Welcome to Ten, CORE founder and CEO Shaun Osher’s rapid-fire interview series with prominent CORE figures. Read on to find out how this week’s subject deals with being in the hot seat.

Sean McGinley is a part of CORE’s Jarrod Guy Randolph team, who has quickly made a name for himself as a determined and intelligent real estate professional. Coming from small town beginnings, Sean’s love of the big city and Manhattan real estate has helped him make the leap from CORE intern to a successful real estate agent in a short amount of time. Here are Sean’s answers to Ten questions:

Sean McGinley TEN1. What did you do before you found this career?
From a young age, I knew that I wanted to be involved in real estate.  I remember being 12 years old, and I was riding bikes with my uncle through the most luxurious neighborhood on Kiawah Island, SC during a family beach trip. My uncle was a real estate broker, so he had a lot of insight on the beautiful homes in the area. On that day I decided that if I didn’t make it to the NBA, I wanted to be involved in high-end real estate!

2. What has been the highlight of your career?
Being brought on by Jarrod Guy Randolph was definitely the highlight of my career. I started at CORE as an intern and after a few months, I was recommended for an interview with Jarrod. I am incredibly fortunate to be a member of his team. Jarrod’s drive is contagious, and his extensive knowledge of the market has rubbed off on me so much that I already feel like a seasoned veteran.

3. What is your greatest daily challenge?
My greatest daily challenge is finding enough time in the day to complete everything. However, the recent addition of veteran agent Chris Dominiak to our team has been incredibly helpful.

4. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I have a lot of goals for my next 10 years. I hope to follow in Jarrod’s footsteps and be named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for real estate. I am very interested in new development, particularly boutique conversions like Seven Harrison and 46 Lispenard, so in 10 years I see myself working on my first new development project.

5. Where do you find inspiration?
I find inspiration in the incredible work ethic of this city. It sounds cheesy, but until you live here there is no way to understand the energy that you get from the people and your surroundings. (more…)



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Welcome to Ten, CORE founder and CEO Shaun Osher’s rapid-fire interview series with prominent CORE figures. Read on to find out how this week’s subject deals with being in the hot seat.

With a background in fashion merchandising, Doug Eichman’s eye for style and design is unmatched. It is no wonder that his transistion to real estate was so seamless, contributing to his outstanding success in the industry. Here are Doug’s answers to Ten questions:

Doug Eichman TEN

1. What did you do before you found this career?
I was in the apparel business, where I started out at fashion retailers such as Saks 5th Avenue and Marshall Fields. I later opened my own men’s store in Boston, followed by merchandising opportunities at Abercrombie & Fitch (No, not as an ad model, surprisingly), Fila and Tommy Hilfiger.

2. What has been the highlight of your career?
In retrospect, my time at Abercrombie & Fitch taught be a lot, which has helped guide me ever since. I worked there as the brand was being repositioned, which taught me how to look at business from a different perspective.

3. What is your greatest daily challenge?
Staying focused and not allowing small annoyances obscure the big picture.

4. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I see myself still working at CORE and developing my brand within the industry. I love what I do and would like to continue doing it for as long as possible. I really cannot imagine retiring anytime soon and I truly enjoy being a part of this company. (more…)



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Welcome to Ten, CORE founder and CEO Shaun Osher’s rapid-fire interview series with prominent CORE figures. Read on to find out how this week’s subject deals with being in the hot seat.

One of CORE’s most lovable and knowledgeable brokers, Lee Frankel’s unconventional career path led him to the exciting and ever-evolving field of real estate. A lover of all things New York, Lee’s thoughtful approach to real estate transactions has contributed to his success and growth here at CORE. Here are Lee’s answers to Ten questions:

1. What did you do before you pursued a career in real estate? Lee
I am a glass artist and for 10 years prior to my becoming a broker, I was privileged to have studied and worked at the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York, as well as in Venice, Italy. Prior to that, I was in the commercial printing and advertising business. We specialized in printing and packaging for the music and publishing industries.

2. What has been the highlight of your career?
Within a five-week time period, I received three phone calls from three different people that I had met years prior but never did business with. They all remembered me, kept my contact information and called me to say that they were having difficult times closing deals on properties they were interested in purchasing and wanted to inquire about us working together. Of course, I was flattered to be remembered in such a positive light and gladly accepted the opportunity. I am happy to say that I closed all three of those deals and the satisfaction of accomplishment is truly among my most gratifying real estate experiences to date.

3. What is your greatest daily challenge?
Making today more productive and successful than yesterday. Being able to say that I contributed to and added value in the world instead of just taking from it. (more…)



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Welcome to Ten, CORE founder and CEO Shaun Osher’s rapid-fire interview series with prominent CORE figures. Read on to find out how this week’s subject deals with being in the hot seat.

After a successful career in politics, Michael Bartlett decided to transition to the world of real estate and hasn’t looked back since.  With an innate ability to read the needs of clients, Michael’s love for all things real estate is shown in each of his transactions.  Here are Michael’s answers to Ten questions:

1. What did you do before you found this career? Michael Bartlett TEN

I worked in politics and lobbying in Washington, D.C. I was a professional staff member for the House of Representatives Committee and later became a lobbyist at a boutique firm, advocating for various companies, industries, non-profit organizations and individuals.

2. What has been the highlight of your career?

There have been several highlights, but I think the most significant highlight of my real estate career was the marketing and sale of the former Embassy of Thailand, which was originally built and occupied by Dwight Davis, the founder of the Davis Cup International Tennis Championship. It took me somewhere in the neighborhood of three months and several appointments to finally obtain the listing.

3. What is your greatest daily challenge?

Managing myself and my time in an effort to balance my personal and professional lives, while also pushing myself to go beyond what I thought was possible. (more…)



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Welcome to Ten, CORE founder and CEO Shaun Osher’s rapid-fire interview series with prominent CORE figures. Read on to find out how this week’s subject deals with being in the hot seat.

Dana Karson is a part of CORE’s super-broker team Tom Postilio and Mickey Conlon, but is also becoming a star in her own right.Hailing from a real estate family, Dana has naturally stepped into the role of catering to the most discerning luxury clientele.Sure to be one to watch, here are Dana’s answers to Ten questions:

1. What did you do before you found this career?

I got a job in advertising straight out of college. I worked for the largest pharmaceutical advertising agency in the City. It was a great experience, but I learned quickly that it wasn’t for me.

2. What has been the highlight of your career?Dana Karson TEN

Closing my first exclusive at 500 East 83rd Street.

3.
What is your greatest daily challenge?

Looking very young. Most women would say I am very lucky, but in this business, it is definitely a challenge I face every day. Knowledge trumps all though!

4. Where do you see yourself in ten years?

Being one of the top brokers in Manhattan.

5. Where do you find inspiration?

I find inspiration just exploring this amazing City every day; walking the streets and seeing all of the incredible architecture, visiting new apartments and buildings, and surrounding myself with interesting people.

6. Name one thing we might not know about you.

Reality television is my guilty pleasure.

7. What’s your favorite movie or book?

My favorite movie would have to be Shawshank Redemption. It is such a remarkable story.

8. What do you do in your free time?

I spend a lot of time with my family and friends. I am a spin fanatic. I also love traveling and going to movies and concerts.

9. What’s your favorite restaurant?

Tough question, but I would have to say Koi. I have been going for years and the food never disappoints. Best crispy rice in the City!

10. Tell me something about your home.

I am extremely meticulous and you will never find a thing out of place.



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Welcome to Ten, CORE founder and CEO Shaun Osher’s rapid-fire interview series with prominent CORE figures. Read on to find out how this week’s subject deals with being in the hot seat.

Josh Gurwitz is one of the founders of Good Property Company who recently launched a development and marketing/sales partnership with CORE to bring several high-end luxury residential developments to the Manhattan real estate market.The first of these luxury properties was a 3,700-square-foot townhouse restoration at 23 Downing Street, in the heart of Greenwich Village. Just announced this week, Good Property and CORE will be bringing a new development to market at 31 Bond Street. With a lot of exciting projects are in the works; here are Josh’s answers to Ten questions:

1. What did you do before you found this career?

I initially went to Parsons to be an art dealer then wound up at New York School of Interior Design. Then, I worked for Clodagh and then Gensler for a number of years and fell into real estate by happenstance.Josh Gurwitz TEN

2. What has been the highlight of your career?

I am extremely blessed to be able to do what I love therefore there are highlights constantly.

3. What is your greatest daily challenge?

Slowing down to enjoy the process.

4. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

I typically do not think that far ahead.

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Welcome to Ten, CORE founder and CEO Shaun Osher’s rapid-fire interview series with prominent CORE figures. Read on to find out how this week’s subject deals with being in the hot seat.

Deirdre De Risi has been an agent for close to a decade, managing over 250 transactions and selling over $300M worth of real estate in the last two years alone. While she’s helped clients throughout the City, her expertise is Upper West Side real estate, where she currently resides and is ranked among the neighborhood’s top agents. Deirdre has been making waves in the real estate industry for several years as a part of an award-winning team, but has recently decided to strike out on her own to grow her already successful business. Here are Deirdre’s answers to Ten questions:

1. What did you do before you found this career?  Deirdre DeRisi TEN

I worked for a talent management company.

2. What has been the highlight of your career?

Working with celebrity clients is always fun. I think a recent highlight of my career was when I took out two separate clients who both wanted to see what was on the market before they decided to sell and both happened to fall in love with apartments on their first day on the hunt. I was able to secure purchases for each of them and then also sell their current homes in a timely manner.

3. What is your greatest daily challenge?

Finding enough time in a day to complete my daily to-do list. Every day, I create a list of work-related things to accomplish.  I also try to add personal items to the list, hoping I can get to at least one of them.

4. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Living in NYC with my family (hopefully with a bunch of kids) and selling real estate.  Side note: add to daily list and have kids!

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Welcome to Ten, CORE founder and CEO Shaun Osher’s rapid-fire interview series with prominent CORE figures. Read on to find out how this week’s subject deals with being in the hot seat.

Patrick Lilly is a real estate powerhouse not only widely known in New York City, but throughout the nation. He has built not only a successful business as the leader and figurehead of The Patrick Lilly Team, but a fan following among the real estate convention and motivational speaking circuits. How does he manage do juggle it all? Here are Patrick’s answers to Ten questions:

Patrick Lilly

1) What did you do before you found this career?

Prior to real estate sales, I was a tennis instructor, a bouncer for the Village People, and a bartender (while getting an MBA at NYU).

2) What has been the highlight of your career?

Recently, I received the Pinnacle Award from Keller Williams which honors the 20 best real estate agents in the nation based on productivity, consistency and innovation and I got to speak at their Mega-Agent Conference to over 10,000 agents in attendance…it was a blast!

3) What is your greatest daily challenge?

Taking time for myself.

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Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Welcome to Ten, CORE founder and CEO Shaun Osher’s rapid-fire interview series with prominent CORE figures. Read on to find out how this week’s subject deals with being in the hot seat.

A creative soul, Patrick Mills has the ability to utilize both his past experience as a thespian and strong sense of space and design to satisfy both buyers and sellers. A team player with an aggressive, marketing savvy side, Patrick offers a thoughtful approach to clients in order to offer the highest level of service. Here are Patrick’s answers to Ten questions:

1. What did you do before you found this career?

Patrick Mills TEN

I was in the theatre world as a stage director and producer of original works for several years before getting into real estate. Theatre is my church and continues to be a huge part of my life, providing me with a community of friends and endless inspiration that I apply to my daily life.

2. What has been the highlight of your career?

Aside from the launch event of 305W16, I would have to say that selling my first townhouse earlier this year was my career highlight. It was sold to a couple who I’ve known for several years; I originally found them a rental a few years back, and soon, they were ready to upgrade to their new home. I’m honored to have played a role in this moment for them as they continue to build a life together.

3. What is your greatest daily challenge?

Completing my daily “to-do” list is my never-ending challenge. Although I’m quite organized, I have a very creative mind and often find myself distracted – starting new projects before finishing what I set out to do in the first place.

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Welcome to Ten, CORE founder and CEO Shaun Osher’s rapid-fire interview series with prominent CORE figures. Read on to find out how this week’s subject deals with being on the hot seat.

Spanning over a decade of experience in the real estate industry, Michael Rubin is a sharp-shooter who has quickly established himself as the go-to downtown broker. Having previously studied business administration in college and worked in business development, Michael offers his clients nothing but professionalism and the highest level of service. Here are Michael’s answers to Ten questions:

1. What did you do before you found this career?

I was actually a real estate agent while in college in Arizona; I started at 20 years old. After college, I had a 9-5 job doing sales and business development for a medical recruiting firm. The 9-5 definitely gave me some structure and taught me a lot about sales and marketing, but I was never really passionate about it. I decided to get back into real estate and I’m glad that I did.Michael Rubin TEN

2. What has been the highlight of your career?

I had a senior business partner who I worked with until he passed away. After he died, I had to step into a lot more responsibility and was initially overwhelmed. For me, that was a defining moment in my career – I’ve grown both my business and myself a lot since then.

3. What is your greatest daily challenge?

Using the copy machine is the most stressful thing; second to proof-reading my emails before I send them.

4. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

In real estate; I really like whole sales and marketing process.

5. Where do you find inspiration?

In the City itself; it’s such a competitive environment here. No matter what field that you’re in, you’re surrounded by some of the best talent and most successful people in the world.

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