National Association of Gay & Lesbian Real Estate Professionals

December 15, 2014

“Please won’t you be my neighbor? ” (Mr. Rogers)

A native son of Lawrence, Kansas, Mark Hess worked in accounts receivable for a manufacturing company after graduating from college.

A NAGLREP Social Spotlight by Darla Michelsen

Mark Hess is a Realtor serving Lawrence Kansas and the surrounding areas

When Mark Hess's employer was bought out, he chose to stay in his home community, and has spent 19 years in real estate, devoted to his neighbors, family and friends. Mark is friendly, kind and generous with his time and with the clients he serves.

Darla Michelsen: Why did you choose to become a Real Estate Broker?

Mark Hess: The company where I worked was bought out by a larger company. I could have moved, but decided to stay here. I was interested in Architecture and home design, and since sales was in my family it seemed like a good fit.

DM: What do you love most about the area that you live and work?


MH: I love that Lawrence a very liberal college town and high energy. My family is here and I love the sports and sense of community.

DM: What is a social cause you are passionate about?

MH: The Kansas AIDS project, Humane Society and Toys for Tots.

DM: What areyour hobbie or what do you do with your free time?

MH: I love playing cards with friends and family, being outdoors and landscaping .

DM: What are 3 things about you that most people wouldn't know?

MH: I feel like a pretty open book. I worked at K-mart, most people think I have children (but I don’t) and I really prefer being a home body. Although I think most people would think I’m a social butterfly!

DM: If you could sing one song on American Idol what would it be?

MH: It would be “Wind Beneath My Wings” by Bette Midler.

DM: If you could have any person dead or alive over to dinner who would it be and what would you serve them?

MH: I would have Jesus.

DM: Maybe you should serve something a bit different than bread and wine!

MH: Fondue!

DM: What is your Super Power?

MH: I’m Intuitive.

DM: What is your Kryptonite?

MH: Conflict or finding out I misjudged a person.

DM: Answer this question: Before I die I would like to...

MH: Go into space!

I would love to have Mark as my life-long neighbor. He’s easy to talk to and makes a person feel liked. Sitting on a porch swing and having a long thought provoking conversation with Mark would be a perfect end to the day.

Tags: Larence Kansas, Real Estate, Realtor

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