Christopher Braun’s path to the real estate business began by saving money from real estate sales to put himself through law school, and then what started as an avocation became a vocation.
Chris’ lifelong real estate career in Naples has evolved into a passion for expert client representation … though his true dream job is being Dad.
Describe yourself in one sentence:
I am very family centric, competitive, maintain a sense of humor, know solutions are much more important than problems, strive for balance (that’s a high bar … strive … not always achieve) and am motivated to try to help or aid others when and where I am able to as life presents those opportunities each day.
Describe your business in one sentence:
Protective of clients, fast paced problem solving, competitive, confidential, meticulously detailed, very personally attentive of and thankful to my clients … and always available to clients.
Your favorite childhood memory:
Tar on my feet at the Jersey Shore beach and boardwalks, sun, water, salt air … or Caribbean beaches and clear water … always the beach and with my sisters (and sometimes our dogs)!
Most important lessons you’ve learned in life:
Actions speak louder than words … anything I genuinely put my mind and effort into is achievable … and that Faith, Hope and Love truly are three of life’s greatest gifts.
What advice would you give a young executive trying to break into your business?
Work hard, work harder, then work harder still and do not give up … and always be honest … even when it costs you business.
How would you want others describe you as a businessperson?
Good to my word honest, helpful, dedicated, rock solid and capable … a consistent professional who follows through to completion every time.
Last time you laughed out loud:
When youngest son Samuel tried to avoid doing chores (still did them) but did a darn good Batman villain imitation to suggest another activity that did not involve chores.
Who is your most influential role model, and why?
Anyone who is self-sacrificing, honest, committed to excellence, and kind … or has a good joke.
What charitable organization is most important to you?
My church plus a couple of cancer related organizations particularly the National Brain Tumor Society.
The person I would most like to have coffee or a cocktail with:
My sister, father, or any one of my family member’s in God’s hand … I know truly they are safe and fine yet I still miss them so much.
Your first job:
9 years old … cutting lawns, raking leaves, washing cars, cutting firewood, and delivering newspapers.
Your worst job:
None … liked working as far back as my first job … always grateful to be able to work regardless of what the job required … though honestly never really enjoyed cleaning up after large animals … “lol” as they say today.
Your dream job:
A father who lives to see his children all safe, happy, and productive building their own lives and families … and enjoying one another along the way.
Last books you read:
“Resilience” by Eric Grietens and “Support and Defend” by Tom Clancy … often read two books at the same time or in parallel … mix fiction, biographies and autobiographies.
Love to fish with my family and / or friends … boxing … cooking at home … wood working … travel with Julia.
Thomas Jefferson: “In matters of style swim with the current; in matters of principle stand like a rock.”
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Priest, then maritime attorney … then very best Realtor.
What motivates you?
My family … and striving to be the best father, husband, friend, person, and Realtor I can be.
What do you enjoy doing most with your family or friends?
Last concert/live performance you saw:
What current issue affecting your business is most important to you?
What has been your best idea so far?
Never giving up.
■ Coffee or Tea : Coffee
■ Coke or Pepsi: Dr. Pepper
■ Beer or Wine: Wine
■ Cook or Dine Out: Cook
■ Sweet or Salty: Both!
■ Dog or Cat: Dog
■ Pool or Beach: Beach
■ Crossfit or Yoga: Boxing
■ Spa or Adventure: Adventure
■ RedBox or Movie Theater: Depends
■ Jimmy Kimmel or Jimmy Fallon: Johnny Carson and David Letterman re-runs
■ Gulf or Golf: Gulf
■ Kayak or Speed Boat: As long as it floats!
■ Hybrid or Gas Hog: SUV
■ Mac or PC: iPads, PCs, Smartphones etc. etc.
■ Netflix or Hulu: Xfinity or Netflix