Todd Gillenwater

Todd Gillenwater

Name: Todd Gillenwater

Age: 50

Title: CEO of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty

Married/Single: Married 19 years – best decision ever!

Kids: twin 11 year-old girls – just incredible kids

City you live in: Flagstaff

A typical day in my life includes… hiking, biking, running or skiing – depending on the season. occasionally all in one day – just because it’s possible.

I was born… at St. Jo’s in Phoenix during a rare dust storm in February

My favorite thing about Arizona…the varied topographies and climates within a two-hour drive in any direction and the generally happy and positive nature of Arizonans

I’m listening to… Moby

My family… is single most important thing in my life

If I could have dinner with anyone, it would be… William Shakespeare – Oh do I have some questions for him!

One thing I cannot live without… I don’t like to admit it but – my I Phone 6+

When I was younger, I wanted to be… quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys. Not because I particularly liked football but because my Father gave me a deck of Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader playing cards when I was 10.

I’m inspired by… our agents – who strive every day to exceed our client’s expectations and make the very complicated process of buying and selling real estate as painless as possible.

The one person who motivates me is… either of our daughters. They motivate me to make the world a better place for them and their generation – or at least try to!

If I could change anything in the world, it would be… change the world’s conflict mentality into one of cooperation, respect and abundance.

The perfect day would be… snowshoe to the top of the Arizona Snowbowl, ski down, have a lunch meeting with some of our managers and agents, ski all afternoon with my wife Nancy and our kids, have dinner by the fire at home. Oh wait – that’s my tomorrow!!

My first job was… dog sitter for the GM of the Scottsdale Sheraton – now the Plaza. $1 per day and all the room service I could eat. Not bad for an 8 year-old.

My favorite escape… any high mountains

My life… has been an incredible adventure, I feel fortunate beyond imagination.

I’m currently working on… enhancing internal messaging throughout our company and developing the Russ Lyon | Charitable Foundation into a major service-work provider for all the Arizona communities we serve.

Always… be grateful. We live in one of the greatest states, in the greatest country on Earth.

Never… succumb to self-defeat – believe in yourself.

Favorite Quote… El hombre que siente mucho, habla poco. The wise man, says little.

Biggest Dream… winning the Pipeline Masters and having 100,000 people on the beach hold up cards that spelled my name. I used to have that dream in college! Now – to have our girls grow up to be good people and add value to the world.

My Pet Peeve(s)… being late



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