Jon Dimetros

I recently had an opportunity to speak with Jon Dimetros, one of Chicago’s first-rate brokers, clever marketer & handsome renaissance man.

By: Joshua Conner

Jon Dimetros is: the co-owner at Dunning Real Estate, Broker at Main Street Real Estate Group, LLC & marketing for Mammoth Distilling, LLC from Chicago, Illinois. Dimetros inspires me professionally & personally. Professionally, Dimetros was named top producer for Main Street Real Estate Group in 2017 & 2018. Personally, I really admire Dimetros style, chic excursions & his appreciation for James Bond. I also enjoy the eclecticism of his Instagram, that is a brilliant highlight reel of his: professional accomplishments, style, Ted hijinks, friendship hangouts & James Bond throwbacks.

What is a day in the life of Dimetros like?

“A day in my life could vary greatly, depending on what I have going on. Most of the time, I’ll get up, get out of bed, check some emails and get on my phone to return calls. Then I’ll go to the office, I’m in Main Street and Lawrence Dunning and I have a group called Dunning Real Estate Group, so we’re often on the phone with each other talking about whatever residential or investment properties we have. Whatever conversation there is with these properties, that we currently have active to talk about.

Then I’ll try to get a workout in, usually sometime in the afternoon. I really like hanging out with friends. I’m one of those guys who likes to go out on weekdays, either to dinner or just go hang with friends whenever I can. If I don’t have an event on a certain night, I’ll probably go grab a bite with a buddy or my girlfriend and just hang out. I would say, that I would think one of my favorite things to do in life, is to go and have a meal with somebody. It could be one person or it could be 20 people, I just think that it’s really great to sit down & break bread with somebody & enjoy a really nice conversation,” said Dimetros.

What was Dimetros most memorable year?

“My most memorable year was probably when I turned 30. I’m 36 now, I remember I was dreading turning 30. You know, you’re conditioned in your 20’s once you get 30, it’s like, my life is over I’m old. I was really scared, I thought it was going to be this transition. I was suddenly going to become some guy, that was over the hill.

I wouldn’t be able to go out any more and it was almost this cut off. You couldn’t do certain things once you hit 30. It ended up being a great year. There is a famous quote, that I really like, “All that I know I learned after I was thirty,” said George Clemenceau, he’s a french politician. I remember reading it right before 30. It really kind of helped me realize that aging can be a good thing.

30 was a good year for me, it was a transition for me. When I realized that I was coming out of  my 20s, I started shedding some of my juvenile tendencies & I was growing into what I considered to be transitioning into a man. In your 20’s your still in kind of an transition period. I think once you hit 30, you feel all grown up. You feel more secure, and you look back and you just gain confidence.

I think continuing to grow more confidence, and knowing who you are as a person, and who you identify with and what you identify with is a very liberating thing,” said Dimetros.

What does Dimetros prefer boxers, briefs or boxer briefs and what is his favorite brand?

“Let’s go for briefs, my favorite brand is Calvin Klein and then for boxer briefs my favorite brand is a Swedish brand called Bjorn Bjorg, there made by a famous tennis player. I found them in Sweden a few years ago. They’re super cool, really colorful & a lot of fun. The boxer briefs are super thin and comfortable.

The nice thing about them, is that there tight, but not uncomfortable & don’t ride up on your legs. So it almost feels like your not wearing anything, but you’re wearing boxer briefs,” said Dimetros.

What would be the title of Dimetros life story & who would play him in a movie?

“I would love for the title of my life story to be American Bond. Let’s see who would, I want to play me, I would say, who’s the dude from Fifty Shades of GreyJamie Dornan. He’s a great actor, and I would like him to play me,” said Dimetros.

Who is Dimetros favorite James Bond actor?

“Favorite James Bond, is without a doubt Daniel Craig. He is true to what Ian Fleming, the author of the James Bond novels, had in mind when he wrote James Bond. James Bond was kind of a rough & tough guy and still had some sex appeal, and you know appealed to men & women equally. I think that a lot of the Bonds, you know Sean Connery, was kind of a really good-looking guy, women loved him, he was suave, but he didn’t have that kind of killer instinct, that I think Craig portrayed.

The rest of the Bond’s like between: Roger Moore, Sean Connery, and Timothy Dalton, there was a lot of humor mixed with those Bonds, and I don’t think the real James Bond was supposed to be a nice guy. James Bond was supposed to be an alcoholic womanizer that did bad things to bad people,” said Dimetros.

Dimetros favorite Bond movie is also Casino Royale starring Daniel Craig.

Dimetros favorite Bond Woman is Ursula Andress.

“She was Honey Ryder in Dr. No, and she starred as Vesper Lynd in the old Casino Royale. She was a Swiss sex symbol. She had a famous coming out of the water, in a swimsuit in Dr. No and I liked her,” said Dimetros.

If Dimetros could have a drink with any three people died or alive, who would they be and what drink would he serve them?

“If I could have a drink with any three people died or alive, that’s a very good question. I would have to say: Daniel Craig, just because, let’s put Winston Churchill and Gandhi. I think it’s a.pretty weird mix, but I would put those guys on there. I would probably serve them an old fashioned made with Mammoth Bourbon,” said Dimetros.

If Dimetros mantra were a hashtag it would be a famous naval motto, #dontgiveuptheship.

“I believe at least for me, it means to never give up, don’t ever stop and even when things look bleak, or when things look like their not going to turn out favorable for you, you always got fight left in you. That little bit of fight can make the difference between succeeding or failing,” said Dimetros.

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You can follow Jon’s Instagram page @agentmetro & check out his site www.dunningrealestate.com

Marty Riva

I recently had an opportunity to speak with Marty Riva, Chicago’s charming realtor & hunky model.

By: Joshua Conner

Marty Riva, Chicago Real Estate Broker with @Properties & model for DAS Model Management Miami, inspires me both personally & professionally. I really found him relatable because we were both born in Illinois & our mothers played a pivotal role in our lives. I am so inspired by how Riva, has diversified his real estate & modeling brands both tangibly & through social media. I really admire his composure, work ethic & style.

What is a day in the life of Riva like?

“I’ll usually wake up, and I’ll check my emails. If I have any showings to do for real estate,  I’ll do some real estate showings. Other than that, I’ll typically work out, late morning or early afternoon. I’ll usually work out 2 to 3 hours, depending on if I play basketball or not. I really love playing basketball, so I try to play it as much as I can for the cardio. Then at night, I’m either: doing a second job, where I work at D.S. Tequila Company, doing serving, or I will be spending some time with my girlfriend, watching a movie, or having some dinner,” said Riva.

What would be the title of Riva’s life story & who would play him in a movie?

“Oh, so I get told that I look like Jon Hamm a lot, so I imagine Jon Hamm would play me in a movie. The title would be The Calm Life of Marty Riva,” said Riva.

If Riva’s mantra were hashtag, what would it be?

“#Staycalm, just because that really embodies the person I am.  I don’t really get nervous or scared, at least I don’t show it. Everyone just kind of looks at me, like I am cool, calm & collected twenty-four seven, even though on the inside, I may not be,” says Riva.

What is Riva’s underwear preference and what is his favorite brand?

“So, this is interesting because I recently made a change. I was only wearing boxers for as long as I can remember. After I got into modeling I learned that boxer briefs were a lot easier to change in & out of for photo shoots. So, I made a switch to boxer briefs & my favorite brand is definitely Calvin Klein,” said Riva.

Riva has also modeled Richard Dayhoff underwear.  

“Modeling Richard Dayhoff underwear, was really nice. They were really comfortable, honestly no complaints about it. Having that name and being able to be on his Instagram, I really felt honored to be presented in that way,” said Riva.

Riva says he would like to be a wide receiver for the Minnesota Vikings if he were drafted into any National Football League team.

How would Riva describe his real estate business?

“I would say that I am dedicated to the people I am working for. I would do anything to get them the place they want and at the price they want. I am pretty much there go to person, whenever they have a question about anything real estate related. If I don’t have an answer, I’ll do my best to find that answer for them or direct them to the person, that can give them that answer. I always try to be honest with the people I with, I believe that’s the best policy. I treat them the way I want to be treated, kind of like the golden rule. That kind of goes along with how I live my life,” said Riva.

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You can follow Marty Riva on both his Instagram pages @martyriva5 & @martydoesmodeling

Zachary Koran

I recently had an opportunity to speak with entrepreneur, coach & family man Zachary Koran.

By: Joshua Conner

Zachary Koran, is the lead broker & founder of Zach Koran Real Estate/The Zach Koran Group, entrepreneur, coach, father and Illinois Realtor at Compass based in Chicago. I am really inspired by how Koran utilizes various mediums including social media to give clients the best service.

What is a day in the life of Koran like?

“Well, I typically get up, have some coffee and take my vitamins, then I pray, mediate & do a couple of spiritual readings. Then I take a shower, get dressed and walk the dog. I have my son part-time, so sometimes, I’ll take him to school, like I did this morning. Then sometimes, I head to the office, where I make phone calls, do the prospecting part of my real estate business. In the afternoon,  I show properties, and 3 or 4 days a week, I hit the gym in the morning, before I start the day as well. At night-time, I either hang out with friends, or I show property listings or I have my son,” said Koran.

What would be the title of Koran’s life story and who would play him in a movie?

“Title of my life story, good question, it would be humility drives success. Who would play me in a movie, how about, I’m going through my mental Rolodex of actors, I don’t know Hugh Jackman,” said Koran.

If Koran could leave his son one quality it would be loyalty and honesty.

“Leave my son one quality, what would it be & why, that’s a good one, I was actually thinking about this the other day. You know probably, that’s tough, I would say loyalty and honesty. I know that’s two, but loyalty and honesty go together for me,” said Koran.

What was it like for Koran modeling for the Men of Chicago Real Estate calendar?

“It was great, I know a lot of those guys, that were on the calendar, because we’re all in the real estate business. I know probably half of them. We had a lot of fun doing it, I’m not really a model by trade. Doing that was fun for me, it’s always fun getting your picture taken. So, I got to meet some new people, which was great, and get a chance to be part of a fundraiser. The money raised from the calendar sales, went to a non-profit,” said Koran.

How did Koran get his first tattoo?

My first tattoo, I got it at Lake Geneva, when I was 18 years old. I got my first one on my shoulder, it was my initials in Old English writings. It is now covered up, by other art, that I wanted to bring to life, you know, kind of cover it up, but that was my first one 23 years ago,” said Koran.

What are Koran’s favorite brand of boxer briefs?

“ I probably go with Calvin Klein,” he says.

What is one sentence, would Koran like people to use when describing his business Zach Koran Real Estate?

“That’s a great question, I would like people to say, he goes extremely beyond the limits to provide good service,” said Koran.

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Eric Lamb

I recently had an opportunity to speak to Eric Lamb, Tampa’s businessman & fitness enthusiast.

By: Joshua Conner

I have been a follower of Eric Lamb, ever since I observed one of his Instagram posts. It was of a photo shoot, that he was apart of with CJC Photography accompanied by an introspective quote. Lamb, is a North East Account Manager for Anazaohealth Corporation, and he models for: Alexa Models, Benz Model & Talent Agency and Professional Pretty Model & Talent Agency.

What is a day in the life of Lamb like?

“A day in my life, 6 days a week,  I get up in the morning like 4:30 or 5 am and I go to the gym. I get my workout done, then I come home and fix breakfast. Then during the week, if I’m not traveling for work, out-of-state, then I’m in the office from 6 am to 4:30 pm. I’m in pharmaceutical sales, so I handle a big book of business Monday through Friday. I come home at about 5:00, then I do some sort of cardio, either go for a walk or bike ride, something like that. I try to get outside for a little bit, when I get home. After being cooped up all day, and then I come home, get dinner, kind of unwind and go to bed by 10:00, on a good day. On Sundays, it’s usually my day at the beach, so I can’t complain,” said Lamb.

Lamb’s mantra is take every opportunity that’s presented to you.

“I’ve had some pretty crazy opportunities presented to me that my past self would have never done, or would have put off. As of recently, I took those chances, and they paid off. Just taking every opportunity that’s presented, obviously don’t take it if it’s stupid or illegal or anything like that. If it’s a legit opportunity then take it,  even if it’s outside of your comfort zone. Kind of like modeling, I did a photo shoot with a guy about a year and a half ago or so, he contacted me. It’s something I never would have done in the past. I said why not, it’s kind of paid off now, slowly but surely,” said Lamb.

Lamb says that if he could sign on with any Major League Baseball team, it would be the Atlanta Braves.

“So MLB, was my dream, like it was my passion growing up. My favorite team growing up was the Atlanta Braves, so I would have to go with them. Although, I am personal to the Mets now, a little bit. One of my good friends that I grew up with, and played with, he plays for the Mets now, so I am personal to them. I still have to choose the Braves, that’s my team through and through,” said Lamb.

What does Lamb prefer boxers, briefs or boxer briefs and what are his favorite brand?

“Let’s see, recently, I have switched to briefs, if I am being honest. I have big thighs and I don’t like you can see the boxer briefs line on my thighs, cause my pants are too tight. Which is not a bad thing, I guess, but I have recently switched to briefs, which I never thought I do, but I actually like them. The company I use is called pair of thieves,” said Lamb on his preference.

Lamb said that if he could model for any national brand it would be Under Armour.  

“Oh man, let’s see, there’s a lot out there, it would have to be something athletic because of my build. I use to want to be a Calvin Klein model or Abercrombie model, but I don’t think that suits me so much anymore, I’m to big for that now. I think some modeling for say Under Armour, that would be pretty awesome. Yeah I’d say Under Armour,” said Lamb.

Lamb says that Jesse Palmer would play him in a movie and the title of his life story would be, “take a chance”.

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