After four years of running the Oahu office of Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers, I've decided to go back in to sales full time.
I've learned a lot over the course of the last four years. From humble beginnings, I saw the future of where Hawaii Life was headed early on. I had the rare opportunity to work with the company on a referral basis while still selling real estate with RE/MAX here on Oahu. A year after the financial crisis of 2008, I joined Hawaii Life in the summer of 2009 when I realized half of my eight escrows at the time were coming from Hawaii Life. I was the first agent hired on the ground on Oahu and got my Broker's license shortly thereafter. The original "office" was my home (literally). We actually didn't open an office here on Oahu until February of 2011 once we had over 10 agents. This week as I stepped down from the helm, we've just about tripled in size with nearly 30 agents. We're also on track to quadruple our 2010 production.
We have an ongoing saying within the company to "buckle up your seat-belts" for the rocket-ship type of a ride Hawaii Life has been. Last year Hawaii Life was the #3 fastest growing company in Hawaii according to Pacific Business News. We are also now the #4 Residential Real Estate company in the state. Oh... and we have a show on national TV. Unfortunately, all the growth does not come without "growing pains". I've sacrificed family time, family travel and most recently lost touch with my own personal clients. I was so busy running the office and managing agents that I had less time devoted time to spend with friends, family, clients and really getting out to enjoy my Hawaii Life.
I have no regrets. I've grown a lot personally and as a Realtor. I've managed and will continue to work alongside some awesome people. I've been through the Hawaii Association of Realtor's Leadership Academy and currently serve on HAR's Education Committee. I'm looking forward to what lies ahead as I've created the space and energy to spend more time with family and my clients that entrust me to help them with their real estate needs.