Phil always had an interest in real estate and management.
It really didn’t come full circle until I got his thirties. He grew up helping his dad and grandmother with properties that they owned in the Smith HIll area of Providence, allowing his to learn valuable trade skills, and understand the relationship between landlord and tenant.
Phil attended the Western New England University where I majored in Business Management & Entrepreneurship. From there, he spent the next decade working in restaurants and hospitality throughout Rhode Island, serving as the General Manager. During this period, Phil explored I eventually started my own mobile bartending company, which while challenging, taught me many skills in many areas of owning a business.
After I was married to my wife Corey in 2019 and the discussion of family was brought up, I was looking for bigger and more long term goals for myself and my family that didn’t include shifts ending at 3am. At that same time, Joe was reaching out to me about opportunities he had at Strive which involved opening a restaurant and also learning many aspects in Real Estate. In reality, the timing could not have been better for both of us.
I joined the Strive Team and knew fairly quickly I wanted to be part of the daily hustle that the other members were a part of. I took the role as Office Manager overseeing all aspects of Strive’s Operations. Including rentals, maintenance, bookkeeping, hospitality, tenant and partner relations.
I decided to get my Real Estate license in both Rhode Island & Massachusetts in early 2020 as well and start building my client base for buyers & sellers. I was hungry and eager to start purchasing properties and becoming a landlord. I purchased my first investment property at an auction sight unseen. Outbidding 67 other investors for your first property is quite the rush!
I did a full renovation on the property, completed a zone change with the city converting from a single family to two family, and had fully rented within 4 months of purchase. It was quite the experience. I was able to take what I have learned with Strive and what I have learned growing up and being around investment properties and apply to this property.
As Strive takes on more properties I am excited to continue the growth with them and being a vital part in the completion of grand scale projects as well as working on the day to day operations.
With my first child only a few weeks away, I will continue to invest in properties as well and maybe one day teach my daughter the ins & outs of Real Estate.