My Story

     I was born In Grand Rapids, Michigan and am the last of 12 children.  When I look back I can see how amazing my parents were.  My father worked his main job for almost 30 years and on the weekends helped his buddy build a successful business.  My mother, just before having me, went back and finished high school and then became a nurse.   When my parents passed away, Hawaii became our new home. 

     I started my first business at the age of 12, and have had several businesses and careers over my life.  I have typically worked in sales, and absolutely love the interactions I have with a person, couple, or family.  While I have worked at the largest bank in the United States, my true passion consists of three things: people, architecture, and creating

     Of all the occupations I have had and businesses I have owned, the one thing that has remained constant is my love of working with people.  The highlight of any day is when I get to meet someone new and hear their story.  I love the feel of connecting with others and helping them in some particular way.  I also love creating, whether that be in my mind or with my hands.  My wife Cheryl and I have renovated and converted a 1922 home into one of the best bed and breakfasts in Hilo.  When you come inside, you will see her design talents, my handywork, and the loving and successful business we have created.  This ties directly in with my third passion, and that is architecture.  I could look at old buildings and properties all day long.  I can appreciate the craftmanship that went into creating this beauty.  I also have the unique ability to look past what is in front of me and see what could be.  All of this is what makes me a perfect fit for my real estate clients.  

     I will invest the time and energy it takes to get to know each one of my clients and what is truly best for them.  I revel in the opportunity to get to know you, and see exactly how my talents can be put to use in assisting you.  I look forward to and can envision that perfect family home or vacation home for you.  Or maybe it is a investment or commercial opportunity I am helping you explore and create.

     We can talk about my business degree or master in teaching, or the many businesses I have worked with and created.  We can also discuss my previous real estate endeavors and experience.  But while all this valuable knowledge and experience is important, the most important thing is you.  It is your vision, your values, and what you are trying to accomplish.  It may be a better life for your family, your first home, dealing with the estate of a loved one, adding to your real estate investments, or creating that retirement business.  Just rest assured that I will be there to help you navigate.  

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The view from one of our oceanfront suites at our business Hilo Bay Oceanfront Bed and Breakfast