Fabulous People: Phil Tibi

Phil Tibi is the owner of The Phil Tibi Group, a Phoenix real estate agency, and has over 30 years of experience in the local luxury home market. “Finding a realtor that has patience and dedication to every client can be challenging in today’s fast-paced market. Our hand-picked team of professionals work together to produce outstanding results and exceed our client’s expectations.” Learn more about Phil Tibi…

Follow at: @PhilTibiRealEstateGroup

Hometown: Queens, New York

First job: Server at Café Buongiorno.

Favorite ways to spend your free time in AZ: On Lake Pleasant with my “branch office” (a k a a 37-ft. Chaparral cabin cruiser—paradise!)

Your biggest accomplishment and why: Becoming a father. I never thought I would be a father (let alone a good one), yet I try every day to do the best job possible in today’s challenging world.

The biggest obstacle you overcame: I was forced to switch career paths from owning a multi-international company to becoming a real estate agent. My previous career, directing an international electronic component trade business, ended after 16 years. Although I had an amazing job at a young age, I unfortunately had to sell the company at book value. The rest, they say, is history.

Someone who inspires you and why: My parents. My parents came to this country from Europe without knowing the language or having much money, but they still gave our family everything we possibly needed (especially excellent work ethics).

Advice to someone pursuing a career path in what you do: Persevere. Never stop learning, communicating and networking with people as best you can.

Favorite quote: “Never, never, never, give up.” —Winston Churchill

Something someone would be surprised to learn about you: I have a passion for smoking meat, including everything from beef and pork to lamb and salmon. It started as a hobby, and I gifted these meat packs to friends and family. The venture has now transformed into a fun side job, as I created Lox to Love, a line of smoked salmon.

What makes someone fabulous: Someone who acknowledges their failures, learns from them and tries to turn them into something positive.

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