By Melanie Robitaille, Corporate Graphics, Staff Writer
Recently, three EXIT Realty Associates successfully completed the New York City Marathon. In this three-part series, they share their stories.
Part 1: Ronald Zarembok, Associate Broker, EXIT Realty Achieve, Smithtown, NY
Only a certain few dare to ask themselves whether they can accomplish the ultimate of both physical and mental challenges, and for three of EXIT Realty’s finest, the answer was yes. One small but deliberate word united them on a crisp fall, New York morning where they stood together, amidst 52,000 others, on the Verrazzano Narrows Bridge at the starting line of the 2018 New York City Marathon.
“Life is a marathon. You need to run through it in order to run to it,” Associate Broker, Ronald Zarembok, mused after tackling the 26.2-mile marathon at the age of 50. “Since my first race, I began relating life to a marathon…Whether it’s financial, personal or spiritual goals, you have to run that first mile before you get to mile 26.”
In the weeks following his first NYC Marathon where he helped to raise funds for Candles For Hope, Ronald has set his sights on another running event and steadily growing his real estate career, because for him it’s less about time and more about always staying accountable. “I’m thinking about running a race in Chattanooga, TN before the next Convention. I’ve never quit anything that I’ve started, and I want to impress that philosophy on my 11-year-old daughter, Jenna. I want to be a positive role model for her,” he said. “We were put on this earth not for ourselves, but to serve others and real estate is an excellent vehicle for doing that.”
Ronald joined EXIT Realty in 2011, where his health journey began to flourish. During his second Annual EXIT Convention, he found himself in the hotel gym on a treadmill next to fellow marathoner and Sales Representative, Erica Rose Siegel. “Erica mentioned that she was a runner, and by the end of the conversation I was motivated to sign up for a 10-kilometer event, which turned into me changing my registration into a half marathon,” he said. “I’m grateful for a company that cares about everyone’s health. I was also fortunate to be sponsored by our region for this race, and I love that you can earn residual income at EXIT, which actually paid my entrance fees.”
Read more about Erica’s inspiration for motivating others to achieve their best and from where she derives her passion and stamina during her NYC Marathon journey coming up in part two of this series.