Here is Part 2 in the series of getting to know the Hermits better! Time to reintroduce Lee! Lee is my boss, and he knows a lot of things. He provides great tidbits throughout the day. Some are business, and some are just fun facts about things like rock bands. I have learned many things from him, and now you can too!
What is your job title here, and what does it mean?
I’m not sure I’m comfortable with “awesome boss.” It seems to set the bar really high. And besides, Truman Capote once defined a boss as a backwards double-S O B.
I am Operations Director at Hermit Haus Redevelopment. I oversee the day-to-day operations of the company. I make sure the bills get paid and generally try to be supportive of the other team members—staying out of their way and letting them do their jobs.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I originally wanted to be a medical doctor, but then high school chemistry came along. I worked for a while as a musician, turning professional at 13, but there are too many strong egos—many with little justification. Then I decided to be a psychologist, but I found out the average income at the BS level was less than what I was making when I was working my way through college. At some point, I had to take a technical writing course, and it hit me. There’s a way to make a living as a writer! I’ve been writing and teaching ever since.
How did you end up in this business?
I grew up in this business. My parents rehabbed and sold houses back when a flipper was still a dolphin. But like all good kids, I rebelled and sold out to join the corporate world, which I always perceived as very feudal.
As I got closer to retiring, I decided rehabbing sad houses was something I could continue to do long after I left the corporate world. The bonuses are that it’s so much fun and the I get to help other people.
What was your moment that told you that you were in the right place here?
When I realized that I chose to spend more time doing this than playing music. I hardly touch my instruments any more.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to do what you do?
Be patient with yourself. This isn’t a way to get rich quick, but it is a way to build a lasting legacy. The easiest way to make a million dollars in real estate is to start with two million.
Be careful and learn from your mistakes. You’ll make them.
What is your favorite food that you could eat everyday?
Sandwiches. They come in infinite variety.
Who is your favorite Actor/Actress right now and why?
You know….that woman….the one who was in that movie about….fairies and magic and stuff.
What is a destination vacation that you always wanted to see, and have you been there yet?
I go where I’m needed. Travel isn’t a motivator for me.
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