Spotlight on…Chuck Billig

Date: August 20, 2015

What do you love about Emerging Leaders United & United Way?
I love the ability of United Way and ELU to impress upon me how uncomplicated it can be to truly help our community. So many of our community’s issues can seem overwhelming, but volunteerism through United Way programs allows me to use the skills I have to help in any number of different ways, immediately.

Tell us about one of your favorite moments with ELU.
I truly enjoyed the opportunity to speak with both Chuck Langmead and Fred Mirmiran at last year’s inaugural ELU Mentoring Golf Outing. While both have been exceedingly successful in the professional realm, the amount of time and resources they have dedicated to United Way was inspirational. It gave me an excellent perspective on the impact I can have as I move through my own life and career in the community.

Where do you work and what is your role?
I work with A.J. Billig & Co., Auctioneers selling real estate at auction. My role is a broad one, including property analysis, marketing and transaction management, in addition to bid calling at a number of our auction sales.

Who do you look up to who has influenced you to give back to our community?
My family has been my greatest influence in supporting my community. My wife, parents, brother, grandparents and a number of other family members have always had outlets utilizing their skills to improve the lives of people in the Baltimore area and beyond. I can recall each participating in outreach events, fundraising initiatives and board positions, all with the aim of making things better for those who could use the help. It is sort of a cornerstone of our family’s perspective on responsible, proactive citizenship.

What is one book you think everyone should read?
The Old Man and The Sea. It is one of those books that you can read at a lot of different ages and still identify something you missed before. I think it also gives a rich perspective on both how we deal with the challenges of life, as well as those around us. Plus it is short, and auctioneers have short attention spans.

What’s your guilty pleasure?
Greasy spoons. I am on the road a lot so eating at any number of interesting, oddly situated restaurants is definitely my thing. I could probably stand to pack lunch a little more, but there are a ton of good options when you are out and about.

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