Do you believe in devoting your life to something bigger than yourself?


In my own life,I’ve found that to be more true than I had realized.  I discovered purpose in giving myself to my family, my community, and my country.

Oakland has been my home since I was eleven years old, when I moved out here from the Midwest with my mother, Suzanne. My mom has always been an inspiration to me. Intelligent, loving, and strong, she worked incredibly hard to take care of me as I was growing up. As an educator, she constantly looked for ways to give back, to share, and to support those around her. That’s always stayed with me, and I want to be able to do the same for her, for my own family and others around me.

My wife, Hazel, is a beautiful and headstrong woman. She always amazes me in her ability to listen and grow, and to be a strong parent, spouse, and friend. Together, we have two children: Julian and Adriana. As my kids grow up, I want to be there for them as my mother was for me; I want to make sure that they are able to explore opportunities in life, to feel loved and empowered, and to treat others with respect. Keeping my children on the right path is very important to me, as I’ve seen the tragedies that can happen when things go wrong.

 

My best friend from high school, Robert “Pedey” (or “Pete”, as I called him) Lewis, was killed in the streets of Oakland, never to see his 24th birthday. In his memory, I founded the P.E.T.E. program: People Educating Teens for Empowerment. We mentored and trained volunteers to work with local students once a week for the entire school year. With the help of experts, we developed a curriculum based around communication skills, peer relationships, and more. There were even field trips and a year-end camping trip, and since a lot of the kids had never been outside Oakland, it was pretty exciting for them! That program was pivotal for me, as well. I served as its director for five years, and being able to dedicate my life to something bigger than myself helped me to understand what was really worthwhile.

 

My wife, Hazel, is a beautiful and headstrong woman. She always amazes me in her ability to listen and grow, ad to be a strong parent, spouse, and friend. Together, we have two children: Julian and Adriana. As my kids grow up, I want to be there for them as my mother was for me; I want to make sure that they are able to explore opportunities in life, to feel loved and empowered, and to treat others with respect. Keeping my children on the right path is very important to me, as I’ve seen the tragedies that can happen when things go wrong.

 

My best friend from high school, Robert “Pedey” (or “Pete”, as I called him) Lewis, was killed in the streets of Oakland, never to see his 24th birthday. In his memory, I founded the P.E.T.E. program: People Educating Teens for Empowerment. We mentored and trained volunteers to work with local students once a week for the entire school year. With the help of experts, we developed a curriculum based around communication skills, peer relationships, and more. There were even field trips and a year-end camping trip, and since a lot of the kids had never been outside Oakland, it was pretty exciting for them! That program was pivotal for me, as well. I served as its director for five years, and being able to dedicate my life to something bigger than myself helped me to understand what was really worthwhile.

 


 

  



Being part of a greater cause wasn’t a foreign concept to me. I spent twenty years in the military, starting in the Army Reserve at age nineteen, cross-training into the Air Force, and being called into duty during Operation Desert Storm. I retired as a captain, and I’m very proud to have been one of few enlisted personnel selected to attain a commission.  In order to achieved that rank, I really had to bust my tail, but I am even more proud to have had the chance to serve.

My job as a Realtor is largely an evolution from past experiences. I’ve worked in a number of fields over the years in addition to the Air Force: from landscaping to banking to retail management to IT (Information Technology) sales, but my goal was always the same: to help people solve problems and reach their goals.

Real estate was more rewarding, because at the end of the day, you’ve helped someone with a life-changing experience. In addition, I have taken the opportunity to develop greater skills and knowledge regarding real estate investment, rehabilitation and development, which gives me even more tools to educate those around me.


  


In fact, one of my driving ambitions is to share and impart what I learn in real estate to help the financial literacy and entrepreneurial minds of, particularly, the youth in my community. They would then have tools, not otherwise available in school, to reach their goals. Because of my mom, I had always liked the idea of teaching, and my role as a real estate agent allows me to be an educator to my clients and my community.

 

Buying or selling real estate is an enormously important transaction, and the representation you receive from your agent can have significant impact on your results. I want you to pick the agent that’s the right fit for your particular needs. If that person ends up being me, I promise to work diligently to exceed your expectations.

 

Thank you for taking the time to learn about me. When you or someone you know is in need of a real estate agent, I hope you give me the opportunity to demonstrate my services and interview for the job.

 

Sincerely,

Mark DuBois

Broker Associate

CalBRE #01403673
(510) 915-1193
duboisrealestate@gmail.com