Is being a good salesperson Genetic?

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I have often wondered if being a good/great salesperson was genetic. I have worked with family teams and see something there besides the familiar similarities. My Dad recently sent me a photo of himself and his siblings and his mother taken back in 1980.

I looked at it and reminisced about them and there achievements and there is definitely a sales DNA pattern.

The photo may be a bit grainy but it will make my point.

Starting from the left was my Uncle Donald. Charismatic, charming he was an international businessman that convinced big manufactures that they needed him to sell and distribute their products in Latin America (back in the '50's). He built the largest export company in the US.

Second is my Aunt Roberta, she took her stunning Mediterranean looks and charm and opened restaurants where she was the front of the house and kept them coming back. She is 81 years old now and still looks almost the same and is still working it!

Next Nonna(grandmother) Della, she packed up the old country in 1916 and headed for NYC to become a dancer in vaudeville.

My Aunt Madeline was a knockout with personality plus. She entered the room and all heads turned. During the big war she played on the all female baseball teams, the movie League of their Own was written about her and her teamates. She was the first woman inducted into the NY baseball hall of fame. She is also in the bowling hall of fame and ran the gate at the NY State Fair for 64 years!

Uncle Frankie, in the dark glasses, (always in the dark glasses)  could work a crowd. We like to refer to him as our own "Tony Sorprano" jokingly but in his day he was a frozen food sales executive before most people had freezers!

Lastly is Joe, my handsome Dad. He too was a ball player (NY Yankee farm team) and an executive at Pepsico. I used to be amazed by how easily he charmed, wined and dined the likes of Joan Crawford and Nat King Cole. He could (still can) sell anything!

So in wrapping this up I conclude that at least in my case there is a sales gene in my DNA.

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Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

So nice to finally find out what's in your jeans......oh wait, that's genes.....never mind!    Very cool photo and quite an accomplished family.

Apr 16, 2016 11:12 PM #5
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning Marco,

In this case I would have to agree with your assessment.

Thankfully thos coats won't come back for a while!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Apr 16, 2016 11:16 PM #6
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

Hello Roger D. Mucci thanksand yes they made me proud!

Hi Raymond E. Camp I would have to agree with the sport coat comment but you still see them down here in certain sets. Happy boating today!

Apr 16, 2016 11:39 PM #7
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

What a good looking and charming family.  And, yes, Uncle Frankie has definitely got the Uncle Frankie looks, if you knowwhadImean. LOL

Apr 17, 2016 12:14 AM #8
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

Hey Susan Haughton yes I do know what you mean and he played that character well Thx for stopping by!

Apr 17, 2016 12:16 AM #9
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Marco. Thank you for sharing the photo, I'm sure it brought back lots of memories. Of course it is genetic.

Apr 17, 2016 12:37 AM #10
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Marco, Wonderful photo.  There may be a DNA component ... as well as an environmental and learned component of aspiration to be like those we love and admire.  You are blessed!!! 

Apr 17, 2016 01:36 AM #11
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

What a crew.  You can see something special in each of their eyes.  They have the world by the tail for sure.  Thanks for sharing your family with us.  That explains alot.  You were destined for great things the minute you made your grand entrance.

Apr 17, 2016 01:47 AM #12
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Don't you just love looking at old family photos?  And yes, I do think there is a genetic component to being a good sales person.  It didn't surprise me to know that my paternal grandfather, who I had never known, was a fantastic salesman of baked goods in a small town.  

Apr 17, 2016 01:54 AM #13
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

I think you have a point here Marco Giancola  Your old family photo is awesome by the way . My family also has a history of sales . My uncle was a commercial RE  salesman  and my other Uncle owned a very sucessful Car lot . I could go on but the list would be long there were jewlery owners ect

Apr 17, 2016 02:21 AM #14
Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Hi Marco.  Holidays must have been something in your home.  It is genetic.

Apr 17, 2016 05:22 AM #15
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I definitely think certain talents, including sales ability, can be in the DNA.  I've seen successful real estate families which had two or three generations all working together and being prosperous.

Apr 17, 2016 02:10 PM #16
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Marco- it's easy to see where you get your sales enthusiasm.  What an accomplished family!!!  How lucky are you!

Apr 18, 2016 03:53 AM #17
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Marco, you definitely have the correct DNA for sales, and what a lovely family photo!  

Apr 18, 2016 11:27 PM #18
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Success is a family characteristic . . . . Must be in the family DNA.

Good luck and success,

Lou Ludwig

Apr 19, 2016 11:40 AM #19
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Well that explains your good looks, success stories, interesting contacts with people, places and things. Yes! It's in your DNA.

I really enjoyed getting to meet the FAM! They all contributed to your success and you never disappointed either! 

Apr 20, 2016 02:03 PM #20
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Marco Giancola .. first of all, I'm so sorry for being late to this party.... and what a great one it is.... I've not seen so many gorgeous looking men and women in one photo in a long time.... they're all stars and NOW I FULLY UNDERSTAND why you are so handsome and so's in the genes, baby....and you have a touch of every one of those lovely family members.... thank you for waking me up did I miss this!!! 

loved it....


Apr 24, 2016 11:48 PM #21
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

Hey Barbara Todaro I figured it would make your big Italian heart happy to learn a little bit more about your paesano!

Apr 24, 2016 11:54 PM #22
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Oh, how I love every one of them, Marco! The dash, the charm, and one of my favorite movies was A League of Their Own (we own it!!), how incredible that it was about Aunt Madeline!!!! I love every one of these characters, and YES, I believe it IS in your DNA. I definitely follow my mom's side as far as the artist in me; my granny had a dance studio (and taught the then unknown Pete Taylor, who later became the reknown Paul Taylor Dance Company out of NY) , we had a vaudeville team in our past, poets, writers. HOWEVER, I learned marketing/sales from my my dad who was what I termed "a ladie's man and a man's man"...he was drop-dead gorgeous, humble, charming in a folksy way and did VERY well in the oil business, but was a born salesman--the kind that made friends with everyone, not the pushy type AT ALL. He also was a semi-pro  baseball player and had been the quarterback for Jimmy Brown (the famous running back) in college at Syracuse University.  I come (gratefully) from a wide swath of "character". 

You do, too! No wonder you command what you do so graciously! 

Apr 25, 2016 12:40 PM #23
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

Hello Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905 first thank you so much for your kind words! Secondly your family history is a very interesting story as well. Was Pete/Paul Taylor related to June Taylor? Do you remember her dance company? Thirdly besides being a baseball player my dad was a football captain in high school where he met my mom (the head cheerleader) and they are from SYRACUSE! Small fascinating world indeed! Thanks for sharing with me

Apr 25, 2016 09:24 PM #24
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