I was born and raised in Brookside, attending both St. Francis and St. Peter’s for grade school and then graduated from Bishop Hogan High School. I began working at Meiner’s Grocery Store, literally next door, just west to the Brookside Real Estate office (currently Jimmy John’s and Mike’s). After 16 years in the grocery business, I decided to make a career change. I always enjoyed carpentry and fixing things around the house, so I took a position as an apprentice carpenter for Schloegel Contracting, here in Kansas City. That position opened my eyes to the world or remodeling, and I found a new passion. I went out on my own after 20 years and spent the next 24 years as a Handyman, working on homes mostly in Brookside and Waldo from simply repairs to full blown kitchen and bath remodels. I then purchased and “flipped” several homes over the past 5 years with great success. While I still love that work, “swinging a hammer” everyday takes its toll on your body and I recently had shoulder surgery. While recovering successfully, it was then I decided to back away from remodeling and open a new chapter, selling homes as a real estate agent. When I made the decision, it only made sense to join the Brookside Real Estate Team.
Having worked on older homes for over 20 years, I possess a knowledge of not only how things work, but also, what my buyers can do to homes they are considering OR what my sellers can do to make their homes more appealing to the buying community. I have a vast list of skilled trusted vendors I’ve worked with while remodeling homes that I can share with both my buyers and sellers! This is a “tool” or perspective not many other agents possess and I’m happy to share with my clients and look out for their best interests.
I’m looking forward to my transition into being a real estate agent and working with the Brookside Real Estate Team. I’ve spent my entire life in Brookside, and continue to bump into friends almost daily, some I’ve known literally all my life and some from the grocery stores or working on their homes. I even met my wife Sarah at the newer Meiners grocery store where the Brookside Market now sits. When not working Sarah and I stay busy with our two sons, Dylan and Alex, with both sports and Boy Scouts.
I’m proud to call Brookside my “home” and am literally a “Brooksider for Life!”