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40 Under 40 - Class of 2013
Business Observer Friday, Oct. 4, 2013 6 years ago

Dan O’Berski, 32

Managing Director and Principal, Trinity Commercial Group

Dan O’Berski was 8 years old when he scored his first real estate deal.

With money he’d earned mowing lawns, O’Berski invested $300 in a deal with his grandfather, a Bonita Springs developer. When they flipped it a few months later, O’Berski was $150 richer and he was hooked.

Now, O’Berski is the managing director and principal of Trinity Commercial Group, a commercial brokerage firm that handled $50 million in sales and leasing last year.

O’Berski cut his teeth on retail tenant representation, a segment of the market that’s now recovering fast. An alumnus of brokerage firm CBRE, he’s worked on recent deals for Tijuana Flats restaurants, Aio Wireless and Wawa gas stations.

Commercial real estate is a commission-based business that demands hustle. “I’ve never been employed in the purest sense,” says O’Berski. “It’s always living and dying by the deal.”

O’Berski is busy on the home front, too, raising five young children with his wife Kristin. Me-time is racquetball at 5:30 a.m. with some buddies at LA Fitness. “I don’t have hobbies,” O’Berski says. “I’ve got my faith, my family and my work. Thankfully I love all of it.”

 — Jean Gruss


City of residence: Estero

Birthplace: Ann Arbor, Mich.

Alma mater: University of Michigan

Marital status/children: Married (Kristin) with five kids (Alex, 10, Sydney, 8, Maddie, 6, Ellie, 5, Hudson, 2)

Best place to network: ICSC (International Conference of Shopping Center), Florida event and Las Vegas event

The most important business lesson I’ve learned: Seek to serve and learn from others.

One community group you’re most involved with: Greater Naples YMCA (greaternaplesymca.Org)  and Big Life Ministries ( of which I am privileged to sit on the board of both of these.

Two people, dead or alive, you’d like to have dinner with: Jesus and Jim Seneff (CNL Chairman)

One website that makes your job easier: Sites USA

Best award you ever received: Best Dad pictures from my kids

If I had a magic wand I’d: Open the world's eyes to the orphans (154 million worldwide) and tell the "church" to get its act together. . .


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