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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Scott S. Dragos, Senior Vice President at NAI Hunneman, Former NFL Player for New York Giants, Chicago Bears and the New England Patriots Sponsored by Cosmopolitan Dental, Official Dentist of Whom You Know

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Scott S. Dragos joined NAI Hunneman in March of 2011 as a senior vice president. Scott was formerly with Newmark Knight Frank where he brokered over $300 million in commercial sales from 2008-2011 which includes such milestone transactions at 1 Wayside Rd. Burlington MA for $56.4m & Super Hmart in Burlington MA for $11.35m. Mr. Dragos received his B.A. in Communications from Boston College with a 2.88 GPA. Having been active in the real estate industry as a senior real estate broker with Marcus & Millichap REIBC for more than five years, Mr. Dragos brings to his clients a strong national background in the real estate industry. While with Marcus & Millichap, Mr. Dragos personally supervised and directed the brokerage sales of more than $200 million of land, retail, office and multifamily housing. Prior to joining Marcus & Millichap, Mr. Dragos played five seasons in the National Football League (1998-2002) for the New York Giants, Chicago Bears and the New England Patriots. Mr. Dragos is on the board of directors for ReSpectrum a nonprofit organization that gives young children with autism a chance to be active in sports. Mr. Dragos also serves on the board of directors for Pura Vida H2O a single serve “green” state of the art water purification company which helps to reduce the carbon footplate for colleges and high schools in New England. Scott Dragos is engaged and is the proud father of his son Jax. For all of the years we have known him since Peachy was in the same college class, we have every confidence in the current and future success of Scott Dragos because he defines and exemplifies what it means to win. He is a prime example of one of the many great people Peachy has met in her life that we knew way before she started this site and inspired her to tell the world about the people she is proud to know. She interviewed him many times in college.

Currently, Scott's clients include Gutierrez Company, CBRE Realty Trust, AvalonBay, Mayo Group, Wellesley Management, Equity Residential and Colony Realty Partners dually representing them in transactions ranging from $5m-$60m Born in Orange New Jersey, Scott grew up in Rochester, Massachusetts and began playing football at a young age, which led him on the path to become a football player in the NFL. As the Superbowl is just around the corner we are so proud to say that Boston College has the most players represented among the two teams but what we also want you to know is beyond those playing right now, there are many that have gone on to have success in other areas in life as Scott does in commercial real estate today because of the combination of a top education in tandem with elite coaching, teamwork and dedication and talent on the field.

In 1998 Scott finished the season with the New York Giants straight out of Boston College; he originally signed as undrafted free agent by Pete Carroll of the New England Patriots before being waived at the end training camp and then joined the N.Y. Giants practice squad for the remainder of the season. Following that, in 1999 Scott finished the season on the roster of the Chicago Bears after starting the season on the practice squad, where he made the switch from tight end to fullback. In the summer of that year the New York Giants allocated Dragos to play for the Barcelona Dragons of the NFL Europe League to play for legendary BC coach Jack Bicknell. He recorded 12 catches for 158 yards (13.2 avg.) and three touchdowns. The Dragons claimed the regular season NFL Europe title with a 7-3 record featuring such NFL players as Lawrence Phillips, Brian Finneran, Todd Bouman, Mike Maslowski , Brandon Noble and Calvin Branch. Barcelona lost to Jake DelHomme and the rest of the Frankfurt Galaxy 38-24 in an epic World Bowl VII battle. Scott caught two touchdown passes (14 and 10 yards) in 28-16 victory over the Amsterdam Admirals in the season opener and also snared a 22-yard touchdown catch in the Dragons 42-35 victory over the Scottish Claymores.

In 2000 Scott played the season with the Chicago Bears. He played in nine games at both tight-end & fullback as well as special teams, including two starts at fullback. Recorded four catches for 28 yards . Started at fullback in his NFL debut. Buffalo (11/12): Recorded his first career reception, gaining four yards. New England (12/10): Grabbed two catches for 14 yards in 24-17 victory over the Patriots. Detroit (12/24): Started season-finale and grabbed career-long reception of 10 yards. Dragos also recorded three special team tackles. Subsequently, in 2001 Scott was also a member of the Chicago Bears who finished 13-3 and lost to the Philadelphia Eagles in the second round of the playoffs. Scott participated in six regular season games before being waived by the Bears recording two special teams tackles. He was listed as backup fullback and tight end. 2002 Scott signed a free agent contract with the New England Patriots and was released after injuring his wrist in preseason and has successfully pursued his commercial real estate career ever since. 

Scott graduated from Boston College in four years with a degree in Arts & Sciences which is rare as most players are redshirted, but his talent was needed right away as a true freshman. Scott was 4 year letterman on the BC football team playing Tight End, Halfback & Fullback and was often recognized not only for his action on the field but also his eloquence in interviews. As a Senior, Scott played in 9 games, playing a crucial role in an Eagles rushing attack that was top 10 in the nation in rushing and caught 19 passes for 176 yards and two touchdowns back in the good old Big East days. Dragos epitomized the versatility of the Tight End position along with teammates Rob Tardio and Todd Pollack in that they were all amazing blockers in addition to being stellar receivers. He set season-high with five catches for 52 yards and a touchdown vs. Georgia Tech. During his junior year, Dragos played in eight games catching 13 passes for 125 yards: he had a huge game at West Virginia, hauling in six balls for 58 yards and also caught three passes vs. Pittsburgh. As a Sophomore, Scott was a starting tight end, pulling in 14 passes for 116 yards (8.3 per catch) and scoring a touchdown; additionally he made five receptions for 51 yards and one touchdown at Syracuse. Starting at freshman year, Scott was one of the few true freshmen to see action in 1994, and he played enough to qualify for his first varsity letter-he was one of the key players during the victory over Notre Dame that season which Regis Philbin now knows was the day that Peachy Deegan wrote in maroon lipstick "Beat Notre Dame" and it suntanned in and said that for three weeks. Also during the 1994-95 year, Dragos stepped right in to take a regular turn in the tight-end rotation in the Jeep Eagle Aloha Bowl game vs. Kansas State, and even caught a pass in that big BC victory over the Wildcats. 

In high school, Scott earned All-America honors from Blue Chip Illustrated, All-Northeast accolades from Super Prep magazine, and was a two-time All-South Coast Conference selection. Also, he earned 1993 Boston Herald All-Scholastic honors, was selected to the Boston Globe's 1993 "Elite Team" and its All-Scholastic Team, he earned New Bedford Standard Times All-Scholastic honors in 1992 and 1993- he was a two-way starter - at tight end and defensive end - on Old Rochester Regional's undefeated 1993 team that won the Division 4A Super Bowl. Back in the day, Dragos led his team to a 19-2 record in his final two seasons as he caught 36 passes for 680 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior and recorded 17 sacks, caused four fumbles, made three fumble recoveries and blocked two punts in 1993. Scott finished his schoolboy career with 72 receptions, 11 TDs and more than 1,000 yards and finished his high school career with 31 sacks and was one of the premier players in the state. Scott caught 6 passes for 76 yards and a touchdown in the 1994 Massachusetts Shriners Classic. Not only was Scott a star football player, but he also was a three-year starting outfielder/pitcher on the school's baseball team which reached the state semi-finals in his junior and senior year batting .358 with 7 homeruns and a pitching record of 9-3 with a 2.18 ERA. Scott was inducted into the inaugural Old Rochester High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011.

We are absolutely thrilled to present him as our latest Mover and Shaker! We have known him to be a Mover and Shaker for many years and are also proud to say he is one of our best friends. Peachy Deegan interviewed Scott Dragos for Whom You Know.

Peachy Deegan: What about football prepared you for the business world the most and how do the fields relate? 
Scott Dragos:  The competiveness, the aggressive nature of winning and losing in football is what prepared me best for this wild world of commercial real estate.

What defines success in the world of commercial real estate? 
To be honest it’s persistence and hard work. It takes years to get to a place where you have a book of business and the trust of clients to keep working with you. At the end of the day it is performance though, either you get the deal done or you don’t. A client is either happy or they are not, we like to keep them happy.

What should most people know and understand about commercial real estate that most do not? The analytical side of it. People just see bricks, beams and zip codes most of the time, but the number crunching, comp work and projections are even more critical to showing and creating current and future value of the real estate assets we sell and buy.

What did you like most about being in the NFL and NFL Europe and how did each team experience differ for you? 
For me it was a dream come true to play in the NFL. A lot of time, sweat and pain went into getting there so to finally get there and play it was surreal and satisfying. The best part is obviously Sundays. All the preparation that goes on in the off season, training camp and during game week to come down to kick off on the big screen on Sundays it really is something else.

What city did you like playing in the most? 
Chicago over Boston only because I actually played actively there in the NFL. The people are just great, food is great and the city is as passionate as it gets about their football. Although Barcelona was pretty darn fun.

Most people dream of playing in the NFL and few reach that dream and many have perceptions about what the reality would be like; to that end, what would surprise most people about actually being an NFL player? 
 I think the grind and pressure. People see these athletes on TV and don’t realize the grueling regime to get there. Waking up at 5am, getting home at 7pm six days a week is something people don’t realize is very common for the players and coaches. Film study and playbook time is about ¾ of it.

What are your predictions for the superbowl? 
 Well Giants are on a roll, so it’s tough to rule out another Belichek vs. Coughlin part III. My prediction is Houston versus Chicago. Houston has all the pieces and a great defense and Chicago had the injury bug hit them before they were about to go on a roll. I think they bounce back big.

Do you think Victor Cruz's salsa dance can compare to the moves of the Mudworm dancers? [Note: Mudworm was a band of Boston College football players back in the day and some players were instrumental and some were dancers. Scott Dragos was the sax player.] 
 For sure, that guy is a dynamic player and dancer. But our college band would bang out a song for Victor to salsa to any day. I know Scott Mutryn and Dan Collins have really been practicing their new style of music. Getting the old band back together would be great although Noah LaRose is still in Iraq fighting the good fight for our country.

What would you like the world to know about Respectrum? 
 It’s a non-profit organization that a very good friend of mine friend Courtney Olinger founded to help children with autism get a chance to come together and get coached up on specific sports and activities. It truly is an amazing thing that Courtney has taken to the next level. She asked to help her and be on her Board of Directors and I was delighted. Just seeing the smile on those kids faces during soccer and beach volleyball games is something that is priceless. To donate time or money please go to:

What do you think of the interviews you see in the Mover and Shaker column compared to the ones Peachy did years ago? 
 I think the Mover & Shakers interviews have really stepped it up. Not saying Miss Deegan didn’t do a great job years ago, but she has fine tuned her craft and the current interviews are both more in depth and interesting. She does such an amazing job with The Whom You Know site, I love it.

What or who has had the most influence on your pursuit of excellence? 
 I would say God, Jesus & my Family. Without the Big Man, I would have no clear faith or path and my family has been so supportive and loving that I feel truly blessed to have them all in my life including my fiancée Marta and my newest addition my son Jax

What are you proudest of and why? 
 I would say my son Jaxon. He is only 5 months old, but I will tell you what there is nothing better in the world to look at day in and day out and the little guy has such a contagious smile.

What would you like to do professionally that you have not yet had the opportunity to do? 
 Develop my own commercial real estate deal. I have sold them, bought them, but never developed one and that is a goal of mine.

What is your favorite place to be in Manhattan? 
For food, I love Patsy’s, I love their pizza and pasta, always have. For drinks, Swifty’s, the place is always fun and the drinks are amazing.

What is your favorite shop in Manhattan? 
 I would say Macy’s, just the history and feel of the place, can’t beat it.

What is your favorite drink? 
 Of course the Peachy Deegan at Swifty’s

What is the funniest thing that has ever happened to you at a cocktail party? 
 Gosh, I haven’t been to one is awhile, but I would say getting asked if I was the guy from Grease 2 in San Diego

What is your favorite restaurant in Manhattan? 

What is your favorite Manhattan book? 
Manhattan Project

Who would you like to be for a day and why? 
 Leonardo DiCaprio

If you could have anything in Manhattan named after you what would it be and why? 
 Times Square, it’s so unique and fun, just an energetic vibe, so fun.

What has been your best Manhattan athletic experience? 
 Not really Manhattan but scoring a touchdown at Giants Stadium

What is your favorite thing to do in Manhattan that you can do nowhere else? 
 Go get a drink at 5am

If you could have dinner with any person living or passed, who would it be and why? 
 Jesus, just ask him so many questions about life.

What has been your best Manhattan art or music experience? 
 Going to see Rent on Broadway, it was pretty cool

What do you personally do or what have you done to give back to the world? 
 I give to charity regularly whether it’s the Catholic Church, Boston College, fund raisers for great causes or homeless folks, it feels good. Being on the board of ReSpectrum is also a great way to give back for something that makes a difference in people’s lives.

What do you think is most underrated and overrated here? 
 Underrated is the kind people, overrated is the Mets

Other than Movers and Shakers of course, what is your favorite Whom You Know column and what do you like about it? 
 I like I Drank the Peachy Deegan, always fun seeing what that rascal is up to on the social scene.

Have you drank The Peachy Deegan yet and if not, why not? 
 Oh yes, and it’s delicious!

What else should Whom You Know readers know about you? 
 I’m engaged set to get married in September to my lovely fiancée Marta and just had a beautiful son Jaxon, but I already mentioned that.

How would you like to be contacted by Whom You Know readers? 
 Work is best

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