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Get to know more about Team member Jeff Marcha with The Hotchkiss Group
What did you do as a profession before getting into Real Estate?
I was a lead singer in a show band, co-owned two used car lots and then I sold luxury cars (Mercedes and Cadillacs.)
I’m a car nut! My Dad managed a Caddy dealership in the 50’s and 60’s before we moved to Florida.
What moved you in the direction of Real Estate?
We moved to Florida in 1970, Mom and Dad purchased a motel near the old Cypress Gardens, which is now Logo Land!
There was a Real Estate company next to the motel and the owner John Wood, told my mother she had the personality to sell real estate so she got her license.
Alice Turner and my mother were the founders of the Woman’s Council of Realtors in Polk county and she enjoyed that career for 38 years.
So that was my exposure to the business and I loved assisting her.
How long have you been in the business?
I’ve been in the biz for 24 years … not including the years I helped Mom.
Where are you from originally?
I grew up in Kenmore, New York, just outside of Buffalo and Niagara Falls.
Some very cold winters!!!!
What skills make you successful?
I love people, I have a sympathetic ear and thanks to my parents I learned how to listen!
What do you love about what you do?
The biggest thing I love about the business is the closing, whether it’s $50k sale or a million, I love handing over the keys and seeing the looks of happiness on the faces! I always seem to attract new friends and I’m glad for the large sphere that I have from all walks of life.
What do you love about St. Pete? Do you have any favorite places?
Having lived in the area for over 47 years, I love watching the growth, I especially love Downtown St Pete! As far as my favorite places to eat …. I could go on and on. The Canopy (outside upstairs lounge over the Birchwood Hotel)
The Hollander Hotel and a place called Punky’s that has great food and entertainment (owned by some friends of mine) and a favorite watering hole The Enigma also owned by a buddy.
Tell us something about yourself?
I’m still a musician at heart (vocalist primarily, some keyboards). A dear friend, Tom Zavesky, and I have done two albums over the past ten years. We have 6 music videos. One of my classic cars is one of the videos, and if you look on YouTube under “Lounge Overdrive” you’ll find us.
I’m a huge car buff and I primarily like 60’s and 70’s Caddy’s, Lincolns, Jags, Benzs, Rolls and Bentley.
I got my love of cars from my Dad and going with him to the dealership on Saturdays and I would sit in the cars on the show room. The sales guys were so cool and would show me how things worked. Yeah, I’m even good under the hood! Lol
What are your community involvements?
In the past to present, I’ve volunteered for Lifepath Hospice in Tampa, The Osceola humane Society, I was twice president of the winter Haven Junior Chamber of Commerce (now called the Jaycees), The metro Center in St Pete and many small donations to charities dear to my heart.
Do you have a favorite saying or Life Motto?
My Late Uncle Bill, my mom’s brother, would always say “this too will pass” I idolized him. He was a graduate of Harvard and was an architect in New York City, Tokyo and Japan before his untimely death from an accident in the 60’s.
I’ve always tried to emulate his style of being.
What is so cool about working with the Hotchkiss Group?
I have found a certain joy working with this group.
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