We are excited to put the spotlight this month on our agent – Gerry! After a 25 year career in sales and management for national breweries like Miller and Coors, Gerry has spent the last 10 years in real estate applying his skills to helping his clients achieve sales success. As a resident of Saratoga Springs for 17 years, and a resident of Washington County for the past 5, Gerry has extensive knowledge of the local region. He has successfully combined his sales experience with his passion for real estate, which has led to him being consistently recognized as a top producer in the company.
1.What is the one thing you cannot resist? – Business answer – The opportunity to make a sale. Personal answer – a good time out with family and/or friends.
2.What is your greatest fear? – That my son will return from his tour of duty in Syria with the US Special Forces as a much different person who I can’t reach.
3. Where is your favorite place to be? – Usually wherever I am as I try to make the most of every day. A close second is any warm climate resort with a swim-up bar.
4. Where is the best place you’ve traveled to and why? – I have been fortunate to have traveled a fair amount but I’d have to say the abandoned homestead of my ancestors in Tyrella Beach, County Down, Northern Ireland. It was a great trip with my family and taught my sons a lot about our family history and where it all started and why there are no Magoolaghan’s left in Ireland (religious persecution for those who need to know).
5. What’s the weirdest job you’ve ever had? – I’ve had many jobs but none that I would consider weird, back breaking yes, weird no.
6. What would you do (for a career) if you weren’t doing this? – I’m lucky to have already finished my other favorite career which was working for Breweries. But like that career and this one, anything sales related, it’s what I do.
7. Any favorite line from a movie? – I love movie lines and have many favorites. I really enjoy sitting around with my two sons (usually drinks in hand) quoting every line from movies like Casino and Good Fellas. One of my more commonly used lines is I love to answer the phone by saying nothing more than “SPEAK! “. It drives people crazy. For you non-movie experts it’s from Tom Sellick in High Road to China.
8. Tell us something that might surprise us about you. – I was a jet engine mechanic in the US Air Force for 2 years, then served in the Reserves.
9. If you could choose anyone, who would you pick as your mentor? – Had that person, Peter Belmonte, Belmonte Builders, he taught me land development and paid me while teaching me.
10. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be? – Sure could use some accounting skills! I’m an amateur sailor, and would love the time to learn more.
11. What’s the worst experience you’ve had as a RE agent? – How much time do you have? Seriously, I guess the worst is not selling a listing before the client loses faith. Of course there are a few client interactions that I could fill in some space here with.
12. If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do? Change my name then meet with a Planner. I’d select what charities I would work with so I could tell the rest no and then I’d buy a membership in NetJets private jet service so I could travel more, in the style I would like to become accustomed to. Sorry that was like the first 3 or 4 things I’d do.
13. When you have 30 minutes of free-time, how do you pass the time? – on my Peloton, walking to VT at the end of my dirt road, TV or reading. I also love a good 30 minute nap on my screen porch with my 2 dogs.
14. What is something you learned in the last week? – Learned a few tricks on Dotloop.
15. What’s your favorite indoor/outdoor activity? – I like to kayak and hike and do both in the summer.
16. What is the first concert you attended? – Officially, as a child, the Supremes on the Atlantic City Pier but as a teen, 3 Dog Night.
17. What music is on your iPhone/Android phone? – Country and Classic Rock.
18. What chore do you absolutely hate doing? – Ever see my desk?
19. If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet? – That’s a hard one, maybe Teddy Rosevelt
20. How do you balance your career and family? – Does anyone ever?