Welcome to CORE 10, an off-the-cuff interview series with prominent CORE figures. Read on to learn more about this week’s guest, broker Yury Holohan Herrera!
Who is the living person you most admire? Anderson Cooper.
Who is the most interesting New Yorker you know? Doug LeClaire. He has been an inspiration and a close friend. He introduced me to the Grateful Dead during my early days in New York City when we worked together on commercials and videos.
What is your earliest New York memory? The intensity of the city. I had just arrived here from Venezuela. I’ll never forget the sea of people coming from all directions. It was exhilarating and unbelievably scary at the same time.
What is the best advice you’ve ever received? To work smart and realize that opportunity is always there; you just have to be ready to embrace it and take advantage of it.
What do you consider your greatest achievement so far? My persistence. Moving to the U.S. will always be my greatest achievement. I came to New York City from Venezuela when I was 20 years old, left my mother and 5 siblings behind to, as they say, follow my dream. I didn’t have a solid game plan but worked and played hard. I managed some of the finest eateries in the city (The Oak Room, Remi, Nick & Tony’s), transferred my skills over to real estate, both as a career and as an investment and met fascinating people. I was actually recruited by one of the most prominent figures in the real estate industry who was my VIP client!
What are your three most treasured possessions? My Nespresso machine (one morning cup works wonders), my first Gucci loafers (20 years and counting, talk about handling with care) and a gold bracelet with my name on it.
Name a movie, book or work of art that changed your life. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.
What’s your greatest extravagance? I went on a luxury trip to South Africa, and it was the trip of a lifetime. Meeting the people of South Africa was a rewarding experience. Visiting the home of Nelson Mandela who I once met here in New York City humbled me. Next time I visit I will go back as a volunteer.
What’s your secret talent? Making people laugh, especially in the toughest of times.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse? “Bellissimo.” My friends tell me I find beauty in the strangest things, but the difference is beauty to me.