Sault Ste. Marie's Gary Trembinski: From shy kid to top producer
This story is a victory for the shy kid who couldn’t talk to anyone or look them in the eye because he was afraid of people. Broker Gary Trembinski has gone from being that kid to being successful, work 24/7 kind of real estate professional who helps his clients put the roof of their dreams over their heads.
It’s been a busy 3.5 years for Trembinski at Exit Realty Lake Superior in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. In 2018, he was named Exit Realty’s Rookie of the Year for Canada. He closed just over 40 transactions during his first full year in the business, he says, and is on track to close almost 200 deals by early 2021.
In 2019, he was the top producer for number of sales in the office, excluding brokers. He was voted the People’s Choice Best Real Estate Agent in 2019 and 2020 in the Sault Star promotion, and he received the 2020 Exit Platinum Award for 80-119 completed transactions during the one-year award period.
There’s been a lot of change in 28-year-old Trembinski’s life in the last decade. He moved to Ottawa in September 2010 when he was 18 to play junior hockey for the Arnprior Packers. Sadly, a shoulder injury ended his hockey career.
Although he knew nothing of the sport of long track speed skating, he decided to give it a try. After two months of training, his coach said if he was serious about the sport, he should move to Calgary. He did and lived there for five years, chasing his Olympic dreams. “I lived with many Olympians, including speed skaters Denny Morrison, Shannon Rempel and Tamara Oudenaarden,” he says.
Speed skating brought him out of his shell – he had to learn to speak to strangers for sponsorships. “Speed skating is an individual sport. I had to put myself out there and market myself. I had to reach out to people I didn’t know,” he says.
Other speed skaters began to take note and wondered how he managed to get sponsors, considering that he hadn’t been in the sport for very long. He’s proud to have secured a “small sponsorship from Sport Chek. It was an exciting thing to partner with them.”
However after the 2016 season, with a lack of funding (seasons cost $25,000 per year out of pocket) he made the decision to move home and begin his real estate career. To read the rest of the article please click here.
Story Featured in Real Estate Magazine November 30, 2020
By: Connie Adair