By education and training, I am a real estate attorney and real estate broker. From 1994-2001 I worked tirelessly to defend real estate brokerage firms against a wide variety of consumer lawsuits. Dissatisfied and unfulfilled, I quit the practice of law. After a very satisfying year of travel; which included both a stint as a camp counselor in rural Montana and as a high school football coach in urban San Francisco, I returned to the business world in 2001-2002.
In 2002-2003 I opened my own real estate brokerage and consulting firm — Scholarship Homes&Real Estate. One of the prime motivations for opening my own brokerage was a desire to help build community and to share with our many community partners the fruits of my labors. For nearly 10-years I owned and directed my boutique real estate brokerage and consulting firm, and along the way engaged often and robustly with the aforementioned community partners, charities, and philanthropic organizations. I am proud to say that my wife and I personally re-directed more than $200,000 in real estate commissions to numerous local charities. In addition my wife and I make an effort to donate our time, energy and brain power. To that end, I am proud to say that I sat on the Board of the SF Child Abuse Prevention Center, and also as Vice Board Chair at the SF YMCA. With any luck, I will continue to have the time, ability and resources to continue and expand my public service in the years to come.
Although I have no formal business plan I do have four guiding goals: 1) Donate at least 10% of my commissions to those in need; 2) Continue to give each client the personal and professional service and attention I might hope for from my own real estate broker; 3) Go to the movies at least twice each week; and 4) Dont let Alyssa (my wife) know I have enough free time to go to the movies in the middle of the day. I am pleased to announce that I have consistently accomplished each of my goals.
In 2012 I was fortunate enough to be invited to join the fine men and woman at Vanguard Properties — my new home. At Vanguard I have found a kinship in spirit and intellect. I am pleased and proud to work with my many loyal clients and to continually move ahead in this exciting field.