I truly believe that life is an adventure and I am on the adventure of a lifetime in the Riviera Maya. My journey to paradise has been an amazing ride, filled with getting to know some of the world’s great athletes to helping some major institutions succeed in their environmental goals.
So, who am I? I am Canadian, born and bred in Montreal, Quebec. I was a teenager in that great city during the world’s fair, Expo 67, and had the best summer job ever at the 1976 Olympics. School took me to the picture-perfect province of Prince Edward Island in the mid-seventies, and that’s where my life changed forever.
You see, one day in 1977, I was walking on campus at the University of Prince Edward Island when the University Information Officer asked me if I was interested in a job reporting on sports for CBC Radio. Was I? That was my dream. So, in March of 1977, I was part of the launch of CBC Radio in that tiny province as the morning sports reporter. To say I was green was an understatement.
What started off as a part-time job evolved into a 20-year career covering sports around the world. I got to rub shoulders with some of the great athletes of the day like Wayne Gretzky, Kurt Browning, Katarina Witt and Kristi Yamaguchi. I stood 20 feet from Fidel Castro one day in 1991. I was in Atlanta when the bomb went off at the 1996 Olympics. And, I can tell you that even as a journalist, I would feel that shiver of emotion when you hear your national anthem played at any international event.
The last ten years of my career were spent in Edmonton, Alberta during a time when the Oilers ruled the NHL and some of the best figure skaters in the world called Edmonton home. But, like all good things, it had to end sometime and in 1997 I got caught in corporate budget cuts and was out of work.
I remember that day well. I didn’t know where to go next. I had married into a young family and needed to support them. I ended up doing the one thing I said I would never do – SALES! The reason for that was I viewed sales like the stereotypical used car salesman. But, I was wrong. I learned quickly that sales was about listening to what your customer wants and building the same relationships with them that I did with some of the world’s great athletes.
My departure from my broadcasting career led to an award winning 18-year career in the waste and recycling industry. It was quite a switch but it was very rewarding helping corporations, small businesses and public sector institutions find ways to divert waste and do what is right for the environment.
That chapter closed in 2015 and I was at the crossroads of which door to open next. In May of that year, I was on holiday in Playa del Carmen and met an old friend at a local bar to catch up. In the course of our discussion, I told my friends that I was thinking of going into real estate back home in Edmonton. One of them offered me a job in paradise on the spot. In October of that year, I packed up my life, said goodbye to family and friends, and moved to paradise.
Now, my exciting new adventure has brought me to Investment Properties Mexico. I am excited to work for our clients and help them learn about life in paradise. I use the term “I work for you and you don’t have to pay me” all the time, but it’s true. I am a buyer’s agent and I want to help you find your dream property in paradise. See you soon – Hasta Pronto.
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