- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Name: Aidan Surlis Jr.

Company: RE/MAX Leading Edge

Address: 1360 Main Chapel Way, Gambrills, MD 21054

Phone: 410/721-9616

Fax: 410/721-9624

E-mail: aidanjr@teamsurlis.com

Web site: www.teamsurlis.com

Year started: 1996

How did you get started in real estate? My father has been working in real estate since 1977. When I graduated from St. Mary’s College in 1996 and my sister Cathy Surlis Gress received her master’s degree that same year, the three of us got together and began to discuss creating a partnership. From that discussion our business has grown to include additional family members as well other workers.

How long with the current company? 10 years

Licenses and designations: Maryland associate broker; graduate, Realtors institute.

Awards: RE/MAX platinum club; RE/MAX international hall of fame; lifetime member and former board member, distinguished sales club; lifetime member, master’s club

Greatest accomplishment in the past 12 months: My family is completing a project we have worked toward for several years. My father spent nine years working in a famine relief camp in Kenya in the 1960s and running a school there, and has always felt that education is a vital component of assisting people in need, following in the tradition of his own parents. So, in the coming year, we are funding the building of a new school in Haiti in honor of my grandparents.

What is your area of specialty? Residential real estate in Anne Arundel County

Most memorable house: My first sale was 10 years ago. It was a small duplex that was very run down. I sold it to a couple that had come looking to rent a town home. I have been back to visit several times and the house is quite stunning now.

Age: 32

Family: Wife, Mandy; son, Benjamin

Pets: None

Education: Bachelor of science in philosophy, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, 1996

Community service/outside interests: Crofton youth lacrosse coach

What is your personal dream house? My wife and I have been lucky enough to find our dream house. It has a very comfortable layout, with the family room off the kitchen so we can talk in the evening when making dinner and playing with our son. The lot is very wooded, which was important to us. Most important, it is within walking distance to much of our family: Location, location, location.

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