Formerly President/Owner Rickenback Realty, Inc.
In 2007, after 22 years of running a successful real estate company, I found myself considering selling my company. This was primarily due to the slowdown in the real estate market and my lease, which was not renewable, coming to an end.
After interviewing several major companies, I decided that The Keyes Company was the best match for me and my associates. Being a family run business, and where my associates, approximately 100, were part of my family I was looking for a company with the same philosophy and one that could advance our market reach.
However, after much deliberation, I decided that it was not yet time to sell, so we moved the company and continued as Rickenback Realty, Inc. until Late 2017, at which time, and now after 32 years in business I felt it was time.
Over the years, I had developed a friendship with Steven Reibel and every so often he would call me and ask “is it time yet” to which I finally responded with “it’s Time”. What I wasn’t aware of was how much Keyes had grown, and the technology and market reach it was now offering, all which made the move more exciting, and yet, they were the same hands on, family run business I had come to know in the past.
The transition couldn’t have been smoother. Steven and Tim Pappas greeted my associates with a wonderful luncheon presentation, and by the end of the meal many of us couldn’t wait to get started.
At a time when many think of retirement, I am looking forward to the second half of my real estate career, happily with The Keyes Company.