8915 S Keystone Ave Ste C
Indianapolis, IN 46227



About Me

Some people like to edit these things as they move forward. I feel like it is a more compelling story if I just update it. Since I wrote this page one daughter remarried (adding some little ones to the family as well) and my oldest son and another daughter had new babies so the grandkid count is up to 9. Needless to say I feel very blessed these days.

Speaking of blessed, this career change is unfolding as expected. The skill sets I brought from my previous lives have transferred well into this one and I learn something new with each new transaction. (My 42 year managing broker says that happens throughout your career and I am glad to hear it….never get bored when there is always something new). The toughest aspect of this for me is attracting new clients as I am not a natural salesman. I am fine with that though as my professionalism and expertise in brokering home sales is translating into repeat business already and in the coming years I fully expect to have to bring on my own staff in order to meet demand.

At any rate, that’s the update. I will keep you posted as things develop.

First and foremost, I am a family man. A husband and dad to five (some grown) children with two grandkids. We and most of our extended family are lifelong residents of Indianapolis and its surrounding communities and have been for several generations. Even with the experience of travelling the world and our nation I can’t imagine ever living anywhere else.

As real estate is a second career (full time), I earned my license in the middle of 2015 after 18 years of service with the US Postal Service. This does not mark the beginning of my work in realty though. For several years prior to leaving my first career, I bought and sold property and this is what drove me to want to work in the real estate industry.

My life experience has well prepared me for a career as a real estate broker.

For starters, from July of 1990 to 1994 I served in the United States Navy as a Radioman . For my fellow sailors out there I would be remiss if I did not mention that I served first on the USS Niagara Falls AFS-3 and then on the USS Nimitz CVN-68. When most people think of the radioman rating, they are immediately aware of the general military training, the necessity of self sufficiency (and conversely, the teamwork) of shipboard life, and the obvious communications and technical work involved in being a radioman. What they are not aware of (and I was most surprised by), was the vast amounts of documentation and organizational skills that are necessary to the Radioman rate. These skills have served me well throughout my life, but never so much as they do now while I navigate the complicated process of buying and selling homes with my clients. This, coupled with the training which enables me to focus on my tasks in high pressure situations is invaluable to me.

The next great preparation for this career came after my enlistment in the Navy ended. With a young family and no degree I had to find suitable employment. Given that my need for income was greater than my desire to work in any given field I tried many things. I worked in retail, outside sales, and warehousing. Basically I did whatever work was available that paid better than the job before it. This period of my life helped me to develop social and networking skills, not to mention a very diverse group of friends.

After that I entered my first real career, the United State Postal Service. Over my 18 years with the postal service I worked in craft (as a Mail handler), spent about two years as an acting supervisor and a little over ten years as a Union Steward for the National Postal Mail Handlers Union.

One of the interesting things about working at the post office is that its employees come from all walks of life. There are people there that grew up as trust fund kids and others who lived in abject poverty as inner city children. To further complicate matters the post office is federal and highly unionized. This equates to it being a job for life if it suits you. The benefit I received from spending almost twenty years in that environment is that I continued to develop my value for diversity and also  I learned to work alongside people whether I got along with them or not. There was no option, you were both going to be there together for a very long time. This has taught me to communicate effectively with a wide variety of people and blessed me with a tolerance for those who live differently than I choose to.

The second benefit from the USPS to me as a realtor stems from my long involvement as a shop steward. As in any labor negotiation situation, labor and management are always at odds. They have disparate goals, and having to deal with each other under that distress for lengthy terms of employment; negotiations are frequently hostile. Working to find a win-win situations can be very difficult. Over time I developed an ability to read people and into the disputes at hand so that I could identify what was actually separating the parties and keeping them from resolving their differences. Transferring that skill set to real estate is almost overkill. Helping sellers and buyers come to an agreement over a selling price and conditions is a walk in the park by comparison.

On the side of my actual career I also had a screen printing business for about three years, and only sold it as I was not ready to leave the postal service and it had become a strain on my family to maintain both. During the time that I owned and operated the East Indy Printing Company; I gained invaluable experience in marketing, sales and basic web development.

Finally over the last several years I joined most of the country in becoming more interested in self sufficiency, local food movements, and Permaculture. This lead me to complete my Permaculture Design Course, and publish and maintain the website DIY Food Supply and its associated podcast. This experience enables me to assist people who are interested in following a similar path find and identify properties that would be well suited to those endeavors. In addition, that site was my first real foray into the world of blogging. While I still do not consider myself to be a great writer, I do feel that I increased my skill remarkably since its inception.

I think this gives my readers enough background on me to understand that my short time in real estate is not an accurate reflection of my ability to serve you well.

If not, I would like to add that the company I work with (Your Realty Link), is a team based company and the leader of my team (The Giles Team) has forty years of real estate experience and works very hard to both develop and mentor the agents on the team. In other words, if I don’t have a solution my managing broker does and my clients get the benefit of both us and the other members of the team working to ensure your satisfaction with you realty experience.

So now that you know a little about me, give me a call at 317-657-8059, email or use my contact form to set up an appointment.

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