Larry Ortega 2

After Hours: Larry Ortega

Senior Vice President

Colliers International

Phoenix

With Colliers for 20 years; 32 in CRE in the Valley

 

Born in Los Angeles; moved to Arizona in the early 80s

 

Graduated from University of California-Fullerton, was a fine arts major

 

Wife Sandra; children Daniel and Marla

 

Responsibilities:

Marketing commercial and retail properties. Representing retailers and restaurants and landlords.

 

Favorites:

Sports — surfing, fishing, football

 

Music — Death Cab for Cutie, Airiel, Hillsong, Alternative, Indie, Phil Wickham, Jimmy Eat World

 

Destinations — Baja, Mexico; Guatemala, Costa Rica, Belieze, Alaska

 

Activities — Being alone in my studio, creating art.

 

What did you think you’d be when you were growing up?

I thought of being a forest ranger working in a fish hatchery, a professional surfer and then an artist.

 

What accomplishment are you especially proud of?

Launching Arizona City Fest/Season of Service with Luis Palau. Re-emerging as a mixed media artist working with resin, steel and light. Opening an art gallery in Downtown Phoenix in 2012.

 

What would people be surprised to know about you?

My background as a fine artist, retailer, surfer.

Advice:

Given — Be meaningful, provide insight, inspire and connect the dots. Be yourself.

To share — Maintain a good name at all cost.

 

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About Amanda Ventura

Amanda Ventura is an editor, award-winning writer and pop culture enthusiast. When she's not up against deadlines, she is exploring Arizona, trying recipes that require every dish in her kitchen be used, collecting 5K swag bags and race numbers and volunteering at a local animal shelter. Her bookshelf is full of autobiographies and her desk is covered in Sticky Notes. She dislikes the Oxford comma and still cannot believe she gets to meet and write about interesting people for a living.