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Episode 54: You can leave your town but you can’t leave your problems, a conversation with NWA’s own Ezra Quinn

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It's time for another episode of I am Northwest Arkansas, the podcast covering the intersection of business, culture, entrepreneurship and life in general here in the Ozarks. Whether you are considering a move to this area, or trying to learn more about the place you call home, we've got something special for you. Here's our host, Randy Wilburn.

Randy Wilburn 0:42

Hey folks, and welcome back to another episode of I am Northwest Arkansas. I'm your host Randy Wilburn, and I'm here today with Ezra Quinn. Ezra is a friend of mine that I met through the Rotary and you know, it took me years before actually ever joined Rotary I'd known about it I think I've mentioned that on a couple of other episodes and Ezra was one of the first people that I met a few weeks into joining the Rotary and just an outstanding young man I was so impressed. And Rotary does this thing where when we have a new person come we introduce them and especially if they bring a guest and he had just recently joined and he was each time each person that joins the Rotary gets to go up and you know, share like a five minute thing about themselves to just tell, ostensibly, the members what they do, you know, their why and all that good stuff. And so Ezra shared his why and my mouth was just agape. And I was like, wow, this is uh, this is an outstanding young man and I wanted to learn more about him and so we, you know, I introduced him to some people that I know that I thought would be mutually beneficial. And then eventually he's had a lot on his plate lately, but we finally got together and today is the day so Ezra Quinn, how are you doing, man?

Ezra Quinn 1:51

Oh, I'm fantastic, man.

Randy Wilburn 1:53

Good, good. I'm glad to have you on. So you run a you do a couple of things. Actually. You're quite busy and we're going to try to untangle all of this but we're sitting in your beautiful office space here on Huntsville Road which is right near where Crossover in what's this well Crossover in Huntsville me so yeah so but Huntsville also has a number what's the number 62 something like that yeah so anyway but it's at one end it becomes MLK right and at the other end it's Huntsville road and Huntsville road comes kind of T's into Crossover and so they're very close to that intersection but it's a it's a what was once a rental property has now become a therapy collective or kind of like a we workspace for therapists and other folks and right yeah, just to kind of you know, use that term and then you also have Quinn Homes LLC, and you're also in school getting one of several degrees. And, this is a really smart kid. So I mean, just folks, you listening to this episode of the podcast, the brain factor has gone up considerably so but now it's seriously Tell us a little bit about just give us a little bit of your superhero origin story and how you got to this place.

Ezra Quinn 3:06

Oh man, where to begin? Let's see, I'll go back and try to move through it quickly. Just after high school, I had no plans whatsoever. You know, I kind of didn't aspire to do anything, no goals, nothing and just kind of piddled around. And then I'll say was when I was 20, I had my first kid. And that really was kind of a wake up call for me getting serious, but at the same time, it wasn't, you know, I didn't help me find a goal or a passion. I just now had this kid and soon a new future wife to take care of. But I was given the opportunity to travel to Thailand, and I went to a school for boxing and it was the first time in my life that I was kind of like, pushed hard physically. And basically you train six to eight hours a day and you kind of just like, get your butt kicked.

Randy Wilburn 3:57

Is that Muy Thai? Yeah. That's some serious stuff.

Ezra Quinn 4:01

Yeah. And that was like, so that experience kind of opened my eyes to the idea that like, I can accomplish things and I can do stuff. So I came home and I was like, you know, I'm gonna go to college and do that. So yeah, I quickly knocked out degrees in Sociology and Criminal Justice. And, then somewhere along the way, my father died due to a stroke. And that kind of opened up this door to Okay, maybe my heart isn't so good. And that was the case. Yeah. And so then I was kind of stuck. Like, if I can back up, my goal is to join the military, but then, upon learning that, you know, I've got a bum heart and kind of realizing that sociology and criminal justice wasn't really what I was that interested in, I switched majors or I mean, I completed those but then I went right back in for Physics, and that's always been just like a big passion of mine. So you know, knocked out the degree in Physics, but all the while I was, you know, I had a second kid on the way. And my wife and I got into foster parenting. And what I realized is that my bills are piling up, and I'm having more monthly expenses. And I'm just in school and like not, not really doing anything. So that's when real estate investing entered my life. And then it has completely changed it. I mean, like, I went from just, you know, borrowing a small chunk of money. And then it was it's been three and a half years now. So I took $100,000 that I borrowed and I turned it into a multimillion dollar, you know, entity, multiple flips going on here in Fayetteville and a number of rental properties between here and Hot Springs and branching into the vacation rental home world and, and it's really just like changed my life for the better. I mean, it's been an amazing experience and it's allowed me to get into open up this facility, the therapy collective And that has its own side story. But essentially, as we're fostering, planning to adopt, we realized that there is a real need for therapists in the world. And a lot of times they are confined by the facilities they work for, and can't really give the clients the help they need for, you know, whether it's insurance reasons or some sort of bureaucratic red tape. And so we thought, if we could open this facility, it would give counselors a chance to make the difference that they, you know, want to make in their clients lives.

Randy Wilburn 6:36

Wow. That's a lot. Certainly. Yeah. And I like the idea though. I mean, when you think about We Work and We Work has its applications and I'm using we work as a verb in terms of the way that you know, the organ at the type of facility like a We Work and We Work is having its challenges right now and we'll see what

Ezra Quinn 6:54

What is it?

Randy Wilburn 6:54

We Work is, is a collective of basically they've taken this same idea that you took with building out a space that is perfectly suited because you've got all these offices here, where if I'm a therapist, I could come in and rent an office and bring my clients and have them meet here. We Work does the same thing in cities all over the world nowadays, where they basically go in and retrofit office space to a certain need, they really dress it up, they put coffee bars in and all these kind of things, and then they then rent out or lease out the space to businesses. So like Google and other firms use We Work spaces all over the world. Okay. And so that's it's the same principle and they've had some challenges and that's kind of why I was alerting to that for some of the people that are listening. You're familiar with some of the financial issues and and others that We Work was having because they got so much VC funding from Japanese companies. And a Japanese billionaire that put a lot of money into what We Work was doing. And then, you know, they the CEO of the founder of We Work as relieved of his duties this past year. And a lot of this, they've been under a lot of turmoil, their valuation has been cut in half. And so this isn't CNBC. But people get the idea that, you know, I think the idea itself, the principle or premise behind it is great, because when you're starting out from an entrepreneurial standpoint, you don't always want to go in and go either buy a building, or do something like that. It's much easier. If you know, hey, I've got three other people that I'm working with, we want to get a space that I can just get for a period of time. And if things work out, then we can progress and advance from there. And that's the you know that and that's the principle behind it. So I think that there's some real advantages and benefits and and you're absolutely right. Mental health is a major issue in this country. We're switching gears here. And so there is a need to have a type of environment, and place. Safe place where therapists can come and practice their craft and meet with more people then maybe they could normally meet with because of whatever restrictions may be put on any organization that they work directly for.

Yeah. So and to kind of piggyback off what you're saying, that's our part of our goal is to assist those that want to branch into private practice. And like you say, you know, as an entrepreneur, it's like it's scary to take that step and you have no idea what your overheads going to be a you may not like numbers or even know how to crunch them to understand like, what really is going on. Yeah. And so that's essentially we've created the infrastructure, we just don't have the the license or the skill set to give counseling ourselves. So you know, if it's a if it's something you've thought about, come check it out. Because you know it, it's all there for you. You pay a small fee. In exchange, you get a whole business essentially, yeah,

it's a nice place. We're actually meeting in your conference room area and you've got a nice flat panel TV up and you've got a nice entrance area there. It's easy to get to, it's right off the highway. It's just, you know, a couple of minutes away and so it's it's really nice and as this part of Fayetteville and we're on the south side of Fayetteville. So think down by Stonebridge the golf course and everything that's happening there and if you go over Dead Horse Mountain and all the new housing developments that are there, Rausch Coleman is building some new homes just up the street here on Hunstville. So this area of Fayetteville, I didn't mean to cut you off, but this area is really expanding.

Yeah, I mean, it's it's minutes from campus and downtown. I mean, it's, yeah, it's almost a straight shot. So

Yeah. So and I know some people are listening to this, and they want to get back to this because you're a young guy. So tell us just give us walk us through just a little bit of this origin of getting some money, and then going out and investing and just maybe, you know, so walk us through like that first initial investment. What happened? How did it How did it work out? And what did you ultimately see that said, You know what, I'm going to, you know, press rewind and do this again, and I'm going to do it again. So yeah, that

Ezra Quinn 10:53

Yeah, that was I mean, that was a really exciting time in my life. You know, I had been learning about real estate and investing and how it works. And as a numbers guy, it was kind of like, Okay, this all makes sense. And I love numbers and I can crunch numbers and we can I can just make sure like, you make sure there's enough margin in the deal that that you can walk away with something. And so, upon finding money, which, you know,

Randy Wilburn 11:18

Not always easy.

Ezra Quinn 11:19

No, that's a difficult nnn a skill set all on its own. I sometimes I'm surprised it like who I've convinced to let me borrow money from right. But the first one was my mother. And of course, you know, moms are gonna help out when they can. Absolutely. So she lent me roughly $90,000 I went to the Washington County courthouse and bought a house for $90,000 at auction, okay. Yeah, it was a foreclosure. And, it was just, it was right down the street from where I was living is kind of the perfect like, first time. And I had no idea what I was I hadn't even seen the place. I was just I was convinced, you know, believed in everything about It and so I get in there. Fortunately, it was not just like complete garbage. I mean, people had abandoned it as well. It was rough, but it wasn't like it was wasn't a tear down. Right.

Randy Wilburn 11:44

Okay. Okay.

Ezra Quinn 12:11

And so you know, we, I scraped together and you might I sold a bunch of my possessions to get money to fix it up and we got it fixed and sold it later that year. And it was just like a

Randy Wilburn 12:23

We're off to the races.

Ezra Quinn 12:23

Yeah, It was just like this amazing adrenaline rush of, you know, I mean, there's a big risk involved. And there's a lot of work. I mean, it's a 24 hour job. I'm never really off the clock, because if it's 11 o'clock at night, and I need to go check something out. That's what I'm doing.

Randy Wilburn 12:38

Yeah! So I think the key thing to point out here because I want people listening to this, I don't want you to just go off and ask your mom or dad for $90 Grand and then go go to the courthouse and buy a house because now this particular house that you're talking about wasn't a gut rehab, was it?

Ezra Quinn 12:52


Randy Wilburn 12:52

Okay. So and a gut rehab for those of you that are listening is where you've got to go in and take all the walls out and go down to the studs and redo Everything you might have to redo all the wiring, you might have some structural issues that you have to shore up. Certainly you're going to put up new drywall, you may have to put new HVAC in there. So it's up, you know, and every situation is going to be different. So you probably had a couple things that you had to do. And then you were able to get those worked out. And before you know it... how, what was the timeframe from when you bought the house to when you were able to turn around and put it on the market?

Ezra Quinn 13:24

Yeah, some I should probably back up a little. My mother is not like, super wealthy, it wasn't like..

Randy Wilburn 13:32

Parents love their kids. I mean, I'll do anything for my kids. Yeah, I may or may not give them $90 grand. at some point but...

Well, this was a big risk for her. And what happened is her husband just died and she has no work experience. She was left with his money. Yeah. And I you know, I approached her and said, Look, I can give you 10% on your money, if you let me part you know, so there's a way of like, helping her get, you know, make money without having experience and a way to get me moving so it was, you know, as the cliche saying a win-win right in that situation. So yeah, I remember it was, you know, I picked it up in August. I don't think I actually got started until like, beginning of September in late August. And then we sold it December 7th.

Wow. quick turnaround. That's almost like what you see on HGTV cuz like I tell people all the time, I'm like, yeah, I'm gonna go out and flip some homes. And I'm like, you know, yeah, all that stuff is staged. And one of the biggest challenges that I've experienced here in Northwest Arkansas, is and coming from Boston I've dealt with trades in the past, but just the lack of an availability of good trades people, right. That was electricians, plumbers, carpenters. Yeah, you need if you're going to buy and flip homes, you need to have a good electrician on speed dial. A good Carpenter on speed out. A good plumber and HVAC person on speed dial. Yeah. And getting those people in this area is sometimes difficult.

Ezra Quinn 15:02

Again, the number of times I've been burned by not...because I had no construction knowledge of my own. You know, I've been in school and at the time I was, you know, two years into my degree in physics. So, I mean, no idea how a house even worked. But, you know, I've found some people to accomplish that job. And I can tell you, I don't use from that job. There's no one that still works for me. Because, you know, like, I didn't know how to get rid of the trash like called a Junker that just was like, well, I'll take it for free, you know, just everything that was in the house. And I had a guy that did the painting, and it was just a terrible paint job. And there is one guy that there was some water damage. And he, you know, went in and cut out the bad wood and replaced it and I to this day, I'll use him because he's, he's legit.

Randy Wilburn 15:02

Okay, I may have to get his name after this podcast. Yeah, no, that's it. I mean, but you know, you point. I mean, I think it's great. I think I'm glad that you're sharing this journey because people need to understand that It's totally possible. Absolutely, it really is. And even if you don't have a mom or dad that can give you $90 Grand, there are other creative ways to make things happen. There's a lot of people that have a lot of money that are just sitting around. And if you come with a compelling plan, right, you can make it work. And there's even banks, where if you can, you know, if you can look at the before value and the appraised value when it's completed and there's some margin there, you can go to a bank and make an argument for a loan.

Ezra Quinn 16:29

Yeah. And that's, that's how I work 100% hours. Yeah, with banks. I mean, we have private investors purely because a bank will only lend you about 80%. Right? So you'd have to come up with that 20% I you know, I've been successful at this but I also have four children and you know, some sick in laws and you know, people I'm taking care of so the it's not like I'm just like rolling in the dough from it,

Randy Wilburn 16:54

But it's serving your needs,

Ezra Quinn 16:56

Right and I can find you know, I find a private investor to help come up with the 20% And we, we hash out the plan, and then we execute. And it's been like, been really awesome. And in the process, we've been able to pick up rental properties, which is I mean, that's like the long term game.

Randy Wilburn 17:11

Right? Are you doing any Airbnb?

Ezra Quinn 17:13

Yeah. So what had happened is we fixed up a house in South Fayetteville. And as some people know, in South Fayetteville, you know, you can get $200 a square foot, and we were just so we put everything into this house. I mean, it is like, you know, top tier stuff, and we put it on the market. It's 1000 square foot house, we put it up $250,000 and just crickets, nothing at all. And so, you know, what do you do? Well, we've always talked about Airbnb and so on. And I don't recommend this, but I got a credit card and I maxed it out to buy furniture, and we furnish the place and it has been pretty much 100% occupied really since then,

Randy Wilburn 17:53

Probably making more than you would make if you charge the monthly rent.

Ezra Quinn 17:56

Absolutely, 100%. Yeah, absolutely. And it's kind of...we've been changing our business model because of this and that, you know, we have one we just opened on Lake Catherine in Hot Springs, okay. And one is under construction right next to the casino in Hot Springs.

Randy Wilburn 18:13

How are you keeping... do you have family down there? How do you know that market?

Ezra Quinn 18:17

So my father in law lives down there, okay. And and he's been in construction. So, you know, I trust him more than myself. He kind of runs the show for me down there and has the right people. It's almost easier just to hand the reigns to him. And then working up here.

Randy Wilburn 18:34

So how long have you been up here in Northwest Arkansas?

Ezra Quinn 18:37

Man my whole life? Yeah, so my family moved here in 92. And I've been here since then. You know, I've done a little bit of traveling as I mentioned right after high school, you know, I my life was like, hopefully some people get this reference but it was Punk Rock, and it was like that was it. I was just dedicated to the bone. I got on a Greyhound bus and was just kind of bumming around the country for a little while. And so I've done some traveling. And I think what I realized in all that traveling was, you can leave your town but you're not leaving your problems. And at the time, I was just really struggling with like, depression and anxiety. And so, you know, I left Fayetteville thinking, if I just get out on the road, like, it'll all be fine. And just quickly realized that was that was not true at all, you know, all those problems, I just lug them around with me. And, ultimately, that was like the why that whole thing ended was just I, my anxiety and depression just got worse, as you know, as time went on. And so I just said, you know, wound up back here, but I had no plan of what I was doing.

Randy Wilburn 19:46

And what did you I mean, what have you What do you think about the transformation in Northwest Arkansas is taking because you you've been here almost 30 years? Yeah. I mean, what do you think about that?

Ezra Quinn 19:56

I mean, it's To me, it's amazing. I've always loved big city. And so, you know, I just can't wait. You know, I don't even know if I'll be alive by the time but if they start building skyscrapers here, or like, you know, really making this place into a metropolis, I think that'd be really awesome.

Randy Wilburn 20:14

It would be, it'd be very interesting. So yeah, and I think it's funny. I mean, almost the transformation is taking place here in Northwest Arkansas is mirrored in your life as well, right? I mean, in all that your experiences, so what would you say to somebody that was thinking about moving here? What would your advice be to them?

Ezra Quinn 20:30

I mean, it's a fantastic place, like I'm really glad to, like, be raising my to have two bio kids and two that I'm adopting. So, you know, the ones that are young when I was involved in their lives, like, I'm just so glad that that was the case. You know, it's real safe, and there's good good schools and such and, and all that. And then even you know, for the other two, it's like, I'm glad I get to be a part of their lives now. And this is, you know, like From this area so, you know, if I wasn't here, then they'd still probably be in a in a bad situation. Right?

Randy Wilburn 21:06

Right. Yeah, no, that's that's a real blessing. I'm sure that they're they're thankful for for that. Any places around here that a guy can go get Muy Thai lessons because I don't think that there's, you know, I've done martial arts in the past. I did karate for several years. I did Taekwondo. I also did Judo, which I really liked. I love grappling. And I've wanted to take Jui Jitsu and but I but and I've also heard some really good things about Muy Thai but is are there any places around here for Muy Thai?

Ezra Quinn 21:35

So, yeah, when I came back from Thailand, I was like, I was just so dedicated you know, still like I'm gonna work out four hours a day and you know, and I was trying, but I had nowhere to practice. So I got into American boxing,

Randy Wilburn 21:49

which is a good workout too!

Ezra Quinn 21:51

I mean, that's a lot of fun.

Randy Wilburn 21:52

You don't realize like I've been through some boxing workouts and I was just like "Oh my God!" I mean, I was like, dripping with sweat.

Ezra Quinn 21:59

Right absolutely.

Randy Wilburn 22:00

It's just like a whole different ball game and you think, man when you you know, just, you know, understanding how to tense up and yeah and in old your diaphragm in and everything. I mean, it's

Ezra Quinn 22:10

It's stamina.

Randy Wilburn 22:11

I know it is. I mean, do you think oh, it's just people slugging it out? There's so much of a science to it. That's why they call it the sweet science.

Ezra Quinn 22:18

Yeah. But I mean, to answer your question, I have not found a place that I liked. But I've also kind of been more of a like a hermit. Yeah, I don't get out enough. There is a guy, Mark McVan. Okay. He used to have a, like a studio that no longer exists. I'm pretty sure he just does like private lessons out of his house. Yeah. But, and if I can, if I can shout out to Old Wolf Barbershop, my buddy Travis Sorenson. He cuts hair there. He's, he's amazing. But he does. He works with Mark McVan, and he's showed him Jiu Jitsu and Muy Thai. I mean, the guy was like, he's like a retired Navy SEAL who's like been around the world really fighting champions. I mean, he's the real deal.

Randy Wilburn 23:03

He's the real deal? I need a picture of him so I don't want to mess with him. I don't want to you know, talk some smack to him and well run into a problem. He's probably the most regular dude ever.

Ezra Quinn 23:15

He's small he's I know I don't know his exact age but I know he's getting up there and like kind of maybe...I don't know him that well, but, you know, you would never expect it but like you would not, you know, it's like the old man that would just like kick your ass.

Randy Wilburn 23:31

Well, ya know that I love that. So I you know, I mean there I've noticed a number of martial arts places opening that recently. I think there was a place there on Rolling Hills and there's a Krav Maga place that has opened up. So which is the Israeli martial arts and there's a lot of good opportunities for that. But I just, I think it's interesting how, you know, sometimes with Eastern philosophies, they have a way of centering people, right, certain ways and it sounds like that's kind of what you experienced, when you went to Thailand and and it probably helped you a little bit and Yeah, probably came back and it just kind of helped crystallize.

Ezra Quinn 24:07

100% Yeah, I mean, there's something you've worked about, you know, running and yeah, just right. I was gonna you know, whenever I got back it was like if I was having a bad day or tired, I go run around Lake Fayetteville, which I don't know five miles maybe?

Randy Wilburn 24:23

Yeah, it's a little less than that but I was just on that trail the other day that's one of the beautiful things and if you're listening to this and you're not from Northwest Arkansas, we've got trails, our trails have trails, right and our trails trails have trails that's how we just have a little bit of everything and I didn't realize all the mountain biking trails off road that exists right around Fayetteville.

Ezra Quinn 24:45

On a side note, that's a lot of people we have coming through our Airbnb, mountain bikers. Yeah, I wouldn't have thought but they come stay just hit the trails.

Randy Wilburn 24:53

Sam Walton's grandsons. I mean, they have basically put Arkansas on the map. Yeah. When it comes to mountain biking. Yeah. And I think it's Stewart Walton and maybe a few others. I don't know them personally, but I know people that know them and they're just really big on extolling all the benefits that Northwest Arkansas has to offer and mountain biking is certainly one of them. Yeah. Have you seen the pump tracked up by the Jones Center? There's only two in north in all of North America. There's one in South America and there's one right there. So they had the National pumptrack Championship at the Jones Center, which is right up in Springdale. I didn't know what a pumptrack is. So pumptrack is like, it's like a BMX track for mountain bikes. Okay. Yeah. You go around, it's really interesting. And so they had the World Championships there on a really rainy dreary October weekend last year. Yeah. And people from China and South America and elsewhere came and converged on Northwest Arkansas to get on that pump track, but it's only it's one of only two. Yeah, and this hemisphere. I mean, I know not in I'm sorry. In In all of the Americas, yeah, there's only two. So yeah,

Ezra Quinn 26:04

If I can real quickly jump back to, because, you know, mental health is like, it's been such a big factor in my life that I'm always like, trying to share my experience and what I found to help. So when I, what I realized is if I was having a bad day, essentially, if you go out and you run five miles, you will no longer be having a bad day. Right? I mean, like, it is just something about the release of endorphins, endorphins, slightly, it will, you know, like, we evolved as a species to work hard. I mean, there's that's why we have this reward system of you know, you work hard and those endorphins are released and you feel good. And so if you're sitting around, not getting those endorphins circulating in your body, like of course, like you're going to feel depressed. Yeah, you know, we, we, to survive. You had to work hard. And so you know, and those, that feel that that gene is going to win out essentially because those that are rewarded for working hard and feeling good and progressing. Those are the ones that are going to succeed. And yeah, keep passing on genes.

Randy Wilburn 27:09

Absolutely. Now you're getting your Masters or you're getting your PhD?

Ezra Quinn 27:14

PhD. Yeah, they don't really do a Masters. I mean, I think if you if you drop out, they just kind of give you a masters. Okay, hey buddy, you tried!

Randy Wilburn 27:22

It's serious? Yeah. Me. Yeah. Our so what's your what's been your since you entered into the PhD program? What has been your biggest aha moment? from a practical standpoint about what you are learning?

Ezra Quinn 27:33

Yeah, well, so I just finished my first semester, and the next semester starts on Monday. But I, you know, I don't know if this answers your question, but I will say the best thing like that first week was just amazing to realize the difference between undergrad versus graduate studies. I mean, I love being in the graduate program. Undergrad, it is kind of miserable. Like there's so many people and nobody really cares. And there's like, there's just like a culture of like, I don't know if it's like trying to outshine or like, outdo people, but there's this really like awful like, Oh, that was so easy, man. Like, there's no big deal. And I'm sitting there struggling like, am I just the only one that's being honest about this? Like, this is hard. Yeah. But anyway, you know, I'm in the Grad program, and there's about like, eight of us that were just entering. Yeah. And so we're all like, good friends now. And like, we we go through the same courses together. They're very difficult courses. And so it's like having a like camaraderie. And everybody wants to be there. And everybody's like, really fascinated in different fields. And it's just been like, a really amazing experience.

Randy Wilburn 28:44

And what are your thoughts about... Did you go to the UofA Undergrad? Yeah. Okay. So what are your thoughts about the U of A from an undergrad perspective, from a graduate perspective, just as a as a university?

Ezra Quinn 28:53

Well, so I've always been just content going to the U of A, I mean, like, being so well rooted, you know, I had a kid when I was 20, you know, it was just like, I'm not gonna try to have a little bit going here. So yeah, and when I try to like move it somewhere else, right? And and as far as, like, you get a fantastic education here, you know, I know it's not like the top tier school but and and this is another cliche saying but it really is like you get out what you put into it. If you want to like, you know, get the same education as a Harvard graduate. I mean, there are Harvard graduates that you know, just just rode the train and like didn't really learn anything and I'm sure and then there's people from the UofA that are just brilliant, you know. So it's all how much you want to learn.

Randy Wilburn 29:41

Yeah, absolutely. Absolutely. Well, when you when you when you understand that the what is the Rhodes Scholarship that started here, or at least came from the gentleman that was here. I think he was teaching here.

The correct me if I'm wrong, actually, I have no idea what you're referring I'm curious.

I'm almost I'm almost 100% certain I'm sorry, I don't have this off the top of my head. But I thought that the gentleman and and I'll figure this out, I'll clean it up and put a note in the show notes to clarify my statement with this, but I know that somebody related to the Rhodes Scholarship Program ( I was actually referring to the Fulbright Scholarship Program) was was from here. I mean, he's buried right up there by Fayetteville High School (Fulbright is buried in Evergreen Cemetary in Fayetteville). and the cut through street that takes you to the Clinton house. Okay, so I'll fit I'll figure that out. And I'll share that with you. Because I think that's that's actually it's interesting. We you don't really realize how many historical figures have come through this area? Yeah. Let alone Bill Clinton and others. But I mean, you know, there's a lot happening here at the University of Arkansas. So absolutely, yeah. So it's, it's a good place to be but man as or I could go on and on. I mean, I could talk with you all day long about this. And again, I really appreciate you taking time to share yourself with our audience here at I am Northwest Arkansas, and you really do epitomize what this area is all about and especially for someone that's been here for so long. I mean, you're, I guess you could say you're a lifer. Because 30 years is a long time. So I mean, but I really appreciate you just coming on and sharing and so if people want to connect with you, whether with questions about real estate, maybe they you know, there is a therapist that's listening to this episode and wants to, you know, lease out some space from you, or just to connect with you in general, what's the best way for them to do that?

Ezra Quinn 31:22

Yeah, I mean, if I can preface with like, I love talking real estate. It's been, you know, and Physics. So I mean, either one if you want to reach out to me, because I can talk about this all day, so I guess the easiest way is probably Facebook. Ezra Quinn is my name. But then there is a Facebook for Quinn Homes, LLC. And there is a Facebook page for the Therapy Collective. Sure. And there's a website for the Therapy Collective if you prefer that. It's it's

Randy Wilburn 31:32

All right. I'll put that in the show notes and everything that were mentioned today. We'll put in the show notes and is there what's your first your preferred email.

Ezra Quinn 32:01

Oh, yeah. So

Randy Wilburn 32:05

Perfect. We'll make sure that everybody has access to this. And they can reach out to you...

Ezra Quinn 32:14

I really I can't stress it enough to like, yeah, I'm a busy guy, but I love to make time to like, share. And because I'm all about synergy, which is another cliche term, but it is. I mean, it's unique. It's neat, because you see it everywhere. I see it in Physics, right. I see it in Real Estate. I see it in Psychology. I mean, it's like the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. And it's a very true statement. Across the board.

Randy Wilburn 32:41

Yeah, no, I love that. I love that quote. So well, man, thank you so much for meeting with me. Yeah, I'm certainly honored to be a fellow Rotary member with you and I look forward to getting to know you even better, beyond just this podcast and us hanging out at the Rotary and if I run into people that are up and coming or aspiring Real Estate people I will certainly point them your way.

Ezra Quinn 33:02

Sounds Good!

Randy Wilburn 33:03

Yeah, I appreciate that. Thank you so much. Yeah. Okay. Well folks there you have it, Ezra Quinn from the Therapy Collective, Quinn Homes LLC. He's also a PhD student in the Physics program at the University of Arkansas. Not to be outdone, he's a father of four kids, a husband, a son, he's a lot of things and he's a really good dude and he really epitomizes what Northwest Arkansas is all about so I'm so thankful that he was on the show today. I hope you really liked that. Please again, check us out online at I am Northwest We've got a lot of new things happening. We've got a brand new events calendar, and we also have a business listing. So if you want your business listed on I am Northwest Arkansas business listing, just reach out to us and let us know we're starting to fill out this business listing. We will add the Therapy Collective and Quinn Homes LLC to that but certainly want to if you've got a business, if you've got a restaurant or anything like that, we want to feature you and add you to the list as we start to expand and really promote and push out this information with All Things Northwest Arkansas so 2020 is going to be a big year. We're going to be moving in a lot of directions. Check us out on Instagram. At I am Northwest Arkansas. You can check us out online at We're going to be doing a lot of new things this year. I think you're gonna like it. We're not even a full year into this podcast. But we're so excited that to be able to bring people like Quinn and others to you. So thank you so much. We really appreciate you and we will see you right here next week. Peace.

IANWA Open 34:39

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About the Show:

We recently sat down with Ezra Quinn, Founder of Quinn Homes Real Estate and The Therapy Collective in Fayetteville. Ezra has been around these parts for almost 30 years but he’s a young soul.  We learned about his college degrees, he has two, and now he’s working toward a Ph.D. in Physics at the University of Arkansas.  

Not to be outdone, Ezra has also traveled the country as a Punk Rocker and spent time learning the art of Muy Thai boxing in Asia.

Don’t mess with him!

Ezra shared his winding journey to where he finds himself now as the owner of a Real Estate company, a Therapy Collective Space – think “We Work,” for Therapists, and proud husband and dad to four great kids, two of his own and two foster children. 

He’s definitely an interesting guy that makes it look easy. Listen to this episode to see how Ezra overcame his challenges to be where he is today and by the looks of things he is honestly just getting started. 

Listen to this podcast and read the transcript to learn more about Ezra, his businesses, and why he thinks Northwest Arkansas is such a great place to be. 

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