We had the good fortune of connecting with Brandon Trowbridge and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brandon, what role has risk played in your life or career?
“You sometimes lose by taking risks, but you always lose by holding back”. I learned early on that if I wanted to achieve more in life, I was going to have to get uncomfortable & take some big (calculated) risks. That started at the age of 20 when I left the safety, security & comfort of home in Spokane, WA to enter the United States Air Force. During basic training I was singled out by my squadron commander based on my PT test scores to enter the Special Forces testing portal. This was a risk that I was totally unsure of where it would lead or if I would be capable of finishing because I wasn’t a good swimmer. 200+ of us trainees entered the portal and only 22 of us completed it. When all was said and done, I was 1 of 4 assigned to the Pararescue training course. Unfortunately, as training and testing progressed, I was disqualified during the flight physicals due to my numerous concussions and inability to go up in unpressurized aircraft. Once my Air Force service was complete, I took another huge risk and only having one acquaintance there, I moved to Scottsdale, AZ instead of going back home to Spokane, WA. My goal was to follow my passion and finish my Exercise Science and Nutrition degrees and ASU had one of the best programs. So, I packed a truck, loaded up my retired greyhound racer rescue pup Curly into the backseat of my car & then onto a flatbed, had my reserve orders and station of record transferred from the Air Force Academy to Luke AFB and headed to Scottsdale, AZ. While completing my degrees, I worked 2-3 jobs at local gyms as a personal trainer and massage therapist and managed to serve my remaining AF reserve time. In 2003 I left the safety and comfort of being an employee and took a chance by starting own Strength & Conditioning/Pre-habilitation business. I built that business from the ground up and in 2006 the next big risk launched me into my Real Estate career when one of my Cardiac Rehabilitation clients offered to have their company put me through Real Estate school to become their operations manager. So, I sold my strength training/pre-habilitation company and left everything I knew & had studied in my post-secondary education behind to venture into something I knew nothing about, Real Estate. As of today, I feel that each one of the risks I took, became a steppingstone, building self-confidence and ultimately helped shape who I am and where I am today as a residential Real Estate Broker in Scottsdale..
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
What sets me apart from other residential Realtors is the fact I fall back to my special forces training and have set up systems and processes for predictability of outcomes in the residential transaction. It’s been a long and winding road to get to where I am today (refer to the risk taking section) and the biggest lesson I have learned over my 15+ years having a Real Estate license is, you can teach anyone Real Estate, but you cannot teach them to care. This is probably the number one reason I have not started a “team” and remain a sole Real Estate Broker, you just can’t teach people to care and that is the foundation of my business.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
The trip would be planned in October and I would make sure to take them to a Coyotes hockey game at Gila River Arena. On Sunday we would get to Cardinals stadium 4 hours early and tailgate before going into the game. We would golf at Troon North Monument, TPC at Scottsdale, Boulders Resort and Chiricahua in Desert Mountain. Would have to take them to Harolds Corral in Cave Creek for a fun/great meal A few other places we would visit for dinner would be Ocean Club, Steak 44 & Maple & Ash. We’d probably spend a day over in the Talking Stick entertainment district to hit all of the activities offered there. We would also hike and mountain bike a handful of the North Scottsdale trails and I would wrap it up by taking them on a tour of the Raptor rescue/sanctuary I volunteer with.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would have to say my wife. We have been together since 2002 and have been there to support each other during all of the ups and downs of entrepreneurship.