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 Grey, Jamie 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.