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Significance: a Lifetime
of Learning, Earning and Love

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Do you ever wonder if you are living a life that really matters as you run from one seller or buyer or closing to another?

Do you find yourself thinking... "Is this all there is?"


In his new book, Significance: a Lifetime of Learning, Earning and Love, nationally recognized Realtor and entrepreneur Jim Nussbaum tells how he has achieved over 2,800 real estate closings and $1.3 billion in sales while overcoming the double whammy of a fatal cancer diagnosis and the 14-year coma and death of his son, Eric.


He shows how he progressed from the Survival life stage to the Stability stage, to the Success stage, and finally to the Significance stage. He discusses his life path and the challenges and rewards at each stage. Jim invites you to join him as he relates the story of his exciting journey, and in the process helps you find your own road to Significance, secure in the realization that you are striving as best you can to live a life that truly matters. 


Jim Nussbaum was born and raised in Appleton, Wisconsin, receiving his B.A. in English from St. John's University, Minnesota, with highest honors, and his Masters Degree in Business Administration/Marketing from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin. He was the first person in his family to attend and graduate from college.

Jim began his sales career at the age of 17, selling vacuum cleaners door to door. He paid 100% of his way through seven years of college by selling cookware, china, flatware, and cutlery for The Vita Craft Corporation, Kansas City, Missouri. Starting as a salesman, Jim ended up as District Manager for Vita Craft. After receiving his MBA, Jim joined The General Electric Company (G.E.) in Corporate Planning and Market Research as a consultant, working with the company in Syracuse, New York; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Chicago, Illinois and Washington, D.C. He then joined G. E.'s educational affiliate, General Learning Corporation, where he functioned as a Corporate Planner and a Regional Marketing Director in charge of selling educational programs to firms such as IBM.

After his employment with the General Learning Corporation, Jim joined American Salesmasters, Inc., a firm specializing in selling sales training and motivational programs throughout the country to salespeople in every sales field. He conducted hundreds of motivational sales meetings before sales groups in New York City, New York and Colorado Springs, Colorado. While in the Springs, Jim's sales production earned him the designation of number two salesperson among 65 Salesmasters salespeople throughout the country. Jim has conducted real estate and motivational seminars and has been on the same platform with such notables as the late Earl Nightingale and Dr. Norman Vincent Peale.

Jim began his residential real estate career as a real estate salesman with a local Denver company, Van Schaack and Co. He made the President's Club each year, and in five of his last seven years with that firm was its top residential salesperson out of approximately 350 sales associates.
After his 11-year sales career with Van Schaack, Jim left the company and formed a new real estate company, The Kentwood Co., with four 4 other Van Schaack salespeople. In 2007, the five partners sold the company to two individuals who a few years later sold the company to HomeServices of America, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway Affiliate. 

Jim's closed sales volume has been consistently high, and in several years he was recognized as the number ONE residential salesperson in the State of Colorado. In his 50+ year residential sales career he has participated in over 2,800 closings with a closed sales volume in excess of $1.3 Billion. His real estate designations include GRI, CRS, SRES, CIPS, and CDPE. He has received real estate awards from the Denver Sales and Marketing Executives Club, as well as in-person awards from motivational icons Og Mandino and Earl Nightingale. He has been listed in Who’s Who in America.

After selling The Kentwood Company, Jim remains with the firm in a non-ownership capacity and continues to actively sell residential real estate in the Denver area with his team members. Jim resides in Greenwood Village, Colorado with his wife, Mary Jean. Their son, Dan, their daughter, Kate, and their families all reside in the Denver area.

About Jim

I've known Jim Nussbaum for over 20 years; he's a great pro and even better man. Jim has lived a life of learning, earning and love, and he does a marvelous job conveying lessons he's leaned to help others.


Founder and Chairman, Buffini & Company

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