Lawrence Dunning

I recently had an opportunity to speak with Lawrence Dunning, MBA, one of Chicago’s premier real estate brokers, skillful jiu-jitsu black belt & handsome renaissance man.

By: Joshua Conner

Lawrence Dunning is: owner at Dunning Real Estate and Real Estate/Broker at Main Street Real Estate Group, from London, United Kingdom & based in Chicago, Illinois. Dunning, inspires me personally & professionally. Professionally, Dunning was named: top producer from Main Street Real Estate Group in 2017 and 2018, top producer for Chicago Association of Realtors in 2017, & Who’s Who Chicago Agent magazine in 2017. Personally, I admire Dunning’s dedication to jiu-jitsu, physique, charming accent & how he manages a successful business with his best friend.

What is a day in the life of Dunning like?

“I think everyday is a good day, if I get some kind of physical exercise or workout in and I’m productive. Whether that can mean a full day of work when I’m productive or by the same token, if I’m on vacation or some real relaxation then, being present with whatever I’m doing. So, that can change, based on where I am at. Then, just some downtime.

If you work really hard, and you get some exercise in, your exhausted, and at the end of the day, you can put your feet up for an hour. I think it feels like a great big reward, because you earned it. So a typical day: I try to get some exercise, I think that’s really important, I try to be productive with whatever I’m doing, and I try to have my downtime at the end of the day, but only when I feel like I deserve it,” said Dunning.

If Dunning’s mantra was a hashtag, what would it be?

“I think it would be #dreambig. The simple reason is, because when I was young, I was very shy & introverted. Then, I achieved things, that I am, very proud of for myself, but it wasn’t easy, it wasn’t the most natural thing. I kept dreaming bigger & dreaming bigger, and every time, I got a little something accomplished, I think about the next big step and next big step. Eventually, over years and years, that can really grow into big things, but you have to have a dream to even start. If you don’t have the dream, then nothing else matters. So, I think everything starts with a dream, so I think dream big, would probably be the answer,” said Dunning.

How does Dunning like his coffee?

“Honestly, I just like straight up coffee, with a little bit of cream and MCT oil,” said Dunning.

What is Dunning’s underwear preference?

“Let’s see, you know my wife, just brought me some Reebok trunks,” said Dunning.

What was Dunning’s most memorable year?

“I think, I would have to say last year, because I got married. I think that’s the biggest step, that you can take. So, I think last year, I moved, I adopted a puppy, and got married. That, pretty much says, it all about my memorable year,” said Dunning.

The greatest lesson jiu-jitsu has taught Dunning is that the learning never stops.

“That’s a great question; I think the greatest lesson, I have learned doing jiu-jitsu, for nearly 20 years, and I think that it can be applied to almost anything in life is that, learning never stops. So, I think I’m pretty good at jiu-jitsu & I learn something every week. I think, it can be very frustrating, because sometimes, mostly you just want to figure something out, and be done with it. On the plus side, on things in life, like relationships with: a child, or father, or wife, or husband, it’s a constant working process.

You can never, just say that I am done with this relationship, you always have to put effort in, learn & grow. I think the same goes with business. If your business isn’t growing, it’s not going to stay the same, it’s probably going to get worse, lose money & decay. I think it’s the same thing with jiu-jitsu, you always gotta keep learning, and you can never rest on your morals. That can be applied to business, relationships, and all of the important things in life. Your never done, it’s always a work in progress,” said Dunning.

What is one sentence would Dunning like to use to describe his real estate?

“Good question, there’s a lot of brokers in Chicago, and there’s a lot of brokers that don’t know really what their doing. So I would say one sentence would be exceeds because we know what we’re doing and customer service. I am all about long term relationships with clients, and just in business in general. I think that’s the key to a successful business and almost anything is building good long term relationships with people. So I would use excellence and customer service,” said Dunning.

What does Dunning enjoy most about working at Dunning Real Estate?

“I think I am very fortunate that I can work with a good friend of mine. So, I think the key thing is, it can always be challenging, but if we are working with people that, we enjoy being around it makes work a lot more pleasurable. So, I think that the best thing about working there, is that my partner is also a good friend of mine. On the flip side, when you mix friendship with business, it can be challenging, but I think it’s definitely worth the challenges, to be forced to spend more time with good friends in business, so it’s a tradeoff. I really enjoy working with a good friend of mine,” said Dunning.

Extra content, I asked Lawrence Dunning what would be the title of his life story and who would play him in a movie. He gives a very American Bond answer. Find out what he said by following me on Instagram & Facebook @MrJoshuaConner.

You can follow Lawrence Dunning on Instagram @lawrencedunning and check out his website www.dunningrealestate.com 

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.

Extra Content: What does Jon like most about working at Dunning Real Estate, follow me on Facebook & Instagram @MrJoshuaConner to find out.

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