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He said he was surprised being selected as one of the 20 Under 40 honorees.
âI was caught off-guard,â Dayton said. âEvery year I look forward to the announcement and to see who was named, and I looked up to those people because it takes time to get ahead in business and climb the ladder and get that kind of recognition. I thought it would be cool to be one, but I never imagined I would be. Getting the call that I was one was the coolest thing.â
He said the pandemic has resulted in constant changes in the business, many of them making the process more intense and labor intensive. The threat of layoffs has resulted in some people getting their dream of owning a house pulled out from under them at the last minute.
âThe stress motivates me and keeps me on my toes to be ready for whatever comes my way.â
He and his partner Justin, a real estate agent, married in Canada in 2005. Dayton said they occasionally refer clients to each other but try to avoid that. Justin did serve as their real estate agent when they bought their own house.
âIâm really happy where I am,â Dayton said. âI get so much satisfaction from the job, and I canât think of any other thing I could do to get that. I canât think of another career where I would get the same sense of fulfillment.â
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