FAMILY, CANDOR, HOME

These are the words that best describe my understanding of and my approach to this field. To achieve your real estate goals, enlist an advocate with comprehensive experience: negotiations, investing, schools, marketing, mentoring new realtors, and real estate instruction.

An average Joe without a shortage of will – From Lombardi Middle School in Green Bay, Wisconsin to the East Coast, England, East Africa, and finally to Los Angeles, there has been a lot of adventure and no quit. My father raised two boys on his own, and he instilled qualities in us from his childhood on my grandmother’s farm. Most important of these is work ethic, followed closely by a sense of humor.  Serenity now!

RESULTS

With 100+ transactions over the years, listing clients have received as many as 41 offers (41 !!!), and buying clients have saved as much as $75,000 with my marketing and negotiations experience.  Clients have purchased and sold condos, houses, and apartment buildings from 400k to 5m.

Background

Raised in Green Bay – Go, Pack, Go! – my sons, Alex and Ben, now ask me to read stories to them like Jungle Book and Go, Dog, Go!  Don’t get them started on a Star Wars conversation unless you have a free 20 to 30 minutes.

The army was home between 1988 and 1991. My father was an officer during the Vietnam War. So, following his lead, I enlisted at 17. First under Reagan and then Bush, I served in the Presidential Honor Guard / 3d US Infantry Regiment in Arlington.  As a college freshman I was called back to active duty during the Gulf War and attached to the army’s 25th Infantry Division on Oahu in the winter/spring of 1991. Two university exchange programs took me to England and Kenya as an undergraduate.

Other Experiences

Prior to becoming a realtor in 2003, I was a teacher in Inglewood and Santa Monica.  With well over 200 students in 6 classes, Monroe Middle School in Inglewood was the site of my first teaching position and another real sense of duty; it was a great school and a profound experience.

Before moving from New York to Los Angeles, George Mason and Columbia were schools that should have had majors in academic procrastination.  Case in point – I once pulled three consecutive nearly-all-nighters in Butler Library for my senior seminar.  27 pages written in just 3 days…  In my defense, full-time work or 1-3 part-time jobs at the same time always kept me busy and balanced throughout those college years.  Stuyvesant High School, in the shadow of the Trade Center, was the home of my mentor teacher (the wacky but insightful Warren Donin), who was also an adjunct professor at Teachers College, Columbia.  That invaluable experience with Mr. Donin made the transition into my own classroom a cake walk.

Community Ties, Philanthropy, and Volunteerism

My family supports charities for AIDS, cancer, Meals on Wheels, Multiple Sclerosis, and the Sierra Club.  These three diseases have affected family and friends, so the causes mean that much more to us.  As a college student, I volunteered at a homeless shelter in Washington, DC (McPherson Square) as well as an after-school tutoring program in New York (East Harlem).

2004 – In tribute to the lessons of my father, The Gordon Clark Scholarship Fund was created to help my former students pay for their college educations.  Please contact Linda Gross at the Ed. Foundation if you would like to contribute:smmef@smmusd.org or 310.396.4557.  One of my former students is going to Oxford this year!  I am so very, very proud of him!

Meals on Wheels has been a part of my routine since 2010, having delivered 7,000+ meals over the years.  As both a volunteer driver and former vice president of the board, this cause means a lot to my family and me.  My grandmother and mother received extraordinary outreach and compassion at the end of their lives, and Meals on Wheels was one facet of that care.  My father and I also serve 700 meals for Thanksgiving in his hometown.

The hospice care-givers who looked after my mother in the last months were absolutely remarkable.  Thanks especially to Michelle, Sarah, and Deacon Bob :-)  My brother and I will never forget you.