Aimee Wesson Sales Representative
Aimee Wesson was told from a young age that if she was going to invest in anything, invest in real estate. She couldn’t wait to finish university and follow her ambition of being in the great game of real estate!
Her educational pursuits include IGCSE A-Level qualifications in Business, Economics and English Literature. In 2011, she moved to Canada to get her B.A. in Psychology from Brock University.
An avid equestrian from a young age, Aimee competes and trains horses any chance she gets. Along with pursuing her passion for real estate, she hopes to one day have a successful go at owning an equine sales business as well.
Aimee always had the intention of joining a boutique brokerage that offers progressive ideas and one which fosters a genuine team environment. So, getting to part of the Rock Star Team has really been a vision made real. Aimee will be teaming up with JP Gulbis, and is looking forward to an exciting journey with all of her clients.
Andrea Hertel Marketing Manager
Best Memory About Child Hood: Getting a red “ghetto-blaster” for Christmas when I was little… I thought it was the greatest thing ever!
Best friend in grade school: How do you pick just one? I’ve had so many great friends over the years, I’m very lucky!
Favourite band in the 1970’s, 1980’s, 90’s, 2000’s: The Tragically Hip!
Favourite/Greatest movie of all time: White Christmas! I don’t know why but I love that movie!
Best vacation ever: Every year I take my two girls up to our Family cottage for a week. That week is always my favourite vacation! It’s such a slow pace of life and a chance for the three of us to reconnect!
Favourite sports team: I’m not a huge follower of sports but I cheer for New England Patriots if I’m watching football (not for any real reason though!)
Favourite sports memory and why: I used to dance competitively (If you consider that a sport) and it was a great feeling being part of the first ever tap dancing team to compete at the dance school I was at.
Favourite Restaurant: Montfort – Chicken Shawarma’s remind me of when I lived in Saudi Arabia for part of my childhood!
Scariest thing that ever happened to you: I was hit by a drunk driver when I had my beginners. My parents were in the car with me and it was a crazy experience. Luckily no one was hurt!
Are you superstitious: I definitely believe in Karma!
Favourite song: “Wheat Kings” by The Tragically Hip
Next place you want to visit and why: New Zealand.. I’d love to do a guided adventure tour there!
The principles you live by: Life is what you make it, dance like no one’s watching, don’t sweat the small stuff, and so on!
What you want to be remembered for: Being an amazing Mother, Daughter, Sister and Friend; and someone you can always count on.
Andrea McDonald Sales Representative
Where were you born (city): Burlington… only one in my family born in Canada (Mom-U.S., Dad-Scotland, Brother-Saudi Arabia)
Best Memory About Child Hood: Living in Saudi Arabia and Germany… amazing to see so much of the world at such a young age, we did a lot of traveling, met amazing people, and learned how to live among new cultures
Who was your best friend in grade school: Robin Lloyd, met her at the bus stop on the first day of Kindergarten… we still keep in touch!
Favourite movie of all time: Princess Bride
Best vacation ever: Thailand! We spent 3 weeks travelling the country for our honeymoon. Not only is it by far the most beautiful place I have visited, but the local people and the food are amazing too!
Favourite pastime/hobby: Dinner parties, shopping, making jewelery, movie nights.
Favourite sports team: Toronto Maple Leafs… through the good and the bad.
Favourite food and why: Pasta, the one food that i can literally eat all day every day.
Favourite restaurant and why: Seasons… great food great wine great service!
Favourite memory as a child: Eating peanut butter and banana sandwiches in the summer.
Favourite song: You were meant for me – Jewel.
Next place you want to visit and why: I would love our next trip to be really adventurous… maybe a safari in Africa!
The principles you live by: Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit – Conrad Hilton
What you want to be remembered for: Other than fabulous shoes??
Favourite pet: My Yorkie Bob
Andrew Palhetas Sales Representative
Where were you born (city): Toronto, Ontario
Best Memory About Child Hood: Riding my bike
Who was your best friend in grade school: Steve F, Chris J
Favourite band in the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s: Huge Elvis Presley Fan (Pre 1970’s)
Favourite movie of all time: Scarface
Best vacation ever: Mexico 2011-12
Favourite pastime/hobby: Working or riding my motorcycle
Favourite sports team: Portuguese Soccer team
Favourite sports memory and why: Scoring a try (goal in rugby) after a neck injury earlier that game, or breaking my nose playing rugby (it made for a good show)
Favourite food and why: Penne Arrabiata or anything Italian
Favourite restaurant and why: Osso Bucco Ristorante in Brampton, HUGE portions and great Penne
Favourite song: Red Red wine, Only fools rush in, More than Words
Next place you want to visit and why: Egypt or Greece – if not back to Mexico
The principles you live by: Treat others how you want to be treated. Always try and do ONE better. You can’t fly like an Eagle if you hang out with Turkeys.
What do you want to be remembered for: Getting more accomplished and helping others get more accomplished then most thought possible, and leaving a legacy.
Austin Furtado Sales Representative
Where were you born (city): Oakville, Ontario
Best Memory About Child Hood: Heading up to Sauble Beach for a traditional week-long camping trip with family and friends
Favourite band in the 1970’s, 1980’s, 90’s, 2000’s: Hard to say! There’s too many
Best Vacation Ever: 4 week trip through Greece 2014
Favourite Restaurant: Mo’s Family Restaurant
Scariest Thing That Has Ever Happened to You: Having a phobia of snakes has lead to many frightening moments for me. However, holding a python around my neck definitely takes the win!
Are you superstitious: No
Favourite Song: Summer Nights by Rascal Flats
Next Place you want to visit and why: Dubai or Tokyo – always looking for a new adventure
The Principles you live by: Success is never owned; it’s only rented – and the rent is due everyday.
Bernie Fraser Sales Representative
Best Memory About Childhood: My dad was in the Air Force so I grew up on military bases and was able to see all of Canada and parts of Europe as a child.
Best Friend in grade school: I went to six schools growing up so I had many best friends along the way. Brett was one my best friends in Grade 4 in Holberg BC (Look it up!). He became one of my best friends in high school.
Favourite band ever: Tie: AC/DC & Pearl Jam
Favourite movie of all time: Goodfellas
Best vacation ever: Quality time with my family where we enjoy warm weather, beaches, and some golf.
Favourite sports team: The Bills (Sigh) and The Leafs (ARRGGHH)
Scariest thing that ever happened to you: Definitely jumping out of a plane!
Are you superstitious: Almost Never. On sports teams I always tried to get #13 because most people didn’t want it.
Next place you want to visit and why: Hawaii. Looks to be the best combination of Beaches, Nature, Excursions, AND Golf. Plus we had a trip to Hawaii booked but ended up cancelling it as it was scheduled just after 911 happened.
The principles you live by: Two principles I live by are 1)Make your own Luck. I’ve been told that I’m extremely lucky, however I believe you make your own luck. This comes with hard work and the willingness to take a chance. 2) Don’t waste time worrying about the “What If’s” in life. Instead focus on ensuring you will conquer the “Next Time”.
Carol Karadza Controller
Where were you born (city): Mississauga, ON
Best Memory About Child Hood: Picking berries and peaches in my backyard on a hot day and spending the summers with my grandparents in Florence, Italy.
Favourite band in the 1970’s, 1980’s, 90’s, 2000’s: Duran Duran, U2, Madonna, Def Leppard, Michael Buble-I like all types of music except country.
Best vacation ever: Can’t pick, I love all my vacations!
Favourite sports team: Whatever team my son is playing on. I love to watch him play sports!
Favourite sports memory and why: I’m not very sporty and finally sunk a basket, the first one ever, but in my own net 🙂
Favourite Restaurant: I don’t do favourites! I love so many different restaurants for so many different reasons. Italian food in on the top of my list though.
Scariest thing that ever happened to you: A car backed out and hit me while I was on my bike. I fell onto a really busy street that was luckily for a few seconds, empty! And when my son was supposed to take the bus home from school but never got off the bus! (he took the wrong one and was eventually located a short time later :O )
Are you superstitious: No
Favourite song: It changes with my mood but I admit my daughter got me on to Justin Bieber!
Next place you want to visit and why: Greece, Paris, go back to Italy and visit my friend in San Francisco again.
The principles you live by: The Golden Rule – treat others as you would want to be treated.
What you want to be remembered for: Being fun, generous, positive, hard working and loving my family and friends.
Craig Swirzon Sales Representative
Where were you born (city)? Montreal, QC
Best Memory About Child Hood? Summer vacations in Maine.
Best friend in grade school? Jean Paul, Emerson.
Favourite band in the 1970’s, 1980’s, 90’s, 2000’s? Led Zeppelin, Bon Jovi, The Tragically Hip, Ed Sheeran, The Eagles, Josh Groban.
Favourite/Greatest movie of all time? Braveheart! The one-liners are funny and to this day make me laugh out loud.
Best vacation ever? It’s a toss-up – California or Muskoka both family vacations with the kids and Sandie and we had such a blast together.
Favourite pastime/hobby? Snow Boarding.
Favourite Restaurant? Billy’s in Ogunquit Maine, more for the nostalgia these days.
Favourite Food and Why? Seafood, Clam chowder, Lemonade, and Real Hot Fudge Sundae’s because memories from childhood summer vacations in Maine are attached to it.
Are you superstitious? Not really but maybe just a little
Favourite song? Believe by Josh Groban from the Polar Express.
Next place you want to visit and why? Nassau Paradise Island in the Bahamas with the family because it would be a memorable amazing vacation for us.
The principles you live by? Work hard/Play harder and leave things better than you found it.
What you want to be remembered for? Being a good husband and father and changing the world for the better (this is a work in progress and our investing has something to do with that).
Favourite Pet? Kahlua our miniature Schnauzer who passed away a few years ago.
Danielle Chiasson Sales Representative
Where were you born (city): Fredericton, NB
Favourite sports team: Is UFC a sport??
Favourite movie: Fast and Furious movies, and Ever After
Best vacation ever: Haiti
Next place you want to visit and why: Africa, because I’ve never been
The principles you live by: Do unto others as you would want done unto yourself, and not to do anything I might later regret
What you want to be remembered for: Being smart, kind and generous
David Barbosa Sales Representative
Best Memory About Childhood: Christmas time growing up was always special. Getting kissed by random girls; Being known as ‘Stuntman’ for doing some crazy things such as roof jumping; First movie I ever saw in the theatre: Star Wars; First Leaf game at Maple Leaf Gardens. Putting together and performing a break dancing routine for a banquet at a hotel I used to live near (broke my thumb while doing it), then being invited to perform at talent show in Montreal by a woman in the audience.
Favourite Band Ever: So difficult as a music lover to choose just one: Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Various Classical compositions and Film Soundtracks; all can be heard on my regular playlists. If I had to choose one: The Rolling Stones. My favourite album of all time would most likely be Pink Floyd’s The Wall.
Favourite Movie of All Time: Right, another one that’s too difficult to answer simply, as someone who once considered a career in Film. My top choices: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly; Star Wards, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Shawshank Redemption, Goodfellas, Jaws, Snatch, Singin’ In The Rain, It’s A Wonderful Life, The Hockey Sweater (short NFB animation), Dark Night, and the list goes on.
Best Vacation Ever: Punta Canada, D.R., and Vegas
Favourite Sports Team: Toronto Maple Leads (insert latest joke here). Also, Portugal National Football Team.
Scariest thing that ever happened to you: OK, I don’t know if I would consider this the scariest thing but certainly one of the most traumatic experiences was breaking my two front teeth on a chain link fence pole in grade two on a school skating trip at Greenwood Park, Toronto.
Are you superstitious: I would say no, with the exception of playing and watching certain sports. Whenever I gear up for Hockey, I have to put on left side equipment first.
Next place you want to visit and why: Australia, such a fascinating destination. I would love to see some marine life there. And anywhere by the ocean really.
The principles you live by: From the Poem (and film) Invictus: “I am the master of my fate. I am the captain of my soul.”
Delano Finnegan Sales Representative
Enza Manduca Sales Representative
Where were you born (city)? Toronto
Best Memory About Child Hood? Going to lake Simcoe with all my cousins and having great picnics and so much fun!
Best friend in grade school? Josie and she is still my best friend to this day!
Favourite band in the 1970’s, 1980’s, 90’s, 2000’s? Guess Who, Eagles, Aerosmith, Phil Collins, Sade and Alicia Keys.
Favourite/Greatest movie of all time? I love movies so it’s hard to pick; but here are some of my favourites, Rocky, Born Free, Secretariat – anything that’s inspirational!
Best vacation ever? I spent 2 weeks in Capri, Italy and spared no expense – it was off the charts amazing!
Favourite pastime/hobby? Staying fit, hiking and salsa dancing.
Favourite Restaurant? Café Nervosa in Yorkville – love the food and vibe.
Favourite Food and Why? Italian of course!
Scariest thing that ever happened to you? Surviving a bomb threat at a tiny airport in the south of Italy with my two young daughters at the time, during a Geneva Conference.
Are you superstitious? No, I’m too positive and optimistic.
Favourite song? I love music so there are too many songs I love to pick just one.
Next place you want to visit and why? Paris, the city of love.
The principles you live by?Life is a beautiful and exciting adventure and even when things seem like they are not going our way, it’s the universe’s way of guiding towards infinite wisdom.
In life you are faced with 2 doors; door #1 is labelled security and door #2 is labelled freedom. If you choose security then you will have neither. If you choose freedom, then you will have both J
Life is about growing and giving from your heart and soul. When you grow, you have something to give and when you give, you feel alive and fulfilled!
It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power.
What you want to be remembered for? That I was able to uplift and inspire the people I meet to live their best lives.
Favourite Pet? Our Shih-poo dog, Milo
Erika Spencer Sales Representative
Where were you born (city): Hamilton
Best Memory About Child Hood: when my brother was born
Best friend in grade school: Orsolya Soos
Favourite/Greatest movie of all time: Good Will Hunting
Best vacation ever: Costa Rica
Favourite sports team: not into sports
Favourite Restaurant: Casa Mia
Scariest thing that ever happened to you: got lost in Albany NY after a concert in a really rough neighbourhood
Are you superstitious: no
Favourite song: Bless the Broken Road, Rascall Flatts
Next place you want to visit and why: Italy/Switzerland, love it there!
The principles you live by: Always be authentic.
What you want to be remembered for: Being a good friend
Erwin Szeto Sales Representative
Where were you born (city): Scarborough
Best Memory About Child Hood: going to Canada’s Wonderland on rainy days so we never had to wait to get on the rides
Best friend in grade school: Robert J Wilson.
Favourite band in the 1970’s, 1980’s, 90’s, 2000’s: U2, Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins, and Radiohead
Favourite/Greatest movie of all time: I’ve always liked Superheroes so I’ll say Spiderman II
Best vacation ever: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – a beautiful city surrounded by rainforest, mountains, and beaches. I have a youtube of me hang gliding there.
Favourite pastime/hobby: Working out, playing sports, reading, SCUBA diving, and blogging
Favourite sports team: Leafs and Raptors
Favourite sports memory and why: The early 90’s Jays teams winning back to back pennants
Favourite Restaurant: August 8 on Brant St in Burlington, best all-u-can-eat place I’ve found and the dim sum is pretty good!
Scariest thing that ever happened to you: um, I’ve done some dumb stuff from diving to 100 ft as a beginner to sprinting off a cliff, tandem hang gliding at 600m with a guy I just paid cash in Rio, and snowboarding down black diamonds at Mt. Tremblant after just learning to board.
How about the grossest thing with a real estate spin? Hot summer day, walked into a potential investment property, my RE broker at the time described it as “I can’t sell this” (it was his listing) open the front door and the stench hit me like a punch to the face. And yes of course we bought it.
Are you superstitious: I always visualize the basketball going in the basket when at the free throw line. Does that count?
Favourite book: of the ones that haven’t already been mentioned: 4 Hour Work Week, and You Can Negotiate Anything
Favourite song: A Day in the Life ~Beatles
Next place you want to visit and why: Greek Island hopping. Why? Why not?! Greek food, Greek mythology/history, beaches, less expensive than other parts of Europe
The principles you live by: Do the extra 10%, you have to change your actions to change your results, this one I made up all by myself, “I refuse to suck at anything”
What you want to be remembered for: Someone who helped others achieve their goals faster than they ever would in the absence of my help.
Eugene Kamenskiy Sales Representative
Where were you born (city)? Novosibirsk, Russia
Best Memory About Child Hood? Exploring Siberian hidden lakes and streams with my father on our motorboat.
Favourite band in the 1970’s, 1980’s, 90’s, 2000’s? Arabesque, Deep Purple, Pink Floyd, Smokie, Scorpions, Europe…
Favourite/Greatest movie of all time? There are many of them. The latest one is Avatar. I like martial arts action movies.
Best vacation ever? The Caribbean Islands.
Favourite pastime/hobby? Hanging out with my family. Taekwondo. Working out. Reading books.
Favourite Restaurant? I prefer homemade food. Greek food is a good fit.
Favourite Food and Why? Shashlik (meaning skewered meat) with grilled vegetables. Pelmeni (Russian dumplings). Why? Because it is so yummy!
Are you superstitious? Yes, if I can use it in my favour 😉 Sometimes it allows you to focus on more positive things and may help you manage difficult emotions, especially in uncertain situations.
Scariest thing that ever happened to you? It happened over 7 years ago in Virginia Beach. I am a good swimmer, but had no experience swimming in the ocean before. I did not know that beaches with steep slopes should always be considered for shore-break conditions. I was not far from the shore. However, on the way back the waves started to smash me down towards the bottom and pull me away from the shoreline. I was not able to return. After many attempts I got hypoxic. I was so exhausted and disoriented, I thought it was my last moment. I did not give up. Now I know. Never give up, no matter how hard the situation is!
Next place you want to visit and why? New Babylon – Dubai! I would like to see how Dubai’s vision looks like; to be the city that has the biggest, the most luxurious, the tallest, the largest, the longest, and… best of everything. By the way, I have never been in a city with no personal income or capital gains taxes!
The principles you live by? If you want to have a better future, create it. The only limit in life is yourself. Everything is possible. “It doesn’t matter where you are, you are nowhere compared to where you can go.” – Bob Proctor
What you want to be remembered for? I want to be remembered as a man who gave all I had to give.
Felix Vortsman Sales Representative
Where were you born (city): Tashkent
Best Memory About Child Hood: Living in Italy for 6 months before immigrating to Canada
Best friend in grade school: Val
Favourite band in the 1970’s, 1980’s, 90’s, 2000’s: 1970’s – Beatles, 1980’s – Guns N Roses, 90’s – Depeche Mode, 2000’s – Maroon 5
Favourite/Greatest movie of all time: Shawshank Redemption
Best vacation ever: Honeymoon in Japan and Thailand
Favourite sports memory and why: Watching my 4 year old daughter take down her instructor in her Karate class like mini Bruce Lee… Priceless!
Favourite Restaurant: Hockey Sushi
Scariest thing that ever happened to you:
Are you superstitious: No.
Favourite song: The Promise, by When in Rome
Next place you want to visit and why: New Zealand and Australia. I am always on the look out to broaden my horizons, learn about different cultures and people, to further gain appreciation of how simultaneously big and small our world really is and to marvel at all its beauty and wonders.
The principles you live by: To live life without any regrets, without any what ifs! To be a compassionate giver and purveyor of value and knowledge to others. To operate with the outmost integrity and always deliver on what I promise to do. To be the best person I can be, personally, spiritually and professionally, while inspiring others to do the same.
What you want to be remembered for: Mentor and conveyor of knowledge and expertise who inspired, taught and enabled millions to actually realize their own dreams and aspirations of becoming financially independent to enable them to live extraordinary lives. (more…)
Georges El Masri Sales Representative
Where were you born (city)? Toronto
Best Memory About Child Hood? Playing in the yard with all the neighbourhood kids on a daily basis
Best friend in grade school? Andrew
Favourite band in the 1970’s, 1980’s, 90’s, 2000’s? The Temptations, Michael Jackson, Next, Dru Hill, Tupac, Notorious BIG. Big L
Favourite/Greatest movie of all time? Enter The Dragon (Bruce Lee)
Best vacation ever? Los Angeles 2016 – Watching Kobe in action during his final year
Favourite pastime/hobby? Basketball, running
Favourite Restaurant? St Louis Bar and Grill
Favourite Food and Why? Pizza – one of the best cheat options for a vegetarian
Scariest thing that ever happened to you? Recently buying my first house (that happened to be in awful shape)
Are you superstitious? No
Favourite song? Anthony Hamilton – Charlene
Next place you want to visit and why? South Africa to visit the wildlife sanctuaries
The principles you live by? Respect others and demand it in return, be genuine and serve others.
What you want to be remembered for? Achieving world peace by building free schools across the globe
Favourite Pet? Monkeys
Han Wang Sales Representative
Where were you born (city): Changchun, China
Best Memory About Child Hood: Probably Chinese New Year, unlimited food, pop, TV, fireworks, and playing with the cousins I only get to see once or twice a year.
Favourite/Greatest movie of all time: Zootopia, and all Marvel’s superhero movies.
Best vacation ever: London, UK.
Favourite pastime/hobby: Jigsaw puzzles and wandering in IKEA.
Favourite Restaurant: Ancaster Mills.
Favourite Food and Why: Noodles, and almost all desserts, especially crème Brule.
Scariest thing that ever happened to you: On the way from Calgary to Edmonton in winter, my car started to spin on the highway after I pressed the brakes, and ended up in the ditch caught in the snow. Luckily no one hit me when I was spinning!
Are you superstitious: No.
Favourite song: Desperado, by Eagles.
Next place you want to visit and why: Buenos Aires and spend some time there to learn Spanish.
The principles you live by: Pursue excellence and success will follow.
What you want to be remembered for: Someone who is kind and warm, and makes a positive difference to the people around me.
Favourite Pet: Our cat Momo (although I am allergic to her, she is still my favourite).
James Maggs Sales Representative
Where were you born (city): Beloeil, Quebec
Best Memory About Child Hood: Riding our bikes around the paths through the massive cemetery behind our house (I’m pretty sure I didn’t realize there were actually graves there at the time…)
Favourite Type of Food: Lemongrass or anything Thai.
Scariest thing that ever happened to you: My first time Scuba diving (in Mexico) I was swarmed by yellow snappers (fish) that started biting my ears and fingers until our dive guide realized it was due to the bread he told me to stash in my vest. Kinda freaky when you are 15m from the surface!
Next place you want to visit and why: It’s a toss up between Italy and Greece. I’ve just heard so many amazing stories about both!
Favourite band in the 1970’s, 80’s, 90’s, 2000’s: So hard! I DJ and have so many favourites, so I’ll just list a bunch: Michael Jackson, Beastie Boys, Nirvana, Tribe Called Quest, any cheesy retro 80’s artists! Not a fan of much new music that isn’t EDM.
Favourite Song: Again, next to impossible, but if I had to pick one it would be Pumpin’ – Novy vs. Eniac.
The principles you live by: Honesty, kindness, respect, loyalty
What you want to be remembered for: Helping people achieve goals they previously thought were impossible.
Jay Shaw Sales Representative
Where were you born (city): Kenora, Ontario.
Best Memory About Child Hood: Going to hockey schools with my Dad.
Best friend in grade school: Not sure I had just one, I would say I was fortunate to have many.
Favourite/Greatest movie of all time: Ace Ventura, Pet Detective.
Best vacation ever: Playa Del Carmen with my wife.
Favourite sports team: Ottawa Senators.
Favourite Restaurant: Casa Mia.
Are you superstitious: Yes.
Favourite song: Yours if you want it, Rascal Flatts.
Next place you want to visit and why: Thailand; mainly to see.
The principles you live by: Always give 100% in everything you do!
What you want to be remembered for: Going above and beyond and always being there for my friends.
John Paul Gulbis Sales Representative
Where Were You Born: St. Catharines
Best Friend from Child Hood: Chris “Chark” Charkowy… is actually a roommate right now.
Favourite Band: 311
Favourite Past Time: Writing and playing music, Riding horses.
Next place to visit: New Zealand – it offers big time adventure.
Principles to live by: Work hard and keep your dreams in focus – other than that, work hard and keep your mouth shut until you have earned the right to speak.
What you want to be remembered for: Ideally music, would be nice to have some music I have written affect someone positively at some level. Other than that, hopefully generosity, or for helping others.
Jon Paul Hunt Sales Representative
Where were you born (city): London, Ontario
Best Memory About Child Hood: Skating on the canal in Ottawa.
Who was your best friend in grade school: Brad Taylor
Favourite band in the 1970’s, 1980’s, 90’s, 2000’s: Guns and Roses, Motley Crew, Aerosmith (that was when I was living in the 80’s and 90’s and now its Coldplay, ya ya yas, and whatever is on Edge 102!
Favourite movie of all time: Hmmmm wow….FaceOff, Traffic, Good Will Hunting
Best vacation ever: Nick & Diana’s wedding
Favourite pastime/hobby: Floor Hockey
Favourite sports team: New England patriots, Toronto MapleLeafs.
Favourite sports memory and why: Canada Cup 1987 I watch Canada win the cup with my dad who somehow got tickets.
Favourite food and why: Pizza…you can eat it for breakfast lunch and dinner!!
Favourite restaurant and why: Jack Astors….if you want a bar its there,if you want a sit down meal its there, if you want to watch the game its there, good food and a big selection of beer!
Scariest thing that ever happened to you: Training to become a life guard and practicing if you get pulled under by a panicked swimmer my partner missed the sign to let go and held me under the water about 20 seconds too long than I wanted and I was not very happy since I was about 3 inches from the top of the water and needed air and couldn’t get any.
Are you superstitious (describe): I do the whole knock on wood thing but I didn’t start doing it till I saw Nick doing it at Rock Star… so basically no. BUT I do believe in Karma… not sure if that is superstitious or not but definitely think good things will come back to you.
Favourite book: Don’t really have one that stands out from the rest… I like all the business and investing books now… like Trump and Robert K’s book.
Favourite song: Same as the book… it changes.
Next place you want to visit and why: Vegas… never been and its all people talk about who have been!
The principles you live by: Surround yourself with like minded others and it makes your goals easier… don’t get too excited about things and keep calm.
What you want to be remembered for: Someone who can be counted on no matter what and who made a difference in peoples lives.
Jose Jafferji Sales Representative
Where were you born (city): Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, Africa
Best Memory About Child Hood: Cutting my grandfather’s hair and getting big tips!
Favourite band in the 1970’s, 1980’s, 90’s, 2000’s: Michael Jackson, Coldplay, Tiesto
Favourite/Greatest movie of all time: Gladiator
Best vacation ever: Thailand
Favourite sports memory and why: Michael Jordan’s famous dunk.
Favourite Restaurant: Terra
Scariest thing that ever happened to you: High speed car accident.
Are you superstitious: Not really.
Favourite song: Thriller by Michael Jackson
Next place you want to visit and why: Turkey – lots of great food and culture.
The principles you live by: Small daily improvements over time lead to stunning results.
Kyle Dacey Sales Representative
Best Memory About Childhood: playing “kick the can” and road hockey until well after the street lights went on
Favourite Band Ever: Oh man, how to decide… loved all the 80s rock, 90s grunge, alternative and indie since then
Favourite movie of all time: My Cousin Vinny. So funny, tears roll down every time I watch it.
Best vacation ever: Cuba, because I saw so much in one trip… from the unique beaches, tot he interior mountains to the Colonial City of Havana
Favourite sports team: Go Leafs Go
Scariest thing that has ever happened to you: watching my 2 year old daughter somersault all the way down the stairs… she bounced back just fine. I think kids are made out of rubber.
Are you superstitious?: No. But then again, if you are superstitious, you don’t actually consider it a superstition, it’s just the truth for you… so who knows?
Next place you want to visit and why: South America. Maybe Chile or Argentina, for the mountains and coastline.
The principles you live by: Keep your integrity and always do what you said you will do. Treat others with great respect and the way you would like to be treated.
Kyle Hornby Marketing Assistant
Where were you born (city): Pembury, England
Best Memory About Child Hood: Spending Fridays at my Oma’s house, listening to her telling me stories
Best friend in grade school: Grant, Elissa, Catherine, Erin, Chelsea, Victoria, and I did everything together and still get together regularly.
Favourite band in the 1970’s, 80’s, 90’s, 2000’s: I don’t listen to enough old music to have favourite bands from previous decades. My current favourites are Damien Rice, Passenger, and Sam Smith.
Favourite/Greatest Movie Of All Time: There are so many great movies but I would probably have to say The Prestige (2006).
Best Vacation Ever: Any one of my trips to NYC. Each one is filled with unique and exciting stories.
Favourite Sports Team: Team Canada? The Olympics are about the only sports I watch.
Favourite Restaurant: I’m a big fan of Syndicate in Grimsby. Great fresh local food.
Scariest Thing That Ever Happened to You: Hitting black ice, spinning out and seeing headlights coming at you. I was fine but that one second was pretty terrifying.
Are You Superstitious: To a degree. You’ll see me knocking on wood, but I also own two black cats, and I’ve been known to leave shoes on the table.
Favourite Song: Anything by Damien Rice. I can’t pick just one.
Next Place You Want to Visit and Why: I’m planning on visiting the UK for my honeymoon. I was born in England and my fiancé has family in Scotland so it seems like the perfect place to visit.
The Principles You Live By: Live, love and learn. Love unapologetically.
What You Want to Be Remembered For: I want to be remembered as someone who gave his all in everything.
Lee Strauss Sales Representative
Where were you born (city)? Kitchener, Ontario.
Best Memory About Child Hood? Driving the I-75 to Florida with my family every Christmas.
Best friend in grade school? Mark Lienhardt.
Favourite band in the 1970’s, 1980’s, 90’s, 2000’s? I was born in 1981, so nothing in the 70’s, but I Love Guns and Roses!
Favourite/Greatest movie of all time? Top Gun.
Best vacation ever? Santorini Greece.
Favourite pastime/hobby? Gym, Cooking and Fishing.
Favourite Restaurant? Too many to list!
Favourite Food and Why? Rib eye steak!
Are you superstitious? No
Favourite song? She Sells Sanctuary by The Cult.
Next place you want to visit and why? Italy – FOOD!
The principles you live by? The only easy day was yesterday.
What you want to be remembered for? My drive to succeed and being a good Husband and Father.
Favourite Pet? My childhood dog Truffles.
Lisa Podda Sales Representative
Best Memory About Childhood: spending time with my family and relatives, playing with all my cousins and friends
Best Friend in grade school: Kelly
Favourite band ever: there is no one favourite. I just love music!
Favourite movie of all time: I can’t think of one favourite because there are so many. But I love action/thriller and now I’m obsessed with horror movies.
Best vacation ever: going to Hawaii with my parents
Favourite sports team: not in to watching sports.
Favourite food and why: home cooked Italian food
Are you superstitious: sometimes
Next place you want to visit and why: travel Europe, explore interesting sites and learn the history
The principles you live by: Do right. Do your best. Communicate and treat others as you want to be treated.
Leslie Kitchen Sales Representative/Broker
Where were you born (city): Kitchener, Ontario.
Best Memory About Child Hood: So many – Expo 67, family trip out East between grade 5 & 6, regular week-end trips to cottages, driving home from a family friend’s cottage and listening to the events leading up to the landing on the moon in 1969 and then watching it live on TV when we got home (WOW that was a weekend I’ll never forget), trip to Wasaga with the Voisins, playing in the woods behind our home, playing kick the can with neighbourhood friends, I had a great childhood!!!
Who was your best friend in grade school: Tina Voisin.
Favourite band in the 1970’s, 1980’s, 90’s, 2000’s: The Guess Who(Burton Cummings and Randy Backman), The Beatles, Beach Boys, Celine Dion and Neil Diamond
Favourite movie of all time: I love so many – I don’t think I have an all time favourite.
Best vacation ever: Costa Rica 1992 – 3 days in the rain forest, seeing so much wildlife and spending a couple days near the active volcano (looked like fireworks at night).
Favourite pastime/hobby: Spending time with my husband (watching a really good movie, going for a walk, riding our bikes, etc), spending time with Grand children, traveling, taking pictures and creating albums/collages, playing eucher with friends, and reading.
Favourite sports team: Don’t have one – but like to watch gymnastics and figure skating.
Favourite sports memory and why: Watching Olga Korbut in 1972 at the Munich Olympic Games winning 4 medals (3 Gold, 1 Silver) in gymnastics – why – She inspired me.
Favourite food and why: Spaghetti with either Michael or my home made spaghetti sauce.
Favourite restaurant and why: Marcianos (love Italian food) and the Mandarin (for the variety).
Scariest thing that ever happened to you: holding a tarantula spider.
Favourite book: Think and Grow Rich.
Favourite song: I love a lot of songs, but “Power of Love” by Celine Dion came to mind.
Next place you want to visit and why: Planning a family cruise with my cousins in September 2012 – my cousin is a travel agent and planning the itinerary – wherever she takes us, I’m excited to go!
The principles you live by: Freedom, Choice, Reliability, Honesty, Trust, Compassion and Love.
What you want to be remembered for: Someone who lived life to it’s fullest; committed to ongoing personal growth; inspiring and empowering others to achieve success; a powerful force for greatness; positive attitude and very optimistic; someone who laughed, loved and played and helped turned dreams into reality.
Mark Greenidge Sales Representative
Where were you born (city): Mississauga
Favourite Childhood Memory: Athlete of the Year. Still have the plaque somewhere in the garage!
Who was your best friend in grade school: Omar D., Bobby J., Tommy K.
Favourite band in the 1970’s, 1980’s, 90’s, 2000’s: Phil Collins, Run DMC, MJ, John Legend, Eminem
Favourite movies of all time: Star Wars
Best vacation ever: Costa Rica & Portugal
Favourite pastime/hobby: soccer/football
Favourite sports team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Favourite sports memory and why: Winning junior basketball championship. The team we beat was always the best team in the district!.
Favourite food and why: Caribbean & Thai
Favourite restaurant and why: Copacabana (Brazilian steakhouse). It is a different experience to the typical restaurant.
Scariest thing that ever happened to you: Waiting for my dads’ reaction to my tattoo!
Next place you want to visit and why: Anywhere I have not been to yet!
The principles you live by: Keep it simple. The only power someone has over you is the power you give them.
Marlene Karadza Deal Secretary
Martin Kuev Sales Representative
Mary Da Rosa Sales Representative
Where were you born (city): Portugal
Best Memory About Childhood: Family walks – being the youngest, my dad carried me on his shoulders while my sister walked hand-in-hand with both my parents swinging back and forth
Favourite Band in the 70s, 80s, 90s, 2000s: 70s Heart; 80s Depeche Mode, U2 and New Order; 90s Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Soundgarden; 2000s can’t say I have any new ones
Favourite Movie of all time: I have two which are the complete opposites: Scarface and the Notebook
Best Vacation ever: anywhere hot
Favourite sports memory and why: Growing up in a family with both Leafs and Canadien fans. There was extra excitement during those match-ups
Favourite Restaurant: anything Italian
Are you superstitious: I don’t think so, but catch myself every so often wondering…
Favourite song: too many
Next place you want to visit and why: back to Europe, Germany I think
The principles you live by: Communication is key!!!
Meaghan Lazenby Sale Representative
Mike Desormeaux Sales Representative
After completing his degree at York University Mike started his career in medical science. He worked in Sleep Medicine at St. Mike’s Hospital in down town Toronto. Entrepreneurial by heart, Mike quickly ascended the ladder as a real estate investor in Oakville, Ontario. After being successfully involved in the design and resale of new homes Mike decided to embark upon a career in real estate.
Grounded and strategic, Mike brings an energy to the team that is confident yet humble. His clients respect him for his ability to problem solve during difficult transactions and he is repeatedly praised for his dedication to his buyers and sellers and for the sincere care he takes with each of them.
As a direct result of his efforts, Mike continues to be one of the top ranking realtors in the country for volume of transactions.
A strong understanding of the Oakville, Burlington, Mississauga and Hamilton housing markets allows Mike Desormeaux to accurately evaluate real estate. Since 2008, Mike continues to teach monthly classes helping to educate the public about the real estate market.
In his unusual spare moments when Mike is not working his real estate magic, you might find him with his family at one of the lovely restaurants in down town Oakville, working out at Life Time Athletic or playing ice hockey.
Montu Dhillon Sales Representative
Where were you born (city): Toronto, Ontario.
Best Memory About Child Hood: Climbing Trees, Building Treehouses, and Jumping Out of Trees.
Who was your best friend in grade school: Kevin Lee, artist extraordinaire.
Favourite band in the 1980s: Pour Some Def Leppard On Me.
Favourite movie of all time: What if I told you, it was The Matrix?
Best vacation ever: Varadero with the white sandy beaches!
Favourite pastime/hobby: Reading and Crossfit! … but not at the same time.
Favourite sports memory and why: Winning the gold medal with the girl’s volleyball team I coached… because I never won a gold playing for my own team.
Favourite food and why: Pizza, I ate it everyday through University and always loved it.
Favourite restaurant and why: The Keg, we are steak lovers!
Favourite song: Filous – Dawn.
Next place you want to visit and why: Hawaii, because there’s something about the blue water.
The principles you live by: I have found invariably that the steps to success are 1.Gratitude 2.Joy 3.Success, in that order.
What do you want to be remembered for: For changing and improving the lives of those around me.
Nadeem Ahmed Sales Representative
Best Memory About Childhood: Going to my first leaf game at Maple leaf gardens..die hard Leaf Fan 🙂
Favourite band ever: Motley Crue.. old stuff
Favourite movie of all time: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Best vacation ever: Jamaica
Favourite sports team: Buffalo Bills and The Leafs
Scariest thing that ever happened to you: Getting caught on a flight coming back from Mexico in a Storm 🙁
Are you superstitious: Not all ..
Next place you want to visit and why: London, England I am a big NFL fan and my team the Bills are playing there next season.
The principles you live by: Enjoy the Moment !
Nick Karadza Broker of Record
Where were you born(city): Toronto
Best Memory About Child Hood: Being fearless and often hurting myself because of it 🙂
Who was your best friend in grade school: Good question – wouldn’t want to hurt any feelings
Favourite band in the 1970’s, 1980’s, 90’s, 2000’s: Toss up between Pearl jam and U2 (those are old enough aren’t they?)
Favourite movie of all time: Gotta go with Braveheart
Best vacation ever: Cabo San Lucas (I got married there)please share this response with Diana, my wife.
Favourite pastime/hobby: Hands Down Winners – Working Out and Mixed Martial Arts
Favourite sports team: The Toronto Maple Leafs all the way!
Favourite sports memory and why: Playing football as a kid because I scored a bunch of touchdowns
Favourite food and why: Thai – Hot and Spicy
Favourite restaurant and why: Langolino’s – A perfect fit for my tastes and a first date with my wife.
Scariest thing that ever happened to you: Hanging upside down by a seat belt, in a car, in a ditch, and smelling gas
Are you superstitious(describe): Nope
Favourite book: The Game – Neil Strauss
Favourite song: Too many to name, can’t pick just one it would be unfair
Next place you want to visit and why: Brazil – Carnival baby!!
The principles you live by: Life is simple, it is only about relationships and experiences, everything else is secondary and only exists to support those two things!
What you want to be remembered for: A life full of relationships and experiences
Other stuff: Remember, “Your Life. Your Terms.”
Paul D’Abruzzo Sales Representative
Where were you born (city): Best city in Canada, Toronto
Best Memory About Child Hood: My best and favourite memories all come from the experiences I had growing up and experiencing life with my best friends, can’t pick one in particular, they are all great and have their place
Best friend in grade school: Lino Rella, He lived across the street from me and his mom was a great cook, we were best friends.
Favourite band in the 1970’s, 1980’s, 90’s, 2000’s: 90’s – Nirvana, 2000’s – David Guetta/Linkin Park
Favourite/Greatest movie of all time: The Godfather + Avatar + Wolf of Wall Street
Best vacation ever: 30 day European driving tour with my best friends and wives (2013) + 5 weeks with my family in Mexico (2018)
Favourite pastime/hobby: Reading, watching movies, hanging out with my daughters, friends and family.
Favourite sports team: Die Hard Toronto Maple Leaf Fan (I have hope)
Favourite sports memory and why: Italy winning the world cup in 2006. Being world champions in the world’s most popular sport is super amazing!
Favourite food and why: Pizza because you can constantly change the pizza to reflect your mood and craving for that particular day
Favourite Restaurant: NoDo because everything is handmade to traditional Italian standards.
Scariest thing that ever happened to you: Believe it or not, I was robbed at gunpoint. Funny part is… they only made off with $20, losers!
Are you superstitious: Nope!
Favourite book: The law of success, Napoleon Hill (life’s bible)
Favourite song: Too many to list
Next place you want to visit and why: Machu Pichu and New Zealand
The principles you live by: Lead by example, choose your advisors wisely, invest by/with fundamentals, think long term, take care of the people you love, honesty is the best policy, live “against the grain”, disciplined commitment to goals & “walk your talk”.
What you want to be remembered for: Lead by example, choose your advisors wisely, invest by/with fundamentals, think long term, take care of the people you love, honesty is the best policy, live “against the grain”, disciplined commitment to goals & “walk your talk”.
Rahim Kassam Sales Representative
Best Memory About Child Hood: Camping trips with school and the Boy Scouts
Favorite band in the 1970’s, 1980’s, 90’s, 2000’s: Pink Floyd, Metallica, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Linkin Park
Favourite/Greatest movie of all time: Too many to pick just one, but some of the best include: Godfather, Pulp Fiction and Star Wars
Favorite books of all time: Fiction: The Eye of the World, non-fiction: The 4-Hour Work week, The Art of Learning, Extreme Ownership
Best vacation ever: Honeymoon in Hawaii; climbing to the peak of Mount Haleakala in Maui
Favorite sports team: Die hard Leafs and Raptors fan; got the warm and fuzzies about the Jays and the Bills too
Favorite sports memory and why: Doug Gilmour scoring in double overtime against St. Louis in the ’93 Playoffs
Favourite Restaurant: Copacabana Brazilian Steakhouse; all you can eat grilled meat… need I say more?
Scariest thing that ever happened to you: Flying to Vancouver during a lightning storm
Are you superstitious: Only when it comes to sports
Favorite song: In the end, by Linkin Park
Next place you want to visit and why: Rome, to be immersed in its rich history and architecture
The principles you live by: Make a difference to one, the many will follow
What you want to be remembered for: Living life with integrity, passion and optimism
Rob Break Sales Representative
Where were you born (city)? Orillia, Ontario.
Best Memory About Child Hood? Going for long snowmobile rides with my dad.
Best friend in grade school? Mark Scott. He had all the newest video games.
Favourite band in the 1970’s, 1980’s, 90’s, 2000’s? Pink Floyd, Guns N Roses, Pearl Jam,
Favourite/Greatest movie of all time? Tim Burton’s Batman.
Best vacation ever? Cancun and Isla Mujeres. First Vacation with wife and kids all together.
Favourite pastime/hobby? Skiing with my boys.
Favourite Restaurant? Shrimp Cocktail in Oshawa. Best crab cakes!!!!!
Favourite Food and Why? Crab cakes if you don’t know I can’t explain it.
Scariest thing that ever happened to you? Lit on fire with gasoline….accidentally.
Are you superstitious? No.
Favourite song? Too many to pick one.
Next place you want to visit and why? Costa Rica for the wildlife, volcanos and rainforests.
The principles you live by? Honesty is the best policy!
What you want to be remembered for? Being the best dad ever!
Favourite Pet? Digger the crazy dog. Never a dull moment.
Ruben Furtado Sales Representative
Ruben Furtado brings a new perspective unlike no other realtor. With over 20 years experience in successful real estate investing, he has leveraged his unique strategies to set new highs in sale prices and has help many of his customers meet and exceed their real estate goals in a warm calm nurturing personal professional setting.
With a sales background in corporate complex selling and years of experience in residential construction brings and wealth of knowledge to the table. He has identified key trends and developed successful strategies to buy great homes under market value and sell homes at top dollar.
His honesty and integrity and most importantly his passionate for real estate has lead him to be a true expert in his field, a trusted advisor and mentor to many in the real estate community because he can always find the win – win situation even with the most complex problems or challenges. His speed and decisiveness and master negotiating skills have created a history book of success stories for his customers.
He understands the importance of finding a realtor you can trust. Prior to becoming a Real Estate Sales Representative, he bought and sold a large number of properties and at times dealt with realtors who he questioned if they were acting his and his families best interest. He looked back and identified what characteristic he wanted in a sales person and instead of finding one he took on the role willingly.
He understands buying and selling a home should be an exciting event however without the right representation it can easily turn sideways and become stressful and can negatively impact your family, friends and career. He believes most realtors have good intentions unfortunately they are focusing on the wrong thing, “the real estate transaction” rather than” building a long term relationship” with their customer. He believes if the goal is to build a long term relationship, it will always guide you to do the right thing every time.
Whether you are looking to buy the perfect home for you and your family or sell your home for top dollar or create wealth in real estate, give Ruben a call now to schedule a hassle free appointment and see and feel the difference.
Ruben specializes in Residential Real Estate focusing on Oakville, Burlington, Milton, Mississauga and the GTA.
Sandra Milovanovic Sales Representative
Where were you born: I was born in West Toronto (1 sister born in East Toronto & 2 sisters were made in Hong Kong).
Best Memory About Childhood: Playing outdoors until the street lights came on- so that sucked in the winter.
Favorite band(s) ever: Wham & then George Michael, Tea Party, Depeche Mode, Prince, Mariah Carey, Journey, U2
Favorite movie of all time: Too many to list – I love action and comedy movies. Bonus points if they contain both.
Best vacation ever: Southern Caribbean cruise with my favorite person in the world. I’d like to say the 2 weeks I spent in Thailand but that country literally tried to kill me!
Favourite Pastime/ Hobby: Surfing the internet for vacations and game night with friends
Favorite food and why: Stone baked Margherita pizza
Favorite restaurant and why: Earth to Table Bread Bar on Locke- because of the pizza!
Are you superstitious: No but I do believe in karma
Next place you want to visit and why: Maldives- who wouldn’t want to go here?! And Italy- all of it!
The principles you live by: Work hard but play harder. If you don’t ask then the answer is always no. Always be yourself. Be kind. And a quote currently taped to my wall, “Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your inner voice.” Steve Jobs
What do you want to be remembered for: Raising two fine little gentlemen who did not grow up to be jerks.
Sarah Desormeaux Sales Representative
After receiving her undergraduate Degree from Laurier, Sarah found herself in the hospitality industry.
Married to Mike Desormeaux, Sarah took every free chance she had to learn about buying and selling real estate. Sarah is the behind the scenes team member who deals with all the fine details that are so integral to The Oakville Life’s success.
Sarah wears many hats and was an integral part in helping to build and manage a successful property management company, which Mike and his partners later sold in 2013. Sarah’s background in management and construction directly contribute to her extensive knowledge of real estate.
Naturally this progression led to Sarah becoming Mike’s right-hand-woman, managing the day-to-day operations of his growing real estate team and structuring and negotiating deals from start to finish.
Working within a team provides the necessary resources and back-up to facilitate an incomparable real estate experience for all our clients.
Her background in customer service, sales, and hospitality is an asset in her real estate career. Her enthusiastic and outstanding people skills, her trustworthiness and her warm-hearted personality all benefit her clients.
Sarah loves living in Oakville and embraces its charm. When she’s not on the clock, you can usually find her spending time with her family, baking, or embarking on her most dangerous hobby: Retail Therapy.
In all seriousness; Sarah is a philanthropist at heart. She is always supporting several different charities. Some of her latest humanitarian contributions have taken her to Kenya where she volunteered in an orphanage and helped to build an elementary school. In 2014 she donated 12 inches of her hair to Beautiful Lengths and is currently training for The Niagara Falls Women’s Half Marathon in support of women fleeing domestic violence. Regardless of business vs. personal, calmness and poise are two expectations that Sarah never fails to meet.
Sissi Song Graphic Designer
Best Memory About Childhood: I will never forget every Chinese New Year’s eve when I was a child. I had been playing video games with my little cousin all night until the count down of Lunar New Year. It was no doubt that collecting the red bags from the elders was my favourite. Plus, I enjoyed fireworks flashing all over the sky, and I remember every single firecracker or firework I fired! 🙂
Favourite Band Ever: So much to say… But I like Jay Chow the most. He is a Taiwanese Pop Star. To me, he best represented my teenage years (my generation and age group).
Favourite Movie Of All Time: A Korean movie called Daisy; Leon: The Professional.
Best Vacation Ever: Cuba with my BFFs for our after-graduation trip.
Favourite Sports Team: Er… I’m not a big fan of sports. I like dance instead 🙂
Scariest Thing That Ever Happened To You: Falling into water while rowing a canoe with my friend, because of unbalanced teamwork. In that moment, I thought I was going to die. Thank goodness my friend saved me!
Are You Superstitious?: No, I am atheist.
Next Place You Want To Visit And Why: Japan. I have been waiting to visit Japan for a long time. I really want to see how clean and beautiful it is.
The Principles You Live By: Life is too short to be sad/wasted & Never give up!
Sonja Skye Sales Representative
Where were you born (city)?: Skopje, Macedonia
Best memory about childhood: Climbing the Bluffs and racing homemade go-carts
Best vacation ever: Europe (France/Macedonia/Greece)
Favourite restaurant: Chatterpaul’s
Scariest thing that ever happened to you: Slipping and almost falling down a well in Macedonia
Are you superstitious?: No
Favourite song: Imagine
Next place you want to visit and why: Peru – visit the ancient ruins of the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu
The principles you live by: Set big goals and do whatever it takes to achieve them while living with integrity
Tammy DiTomaso Sales Representative
Where were you born (city)? I’m born and raised in Hamilton.
Best Memory About Child Hood? My favourite childhood memory is Christmas at my Grandma’s. There would be 10 of us in total that would sleep there on Christmas Eve and Christmas night. My family of 4, my Aunts family of 4 and my Grandparents. Christmas day was an open house where friends and family would come and go all day. It was loud, chaotic and so much fun!
Best friend in grade school? Grade school friends are Sandra and Francesca. But as an adult, my best friend is Annette Maggs (James’ wife). We get each other, we laugh a lot and we support, never judge.
Favourite band in the 1970’s, 1980’s, 90’s, 2000’s? I’ve never had 1 band that I loved. I’m more of a top 10 kinda girl. Pop music is my favourite. Must be played loud and I’m obsessed with learning the lyrics.
Favourite/Greatest movie of all time? Favourite all time movie is dirty dancing. I’m a cheeseball.
Best vacation ever? Best vacay….probably surprising Annette on her 40th birthday arriving in Costa Rica at her and James’ condo.
Favourite pastime/hobby? Going to the gym
Favourite Restaurant? Favourite restaurant is The Keg. Love the steak and garlic mashed potatoes.
Favourite Food and Why? Favourite food is steak and mushrooms… I could eat that everyday!
Scariest thing that ever happened to you? I couldn’t find my son for 10 min in an indoor jungle gym. Ever since then I always dress the kids in bright colours!
Are you superstitious? Not really, but I humor it sometimes!
Favourite song? No single favourite song.
Next place you want to visit and why? I would like to go to Turtle Island……thats where celebrities go!!
The principles you live by? Live your Life——you only have one!
What you want to be remembered for? Would like to be remembered for being kind. I always tell my kids how important it is to be kind to everyone and if I make someone laugh along the way, great!
Taneisha Samuels Sales Representative
Where were you born (city)?
Best Memory About Childhood?
I had lots of hills and a giant tree with long vines in my backyard as a kid. My friends and I used to race our bikes down the hills and play “Tarzan” swinging from the vines. We would run as fast as we could and jump onto the vines and swing for as long as possible before either the vine broke or we lost our grip. Good times!
Best friend in grade school?
It would be tough to name just one. I can narrow it down to three: Michelle B aka Spice Girls dance choreographer extraordinaire, Alexandra S., who wore Adidas classic shell toes under her fancy grade eight graduation dress, and Diane R who smelled everything before eating it.
Favourite band in the 1970’s, 1980’s, 90’s, 2000’s?
1970’s: Bob Marley and the Whalers…yah mon!
1980’s: Sade…my soldier of love.
1990’s: Spice Girls & N’SYNC…I had a serious crush on JT!
2000’s: Chris Stapleton…he has an incredibly, soulful sound…his live performance will give you goosebumps!
Favourite/Greatest movie of all time?
The Silence of the Lambs – Who doesn’t love a good psycho-thriller?!
Best vacation ever?
Costa Rica…Not only is its physical geography stunning, but the people were so friendly and open it blew me away. The best part though? The little spider monkey that hopped onto my shoulder while on a rainforest tour.
I love to cook and bake! I can make a mean blueberry scone.
Grazie – The food is incredible, it has a casual/laid back vibe, great service and is always buzzing. I recommend the Baked Goat Cheese Salad.
Favourite Food and Why?
Potato and cheese pierogis, lightly sautéed with onions and full fat sour cream. If you’re going to have it, you might as well have the good stuff right?
Scariest thing that ever happened to you?
I was driving on a winding road in Jamaica and hit a slick patch. My car spun out and hopped the median. I ended up on the wrong side of the road facing oncoming traffic. I was shaking!
Are you superstitious?
I wouldn’t say I’m overly superstitious now, but when I was a kid I would hop over cracks so that I didn’t break my mother’s back!
Van Morrison – Brown Eyed Girl
I remember many a times sitting in the passenger’s seat of my mom’s 1980’s dark blue Jeep Grand Cherokee, peanut butter interior, both of us belting out the lyrics to Brown Eyed Girl, while my mom pointed at me as we sang.
Next place you want to visit and why?
Scotland. My mom’s background is Scottish and I would love to experience the culture first hand. Not so keen to try any haggis though!
The principles you live by?
Life is too short for regret. Roll with the punches, learn from experience, and continue to grow.
Be kind always.
We are our choices.
Be open-minded and never judge. Everyone has a story.
What you want to be remembered for?
When I have a family of my own, I want to be remembered for being a supportive, loving, kind, and strong mother that raised kind and compassionate children. Family is everything and our children are our greatest legacy.
I have had cats all my life and absolutely adore(d) every one of them. They are a part of the family! They each have their own unique personalities and are super loving. I could never choose!
Tim Hong Sales Representative
Where were you born (city): Kitchener
Best Memory About Child Hood: Every time we went to visit my grandparents, my great grandmother would always give us a loonie before we left.
Best friend in grade school: Mohamed A…he was also my backyard neighbour! We’ve lost touch though, but Mohamed, if you read this…send me a message!
Favourite band in the 1970’s, 1980’s, 90’s, 2000’s: Beach Boys, Britney Spears (I went through a phase), Usher, Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Jay-Z
Favourite/Greatest movie of all time: God of Gamblers
Best vacation ever: Namale Resort, Fiji (yeah, it was featured on the Bachelor…and it’s owned by Tony Robbins!)
Favourite sports team: Los Angeles Lakers (Kobe Bryant)
Favourite sports memory and why: Steering and coaching a come behind 1st place finish in Hamilton for our dragon boat team.
Favourite Restaurant: McDonald’s…great for breakfast, lunch, dinner or late night snacks!
Scariest thing that ever happened to you: It was probably after the fact that I realized how scary it could’ve been, but I almost got into a fight during a trip to China with a tour group. Someone bumped and pushed my mom while she walking ahead of me, so I pushed him back to get him out of the way (no one disrespects my mom like that!). He walked away and a few moments later, he came behind me and yanked on my collar. My dad and another guy from the tour group just pushed me into the nearest store and let the situation fizzle. I was reacting on instinct, but could’ve ended up real bad if it escalated.
Are you superstitious: Sometimes, mainly during Chinese New Year.
Favourite song: I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing – Aerosmith
Next place you want to visit and why: Vancouver…because I’ve never been there yet!
The principles you live by: Treat others how you want to be treated. There’s no room for negativity and complaining. Taking action gets results, sitting idle will get you nowhere.
What you want to be remembered for: Loving and caring to family and friends, real estate mogul, philanthropist, and craps player extraordinaire.
Tom Karadza Broker
Where were you born(city): Toronto
Best Memory About Child Hood: Skiing trips during the Holiday’s and trips to our Grandparent’s farm in Europe during the Summers!
Who was your best friend in grade school: It changed but I would have to say Mark G, Bobby J and Alan M.
Favourite band in the 1970’s, 1980’s, 90’s, 2000’s: U2 and some old classic rock but I love all good music. I sing anything by Andrea Boccelli, out loud, spontaneously. And the list wouldn’t be complete without John Secada and Milli Vanilli.
Favourite movie of all time: The Usual Suspects had me thinking for hours.
Best vacation ever: Summer Vacation with the kids to Italy and Croatia. Unbelievable.
Favourite pastime/hobby: Reading, I’ve been heard saying “I love to read” once too often apparently 🙂 Anyone want to talk about cash flow and inflation?
Favourite sports team: 100% the Toronto Maple Leafs! Go Leafs Go!!
Favourite sports memory and why: Playing rep soccer with some good friends.
Favourite food and why: Anything Italian.
Favourite restaurant and why: Too many to list. Loving Dimmi in Mississauga right now.
Scariest thing that ever happened to you: When my son was rushed to intensive care after birth – he’s A-OK.
Are you superstitious (describe): No
Favourite book: Wow, definitely too many to list. How to Win Friends and Influence People had a huge impact on me.
Favourite song: Depends on my mood. I’ll go with Beautiful Day, U2 right now.
Next place you want to visit and why: Australia – those beaches!
The principles you live by: Have 3. Do the right thing, Give 110%, Always treat others as you would treat yourself.
What you want to be remembered for: Being a good husband, an involved father and a true friend.
Other stuff: It’s your life, you may as well live it on your terms!