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Flourishing Without Boundaries..

July 22, 2014 1 Comment 12

Art. Real Estate. Food. Community Service. Church Networking. While these five areas may seem completely disconnected and random on the surface, they connect in the daily work of Larry Ortega. Whether negotiating with a future tenant for a space he is showing or producing an art piece with wood and resin, Larry brings together disparate parts in an incredibly unique way. Having moved here in 1980, he recalls the Phoenix he encountered as a small, “cozy” town with boundaries. “Nothing like the spread out, sprawling monstrosity we have today,” he says. What began as a career in art dovetailed into over 30 years in the world of retail real estate. The real estate market has drastically evolved in those three decades. As Phoenix evolved from a small town to a sprawling metropolis, Larry noticed the emergence of a more sophisticated city with an urban core and eventually a light rail. Many have stopped thinking like a “small town” and now approach issues like a “big city.” When prompted to look back over 34 years in Phoenix, Larry becomes reflective. “There is just something to be said for longevity,” he says. “I have gone through all the recessions. I have made it through each real estate crash.” And in the process, he says, he has become connected to the wider community, including relationships with those in business, government, and faith communities. “When you have roots,” he says, “the relationships you garner are amazing.” It is those relationships that invigorate Larry’s eclectic work—and the same relationships focus his life’s calling. When you have roots, the relationships you garner are amazing. How does someone with 30 years of experience in retail real estate brokering, who also owns and operates an art gallery, bring together the randomness of the average day? “It starts with calling,” he says. “My calling is locating, identifying,...

Art. Real Estate. Food. Community Service. Church Networking. While these five areas may seem completely disconnected and random on the surface, they connect in the daily work of Larry Ortega. Whether negotiating with a future tenant for a space he is showing or producing an art piece with wood and resin, Larry brings together disparate parts in an incredibly unique way. Having moved here in 1980, he recalls the Phoenix he encountered as a small, “cozy” town with boundaries. “Nothing like the spread out, sprawling monstrosity we have today,” he says. What began as a career in art dovetailed into over 30 years in the world of retail real estate. The real estate market has drastically evolved in those three decades. As Phoenix evolved from a small town to a sprawling metropolis, Larry noticed the emergence of a more sophisticated city with an urban core and eventually a light rail. Many have stopped thinking like a “small town” and now approach issues like a “big city.” When prompted to look back over 34 years in Phoenix, Larry becomes reflective. “There is just something to be said for longevity,” he says. “I have gone through all the recessions. I have made it through each real...

Art. Real Estate. Food. Community Service. Church Networking. While these five areas may seem completely disconnected and random on the surface, they connect in the daily work of Larry Ortega. Whether negotiating with a future tenant for a space he is showing or producing an art piece with wood and resin, Larry brings together disparate parts in an incredibly unique way. Having moved here in 1980, he recalls the Phoenix he encountered as a small, “cozy” town with boundaries. “Nothing like the spread out, sprawling monstrosity we have today,” he says. What began as a career in art dovetailed into over 30...

Art. Real Estate. Food. Community Service. Church Networking. While these five areas may seem completely disconnected and random on the surface, they connect in the daily work of Larry Ortega. Whether negotiating with a future tenant for a space he is showing or producing an art piece with wood and resin,...

Art. Real Estate. Food. Community Service. Church Networking. While these five areas may seem completely disconnected and random on the surface, they connect in the daily...

Art. Real Estate. Food. Community Service. Church Networking. While these five areas may seem completely disconnected and random on the surface, they connect in the daily work of Larry Ortega. Whether negotiating with a future tenant for a space he is showing or producing an art piece with wood and resin, Larry brings together disparate parts in an incredibly unique way. Having moved here in 1980, he recalls the Phoenix he encountered as a small, “cozy” town with boundaries. “Nothing like the spread out, sprawling monstrosity we have today,” he says. What began as a career in art dovetailed into over 30...

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