Ed understands that when life makes decisions for you, you take that opportunity where it leads. Ed had planned on working in forestry upon graduating from high school in Macon, GA in 1975 then heading off to Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. He went on to the University of Georgia in 1977 and a medical issue thwarted the idea of forestry school – he changed majors so he would graduate “on time” with a BS in Agriculture. While in Athens, he met his future wife, Karon, who also graduated in 1979.
Ed and Karon married that year and moved to new jobs in Gainesville, GA. Ed worked for the poultry industry and Karon began her career as a schoolteacher.Even though Ed was promoted to another role in the poultry company, it didn’t fit him. He left production for a sales position with Ralston Purina. Ed credits much of his sales training and business acumen to Purina Mills and the great people he worked with at Purina.
Then some life changes moved Ed from Purina – to a series of opportunities that all seemed to have their own direction. From ingredient brokering, to advertising sales, to dot-com development, television and radio, even a year with Norton Commercial in 2000, Ed kept finding his way landing on his feet. He started an industrial supply company and a medical distribution company.
In 2015 it clicked for Ed, another life change, a great one. Finding what others are looking for is what he does very well. Making it possible for multiple parties to all win in a deal is what he is good at. Reactivating his real estate license, Ed discussed the options with Frank Norton, Jr about where he would fit best. Since Ed and Karon wanted to move to Tiger, GA. Norton Mountain Properties was to be his new home in 2015.
Ed met Diane Brown as the Broker in the Clarkesville office and knew he had made the right decision. It was a fit, and in his second year Ed was in the top 10 of the Norton sales team. His next two years he would continue to show how hard work could pay off staying in the top 10 for three years in a row.
With a broad background, Ed utilizes his experiences to help his clients. He knows “people do business with people” – not machines, not computers, people. He answers his own phone, sends his own newsletters and treats his clients like family. Working with primarily commercial and acreage parcels, Ed has property listed from Elberton to Young Harris. Buying or selling, he works for his clients.
Ed earned his MBA at Georgia State University, is licensed as an Associate Broker in GA/AL/SC and a Broker in TN. He is a Residential Partner with the Norton Agency. He is also adjunct faculty at Brenau University teaching Entrepreneurship and Small Business Startup. A long-term lover of the outdoors, Ed loves hunting, fishing and competitive shooting sports. He coached competitive high school shotgun for 20 years. Ed and Karon have two married children and four precious grandchildren.
Ed says, “I answer my phone, and do my best to return emails within 24 hours every time.”