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.
Born and raised in Yerevan, Armenia, Armen Meschian‘s journey to the Big Apple was unconventional to say the least. In search of his true passions, his unique career path ultimately led him to a fulfilling career in real estate, where he has developed into one of Queens’ most successful and insightful brokers. Here are Armen’s answers to Ten questions:
1. What did you do before you found this career?
Before I pursued a career in real estate sales, I was a full-time musician for about three years and an engineer/owner of a recording and multimedia studio. My music career came on the heels of working in the banking industry for over a decade, which supported my musical ambitions. These were the ambitions which originally led me to move to New York.
2. What has been the highlight of your career?
While attending my continuing education classes, realizing that I had been involved in transactions with over 60% of the people I was surrounded by was definitely a memorable moment in my career.
3. What is your greatest daily challenge?
Time management. It’s an imperative skill to have, as I strive to make my clients feel like they are a priority. It’s important for me to properly allocate my time, especially in this fast-paced business.
4. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I’m certainly looking forward to being at my son’s high school graduation, for starters. I also envision myself continuing to thrive as a New York real estate professional.
5. Where do you find inspiration?
In my two children – Matteos, who just turned seven, and my daughter Sarine who is about to turn five.
6. Name one thing we might not know about you.
A very large number of people know me by the name of Jay, because I produced, published and performed music under the name J. Armen.
7. What’s your favorite movie or book?
Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes is definitely my favorite book. In regards to movies, I’m a huge fan of Al Pacino, starting with his role in Glengarry Glen Ross.
8. What do you do in your free time?
Aside from spending time with my family, I like to play music, play tennis and read obscure poetry. One of my favorite pieces is Marina Tsvetayeva’s “How Many More.”
9. What’s your favorite restaurant.
If I had to name one in New York, it would be Almayass in the Flatiron District. Located at 24 East 21st Street, Almayass serves a wide spread of Armenian-Lebanese starters and signature dishes with an amazing secret sauce. The owners and staff always make you feel at home.
10. Tell me something about your home.
I live on the edge of the Hudson River, which is an absolute joy. The water centers me, which is a great source of relaxation.