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 

Erik DeLaRosa

I recently had an opportunity to speak with Erik Delarosa, Texas’s own hunky & hard-working businessman & familyman.

By: Joshua Conner

Erik DeLaRosa, is a: nutrition/fitness expert, entrepreneur/MBA, finance/sales/marketing, online health coach, founder of Patsy G Mustard, and a sponsored athlete with team Gaspari, based in Dallas, Texas. I am inspired by DeLaRosa, personally & professionally. Personally, I am inspired by his incredible physique, style & charming southern accent. Professionally, I am inspired by his work ethic & entrepreneurial spirit.

What is a day in the life of DeLaRosa like?

“I wake up really early, like 4 or 5 am, and I go to the gym for about an hour and a half. Then, I get ready for work and go to work. Then, I have different things going on, that I have to do. I also own a mustard company, so like on my breaks or right after work, I have to make calls, setup demos, and set up my employees so they can work. Then, I have clients,  that text me all day, it’s just nonstop until I go to bed, usually Monday to Friday. Scheduling, working & doing a full-time job too, so just  business, all business all day, I work a lot,” said DeLaRosa.

What is one sentence would DeLaRosa use to describe Patsy G Mustard?

“There’s nothing like it. So it’s a condiment, that has multiple uses, and it’s one of a kind & you can use it on anything,” said DeLaRosa.

DeLaRosa’s most memorable year was the year his daughter was born. If he could leave her one quality it would be to be driven.

“What is one quality that I would like to leave my daughter, just to be driven, and work hard for what you want in life. Don’t expect anything to be handed to you and don’t rely on anyone. Just do things yourself, work hard, do a good job and just follow your dreams,” said DeLaRosa.

What does DeLaRosa prefer boxers or briefs and what is his favorite brand?

“I would have to say, that I wear them all, but I, wear briefs mostly and my favorite brand is Armani,” said DeLaRosa.

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

“Breaking the cycle and I’m going to play myself,” said DeLaRosa.

What is DeLaRosa favorite quote for inspiration?

“My favorite quote is, work hard, have faith and be tireless. One of my mentors told me that, just when Patsy G was just an idea, being made in my kitchen. I was trying to get it off the ground, and I will never forget it, said DeLaRosa, “but I am tired,” DeLaRosa added humorously.

You can learn more about Erik DeLaRosa from his sites www.erikdelarosa.com, www.patsyg.com, and follow him on Instagram @delarosadriven & @patsygmustard

Michael Scanlon

I recently had an opportunity to speak with Michael Scanlon, altruistic advocate & hunky model.

By: Joshua Conner

Michael Scanlon is an: international model & actor, ruby player formerly in Australia, MBA & Autism Behavioral Specialist from Evergreen Park, Illinois. Scanlon inspires me professionally & personally. Professionally, Scanlon has a great work ethic & has made great choices in diversifying his brand. Personally, Scanlon is handsome, has a great physique, style & social media presence. He was even named Top Modelof the year, by Chris Butler Photography in 2018. Scanlon’s good looks are only outmatched by his big heart.

What is a day in the life of Scanlon like?

“Everyday is so different, I just kind of wake up, do a little bit of social media work on the computer and I get to the gym. If I got a photo shoot to do, I’ll go to the gym, pretty early in the morning, then I’ll get to my shoot, and do a little bit of prep in terms of getting pumped up like, push ups, and pull ups that kind of stuff. There is also a lot of traveling involved too. Like next week, I am going to LA, so my Monday will consist of: waking up, driving to the airport, flying to LA, getting a rental car, going to a meeting, and trying to see if I can get a workout in, since I’ve got a photo shoot the same day. Everyday is so different, but I guess that keeps it exciting,” said Scanlon.

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

“Oh man, that’s a tough one, people are constantly telling me that I look like Henry Cavill, so he would play me in a movie, then the title would be something like an unexpected adventure”, said Scanlon.

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

“Oh man, you’re stomping me here, if my mantra were a hashtag, man, let’s see, it would be something like #everythingisearned,” said Scanlon.

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

“Oh, it’s always boxer briefs, you know boxers are a bit to lose for me, briefs are a bit to tight for me, so I always kind of strive in the middle there. There are a few brands, that I like actually, you know, but if I had to pick one, it would be H & M, they are actually pretty comfortable,” said Scanlon.

Scanlon has also modeled for Richard Dayhoff underwear.

“Yeah, I did some of that with Joem, they’re really soft, they’re really comfortable, we’ve shot in them a few times and they’re really comfortable to wear. One of the things, that I like about them is that I like to keep my page a little bit more modest, and they are not overly revealing, so I do like that aspect of them as well,” said Scanlon about modeling Richard Dayhoff underwear.

What was Scanlon’s most memorable year?

“I think 2015, for me was kind of a big year. I think because, back in 2015, I was playing rugby in Australia, and we made the grand final, which is like the championship for them. I played the last five weeks of the season with a torn tendon, and we had to just wait until after the season was done to get surgery. In the same year, I got a huge promotion at the job that I was working with kids with autism. I started writing the company’s curriculum, and it was my last full year in Australia. I had a lot of good friends, I got to travel a lot, I saw a lot of Australia both personally and for work. I was able to go home and see my family for Christmas, so 2015, was a pretty great year,” said Scanlon.

How does Scanlon want to be remembered?

“There are a lot of different things, that I have been fortunate to do so far. I want people to see me as someone who helped others who needed it, especially you know the work with the kids with autism, that’s the most important thing for me. I just want to be remembered for helping others who needed help, more than anything. I know that’s the most important thing for me. I just want to be remembered for helping others who needed help, more than anything. I know modeling is in a lot of ways a selfish endeavor, but I still identify myself mostly with the work I did with the kids and I always will,” said Scanlon.

Extra Content: I talk to Michael Scanlon about the time he ran a non-profit and how would he describe his photography venture. Follow me on Facebook & Instagram @MrJoshuaConner to see it. You can check out Michael Scanlon on his website www.michaeljscanlon.com, follow him on Instagram @michaelscanlon_ & like his Facebook page @michaeljscanlon