This week’s Teacher Entrepreneur Profile is Kyle Ganton of Reecer Properties. I first met Kyle several years ago when we played on the same church softball team. Kyle is a great guy with a heart for service which is why he has found the same success in business that he has achieved in the classroom. For more info you can check him out at http://reecerproperties.com/agents/kyle-ganton .
CS: What is the name of your business and where is it located?
KG: I am a real estate agent for Ft. Wayne based Reecer Properties.
CS: How long have you been an educator, and what positions have you held?
KG: I just finished my 8th year. I taught Kindergarten for three years and have taught 3rd grade for the last 5 years. I have taught all 8 years at Lancaster Elementary, just outside of Huntington, IN.
CS: Why did you want to become an entrepreneur?
KG: I have a heart for service and I use that in teaching. I wanted to be able to help people in another way. Buying a home is often the largest investment people make, so I want to be able to serve them through that process.
CS: Why did you choose your particular industry?
KG: I have always been interested in Real Estate. I thought it would be a great way to serve others in my community. I chose Reecer properties because I felt James was the best broker I met through the process of trying to find a company to work with. James is an incredible person that has done incredible things.
CS: Tell me a little bit about your business?
KG: I want to help clients find the best home for them. I also want to help them sell their home for what will benefit them. I want to try to serve people and lead them through the biggest financial decision of their lives.
CS: What is the best business advice you have ever been given?
KG: Put your client first. It sounds simple but I think it will serve me well in the real estate business.
CS: What is the greatest challenge of being a Teacher Entrepreneur?
KG: Teaching demands a lot more time than the 180 school days from 8-4. I think finding the time to do both well will be a challenge. I want to be able to do both. Real estate tends to drop off a little in the winter and pick up in the summer, so hopefully the two careers will complement each other.
CS: What advice would you give to other Teacher Entrepreneurs?
KG: Find something that interests you and dedicate yourself to it and success will follow.
CS: What books or resources would you recommend to other Teacher Entrepreneurs?
KG: I would suggest the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. It talks about “beginning with the end in mind.” His point made me really think about my future, and how I want to be thought of as a person who helps others.
CS: What is your vision for your business?
KG: I anticipate giving Reecer Properties a presence in Huntington. I believe Huntington is a place that Reecer could benefit from having a presence and I want to help them provide great service to the Huntington market.
CS: How will you know when you have achieved your vision?
KG: I think I will have achieved it when people in Huntington know Reecer properties. I want to help many people through their transactions and I think that will help to develop the Reecer name in Huntington.
CS: Is there anything else you would like our readers to know about you or your business?
KG: I want to show integrity in the real estate business. I will be someone who is ethical and does the right thing and I want to be an example within the real estate business.
I want to thank Kyle for taking the time to speak with me. He was quite busy wrapping up the school year and launching his real estate career but he graciously found the time to participate in the Teacher Entrepreneur Profile.