About Fevin Reyes
A LEADER, BUSINESSMAN, FATHER
LEADER AT HEARTH
Fevin was born to Filipino immigrant parents of professional backgrounds; CPA and Registered Nurse. His father is an orphan, turned self-made man, now retired with his beautiful wife of 46 years at their estate in Florida. Of humble beginnings in the Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago, Fevin primarily grew up on the northwest side of Chicago, attending Divine Savior School and Holy Cross High School. Fevin graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a Bachelor’s of Science in Marketing and went on to earn his Executive MBA from Loyola University of Chicago. He attained his PhD from the “School of Upper-Cuts and Hard-Knocks.”
Professionally, Fevin’s career didn’t start after college. It actually started in grade school selling World’s Finest Chocolate and watching his parents work side jobs, like selling real estate, knock-off clothing, and fake Gucci and Louis Vuitton purses. Haha. His parents’ entrepreneurship helped him develop a strong work ethic, build relationships and trust, live with integrity, and believe that profit is way better than wages. At the early age of 14, Fevin got a special work permit for his first W2 job at Phones Plus at the Harlem Irving Plaza (HIP!). While in high school, he worked at Foot Locker and TJ MAXX. While in college, he was blessed to work as an intern in his field of study at amazing Fortune 500 companies: Enterprise Rent-A-Car, S.C. Johnson Wax, AT&T, Walt Disney Buena Vista Pictures Marketing, and Powersoft/Sybase. Fortunate to graduate in 4 years with 12+ offers in hand, Fevin took the risk of joining the technology field in his first job working for PLATINUM technology. Over the course of 6 years, he worked for Sybase, Microstrategy, NCA Teradata, eHUB Logistics, Day Network, and finally DIVINE Interventures. When he simply had had it with corporate America, he left to build the family real estate practice called Red Era Realty. For the past 14 years, Fevin has served over 700 clients valuing over $200 million in sales. He helped his parents retire in 2005, created his now popular red era group team and became the first Filipino broker-owner of a RE/MAX office in the USA, consistently proving himself a Top Producer for the past 14 years. He is one of a handful of real estate brokers in Chicago that serves as Dave Ramsey’s Endorsed Local Providers of Real Estate for the past 6 years. He will be back in Chicago Magazine for the fifth straight year in this October’s 2015 issue.
FATHER OF THREE
Born and raised in Chicago and cultured around the world, he is the younger of two sons and was fortunate to be beat up by both of his parents. Fevin credits his turn around – from a C-D student always in trouble, to a straight-A student graduating top of his class – to his high school love that he was introduced to by mutual friends in his freshman year. Love truly conquers all. For over 25 years and 16 years of marriage, Fevin’s parents thank the Lord for putting Myleen into his life and straightening him up. Myleen’s parents, however, wonder what the heck happened to their perfect child since meeting Fevin! Today, Fevin and Myleen are extremely blessed to have happy, healthy, spunky, smart children ages 9, 5, and 3; Abigail, Andrea, and Ayrton (yep, named after legendary Brazilian 3 time world champion Formula 1 driver, Ayrton Senna). For the past 10 years, they have had the pleasure of thanking their beautiful, ultra shedding, incredibly farty, super-loving Olde English Bulldogge, Maddie, for introducing them to parenthood before the incredible little humans came into their lives. Not knowing his father’s parents, Fevin was blessed to have an amazing relationship with his maternal grandfather until he passed at the age of 89, but still is lucky to have his grandmother of 99.7 years of age. As a Filipino-American, you can assume correctly – he has way too many cousins, tita’s, and tito’s around the globe to mention here.
HOBBIES AND MORE
Fevin believes in the art of balancing the five circles of life to maximize performance: Spiritual, Family, Business, Personal, and Financial. Fevin doesn’t have many vices. He doesn’t smoke (just an inhaler when needed), he doesn’t drink, he doesn’t gamble, and he certainly isn’t part of any fight clubs (although cross-fit gyms he is considering). Fevin LOVES tennis and motorsports.
Before the multiple children came, he raced and taught people how to drive their Porsche’s, Audis, and other everyday cars on racetracks around the world. In fact, he spent several days driving around the famed Nurburgring in Germany back in 2005. He has driven every notable race track east of the Mississippi River such as Mid-Ohio, Road America, Virginia International Raceway (VIR), Watkins Glen, Road Atlanta, and is a member at Autobahn Country Club. Since motorsports is dangerous, and he wants to see his children grow up before his eyes, Fevin has taken a more subtle approach to adrenaline by reigniting his love for tennis and is a member at Midtown Tennis in Lincoln Park. Since he is getting older daily, it’s harder to stay in shape and keep up with the kids. Fevin has committed himself to participating in a triathlon in 2015. He thanks his cousins for helping him stay connected to them by suffering on the new racecourse.