I was born in Stamford, CT, where I lived until I was 15, when my family moved to Ridgefield CT. After graduating from Ridgefield HS, I attended the University of Hartford and then Pratt Institute, where I earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with an influence in Design. From there I embarked on a very successful advertising career, while living in Brooklyn and NYC. I like to compare it to the Army, because I was able to see the world and get paid doing it. Singapore, Dempesar, Jakarta, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Paris, Prague, London, Mexico City are just a few of the stamps that grace my passport.
I ended my advertising career not because I was forced to (you've never really worked in advertising unless you've been laid off or fired several times) but because I lost the passion for what I was doing and rather than just cash a paycheck and be miserable, I quit. Fortunately at the same time my best friend had quit Wall Street so now I had someone to pal around with! I was able to take the free time to unwind, gather my thoughts, and plan my next move. A luxury most never get to take advantage of.
Between college and quitting the "army", I met my future wife Shari, bought and renovated a Craftsman bungalow in Rye NY, sold that and moved to North Stamford, CT, where we currently live in an almost 200 year old farmhouse.
I always had an interest in carpentry, construction and architecture. And creatively, the closest thing to building a home, is selling a home. So after getting my real estate license in 2005, I joined William Pitt Sotheby's, and the rest as they say, is history.