"finding a way to win"
It all started one afternoon when Nick was just a 22 year old student teacher in a 5th grade classroom full of 36 at-risk children located in the heart of Las Vegas, NV. A little girl named Maya requested to stay after class to help clean the white board and organize the classroom for the following day. Little did Nick know, Maya was crying out for help because her father was abusing her at home, and in her eyes Nick was the only responsible man in her life who cared about her. After weeks of meeting with Maya every day after school, helping her cope with the emotional stress and getting the family the proper professional help it needed,eventually she and her father were able to develop a healthy relationship. Nearly 2 years later, Nick received a long heart-felt letter from Maya and the last lines read; Mr. Dorcon, you were the only person who cared about me during a time when my own parents didnt, and I considered taking my own life. You saved my life! Because of you, my family is happy now. I miss you, but will never forget what you did for me and my family. Love, Maya
The story of Maya encompasses Nicks overall character and is an example, among many others, of how he treats people in his life personally and professionally. The day he received that letter was the day his life changed forever!
A humble upbringing
Nick was raised in a very loving, closely knit, blue collar family where his father supported them as a PA state trooper and his mother stayed at home raising him and his two older siblings. At the age of 12, Nick learned the value of a dollar taking his first job bailing hay for a local farmer making $2/hour. Nick would also mow neighbors lawns during summer months and shovel snow for them in the winter months for a few extra dollars and sometimes freshly baked goods from little old Mrs. Minear. Despite the fact no one in his family had earned a college degree, Nick knew to achieve his goals in life he would have to attend college, so he enrolled at Slippery Rock University in Pa. These humble experiences helped shape the relentless motivation and work ethic Nick exhibits today!
Sense of community
Nick is originally from a quaint, little, one horse town of only 1,800 people called Berlin, where it is located at one of the highest peaks in Pennsylvania. Berlin is where Nick still calls home and where he spent the first 19 years of his life with his family, lifelong friends, and neighbors, who all taught him the important values he lives by today. The town of Berlin exudes a culture of helping one another and that is what inspired Nick to pursue his first career in education at Lake Braddock Secondary School in Burke, Va serving as a Middle School Counselor, then Dean of Students.
Following his fathers death in 2003, Nick continued to overcome barriers personally and professionally. Making little money in education, Nick and his friend utilized their blue collar do it yourself upbringing and started a part-time handyman business working evenings, helping numerous homeowners throughout the NOVA area. Subsequently, Nick obtained his real estate license working part-time on weekends helping friends find their perfect home while earning some extra spending money. However, the real problem solving occurred in the schools where he helped countless students cope with their social/emotional issues surrounding their family, social, and school life. His even keeled demeanor, non-judgmental approach, and heart of gold allowed his students to confide in him & trust that he would help them overcome their deepest problems. Nicks success in helping students reach their goals has allowed him to translate his unique skill set in helping home buyers and sellers overcome any barriers that get in the way of getting a deal done!
Having lived and worked as a Realtor in the Arlington area for over 10 years, Nick has developed a keen insight into the real estate market, he created an endless database of contacts, and has a multitude of experience helping buyers and sellers achieve their real estate goals.
One of Nicks favorite sayings is find a way to win! Whether in his personal life overcoming family loss and financial hardships or professionally in working with children to help them overcome their own personal adversity, Nick has always found a way to win. As a Realtor, he is the epitome of this saying. Not matter how big the challenge, how difficult the problem, Nick will find a solution. If you want to work with someone who comes from a culture of helping others, if you want someone who will listen to your needs, look out for your best interests, treat you like a friend, and find solutions to problems, work with Nick and let him help you find a way to win!