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MNS – From the Sidelines Making it Happen with Chris Petrkais

In this episode of Movers & Shakers Josh & Gino interview Chris Petrakis.


Topics touched on include:

  • How having skin in the game gave Chris the push needed to do his first deal
  • Why Chris is doing multifamily after successful career
  • Chris covers how he shifted from working hard for his money to having his money having work hard for him
  • How Chris was able to go from educating and kicking tires to implementing and getting results.


Chris’s Bio:


Chris Petrakis is originally from Gulf Breeze, Florida but currently resides in Birmingham, Michigan with his beautiful wife and two young daughters. After graduating with a degree in Marketing from Lipscomb University, Chris began his 22-year career in Medical Sales; currently, he is an Aortic Field Sales Associate specializing in Endovascular Aortic Aneurysm repair working with Vascular and Cardiothoracic Surgeons for W. L. Gore & Associates.

Chris started his real estate investing career in 2002 when he bought his first of five rental properties in the Virginia Beach area.  In the meantime, several corporate relocations for career advancement opportunities took him to Baltimore, Boston, Washington, DC and finally to the suburbs of Detroit, where they moved to August of 2019. Moving to his wife’s hometown has surprisingly given Chris the chance to make a leap of faith by committing to multifamily investing. In December of 2019, four months after moving to Michigan, Chris decided to join the Jake and Gino community. It turns out that joining the group was the push he needed to begin his new venture in larger real estate investments. Two months after joining the Jake and Gino community, Chris closed on a value-add Quality Inn and Suites Hotel in February 2020.  Currently, he has his first 8-unit MF deal under contract in his home market of Birmingham, Michigan.  In addition to real estate investing, Chris and some of his business partners recently opened a speakeasy-style bar in the downtown Main Street section of Plymouth, MI, and he is also a part owner of the restaurant above the bar, Greek Islands Eatery, a family-owned operation. While he’s willing to entertain most any investment opportunity that comes his way, Chris believes he has found his passion in Multifamily Real Estate.

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