Justin Collopy grew up here, went to high school here, and decided Rochester is where he wanted to be as an adult and grow a lovely family within the community. Justin has called home since his childhood. 

“I grew up in Rochester,” he said. “It’s where my family is at, it’s where a lot of my friends are at and it’s just where I want to continue to be.” He graduated from Century High School in 2008.

Collopy went on to get a two-year degree in nursing from Rochester Community & Technical College. Then he went to Augsburg University for a bachelor’s in nursing and subsequently went to Walden University, both in the Twin Cities, for a master’s in nursing with an education focus.

He finished his master’s and landed a job at Rochester’s world-famous Hospital, where he’s a nurse in the radiology department. After years of dedication to this great employer, he has decided to pursue his passion for Real Estate. This passion started many years ago. The pursuit of a new career seriously started in 2022 when he reconnected with his high school classmate Bucky Beeman. The conversations lead to Justin deciding to trim down on his hours at the hospital to start pursuing a career in Commercial Real Estate. 

Renee Berg had a conversation with Justin to learn more about his career change.

Q: You’ll be going full-time with RGI, right away?

A: No. In conversations with my family and the RGI team, I want to ease into it over time. In time I want to build clientele and market knowledge, down the road I will be full-time when the timing is right. 

Q: What sparked your interest in this career change?

A: For me it has been about personal growth and self-fulfillment. I’ve always had this entrepreneurial spirit within me and I’ve always wanted to start my own business. I love nursing and get lots of self fulfillment there from taking care of people. But I see real estate sales helping lead to my family and I having the life that will be for us the most fulfilled, in talking to my wife about what that looks like, I decided to join the RGI team. The continued passion of helping people I see being accomplished in the ways we help individuals reach goals in Real Estate and business. 

Q: What do you love about RGI?

A: The teamwork aspect. Absolutely love that. We bounce ideas off each other all the time. I think that’s something that is going to grow into a solid team. I feel comfortable jumping in and doing something like that instead of jumping into something myself. It’s a small but absolutely mighty team and I love being a part of that energy and growth.

Q: What’s your official title with RGI?

A: Real estate agent. RGI is mostly focused on commercial real estate, but can do residential as well. It has been fascinating to learn about all the different aspects of real estate and I see many ways I can pursue the career that fits me best. 

Q: Outside of work, how do you spend your spare time?

A: A lot of hiking, a lot of kayaking. My big thing is to make sure I spend as much time as I can with my family. With my wife Ellen and our daughter.

Q: What’s your favorite food?

A: I love any Greek food. I love Nupa. I usually go to the north one.

Q: What’s your favorite movie?

A: “Emperor’s New Groove,” it’s an older one, maybe 20 years old. My brothers and I watched it together growing up and now my wife and I watch it together.

Q: What’s your favorite game?

A: We play Presidents a lot with my friend group.

Q: What do you like about some of the team members at RGI ?

A: Bucky has been amazing in welcoming me in. He has the biggest dreams and wants to see Rochester succeed. He is incredible at being a leader just by being who he is. I appreciate his calm demeanor, and that he’s accepting of everyone and listens. He does great. He’s fantastic. Nick has been very gracious with helping share his insight of what has lead to a successful career for him and his family. I will be seeking advice from Nick and Bucky often to help set up my career for the best path as possible. I’m just getting to know others on the team and I have enjoyed getting to know the marketing team, real estate agents, and property management team. 

Q: What didn’t we ask that you’d like people to know about you?

A: I want to bring in companies to Rochester that are family oriented. I know when I was in my early 20s, there wasn’t as much to do here as in other cities. I want to bring that life here to Rochester as well. Bring in different things for our children to take part of. It’s been great to learn how someone in my position can help recruit business owners to open a brand new concept in Rochester. 

Q: Can you give me an example?

A: Can Can Wonderland in the Twin Cities is a fantastic area for families. It caters to kids and adults, and is something I would love to bring down here to Rochester. It’s an entertainment facility and it’s got a lot of options there. If we could get them down here in Rochester, I think that’s something that the community could definitely use.

As Justin starts building his career be sure to follow him on TikTok as he shares about his real estate journey. You will find Justin sharing great videos on this platform and others to help those interested learn more about the commercial real estate industry.