Humans of MSRE: Tom Friberg
Tom Friberg serves as the Director of Sales with the MSRE Southside team in Stockbridge, GA. Tom grew up in Minnesota around the Minneapolis area, which meant “baseball and fishing in the spring and summer, soccer and fishing in the fall and ending with hockey and fishing in the winter.” Throughout his college career, Tom spent time living in Africa doing research in cross-cultural communications. Tom moved to Georgia in 2002 and says he “hasn’t missed the bitter cold of a Minnesota winter, but does sometimes miss the snow.” Tom joined MSRE in August of 2017 and we are thrilled to have him as a part of our team!
How long have you been involved in real estate?
I began my real estate career when I was 14 on the construction/labor side of the business. Starting-off swinging hammers was the perfect way to appreciate everything that goes in to what eventually becomes a home! I eventually learned all the different trades in relation to home construction – my least favorites include: insulation, drywall sanding, and anything in the attic or on the roof! I was also challenged to learn other facets of real estate over the years: lending, insurance, home warranty, investing, sales, and sales leadership.
Why Mark Spain Real Estate?
When the opportunity to join Mark Spain Real Estate was presented to me, I knew it was once in a lifetime! The major players in this industry are being dominated by our innovation and cutting-edge approaches to marketing and technology. Being part of this team means we are engaged daily in building our business centered in a world-class client experience with never-before-seen efforts and results!
What are your proudest contributions to MSRE this far?
Seeing the successes of agents as they explode their business via the machine that is MSRE! All of our offices have exceptional agents who are meeting and exceeding their goals. I am proud to be a part of all of their success. Ending last year with the Top Closing Listing Agent, Top Closing Buyers Agent, and Top Agent Going Pro proves that the Southside is a force to be reckoned with!
Why do you lead?
I have spent 25+ years exploring different avenues of this industry as well as time getting knocked around. Being able to help others overcome obstacles in order to achieve their goals is a JOY to me. The leadership team at MSRE is committed to helping you grow, and I am available to anyone on our team who wants to check-in on taking their personal or business life to the next level!
What types of individuals/characteristics do you look for when hiring for your team?
I look for individuals who are direct, driven, team-oriented, altruistic, competitive, and determined. Our culture is very positive so they must have a positive attitude, be coachable, committed, kind, honest, genuine, authentic, and humble. I look for team members with grit who are problem solvers. They do not have to have 10+ years experience in the real estate industry.
What is your favorite part about the people you work with?
It is awesome being a part of a team that is constantly improving themselves personally and professionally! I am challenged to grow every step of the way, and truly feel the team has a commitment to each other to win. The collaboration around excellence is unwavering. THAT by itself is life-changing to be around!
What are you most looking forward to this year?
Hiring the best in the business and watching them crush every one of their personal and professional goals!
“Change your thoughts, change your life” – Wayne Dyer
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
I find that this answer changes over the years. Right now, I would live HERE! Raising my boys, growing this company, and building relationships are the most important things. I spent my late teens and 20s chasing the horizon around the globe, only to turn around and see an equally intriguing horizon. Lesson: Wherever you are, be there! Learn the discipline of mindfulness – don’t miss out on each moment for what it is.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you travel?
I would like to complete the El Camino. Who’s with me?!
From the team:
“What makes Tom a standout director, is his ability to be a leader, not just a manager. He strives to make all of his team members stronger and more effective agents not by telling us what to do, but by leading us in a way that we learn from any given situation. Tom isn’t reactive in his answers or direction – he is contemplative and always willing to listen to the team or discuss valid points. He goes the extra mile to lend a hand, leans in on us when we need it and allows us to lean in on him. I’m honored to work with such a leader!” – Sherron Lavender, Listing Consultant
“I truly believe Tom is interested in my growth and success not only at MSRE but as an individual as well. From the very start, he’s always made me feel a part of the team! He’s always available for questions, support and guidance. Tom encourages me to be the best I can be.” – Blake Fisher, Listing Consultant
“Tom has a great positive attitude and a wicked sense of humor. He fits right in at the Stockbridge office and is awesome to work with!” – Kellie Gambino, Buyer Consultant