What was your most interesting job before going into real estate? Before I was in real estate, I was a high school student. I worked for a few months at a fast food restaurant while getting my license. After I passed the test, I gave the owner my two-week notice, then took off and never looked back.
Where did you grow up? When I came to the U.S., I first lived near West Kendall for a few years until my family decided to move to Broward, which is where I went to high school.
Growing up, what did you want to be? I was never really sure of what to do exactly but I knew wanted to be great at whatever I’d ended up doing.
What do you do to relax when you’re stressed? Instead of internalizing it, I get it out and then move on.
If you could meet any well-known figure (living or not), who would it be and why? If it were possible it would be Anton Chekhov, my favorite writer.
Where is Miami’s best-kept secret? The benches overlooking the water at Alice Wainwright Park.
What do you love most about the industry? The negotiating aspect and putting deals together – the more difficult the deal, the more satisfying it is when it happens.
What is the most difficult aspect of your job? As of recently, it has been having to delegate more tasks in order to be able to do more. I’m still getting used to and it’s not easy.
What’s your best advice for generating new leads? Focus on creating a brand that makes buyers and sellers want to come to you, not the other way around.
What are you binge-watching/reading/listening to lately? I Am A Cat by Natsume Sōseki.
What’s your favorite meal in Miami? Pizza at Steve’s Pizza in North Miami. I love that place.
Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Miami? Faena Forum on 33rd and Collins
What’s the weirdest thing that’s ever happened to you on the job? When I first started working with clients buying properties sight unseen and never meeting them in person, I thought it was weird. Now it’s perfectly normal.
What’s one thing people might be surprised to learn about you? Outside of work, I’m actually quite reserved.
What’s your favorite vacation spot and why? I enjoy driving down to the Keys as often as I can. It’s far enough to escape it all but close enough to Miami in case I need to get back.
In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the industry? Learn the inventory and be knowledgeable of the process.
Who are your favorite people to follow on social media? [Investor and hedge fund manager] Ray Dalio, [artist] Daniel Arsham and Bill Gates.