In the EXIT Southeast monthly newsletter, Florida owner Vincent Esposito is profiled sharing his motivation and keys to success. Here’s the latest newsletter with rankings and inspirational column for EXIT Realty Corp. International COO Erika Gileo. Click on the photo below or this link.
Profile – Florida Owner Shares Inspiration And Keys To Success
Vincent Esposito is a long way from where he grew up and says the day he met with EXIT Southeast Regional Owners Kenny Lynn and Stacy Strobl about a Florida franchise, he said “hell yeah, let’s do it” and has never looked back.
The Staten Island, New York native had several chapters before finding himself as owner of EXIT Riverside Realty in Dunnellon, Florida. After transferring with FedEx to Ocala, he retired after 26 years and tried at his hand at several jobs including working for a locally owned independent real estate office.
“After getting my first listing, I was told fake it til you make it. I quit that day. I took a look at several other operations including an ERA office on my street. Once I saw there were no gimmicks, no empty promises and plain simple truth, I signed on with EXIT. And, 10-7-5 didn’t hurt,” Vinny explains.
Legacy Lives On
September 11 means a lot of things to me, Vinny says. “It’s my birthday and the day my fireman brother, Frankie, died when the World Trade Center collapsed. On his birthday, I got the news at an owner meeting in Canada that I’d be able to start my franchise. Our first day of business was September 11, 2019. With a gift left by his brother, he formed TR7 Partners DBA EXIT Riverside Realty. Named after his brother’s car which he also inherited and still holds great sentimental value. “I think today my brother would be shocked. But, I was always told I could sell my mother to my father,” Vinny shared with a laugh.
Secret To Success
Vinny’s philosophy is be yourself and go help someone.
“One way I’ve grown my business is by joining the local Dunnellon Chamber and Business Association. I took four people in the office to that first meeting including a rookie. We were just ourselves, no pressure. Today, we’ve seen a big influx of new business and made great connections through the chamber – now growing to 14 people since last September. We also sponsor a little league team and do little things like take pizza and doughnuts to the covid testing site,” Vinny said.
Agent Buying A Franchise Works
I really think being an agent helped me a lot in making the decision to buy a franchise, Vinny explains.
“Everyone is incredibly helpful. It is sort of like team sport. And, if you have a question, you get an instant response which is mind blowing. My advice for folks wanting a franchise
is to call Kenny and Stacy and don’t be afraid to ask questions. It takes a lot to get things going due to state requirements, which can take time. It was easy working with EXIT
International. Ultimately, you are the company you keep. Surround yourself with good people,” Vinny said.