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Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 11:57 AM

Thom Shaffoe, 62, Milan

Immediate family: Wife, Carol; sons Todd, Milan and Troy, North Carolina

Education: St. Paul High School, 1963; Ohio University, BGSU and Lorain Community College

Occupation: Real estate broker and developer, Thom Shaffoe Realty and vice president of Billetter, Homan and Shaffoe, Inc.

What was your first job?: Fisher Music Store, about 75-cents per hour

Most embarrassing moment at work? A client told me to show a house; no one would be home. The husband came home early, stripped down and went to sleep on the couch. We walked in on him.

What is your dream job? I'm living it.

The most challenging part of my job is: Getting some personal time off.

Most rewarding?: Seeing a field turned into jobs for employees and homes for my customers.

Most unique habit: I seek first to understand, then to be understood which is the endowment of coverage balanced with consideration.

Biggest pet peeve? People ahead of me in line waiting until the cashier tells them how much. Then they start filling out the check instead of having the check ready to go.

Biggest guilty pleasure? Cameo Pizza

Most embarrassing part of your CD collection: Stopped about 10 years ago.

Favorite childhood memory: Building shaks in the woods with my friends.

Best thing about living in Milan? The Norwalk area is terrific; close to big city excitement and a safe environment.

Biggest complaint? Need more upscale restaurants.

What do you like to do when not working? Relaxing in the sun and riding my Harley

What's been the best car you've ever owned? 200 Saturn Outlook

What do you do for exercise? Walk two-and-a-half miles almost every morning

What's your favorite recreational activity? Having a cocktail with my wife at Ft. Myers Beach, Fla.

How do you relieve stress? Manhattans

Name your favorite place to eat: Salmon Daves in Rocky River

What's your favorite song: "Just One More Day," by Diamond Rio. It's what we all are looking to have.

In high school, everyone thought I: Would go far. I made it to Hawaii. I think that's what they meant.

The best advice I ever got was: Be nice to the people you meet on the way up; they are the same ones you see on the way down.

My dream house would have: 10 acres: a private lake, a large heated pool, woods, stream and beautiful landscapping. Oh wait, that is my house.

A movie or play that everyone should see is: "FX" with Brian Denahey there are so many twists. It is tough to outguess.

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