President of REACHWaterfront and
President of Mitchell Custom Homes Inc
Experience: My wife Linda, son Zack and I moved to the Shore because we wanted to escape the “rat race” of the city. After a decade and a half of successfully building in the Tidewater Area, we found ourselves stuck in a cycle of lowest bid competition with no consumer consideration for quality and integrity, and thus, Zero job satisfaction. Here on the Shore, we have been able to focus solely on customer satisfaction. Building quality “forever” homes for retirees by day, hunting and fishing in some of God’s most beautiful country when not at work, raising a family in a small community where people actually care about their neighbors (we are all neighbors), and most importantly, NOT EVER having to drive in traffic, have all combined to make our lives so much richer and so much more satisfying than we ever thought possible.
Biography: I earned my B.A. from Old Dominion University in 1989. I have been a licensed builder in Virginia for the past 25 years. Having spent part of my childhood in Argentina in my college years summers working construction, I realized that building homes was in my blood. Over the course of the past 14 years I have built a reputation as one of the Shore’s premier builders. See our website: mitchellcustomhomesinc.com . Being an environmentalist, I now specialize in building “green” homes and built the first PHIUS certified passive house in Virginia. Lately, we have concentrated on making Net Zero or near net zero our goal. All of our homes are high quality, custom built homes. Because the basics of energy efficiency and quality both stem from a fine eye for precision and detail, we have been very successful at providing them as a package. My crew of 8 to 10 people have been with me for many years now and we are proud of the quality of the work we do. I am personally proud of having been able to employ so many skilled craftsman to work consistently on so many high end homes.
Why Real Estate? I have thought about becoming a real estate agent for a quite some time. What is most important is that I do not plan to stop building homes. I have employees who count on me, and I still enjoy building very much. I will just do less. I feel that I will be able to concentrate my energy even better for my future home clients,
I feel that my construction experience is going to prove very useful. After all, we are selling homes, and there is one thing I know about, homes. Also, when it comes to repairs, improvements, inspections, etc., I have a large network of specialists that I will be able to call upon to get answers and/or get things done, as needed, to help our clients make informed choices and get things done efficiently, fairly and to a high standard.
REACHWaterfront Tech Guru
As tech guru at REACHWaterfront, I capture 3D scans of different properties for sale, 3D home tours, website management and other clerical needs. While for the most part I am an autodidact with far ranging interests, I have been exploring the coding, computers, arts, literature, music, and philosophical fields for almost 30 years now and can be expected to be found variously having an art show, a concert, (while I can at least play Dangerzone by Kenny Loggins on any instrument, I try to focus on playing bass, guitar, drums or keys) a chef’s night at the farm, book club, assisting with STEM in the schools or writing a bio for a website.
Raised primarily on seafood in the state of Maine, I naturally became interested in fishing. Angling with hook and line being the single most popular American sport, I soon encountered many enthusiasts, who all seemed to have their own individual styles and varying degrees of success. Some purists recommended the use of flies, bits of hair and even colored feathers that would float on the water, while others would employ colorful spinning lures that could be drawn through the water, simulating the movement of small fish. Bait anglers usually drop lines from a pier or dock, although some will bait many hooks on a long line called a trotline, which can be kept in a lake or stream overnight. Anglers are as ardent about types of fish as they are about means of catching them.
While never successful as a fisherman, I revered the enthusiasm of many fisherman regarding their particular techniques, philosophies of fish catching, and dogged adherence to having a good time and being out on the water even if it was raining!
My formal education is limited to LACC Film School and continuing Audio Visual tech education classes. I have mainly learned on the job designing large scale visualization systems and networks for a defense contractor, determining the best gluten ratio flours for the perfect bagel, or coercing the best performance out of a musician in the studio, but of course all I know about life I learned not catching fish.
WHY THE SHORE?
After spending time wandering around the entire lower 48 states, I finally settled on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, a land surrounded by water, but not to become a fisherman. I was drawn to the Shore by two friends with the shared idea of creating an organic farming community with a focus on perennials. While there is constant weed suppression, pruning and harvesting, the planting part is for the most part done, which has freed me up to work with Dave Mitchell and Mitchell Custom Homes, performing complex systems design and implementation as needed for the customer.
REACHWaterfront is a team I am proud to say I fit into. I am happy helping the team sell beautiful houses and finding homes for people who agree the Eastern Shore is a special place.
Life is easier here......care to join us?