From Infantry to Real Estate Broker: ex-Cadet Brian Maslowski

From Infantry to Real Estate Broker: ex-Cadet Brian Maslowski

Article by: 27182 Officer Cadet (IV) Carmen Kilt

19494 Brian Maslowski, a Toronto native, attended Royal Roads Military College from 1990 to 1994, making him one of the last graduates of this College before its closure in 1995.

I caught up with Brian, who still lives in Toronto, to ask him about his time at RRMC and to see what he is up to these days.

Here is what he had to say:

“My trade was infantry. I did the RETP program where I paid to attend military college with the option of employment in the Canadian Armed Forces afterwards.

After graduation, I left the military for Civilian life.

RRMC was very strict, especially with respect to dress and deportment. While at Roads I was a frequent member of the morning “hills” club. You see, if during the previous day your uniform was not up to par, or, heaven forbid you were “looking around” during parade, the penalties imposed were early morning “hills”. This involved waking up extra early and joining my other recruits who also ran hills. These hill sessions proved to be very valuable during my summer MOC training-infantry.

While at Roads I got into weight training and badminton. Pretty unusual combination but that’s what I was into. That and studying. I found the first couple years of Roads challenging to say the least. Being forced to take calculus, algebra, chemistry and physics as an Arts major was not my idea of a good time. I know now that this exposure did me a world of good.

RRMC was one of the most beautiful campuses that I have ever visited. While weekend parade practice, at the time, seemed a little much, all those thoughts disappeared when participating in parades attended by veterans.

I have one particular memory of a Remembrance Day parade. It was cold and miserable outside. The present arms command was given, and from out of nowhere, we heard a rumbling behind us. The noise and rumbling was getting louder and louder. Whatever it was, it was closing on us fast — the ground was literally shaking. In front of us, taking the salute was a vet that seemed to be 80+ years old. He was the most solid person on the parade square — solid as a rock— when all of a sudden 4 or 5 jets came roaring over our heads, in perfect formation, with one of the jets peeling off the formation.

All of us were in awe. It really made us think of the sacrifices our veterans made for all of us. I never complained about parades or practices after that day.

In 1997, I became a real estate broker. Helping people sell their home, or find a new one, is inherently exciting. Earning the trust of people who are embarking on one of their most expensive investments is extremely rewarding.

Being your own boss is something that appeals to me as well. Of course taking care of this task is a lot of work. One of my sales coaches famously said, “real estate is the best-paying hard work, and lowest-paying easy work you can find.”

At the beginning of the month I joined a brokerage, Sotheby’s International Realty Canada, at the same time partnering with a real estate guru, Anna Oliver. Coming from a military family, she “gets it.” She has a proven track record of success. I am so excited to combine our experience to serve our clients and give them absolutely amazing service second to none.

As an Ex-Bud-I truly appreciate the trust my fellow classmates have put in me, allowing me to assist them with their real estate needs.

RRMC and RMC have paved a path in my life that I will continue to follow. The friends, and things I have experienced, I will never forget.”

I hope you will connect with me at [email protected]