rennie team tuesday - Eric Langhjelm

Meet Eric, a new member of our growing advisor team. Learn 13 fun things about Eric including what led him to a passionate career in real estate, his favourite travel memory, and a decompression method for stress.

What inspired you to join rennie
To surround myself with people that will challenge, inspire, and get the most out of me.  I wanted to be part of an organization which shares my values but is also at the forefront of positive change in our industry. 

What led you to a career in the real estate industry
Prior to getting my real estate license, I was a sales rep for ASICS. On our one year wedding anniversary, I was working in Fernie BC I couldn’t get in touch with my newly pregnant wife. I was eager to reach her, imagining the worst possible outcome. Well, it turned out that she had simply gone out for the day without her phone. I made the decision that day that I needed a career that would keep me in town and at home every night. Not knowing what to do, I asked five people who knew me best what career paths to pursuit. One person said that I would make a great teacher. The other four said real estate. Did not expect that! Once that seed was planted, it still took me another 6 months or so to convince both my wife and myself that it was the right career for me. 

One thing most people don’t know about you
I was a competitive runner for nearly 30 years. I was just good enough that it was the only thing I did athletically, which I now regret to some extent as I’ve branched out into other interests including; hiking, biking, and hockey. 

Song you can sing word for word
There are too many to count, I love music and almost always have something playing. If I had to choose a few, they would have to be Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen, Logical Song by Supertramp, Congratulations by Blue October, and Anew by Hollow Coves.

What brings you the most joy
I’m in the woods daily, usually listening to music or a podcast.  I love being active outside, especially with my family. I really enjoy playing hockey with my son, I didn’t start skating until two years ago!

A collection you've amassed
I’m a minimalist, clutter drives me crazy and I place little value on material things. I guess if I were to collect anything, it would be photographs.

Best outdoor space in the city
Whytecliff Park in West Vancouver because it is visually stunning and has a Classic West Coast ambiance. Particularly, I love being there on a blustery day.

A personal mantra to live by
My professional mantra has always been, "Doing the right thing is always the right thing to do.”

A movie you would highly recommend
Chariots of Fire, is an early 80’s Oscar winner about two men of differing faiths striving for the same goal, Olympic Glory. Although running is the theme, the movie is really about different people with an unwavering faith and commitment to their values. 

A stand-out travel memory
My wife Heather and I travelled to Patagonia for her 50th birthday two years ago. It's hard to describe how physically and culturally beautiful that area is.

A charity you feel passionate about
We have supported numerous charities over the years, both personally and professionally. The one I feel most passionate about is the SPCA. I love animals, maybe even more than people! We currently have four guinea pigs, two dogs, a cat, and a fish (plus the family of raccoons that have made our property home the last few years).

Most memorable job prior to real estate
I was the Adventure Programs Manager at Grouse Mountain. I basically got paid to play outside every day and develop athletic events. Ultimately, this led to me developing and managing the Seek the Peak Relay, a running event that takes people from the beach at Ambleside to the peak of Grouse. It was my first real foray into marketing and PR. This year would have been the 16th year of the event.

A decompress method for stress
A walk deep into the woods and screaming a profanity at the top of my lungs.  This has proven to be effective.


Thank you Eric. Welcome to #teamrennie

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