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Tom Grisak
President, Broker Associate, Realtor
972.359.1553
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Tom was born in Fort Worth and proud to call himself a native Texan. He grew up in Richardson and graduated from Richardson High School in 1972. He attended the University of Arkansas on a tennis scholarship where he played in the #2 position singles and doubles his senior year. He graduated in 1976 with a degree in education. After college he coached the Texas High School tennis team for a year and a half and loved his time there. Unfortunately, he was taking out loans just to survive with the pay he was receiving so he had no choice but to make a move. He returned to the Dallas area, enrolled at UNT (back then it was called North Texas State University) in Denton. He earned a Master of Education degree while serving as the assistant tennis coach.
From there, Tom entered the oil business with the Western Company of North America in Oklahoma and then Mississippi. He spent two years in the field and although the hours were brutal, he enjoyed his time learning how wells are completed and serviced. He was training to be a service supervisor for wells requiring fracking. Tom entered the oil business when it was an all-time high and two years later, the market dropped through the floor. With the handwriting on the wall, Tom left the WCNA, came back to Dallas again, and this time was determined to stay. Without any job prospects, Tom thought real estate might provide him the opportunity to work outside rather than in an office and it proved correct. He was fortunate to find an excellent and well thought of commercial broker who taught him many of the fundamentals early on and spent 14 years selling and leasing commercial properties.
Tom earned the SIOR (Society of Industrial and Office Realtors) designation and was involved in some significant transactions in the way of building sales and leases. Among those was the sale of a 500,000 sf office/warehouse building, four office showroom investment properties for a major insurance company, and a very large 10 year lease with Hitachi Semiconductors, Inc.
After 14 years in commercial real estate, Tom decided if he didn’t really enjoy the business by then, he never would. Although the money was excellent, for him the business itself was very cut and dried and not especially enjoyable. Without any idea on what he would do with his life, he notified all of his commercial clients he was leaving the business, made sure they were taken care of, and walked away cold turkey.
With a new home, wife and young son, and no idea what he was going to do, Tom took a year off to decide on his next path. Since he already had his broker’s license, he thought why not give residential real estate a try? Somehow, he survived as a lone wolf Realtor in his early years teaching himself the business from the ground up.
Fast forward to today and Tom has now led his area of the Multiple Listing Service for twenty consecutive years. He’s also built a team of very strong agents. In 2019, The Grisak Group total sales volume was just shy of $90 million which is exception with only 5 agents. Tom is slowly building something very special with his team and sees only bright skies ahead. It took some time for Tom to find his calling and no-one is more surprised than he that it ended up residential real estate. He has a real passion for the business and loves helping people with their dreams.

A typical day in my life…

No such thing as a typical day. They're all different. I might have three listing appointments in a day and other days none. I talk to most of our agents every day getting updates on our working deals. Many days I'm out flying our acreage properties with our drone. I spend hours creating videos for our listings. Some days are so hectic I can't come up for air but other days are much slower. On those day I'm always experimenting with new software for social media and also learning how to better promote our listings.

I’m listening to…

YouTube (World War Two documentaries, true crime mysteries, stories about the Mafia, police activity) The music I listen to is mainly from the late 60's through the 70's

When I was younger, I wanted to be…

A tennis coach and if not that any job that wouldn't tie me to a desk. I found that in real estate and I'm always appreciative of this lifestyle.

If I could change anything in the world, it would be…

The senseless animosity between different races, religions, and nationalities

My worst job was ...

A tossup between working on the freight docks and an oil field worker in Oklahoma and Mississippi.

The one thing I really wish I had is...

One more week with my mom, dad, and sister.

Always…

Do your best no matter what the task.

Biggest Dream…

To continue building a high powered, self-sustaining, highly respected real estate team. To work in the background, watch it grow, and provide a great quality of life for everyone associated with it.

More about Me…

I'm not flashy in any sense of the word. With me, what you see is what you get. I'm reliable and my word is my bond. Honesty, integrity and a sense of fairness are all traits I take great pride in having. I always take the high road and try to do the right thing, whether it's appreciated or not. I'm not a socializer or networker. I prefer working in the background and behind the scenes. I've got some OCD in me and tend to be a perfectionist, but I'm working on that. I'm immensely proud of the team we've built and the quality of people who have chosen to be part of it.

I was born…

I was born in Fort Worth, Texas and proud to be a native Texan. I grew up in Richardson then went away to college at the University of Arkansas. I came back to Dallas and completed my Masters Degree at the University of North Texas. After spending several years in the oil business in both Oklahoma and Mississippi, I came back to Dallas again and happily have never left.

If I could have dinner with anyone, it would be…

Dwight D. Eisenhower, supreme commander of the Allied forces in western Europe during World War II. I'd love to talk to him about the build up to D-day and also his tough decision as to what day it would actually happen. How he kept all the allied commanders, some with massive egos, all cooperating and working with each other.

I’m inspired by…

Those who continue learning and trying to improve themselves throughout their entire life

The perfect day would be…

Catching up on deals working on our team, posting to our social media for a couple of hours, nice lunch somewhere with Rhonda, into the pool with dogs, dinner with Rhonda and Jason, watching something on Netflix that night.

My favorite escape…

If it's here, it's the pool. I'm in it every summer day. If it's a vacation, it would be Santa Fe or Sedona.

My life…

Is pretty awesome. No complaints whatsoever.

Never…

Compromise your morals for any type of gain.

My Pet Peeve(s)…

People who take advantage of others.

My favorite thing about Texas…

Texans are friendly. They wave, smile, and will engage in a conversation with a perfect stranger. I can't imagine it being any other way but I'm told all the time people from other parts of the country are suspicious when they move to Texas and experience that. They're taken off guard wondering what someone wants from them. Texans think big in everything we do and we're proud of our big state. I was 6 when I learned Texas was only the second largest state in the country. I still remember feeling sad about that. Even back then I had a lot of pride being a Texan.

My favorite food is...

Mexican.

The one person who motivates me is…

My late father was a man of the highest integrity. At times he was brutally honest but I always knew he'd give me the right advice, even if I didn't want to hear it. I can honestly say I never heard him tell a lie

My first job was…

Working at a Dairy Queen.

The one thing I wish I could really do well is...

Play golf.

I’m currently working on…

Learning how to become more savvy with various social media platforms.

Favorite Quote…

Throw me to the wolves and I'll come back leading the pack

Most people don't know this about me…

Although I have a new car, I still prefer to drive my 13 year old Ford Expedition (AKA "the beater") and it drives Rhonda crazy.