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Daily Inspiration: Meet Brady Sipes

Today we’d like to introduce you to Brady Sipes.

Hi Brady, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
Growing up in Maryland, I was surrounded by Lacrosse my entire life. My oldest brother played lacrosse at Westminster HS and attended Bellarmine University, where he played Division 1 lacrosse. He was a huge part of life and was always in the yard practicing with me everyday. Both my older sister played lacrosse in the Carroll County area, one winning multiple state championships at Century HS. however, the most important influence I’ve had on my life and lacrosse career was my Dad. He loves the game of lacrosse and has played / Coached all over the state of Maryland. He attended Liberty HS, where he played lacrosse when it was first introduced in the area. Once he started to build a family of his own, lacrosse was one thing that brought us all together. Coaching every one of my siblings until they were out of high school from the rec level at Gamber Smallwood to High school at Westminster High and Century High. You can ask any player who was ever coached by him who he was and how he was as a coach; the answer will always be the same. He was fierce, competitive, and always built you up to be the best player you could be. He will always be one of the greatest coaches in the Carroll County Area and I can honestly say multiple Collegiate athletes who are parents of their own now would say the same. He is a legend.

How this translates to my story and The Westminster Wild Box Lacrosse Club, well… it means everything. My love for the game grew because of him. To me, it’s not just a game; it’s an outlet where you can learn more than just the game. It is a sport that teaches athletes the value of community, teamwork, and how to work together to help each other achieve greatness. I grew up playing for several rec teams in Carroll County, then went on to play at Century Highschool. While at Century, I played club lacrosse for the Maryland Roughriders and was recruited to play at Ohio Wesleyan University. After college, I didn’t pick up a stick for about four years. It was a rough time in my life and I knew I was missing something that I used to love so much. Fast forward to September of 2020; my big brother invited me to play in the IBLA Nationals in Pittsburg, where the best of the best Box Lacrosse Teams all over the country meet and battle it out to decide a champion. As soon as I touched the field, it all came back and I knew exactly what was missing from my life. A game that is more than just a game. I left Pittsburg in love once again and knew I needed to bring an IBLA team to Baltimore.

I came home and was brainstorming ideas with my friends and family and contacted some other teams in the area to gain interest. Sure enough, we had a ton of excitement throughout the community and got the ball rolling. Maryland is a hotbed for great lacrosse players and it was silly that there were no semi-professional box teams in the area. Especially because back in the ’90s, box lacrosse in Baltimore was extremely popular and some of the best lacrosse players in the world played here. After talking with other GMs and the commissioner of the league, we ended up launching the Maryland Region. We we’re the only region to ever open its inaugural season with four different teams, which was the most of any IBLA region. After months of planning, organizing, and placing orders, we successfully created the Westminster Wild. My favorite part about the team is that I’m playing with some of my friends that I’ve played with since I was six years old. We played rec together, went to different high schools and colleges, and came back together to play a sport we’ve always loved. Now we are 2-0 and heading into our 3rd game tonight. It’s been a dream come true and I couldn’t be happier with how this worked out.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It was pretty easy to gain interest from players around the area. Growing up, I’ve played with a ton of kids who all love lacrosse and all loved the idea and hopped on board right away. I think the hardest struggle we had was picking a name! We went through so many different options and none stuck. In our region, we have the Maryland Arrows, Baltimore Bombers, and Virginia Golden Bears. We wanted to be unique and be based out of somewhere that we all loved. Westminster was an amazing fit and the wild just sounded perfect. Most of us grew up playing lacrosse in the Westminster area and we knew how important the sport of lacrosse is to not only Westminster but Carroll County in general. It just felt right!

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I actually just transitioned over from multiple different Sales Roles in the past to become a Realtor in the Baltimore Area this year! I currently work at Atlas premier Realty right on the Square in Canton which ironically, is right next to where we play our home games at Coppermine Du Burns Arena. Which is awesome! Across the square from our office is our team’s sponsored bar called El Bufalo, where we hold all of our post-game celebrations; it’s always a great time.

Right now, I specialize in residential real estate, whether that be buying or selling. With buyers, the way the market conditions are right now, finding and purchasing a home that will meet a client’s needs is a significant and often a stressful time. My goal is to make this transition as smooth as possible. I’m an expert in the area, and once I learn what it is that my clients are looking for, finding their dream home is simple.

With sellers is a bit of a different approach. Baltimore is a unique and diverse area. Each community has its own character. Each neighborhood appeals to a different buyer. To obtain the highest possible sales price for my clients home, the marketing must reach the right buyers with the right message. I have the network and experience to do this.

I think what sets me apart from other realtors in the area is my personalized approach to the process. During all phases of a listing, from the initial paperwork and promotion through the very last details of the closing, I personally attend to all of the details. As a result, the large majority of my transactions come through referrals and repeat business. Helping family and friends take that next step into a new home is always so rewarding. The smile on their face and the memories they will make in their new home makes me proud that I was able to help make that happen.

What makes you happy?
Happiness to me derives from what’s most important in my life. My family and my friends always come first. Coming home to a beautiful fiancé and two of the happiest pups on earth always puts the biggest smile on my face. Waking up in the morning and knowing I have an amazing group of family and friends in my life is something not a lot of people experience everyday, so that is something very special to me that I will forever be grateful for.

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