My company & title is… Scott Gaertner Group
A typical day in my life includes… At 5 a.m. I begin planning the day with my admin Kate Duffy via Google chat. Squeeze in a quick workout, get my twins fed and off to fourth grade, head to the office to return calls, and talk to clients. Play a late nine holes, rinse and repeat.
My favorite thing about living/working in the Scottsdale North area is… It truly is the most beautiful place on earth. The first day I stepped in the High Sonoran Desert I felt like I was home, and I still do. That the weather is also amazing is really just a bonus.
My favorite movie I could never get tired of watching and why… Field of Dreams. The blind faith and redemption themes always resonate with me, and the baseball and fathers and sons. But what really got me was the way those magical moments kept happening to lead Ray to the final outcome. So much felt so familiar to my own life. I still get chills through most of the movie.
My family… Ryan (32) is a Buyer specialist for the Scott Gaertner Group; Brock (27) finally just graduated ASU (no, he is not a surgeon); Shelby (22) is working in her major, Hotel Management; Olivia (9) is in fourth grade, and loves singing and violin; Jackson (9) is in fourth grade and loves baseball, basketball, football, golf, tennis and drums.
The business lesson I learned the hard way is… That it is OK to delegate. Some people will even do it better than you will!
One thing I cannot live without… Golf keeps me sane.
When I was younger, I wanted to be… Older.
The song I would sing at Karaoke night is… It would be cruel and unusual, so I won’t do it.
The one person who motivates me is… My dad. He is gone now but I still talk to him daily. He worked six days a week for 42 years, in a job that I know he didn’t love. He was the Mayor of our town twice. He never made much money, but he retired to a lifestyle community he loved until the day he died. I am proud to be his son and try to live up to that every day.
The perfect day would be… Start on the beach until the mist burns off. Golf with the entire family, followed by steaks at an open-air restaurant. Finish around a fire with s’mores and scotch.
My first job was… My neighbor said “Why do you want to take out my garbage every week?” I told him “Because my dad is bugging me to get a job.” He laughed for 15 minutes and then said, “Fifty Cents a week?” I said “Done.” I was five at the time.
My life… Is better than I ever dreamed, and better than I deserve.
I’m currently working on… I just finished writing a book for real estate buyers and am working on one for sellers. I still need to finish another about the different lifestyle communities available and their distinguishing characteristics.
The actor I would want to play me in a movie of my life is… He isn’t my favorite actor, but it will certainly be Brad Pitt. The resemblance is so uncanny they will have to use him.
My dream vacation would be to… The whole family goes to the Masters and then plays the course on Monday after the tournament with the Sunday pins still in place. We then tour the top 10 Civil War battlefields and hit all the National League ballparks in those states for a game.
My words of wisdom to aspiring business owners… There is always a better way. Find it and take massive action.