Everyone has different dreams and aspirations. When I was young, like most of us, I had far-fetched fantasies regarding what I wanted to be “when I grow up.” As I got older, I matured, got wiser, and never got drafted by the NBA.
After graduating from the University of Florida in 2010, I knew my realistic route was also my easy way out: I was going to work for the family business as an Economic Development Consultant. After only a few months, I realized that was not what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I got a job in mortgages, but I always knew that wasn’t my big-picture play either. Next, I worked in Exceptional Student Education and coached basketball in the St. Johns County School District. I honestly loved it, and I do miss it.
Finally, in September of 2012, I landed in real estate. I lucked out and was blessed to earn a job with a top Team in the city, ran by the best Team Lead in the city. After a year of experience and absorbing everything I could, it was time to try real estate on my own. A few months later I was recruited as the sweat-equity Operating Partner of a local boutique brokerage. I learned a ton there as well, and quickly realized I was too young and inexperienced for such a role and its responsibilities.
At the end of August 2015, Erika (My newly acquired right hand [wo]man) and I decided that we needed to make another move to accelerate our education, knowledge, and business. We felt Ray Rivera, Sonny Downey, and Nanci Soriano were just the leaders we needed- We picked EXIT Real Estate Gallery. EXIT Real Estate Gallery and EXIT Realty Corp. International exceeded our expectations. They successfully coached me on how to be a better real estate agent, the business aspects of real estate, and properly growing my Team and company. There is no better broker duo than Ray and Sonny; but don’t let them fool you, Nanci is the boss.
A lot has happened in the past five years. The Cole Slate Team grew to six teammates, our production grew, and we all grew as people and real estate agents. But most importantly, it was during this time that I married a smokin’ hot real estate agent, the love of my life, and my best friend- Laura. Through all of this growth, we decided that it was time for the next chapter.
I have now been in the real estate business for eight years. Over my eight years of experience, a lot has changed. One thing that has not changed is the 1000% effort I invest in our customers, my teammates, giving back to the real estate industry, and giving back to our community. I feel real estate has provided me with the greatest platform to achieve my goal to positively impact everyone around me.
I’m excited to share with you a dream come true, Slate Real Estate.
Slate Real Estate will continue to exceed customer experience expectations, at the highest level. Our firm will only consist of agents that hold family, character, culture, and service as top priorities.
It’s impossible to share the level of appreciation I have for all of you. Thank you for always supporting me personally and professionally. Slate Real Estate and I look forward to continuing to serve you, your family, and our community.