Landing a new job after networking at a golf course is nothing unusual, but how about landing a new job after networking at a golf course after a motorcycle accident? This happened to Josh Holbrook, Realtor for The Stephan Brochu Team at RE/MAX Grande in Grand Blanc. After his 2011 accident, he spent three weeks in the hospital. He broke his pelvis in four places, shattered his spleen and suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) as well as other injuries. Because of this, he had to relearn how to walk.
“I never thought I would be able to work again due to the TBI, severe depression, no self-worth and high anxiety,” Holbrook says. He credits his recovery to his wife, his sons and his medical team.
Josh Holbrook, Realtor
Despite his disability, Holbrook went back to school to finish his associate’s degree at Oakland Community College. “I wanted to show my kids that even though things are different for me, you can still apply yourself and make yourself a better person and possibly an inspiration,” he recalls.
Then he found the way to apply his education and love for sales (from 1999 to 2011 he sold cars). He explains, “I met a gentleman named Stephan Brochu at a golf course, and we hit it off just talking sales and whatnot. I mentioned to him that one day I would have him sell my house. We always joked in passing about it, and after a year or so I said, ‘I’m going to work for you one day, and I want you to teach me the real estate business.’”
After another year, Holbrook took the required real estate class and took the state exam. “I never thought in a million years I would pass this test in one, maybe two or three tries,” he says. “I passed it my first time through. This may not seem to be a big deal to most, but to me with memory issues and other after effects from the TBI, this was the biggest thing that I ever accomplished on my own.” He recalls his tears of joy in his car in the parking lot of the testing facility after learning he passed.
Despite this achievement, he had zero confidence in his ability to function in real estate. “With a lot of help from my wife, I decided that I had to do this because I could no longer sit on the sidelines and watch people do things that I knew I could do. I talked to Stephan and he agreed to bring me on his team,” Holbrook says.
His move from sidelines to starter scored plenty of wins for the team. Not only did Holbrook make his first sale on his first day of work, but he also achieved 31 sales in his first year and 22 5-star Zillow reviews.
“I take one day at a time and always put my client first,” Holbrook explains. “If my client is not happy, then I am not happy.”
As he continues to serve his clients, his confidence is growing. “I am now beginning to think that I am capable and that even when you are dealt a bad hand, you can always persevere,” he says. “I owe this comeback to my wife, my kids, Stephan and Vicki Brochu and the rest of the team. I have a new outlook on life since my accident and realize that I am here to help people. This is what makes me happy.”
The Brochu Team’s office is located at 11817 S. Saginaw St., Grand Blanc (RE/MAX Grande), and Holbrook can be reached at 248-762-3200 or [email protected]