Star City 6: Brad Hulse
Established in 2008, Lincoln First Realty (www.lincolnfirstrealty.com) is a full-service professional real estate company and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cornhusker Bank. Brad Hulse is the Managing Broker at Lincoln First Realty.
How did you get started in the business?
I have been in the real estate industry for over 10 years now. I worked in the property management world and now have been with Lincoln First Realty for nearly 5 years.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally?
I obtained my real estate license in late 2006, which was the beginning of the largest real estate recession in the history of our country. Many people were struggling to sell their homes without losing money or having to face foreclosure. To compound problems homeowners faced, the entire U.S. economy followed suit, adding even more pressure to the real estate market.
What has been your most important achievement professionally?
Professionally I am most proud of attaining my current position at Lincoln First Realty. When I joined the company there was one office with roughly 12 agents. Now we have two offices and counting, plus nearly 45 agents, and I am proud of being a part of that growth at a company that truly values its Realtors.
Tell us a little about your family.
My wife Emily and I have been married for 13 years now. Our oldest daughter, Mya, is a superstar 2nd grader at Norris Elementary School. Our middle daughter, Madison, has a larger-than-life personality already at the age of 5. Then finally my 1-year-old boy Lincoln is the epitome of “Run before you walk.”
What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know?
I’ve had the opportunity to serve in several different areas because of wonderful people in my life. I was a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for 2 years in Buenos Aires, Argentina where I learned and spoke Spanish. I am and have been a leader in the Boy Scouts of America organization. I also worked as the director of governmental affairs for the Realtors Association of Lincoln for several years, where I got to know excellent people who have a true desire to make this city and state better.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
My father was an executive at Harris Laboratories here in Lincoln for many years. I always knew he was a person of importance at his company and in the biomedical field. I once asked my father, “Dad, what is your title?” My dad replied, “I don’t know son. People get caught up in what their title is or could be one day. I know that I do my best. That’s it.”
If you could choose only one descriptive word to be remembered as, what would it be?
If you had a theme song, what would it be?
That’s Life by Frank Sinatra.
What is your greatest talent that you don’t utilize in your daily work life?
Adaptability. I’ve always heard people moan and groan at the mention of the word “change.” While I agree that change is difficult, as we advance our own knowledge and understanding of this world, change is beneficial and necessary if we are going to truly progress.
What is your favorite local restaurant?
If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be?