Well, now for some personal stuff ~ it may (or NOT) be good to know a little about the people you work with… so here is a little about myself.
I was born and raised in Rochester, Minnesota and worked in my parent’s family business for about 20 years. That business was office machines, and I was a technician. I repaired manual typewriters, then electric, then electronic, then computer printers. I also repaired calculators, dictation equipment, and copiers. I feel lucky that I lived the “evolution” of machines. I also worked for several years in the commercial satellite TV business designing distribution systems and head end equipment systems. In 2001, I followed a dream of being in the appraisal business to Denver because of the booming economy there. Some of the adventures in appraising I've encountered involved millionaires, rock stars, sport celebrities, and dead bodies. Hey - just kidding about the bodies. I won't go into details here - but I might sometime if we sit down and get talking over a cold beverage. But those stories are for another place and another time - maybe a book, even.
I have three sons, who are all very talented, and yet very different,
in their own ways. My oldest son is a top Lambo (Lamborghini: high end Italian
super sports car that costs a million dollars - yes, a million dollars - I
didn't believe it either) mechanic in beautiful West Palm Beach, Florida.
No comment there - just a strange mix of pride and jealousy. My middle one
has a BA in computer science and is just starting his career in the high tech
world. My youngest one is enjoying life on the road while determining what
direction he wants to go. I am truly blessed to have three successful and
talented sons with good values.
Here is what keeps me well grounded - I belong to a fantastic Church. I have a standing invitation to anyone that wishes they could experience Church the way they always hoped it could be - but haven't been able to. Be my honored guest the first time - you won't regret it - and you will be coming back time and time again. I too was searching for a long time. We've all been there.
Things are getting better all the time. For example, my wife and I also work with buyers and sellers of residential real estate. That is where our true passion lies. While appraising is not a bad profession to be in, it is not the end all, be all. It allows us to be much better at what we love doing, which is making peoples dreams come true when we find them a home that exceeds their expectations. We have great customers and even better friends. We are truly blessed.