I'M ALL ABOUT YOU!
Hero is an experienced professional, having spent many years in the commercial and residential building business, and topping it off with a public service stint in state government, retiring, and coming full circle, back into real estate as a Broker/Owner with Freedom Real Estate, merging into Coldwell Banker in 2018.
Hero believes in living out his credo, “I’m All About You!” Although real estate success is mostly described and reported in numbers, he knows there’s much more to it. “Sure, I’m concerned about getting the best deal for my clients and will work extremely hard to make that happen,” he says, “but, I also believe in making sure my clients are not treated as a number. They’ve entrusted me with a valuable part of their life – their home. That deserves my complete attention and devotion.” That explains why he chooses to work with one client at a time. To get it done… and done right.
As a Seniors Real Estate Specialist®, he works well with those 55+ by helping them to match their “living style to their lifestyle.” He is the originator of the DownsizingGuru concept, detailed at DownsizingGuru.com.
Hero immigrated from the Netherlands as a preteen, and is married to Janey, who was born in the same city, but they didn't meet until they were 19... in the USA. They are naturalized American citizens and have 4 grown children. He is a Vietnam Veteran, has served as an elected official, Sheriff’s Merit Commissioner, Illinois Terrorism Task Force member, and was one of the first to earn the dual designation of Professional Economic and Community Developer. He was appointed a Fellow at the UI-C, School of Public Health/MARPHLI, and received the USA Freedom Corps President’s Lifetime Call to Service Award for a lifetime of volunteer service. Hero is a member of the Illinois Emergency Services Management Association, Life Member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, VFW, and the Disabled American Veterans, DAV.
Awards & Certifications:
- Seniors Real Estate Specialist®
- Professional Community and Economic Developer, PCED® (Ret)
- Illinois Professional Emergency Manager, IPEM® (Ret)
- President's Call to Action Lifetime Service