1. How did you end up at Grand Lake?
I was raised in Tulsa and used to come to the lake every weekend with the family.† My brother Jon and I started looking for retail investment and development activities where there is good growth.† Our analysis of the four state region showed a good future here so after 25 years we came back.
2. What are your thoughts on Grand Lake and where do you see us in the next five or 10 years?
Very good, very stable with good growth potential primarily from retirees who moved here from either end of the coast.† Water and quality of life is driving them here.† I am also surprised at the 35-40 age group moving here for the same reasons.† What we are missing is more industry type jobs.
3. What are your daily responsibilities?
All acquisitions and development activities for Wheeler Development in the four state region.† Property negotiations, lease obligations, acquisitions, sales, banking relations, etc.
4. What was your very first job?
I worked for my father the summer I was in sixth grade.† I swept every room of the Camelot Hotel when it was being constructed for 50 cents an hour.
5. Who do you think of as your mentor(s)?
My father who did real estate development all his life and Harrison Levy of Oklahoma City.† I used to work for him at Harrison Levy Co.
6. If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
Nothing. We spent years creating this persona.
7.† In your position what do you consider the greatest opportunities?† Greatest challenges?
Greatest opportunities are the ability to acquire and develop additional retail property in the four state region.† The challenges are the current economy and the time itís taking us to get energized and move forward.
8. Tell us something about you most people donít know?
Iím pretty open.† Everyone already knows everything about me.† Maybe they donít know I have four cats.
9. If you could choose a different career, other then what youíre doing now, what would it be?
Hotel and Resort Management in a tropical island location
10.† If you were stuck on island on the lake, what three people would you want to be stuck with and why?
My wife, son and daughter-in-law because they love me.
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