IL, where I studied business.
I have 2 children: My daughter recently graduated From Loyola University, where she majored in mathematics. My son is currently in High School. He is also a star athlete, which I am quite proud to say!
My passions include Freedom, staying fit, the great outdoors, athleticism and Scuba Diving (I am a PADI certified Dive Master… I went through a 4 year program to obtain that title.) I love the water and also Captain a small vessel out of DuSable harbor in Chicago.
My entrepreneurship began in the early 1980s. In 1984, I obtained my Real Estate licence in Illinois and acquired my first investment property… a 70-year-old 7-unit property located in the Logan Square neighborhood. I used a creative acquisition strategy to obtain that 100-year-old 7 unit property. I have always thought of myself as an urban pioneer when I take into consideration what that building and neighborhood was like back in those days of the mid-1980s. That building was where I cut my teeth on rehabbing and the many aspects of property management and construction. I must say that it was a fun, adventurous, and quite exciting, time for me! I am very grateful for the education I received through that experience!
I have also done a number of rehabs and flips on other properties throughout my career. I eventually did a major project on my building in Logan Square where I did a complete gut and new construction in order to create New Luxury condos, which I sold (the last of which I closed in August of 2008, just before the bottom fell out of the market completely.) I was blessed to escape with something and had the opportunity to learn and grow from that experience.
I am currently a Real estate Broker in Illinois. I am currently using my skills as a leader, contractor, project manager, and Real Estate Broker in working with my partners and clients. I am also very honored and quite pleased to be a partner with Joey B. and my teammates Jana Brinlee and Monica Nowicki.
I currently am enrolled in what I consider to be the Best Real Estate / Business Education program in Our Country today. I believe in always continuing to learn and be empowered. The only constant in life – Is Change!
“Knowledge makes a man or woman unfit to be in bondage today. With the application of that knowledge, one can acquire all the freedom one desires.” ~ Sam Assil