My positive attitude will sustain you…
My positive outlook makes me generous with praise, quick to smile, and always on the lookout for the positive in the situation. The world looks better around me because my enthusiasm is contagious. I try to find a way to lighten your spirit. I inject drama into every project. I celebrate every achievement. I find ways to make everything more exciting and more vital. I am rarely dragged down. My positivity won't allow it. Somehow I can't quite escape my conviction that it is good to be alive, that work can be fun, and that no matter what the setbacks, one must never lose one's sense of humour.
My training and the bulk of my work career (since 1975) was spent in computer systems application software design and development. I specialized in financial and general business administration programs.
From there, I developed a hunger for a better understanding of other aspects of business and more involvement with people. I became a student of marketing in 1997 and proceeded to try different applications of my sales and marketing training working in radio sales and marketing, general insurance, printing and graphics and accounting.
I was born and grew up in Pembroke, Ontario in the upper Ottawa Valley. I moved to Toronto for postsecondary education. Here I met my wife, Cindy (a native of Toronto) and we got married in 1979. Starting a family made us aware of the need to provide a wholesome place for our daughters Jessie and Megan to grow up so we decided to move to the family friendly town of Vernon, BC in 1990 where we have enjoyed making friends and all this area has to offer.
I love my family and I love music. My darling wife Cindy and I have been married since May 5, 1979. Our eldest daughter, Jessica, was born in 1983 and our second daughter, Megan was born in 1987. These 3 girls are at the centre of my life. They give reason to everything I do. We each share in the joy of being witnesses to each other's lives. We are the best of friends. Jess brought Jon Lumer into our lives when they married in October, 2014 and now we are pleased to be joined by Orwell, their son, our Grandson who was born in 2018. And so the family grows!
I sing and play a variety of instruments and enjoy exploring many genres of music including bluegrass, folk, country and rock. I have performed semi-professionally throughout the Pacific Northwest since 1998. One of my current projects include a contemporary rock duo with James Taylor that we call Virgil Caine. You can watch some videos we recently recorded at Frequency Wine and Sound by clicking the links below.
Link to Virgil Caine on Youtube - She Got -https://youtu.be/CnS3yGFB0CU
Link to Virgil Caine on Youtube - Summer In The City -https://youtu.be/lb8K3hBrOY4
I'm also currently part of a traditional bluegrass band called Canadian Whitewater Bluegrass Band. Here is a video of us doing Blue Train...
Link to Canadian Whitewater Bluegrass Band on YouTube - Blue Train - https://youtu.be/DzXVLNl4mhI
I was previously part of a bluegrass quartet aptly named Freshly Picked. You can catch Freshly Picked Bluegrass on You Tube by clicking below.
Link to Freshly Picked on YouTube - Seven Bridges Road - https://youtu.be/EtudhQZaJf0
Link to Freshly Picked on YouTube - Rocky Top - https://youtu.be/38h5V30wuis
I have been an award winning Realtor since 2009, my first full year as a professional Realtor. The awards that I am most proud of are the testimonials that I have received from the numerous clients that I have helped to buy a home or to sell their home. Helping my clients through something as big as this gives me a lot of satisfaction. Judging from the many referrals I receive from my clients, I can see how much they appreciate the extra care that I take to help them.
Training is essential to me as I keep up with the latest regulations and trends in real estate so I can provide you with everything you need to make informed decisions. Here are some of the courses that I have taken to keep me up to date on the things you need to know.
Powerful Negotiations with Collaboration
Legal Update 2016
Homes of Different Ages
An Unfriendly Environment
ACTING FOR BUYERS & SELLERS
LEGAL UPDATE 2015
Legal Update 2013
DISCLOSURE ISSUES & RISKS
DESIGNATED AGENCY WORKSHOP
LEGAL UPDATE 2011
LEGAL UPDATE 2010
SELLING TENANT OCCUPIED PROPERTIES
OMREB, Ethics: Unlocking the Realtor Code
British Columbia Real Estate Association, Residential Trading Services Applied Practice Course
I share my music to support many local community initiatives. Using my music to help me benefit worthwhile community causes is my way of giving back to a community that has welcomed us and continues to make us feel at home. Here are some of the charities that we support...