Jeremy Aguero, principal at Applied Analysis, is one of the local go-to guys for data and statistics on real estate and the economy. This fourth-generation Las Vegan shares a bit of his personal life, and why he’s stayed put, with VEGAS INC.
What was your first job?
I had a paper route. I delivered the Review-Journal in the hot sun. For a 12-year-old kid, I was on top of the world. I think I made minimum wage, plus tips—definitely more than my friends at the time. (laughing)
What was your worst job?
Rockway Precast. I lasted one day. They make concrete tops for electrical units and other items. I was so bad at it that it was ridiculous. I had to cut myself out of my jeans after the 10-hour day because they were so covered in resin. After that, I decided a better fit was to be a bus boy at Bally’s coffee shop.
Do you have a particular business philosophy you follow?
We try to do good work for good clients. In law school, I learned that, in life, there’s no such thing as a rough draft. That changed the way I thought about things. Everything you do has to be done with diligence. You never know what opportunities might be coming your way.
Who would play you in a major motion picture about your life?
Andy Garcia. He’s great. And he looks enough like me that I can get away with it.
You’re trapped on a desert island with two CDs. What are they?
The Police, greatest hits and the Eagles, greatest hits. You can’t live without the song “Hotel California.”
Do you think you’ll ever leave Las Vegas?
No. My family first moved here in 1905. This is where my family and my community is.
What kind of watch do you wear?
I don’t wear a watch or any jewelry.
What’s the single best advice your mother ever gave you?
Have personal integrity and moral values. Actions are more important than words. She always used to say to me: “Remember who you are.”
Have you followed that advice?
I try to.
What’s the best place to bring a client for a business lunch in Las Vegas?
I would say Nora’s Wine Bar. It was such a fantastic place, sad that it’s closing. Other than that, I’d say Triple George downtown. It’s just great.
What’s the one movie you could watch over and over again?
"Dead Poets Society."
What kind of car do you drive?
A gray BMW.
What’s the one thing you never ever leave the house without?
My iPad. I have the original one.
What’s your favorite vacation spot?
San Diego is the place we go to the most. I really enjoy vacations to new places. My family and I just got back from Minnesota. It was beautiful, and we had an absolute blast.
What’s your favorite golf course?
Bear’s Best Las Vegas.
Do you often conduct much business on the golf course?
Not a whole lot. From time-to-time, I do, but not often. Golf courses are about building relationships, not doing business. I try not to do business there.