I currently live in Maple Ridge with my wife of 19 years, Monique, and our 3 children. I’ve been a licensed real estate agent since 2005, proudly serving Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, the tri-cities, and Mission areas.
Born in Ontario, I split the first several years of my life between living in the Toronto and Windsor areas, where I still have lots of immediate and extended family. We moved to Port Coquitlam when I was a teenager, where I graduated from Terry Fox Senior Secondary in 1996. As one of the school’s top students, I was awarded several scholarships to attend UBC, where I studied mechanical engineering.
During my UBC studies, I started dating Monique, and as we were inseparable, we soon married. I took a break from my studies, and we spent a number of months backpacking through Europe on our “roughing-it” honeymoon – which was quite an experience. I returned to UBC after returning from Europe.
Upon leaving UBC, I decided that, while I enjoyed the technical challenges that engineering provided, I wanted to work in a field that allowed me to more closely work with people, and that offered more variation in day-to-day activities. I started a couple of small companies, and worked my way into sales, where I quickly appreciated the fact that a person’s success is only limited by their skill and by how much work they put in. Flourishing in that type of environment, I obtained my real estate license in 2005.
In 2006, my first full calendar year as a real estate agent, I was awarded the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver’s “Rookie of the Year” award, which recognized the top-selling new agent by volume, regardless of brokerage – as I outsold all new agents in the REBGV area that year. Since then, I have often been in the top 1or 2% of all agents within the REBGV, having consistently achieved membership in the Medallion Club (top 10%) and several President’s Club (top 1%) placements. I joined forces with John Carlson in 2013, and since then, we’ve formed one of the busiest partnerships around.
As a husband and father of three children, I've come to appreciate good value. This is why I am happy to work with One Percent Realty. I can provide great service and good value to my clients. My clients get the same or better services, same types of marketing, and same results while paying thousands less than they might pay elsewhere.
In my off time, I love being with my family and around nature. Few things make me happier than being in a cottage in the woods with my wife and kids around a campfire. When the local weather allows, we like to go camping and fishing, and my wife and I take my children for our annual summer camping road trip where we’ll explore various national parks and small towns through North America. Weekly, my family and I can found at the Maple Ridge Alliance Church, where our kids always seem to know more about what’s going on than we do.
Music has always been a big part of my life. I’ve played the saxophone for about 25 years, having started in elementary schools, but since, playing with various jazz and community bands. I also love learning new instruments, having played lots of instruments over the years, from the clarinet to the trumpet and trombone. Currently I dabble somewhat on the guitar and I am learning piano, mostly from my11 year old daughter, who is quick to scold me if I get the fingering wrong. As we believe music should be an important part of everyone’s life, all of our children have been taking music lessons since very little. I have an insatiable curiousity about almost everything, which makes me a strong believer in being a life-long learner. I enjoy reading about various topics, and I am (very slowly) working my way towards an MA from Regent College, which is located at UBC.
I feel that regardless of what a person does, it should be done to the best of his or her ability with the utmost in honesty and integrity, and I try to live my life this way on a day-to-day basis. If there’s anything I can do to help you with your real estate needs, please don’t hesitate to contact me.