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Chattanooga, Tennessee - The Scenic City - was a great place to be raised; I can say that because it's my home. I'm most proud that in 1905 my great-grandfather, Abraham, chose Chattanooga to be his family's new home after leaving their home in Russia. It was a great choice and the fifth generation of Abraham's descendants (my kids) are being raised right here in the Scenic City. I loved being raised in Chattanooga, so much that, after earning a degree in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, I left Chattanooga for 15 long years. After I got a few things figured out, I returned for good.
While I was away from Chattanooga I lived in South Florida for a few years working in non-profit administration and then I moved to New York City where I met my incredible wife, Melody, and began a career in Risk Management. My first risk management position involved administering a claims department that primarily defended medical malpractice claims for several of New York's largest hospitals. Concurrently I earned a M.B.A. from Baruch College - City University of New York. I had my sights set on corporate risk management and fortuitously a position with a chemical company that took me next to Wayne, New Jersey. A few years later I finally convinced my wife, who hails from New York City, that Chattanooga is where we need to be; so we packed up the truck and headed South.
Returning to Chattanooga is the best thing I've ever done. It's simply the right place for me to be, not to mention that the rest of my family loves being here too. While I was away, Chattanooga transformed itself from a polluted city without much to offer to the incredible Chattanooga we've come to know and love. The beautiful mountain and waterfront scenery is abundant wherever you go. In 15 years, Downtown had transformed from nothing more than boarded-up store fronts to a vibrant, user-friendly and beautiful city centered around the Tennessee Aquarium, the Hunter Museum of Art and the Creative Discovery Museum plus restaurants, hotels and plenty of things to do. It was a great homecoming!
Along with changing homes, changing careers was at the top of my list. I looked for an opportunity where I could help other people and have more control over my own destiny. Real Estate was the perfect match that brought together my attention to detail, my love for helping people and virtually no ceiling that might stop my ability to grow and be successful. I took the classes, passed the tests and got my license; I was on my way.
Currently I'm a licensed Real Estate Broker in both Tennessee and Georgia, a founding member of Keller Williams Realty - Chattanooga East, and have remained ranked in the top 2% of Chattanooga Realtors for the past few years. In 2006 I founded The Scenic City Team, putting together the best real estate talent in Chattanooga that provides expert and friendly service to our clients throughout every transaction. I'm proud of my team, their expertise, and the way they put our clients first - just like me!
I'm so lucky to have an incredible wife, Melody, along with two sons, Micah and Jonah, who are proud Chattanoogans just like their Dad. Spending time with them, plus my parents and friends, is on the top of my list of favorite things to do. When I'm not with the family or selling real estate, I'm volunteering in the community or proudly teaching students at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where I've been an Adjunct Professor of Finance for many years.
Check out our blog, The Scenic City Scoop, and let us know when you are ready to buy, sell or trade real estate here in Chattanooga, my favorite place to be.
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