Never did I imagine myself living on the Oregon coast; never, that is, until the day in April 1999 when I signed the lease for a beach house in Bandon.
I’d grown up on the East Coast, entering the advertising business after graduating college, and worked for a Park Avenue firm most of my career. My job was to manage client relations and strategic direction for major brands of Fortune 500 companies, including Procter & Gamble, Quaker Oats, and Nestlé among others. I rose to be Executive Vice /General Manager of a global agency’s divisional San Francisco office.
It was a great experience. I learned much about people, business, and marketing. I learned much about myself as well. I learned, for example, that I didn’t want to spend my life in advertising, being as it was a bit too similar for comfort to the portrayal in the award winning drama series Mad Men.
I chose to take a year off. I decided to move to a rural coastal town where I could relax, reflect, and work on a novel I had started while in Los Angeles. I stumbled upon Bandon. I signed that lease.
Time passed quickly and I chose to take another year. I was studying for my real estate license when I met a woman and soon married. Next came a home in the country, three rescue dogs and then horses. I knew I would never return to the “glamour” of big city life.
Moving to Bandon is one of the very best decisions I’ve ever made. Life on the southern Oregon coast is a wonderful, healthy change in so many respects. It is a beautiful, clean environment, fundamentally grounded in elemental basics.
Bandon Dunes Golf Resort opened shortly after I moved here. It has had the effect of catapulting this area to national prominence. It won’t, in my opinion, turn the town into a condo village. Bandon will retain its charm with some of the best beaches and scenery you’ll find anywhere. The resort has, however, drawn wealth and more discriminating buyers to our area, discovering not just the resort, but so much more that Bandon has to offer as well.
I opened my real estate office in 2006. There was an untapped need—true for buyers and sellers alike—for a brokerage that specializes in special properties; higher-end, unique homes, ranches and businesses, that deserve a higher level of service.
I’ve been fortunate that my marketing skills, honed over two decades at some of the top advertising agencies, have been a valuable asset in the real estate business. My background, similar in respects to that of many buyers we see, has helped me relate and better understand their needs and desires. An “A” type work ethic, dedication, ethical standards have also proved helpful, making me one of the top multi-million producers in the area.
Life continues to evolve and I’ve been fortunate that it keeps getting better. Although divorced, I’ve been lucky to find the woman I’m truly meant to be with. And while the real estate market has seen challenging years in the recent past, our business and marketing efforts continue to improve. Opportunities abound, and real estate in this town is more fun and interesting every day.
I specialize in distinctive homes, farms and ranches, and commercial and development properties. Bandon is the nexus of my focus, though I travel broadly on the southern Oregon coast from Florence through Brookings in search of premium properties and excellent values.