Q: Why did you move to Whistler?
A: I moved here from Toronto in 1986 to put on the Alpine Racing Program for Blackcomb Mountain.
Q: What made you stay?
A: I stayed because I was a golfer as well and the summers were nicer! The other biggest thing I noticed was my allergies were so much better in this climate and environment!
I then got offered a job with Head Canada and became a Tech Rep and also worked for the mountain.
Q: When did you get into real estate?
A: I got into real estate in 2008. I turned 40 and we started having children and the main reason for it was wanting to stay home more.
I was the head coach of the Canadian Alpine Snowboard team and because of this I was travelling a lot. One of my athletes won a gold medal at the Olympics so I decided to retire – I’d travelled enough!
Q: You’re also known as the owner of Kahuna Paddleboards. Could you tell us a little about that?
A: I loved surfing but was never great at catching waves! I started paddleboarding and loved it.
From working with Head since 1986 I was very familiar with distribution and had previously helped design surfboards, so I decided to start my own paddleboard brand. We worked hard and before I knew it there are now sales reps across Canada, we’re in 82 stores, and were expanding into the US.
We’re in a great place now as I can take a step back and focus on real estate.
Q: How do you balance the different aspects of your business and personal life?
A: I have a set amount of time that I allocate to everything from real estate, to working on Kahuna, and I also volunteer for hockey. I feel like everyone needs to give back, so I am President of Whistler Mountain Hockey and I coach two teams.
Q: What advice would you give to someone looking to buy in Whistler?
A: Be patient. It can be very difficult but as with any investment, do the research, ask questions, and be patient. My motto with everything is “happy, hungry and humble”.
Q: What’s your favourite thing about working with your clients?
A: The diversity of every client! Learning about them and how they got here. Everyone is different and that is the most fun part.
I also love showing off my backyard! Whistler is the best backyard in the world and whether it’s on a paddleboard, or a pair of skis, I love showing it off to new people!
Q: What was it like raising a family in Whistler?
A: It’s not difficult at all! The schools are great, everywhere is safe, and there is so much to do. The scariest part about the kids going to school is they might bump into a bear on the trail, which actually happened the other day!
Q: What makes you smile the most?
Q: How do you decompress?
A: Whether it’s golf, paddleboarding, or skiing, those are great releases for me. And if there was another on the flip side of that I would have to say simply watching TV!
Q: What accomplishment do you consider to be the most significant in your career or life?
A: I would have to say career wise, walking into the opening ceremony at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City as the head coach of the snowboard team.
In my life it has to be having a happy, healthy family.
Q: Finally, in one sentence, why should people come to live here?
A: I’ve been everywhere around the world, and there is not a better place in my opinion than Whistler!
Find out more about Steve and view his current listings HERE.