WILTON, Conn. – After 30 years in finance and human resources in New York City, Patrick Russo jumped into his involvement with the Wilton community with both feet when he became a Realtor in 2003. The decision reaped personal and professional benefits for Russo, who works for Realty Seven.
“I never had much time to focus on working in the community because I was making the commute to New York City,’’ Russo said. “I was working all the time, like a lot of people do when they work in Manhattan. I liked real estate because of the ability to do things on your own time and it wasn’t a steep start-up cost. It’s a good fit.”
Russo is active in a variety of Wilton organizations, particularly the Wilton Rotary Club which he served as president of in 2008-2009. He will also become president of the Wilton Chamber of Commerce in October, is involved in the Wilton Historical Society and serves on the Managing Board for the town’s community emergency response team, (CERT).
“You find groups that you want to be a part of and they all have a need for volunteers," Russo said. "You bring your formal education to these and try to leave it in a better situation then when you came in. That’s what makes it satisfying. Many of them go hand-in-hand with real estate.”
Russo sets aside time for the Wilton Rotary, where he has served on committees for the town carnival, craft fair and flower sale. “We have a number of fundraisers for Rotary during the year,’’ Russo said. “The carnival is the biggest fundraiser. But like anything else, when you put your hand up, you’ll be picked. The busiest people get picked to do a lot of the work. The biggest thing is you have to be balanced in what you’re involved in.”
Russo moved to Wilton with his family in 1996, and gave up his career in human resources in 2002. “I enjoy being able to interact with people I wouldn’t really get to know,’’ he said. “It’s quite a hometown feeling when you get involved in a lot of projects and organizations. It’s a different level of satisfaction.”
Russo also likes the emphasis Wilton and neighboring communities place on their real estate investment. “Real estate is always a hot topic,’’ he said. “They’re interested in the market itself. Right now is the strongest part of the year and we’re starting to see a gain in inventory. Things are always happening and it’s always interesting being in real estate.”