Luis D. Ortiz

Luis reflects on on getting fired and how proud of himself he is for not letting Ryan ruffle his feathers.

on Apr 24

This episode made me so angry, so proud, so sad, but, at the same time, so happy that I able to be a part of such an incredible ride.

At first it made me angry because it reminded me of the moment Ryan came to my 30 Lincoln Plaza event, which I put so much work into, and almost destroyed every effort I made to build an incredibly important relationship with Janet and The Milstein Family.

Later, I felt proud of the way I reacted to the situation because I was able to keep my cool and did not allow anything to get in the way of the bigger picture. In the end, the event was a huge success.

Allow me to tell you the story behind 30 Lincoln Plaza. This deal, whether or not it sold, has been the biggest accomplishment of my career and I'll tell you why: It all started when I was doing research for a client of mine who was looking to buy an apartment on the Upper West Side. While I was studying the inventory I found out that this particular building, 30 Lincoln Plaza -- owned by Milstein Properties, was recording closed sales every other week, yet there was never anything listed for sale. That made me curious. . .If units in the building never appeared on the MLS, yet every week there was a new recorded sale, someone must have been selling quietly. For more than a month, I called persistently to get an appointment with any of the executives of the company to introduce myself as someone who wanted to do business with them and to give them a reason why should they consider doing business with me. The Milstein family is one of the most powerful real estate families in the nation and that's what really motivated me.