Meet Ted Eschliman, the vice president of sales and leasing at Eschliman Commercial Real Estate.
Tell us a little about your business. – Eschliman Commercial Real Estate lists properties for sale or lease and provides site selection services for office, retail, warehouse, land, and commercial investment prospects.
How did you get started in the business? – I went to college to become a music teacher, and ended up with a 40-year, temporary “side-trip” into music retail instead at Dietze Music. I sold my ownership of the four-store retail chain in 2019 and got my Real Estate license to assist my busy wife, Robin in her established commercial real estate business. It seems like only yesterday, but I’ve worked for her for three years now.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally? – Beginning a new career in my 60s (but I had a good mentor).
What has been your most important achievement professionally? – I am proud I was able to hit the ground running in a completely new vocation, but I did benefit from existing community and local business relationships. 2020 was a record year for ECR, my first one out of the gate.
Tell us a little about your family. – Robin and I have been married for 36 years. We have an amazing 24-year-old daughter, Erica, who is a highly competent legal assistant.
What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life? – Meeting my wife, Robin. She roughed many of the “edges” of me, and I knew when we were dating, she was the most interesting person to talk to I’d ever met in my life. Still is…
What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? – We home rescue Shetland sheepdogs, a HUGE part of our routine. Nurturing them has been amazing for the last 30 years, and we are currently on our twelfth dog. Each comes with unique, sad stories, but we give them the life they deserve.
What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know? – I authored a best-selling Mel Bay music instruction book in 2008, Getting into Jazz Mandolin. I still get quarterly royalties from it today.
What is your favorite quote or the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? – You can’t judge attitude; you can only judge behavior, only specific actions. We think we know what goes on inside a person’s head and intuitively thin-slice opinions on what they are thinking, but we never completely know their story.
If you could choose only one descriptive word to be remembered as, what would it be? – Honest.
If you had a theme song, what would it be? – “Love is Here to Stay” by George Gershwin.
If you could have a super power, what would it be? – When I was young, I mistakenly thought it would be mind-reading, but today with social media, we have the insane capability of virtually knowing what everyone thinks.
Which talent would you most like to have? – Ha! Remembering names!
What is your favorite book or the last good book you read? – Blink: The Power of Thinking without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell.
What is your favorite local restaurant? – Catalyst and 9 Char Grill. We like to support the local-based.