Hard work is something that pays off, and in Portage, Brent Wright is a perfect example of this, having built a name for himself both literally and figuratively.
Wright has spent the last nine years as a real estate agent in Northwest Indiana. He started at age 20, learning all he could on the fly on the way to buying his first house. Since then, he has worked with a number of clients to help them find their own forever homes. It may not have been his original plan, but after a certain time, he found he had a strong passion for the job.
“I originally took the class to use more for investing, but ended up really excelling at it,” he said. “I'm really glad I did it because I really like working with people and doing everything I can to help them out.”
Before setting roots in Portage, Wright had been in Europe and other states in the U.S. Originally born in Germany due to his dad's service in the Air Force, Wright also has lived in New Hampshire, Washington, and finally Northwest Indiana.
“I think Portage is a great area and has a lot of different things to offer everyone,” Wright said. “It really feels like the community is headed in the right direction. The more pride in the community, the better it is.”
That sense of pride has inspired Wright to do what he can to help better the community. He donates school supplies, helps with a children's hospital, and helps with fundraisers so Portage can offer more youth sports opportunities.
“I think sports are a great thing for kids to be a part of,” Wright said. ”It teaches them great lessons and gets them outside and active. It would also be great to see them bring more winter activities here for children.”
There is always the question of what is next. Wright’s next big project is building a new house.
“Helping to build my own house is what I wanted to do originally,” he said. ”It will be great to finally finish and be able to spend time with my kids.”
In his other spare time, Wright would also like to work on improving his bowling skills, though he still sports a respectable 186 average. The other, of course, would be to travel back to a familiar place.
“I have not been back to Germany since I was born. It would be great to see it again and have my kids experience it, too.”