I joined the ever growing real estate business back in 1990 and had as my goal, right from the start, to become a top selling REALTOR®. Since then, I have helped many; many people experience a smooth, stress free home selling or buying experience. During my career, I have achieved remarkable success as a REALTOR® and been fortunate to obtain Medallion Club status (top 10% of REALTORS®) for over 25 years in a row. I was recently awarded the prestigious Medallion Club Lifetime Achievement award. RE/MAX has also given me many awards including President’s Club, Executive Club, 100% Club, Platinum Club, Hall of Fame, and recently the coveted RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement award. Still, the best rewards are from the referrals I receive from my past clients! It is a constant reminder to me that I did a good job for them and that they trust me enough to refer their family and friends to me!
I will be the first to admit that there is more to life than being successful at selling real estate. I have always made it my goal to give back to the community in many ways. I have been involved in my local church, and have volunteered for many hours both as coach and floor scheduler for Burnaby Minor Lacrosse, New Westminster Girls Soccer and South Burnaby Metro Club.
Family is very important to me; they are the backbones of my success! No matter how busy it gets, I always make sure I put time aside for my family. Being a Dad to a daughter and 2 sons, has kept me busy. I do my best to be part of everything, from watching my daughter play a soccer game or compete in singing competitions to watching my son’s wrestling or lacrosse match! Ha-ha, yes, it’s great having both boys and a girl! My children have accompanied me on many fun adventures, both my daughter and sons have went camping, fishing, canoeing, and bike riding with me. I am very grateful for my parents, the way they raised me, how they cared for me and the values they taught me, so even though they live in Langley, I make an effort to go down and visit them often, and of course, to steal some of my Dad’s delicious baking! Time with family is always the best, Christmas dinners, birthday parties, Thanksgiving, the list goes on.
My own adventure in life began in Regina, Saskatchewan. My Dad was a farmer and potash miner. When I was 5, my family moved to Northern Alberta and the booming oil sands. My Dad began working in Fort McMurray, Alberta and with his wife, my Mom, raised our family. It was in this isolated northern community that I and my 2 brothers developed a love for the outdoors. To this day, I am very at home spending time in the outdoors, cooking on an open fire, hiking, biking, fishing, or camping. One of the results of my love for the outdoors has been my concern for the environment and my desire to become an avid recycler. I care about the environment and I do my best to recycle paper, soft and hard plastic, metal and glass both at home and the office. I am also an avid composter of food scraps. If you ever have a question about recycling, just call me, I will probably have the answer and would be glad to help you! I make it my goal to leave one of the smallest environmental footprints of any of my friends. In 2010, I joined NAGAB, the Canadian National Association of Green Agents and Brokers so I can network with other REALTORS® committed to a greener world.
After high school, I left home to attend college in Saskatchewan. I received a Bachelor’s Degree there and after 4 years moved to Vancouver. My first job in sales was selling Vancouver Sun newspaper subscriptions over the phone. Shortly after that, I started selling and installing burglar alarm systems in both new and existing construction. This work gave me an intimate knowledge of house construction and people skills. These jobs taught me the importance of building a trusting relationship with my clients. In 1990, the housing market in Vancouver was booming so I decided to join that excitement. It was a great career choice for me, as I still enjoy my job 20+ years later.
My first real estate purchase was in 1988, two years before I became a REALTOR®. It was a bad experience for me dealing with the REALTOR® that helped me. When I became a REALTOR® in 1990, I remember telling myself, “Glenn, remember how that went, treat all your customers honestly and fairly.” That motto has stuck with me ever since, and I still promise all my customers” to treat them honestly and fairly, the way I would want to be treated if I was buying or selling real estate”.
My second purchase was a condominium near Commercial Drive and later a home near Commercial and 10th. I have experienced the benefits of home ownership, including the financial and security benefits it offers. I truly believe that owning real estate is one of the smartest decisions anyone can make. If you are considering buying or selling real estate, I would be pleased to meet with you at a coffee shop or your home to see if I could use my real estate expertise to help you with your real estate needs!
Some of my favourite quotes;
"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose."
Jim Elliot martyr missionary in South America, 1949. I like this because it helps me focus on eternity
“If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.”
Sir Isaac Newton 1676 in a letter to his friend Robert Hooke. I like this because I always try to learn from others and listen to what they are saying.
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
Winston Churchill (with credit from George Santayana)I like this because I always try to learn from my mistakes.
“I have, myself, full confidence that....we shall prove ourselves once again able to defend our Island home
The British Empire and the French Republic, linked together in their cause and in their need, will defend to the death their native soil, aiding each other like good comrades to the utmost of their strength.
Even though large tracts of Europe and many old and famous States have fallen or may fall into the grip of the Gestapo and all the odious apparatus of Nazi rule, we shall not flag or fail.
We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans,
we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be,
we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds,
we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills;
we shall never surrender, and even if, which I do not for a moment believe, this Island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until, in God’s good time, the New World, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old.”
Winston Churchill June 6, 1940 as he rallied his own British countrymen to stand tall in the face of overwhelming opposition, when defeat from Nazi Germany seemed a real possibility. I like this because it shows how important determination and confidence are to success.
"I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use."
- Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) developed the theory of a Heliocentric universe and was later tried by the Inquisition, found "vehemently suspect of heresy", forced to recant, and spent the rest of his life under house arrest. I like this because I always try to question what everyone assumes is correct and then decide what I believe and do what I know is right and not what the masses think.
-I Have a Dream
I say to you today, my friends, even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American Dream.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal"…..
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
I have a dream today
Martin Luther King Jr. August 28, 1963; taken from a speech that started to change our world; I like this because I like to talk about my dreams with family and friends and I am thankful that Mr. King shared his dreams with the world.
"Whether you think that you can, or that you can't, you are usually right."
- Henry Ford (1863-1947) Invented the automobile, I like this because it reminds me that what I think makes all the difference.