Meet Steve Horn '98
Realtor and team leader of the Steve Horn Team of Keller Williams Realtor, Phoenix, Arizona
— history major
Q. How did you choose Augustana?
A. I was going to school and playing football at Mesa Community College in AZ. One of the football coaches, Andy Ludwig, recruited me to Augustana College. I had never been to Sioux Falls prior to me signing the football scholarship. At the time, I had wanted to become a high school history teacher as well as football coach and Augustana had an amazing liberal arts program. My first day in Sioux Falls was a nice -20 degrees. At that point, I almost de-selected Augustana. I am glad that I choose Augustana as I was provided a great education and still have some pretty great relationships with former alumni.
Life at Augie
Q. Favorite class and why?
A. My American History courses were probably my favorite courses. I had some great professors who actually, somehow, made history interesting.
Q. Favorite professor and why?
A. I had some great history professors, however one of my football coaches, Mike Friedel, had the biggest impact on me not only as a student, but as a human being. Mike embodied mental toughness, respect, accountability, and greatness. Mike Friedel passed away recently and his impact on my life will last forever. You never know when someone is going to impact your life...I never knew by choosing Augustana College that a Mike Friedel would come into my life and I am very grateful for that relationship.
Q. Best Augie memory?
A. My best Augie memory was more football related. Our senior year, NDSU was ranked Number 1 in the nation and they came to play us for our homecoming game. The previous winter, a few NDSU guys decided it was a good idea to show up to a very small pre final party at our off campus home. The end result was a burned down house.....ouch! Payback came in an upset win the following fall. I was able to take out a little frustration on the Bison was awarded Defensive player of the Week. Most satisfying win I have probably ever had on the football field.
Q. Tell us about your journey after graduating from Augustana – first job, grad school, travel, etc.
A. After graduation, my first job was at Mountain Pointe High School in Phoenix AZ. I was hired as a History Teacher and Varsity Football Coach for one of the winningest football coaches in AZ history. I was very fortunate to have been hired for this job and quickly realized that I did not have the patience to deal with high school students. I also quickly realized that in order to start a family, travel, and be involved in the lives of my "someday" children, teaching and coaching was not going to be the best financial vehicle to help me achieve some of my goals. I lasted 1 full year as a teacher and changed career paths into Real Estate. Soon after that fun little transition from teaching to Real Estate, I married my wife, Jordan Horn and we have been blessed with 3 children, 1 son and 2 daughters (identical twins). For those who know me really well, God has a funny sense of humor with the twins!
Q. Tell us about your career – what’s an average day like?
A. My average day is broken into different types of activities throughout the day. My mornings consists of contacting prospective buyers who want to purchase real estate or contacting prospective sellers who are interested in selling their home. Our team is systematic in the morning in making our calls to our prospective buyers and sellers and scheduling appointments to meet with our clients. Our business does not grow unless we are making the calls. In the afternoons, I am managing our team that consists of a total of 5 great individuals who are all motivated to hit our business goals. During this portion of the day, I am making sure our team has our systems in place in order to sell over 140 homes each year. Late afternoon is scheduled for appointments with our buyers and sellers. Then the 2nd job begins of playing chauffeur to our kids who play in several different sports!
Q. Greatest challenges and best rewards of your current role?
A. Our greatest challenge is also our greatest reward. Hiring talented individuals to join our team is the greatest challenge. Finding talented individuals who share in our vision, culture and goals can be very difficult. Very hard to motivate an unmotivated person and finding the motivated agents who will work their tale off to hit our team goals is challenging. However, when we find that talent and that talent takes our team to the next level is a pretty awesome feeling. Not only am I helping them reach their goals, those team members are helping me to achieve my goals as well!
Q. Greatest professional accomplishment thus far?
A. Our team in 2012 was recognized by the Wall Street Journal as one of the top 250 teams in the nation for units closed.
Q. What’s next for you professionally?
A. Next for me professionally is going to be a big move. My entire family and I are moving to Austin, TX. We are choosing to move to Austin because we visit Austin quiet often and love it every time we are there. I will be obtaining my license in Austin and starting another team in Texas. I will continue to run our team in Phoenix with the talented agents that we have.
Q. If you could offer a prospective or existing Augie student some advice, what would you say?
A. Find what you are passionate about and follow that passion. I have always been competitive and passionate about teaching and coaching. When I transitioned into real estate, I took that passion of teaching and coaching and moved into real estate where I am able to educate and teach my clients and coach my agents who work with me. Find that one thing you are passionate about it and go after it!
Q. Tell us about your family.
A. My wife is Jordan Horn, she was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ as well. 12 year old son named Colton who loves soccer and football and is very much like his Dad, he hates to lose. Cooper and Kennedy, 9 years old and are identical twins. I still can't tell them apart. They are also heavily involved in sports as well.
Q. What’s given you the greatest personal satisfaction since graduating from Augie? And why?
A. Raising our family has given me the greatest personal satisfaction. We have been fortunate to be able to do so much with our kids. Even though we are very busy with our real estate business, I am still able to be present for our kids and wife. Our real estate career has afforded us the freedom to be present and that gives me a huge sense of personal satisfaction.
Q. A foundation for life at Augustana begins with our five core values – Christian Faith, Liberal Arts, Excellence, Community and Service. How did your time at Augustana help to ensure those values remain central in your life?
A. Everyone always ask me how I ended up in Sioux Falls, SD from Phoenix. I believe everything happens for a reason. I had professors and coaches who embodied the values. When you’re surrounded by that type of culture, it is your responsibility to pass those values on. I believe my 3 short years at Augustana reinforced the type of person that I am today as a husband, father, and business owner. When you surround yourself with people who share in these same types of values, you are able to grow. Augustana gave me the opportunity to grow and provided the accountability to ensure the values became a central part of my life.