Darren Close has been an active member of the Kimberley community for over 12 years in addition to being involved in the local real estate market for 10 of them, holding a Managing Brokers License, in addition to trading, rental and strata management. Darren is the current Managing Broker with Royal LePage East Kootenay Realty in Kimberley, sits as the Past President of the Kimberley and District Chamber of Commerce and is the current Finance Chair and Director for the Kootenay Real Estate Board. Prior to entering the field of real estate, and parenthood, Darren’s background was in hospitality. He spent almost 15 years as chef, serving his apprenticeship in Toronto, and then traveling before settling back on the BC coast, more specifically, Victoria, his city of origin. The transition into real estate began in Victoria and was fostered by a new born son, and a desire to be more available to his child, which as many know is very difficult in the world of commercial kitchens. Darren is an avid cook, snow boarder, golfer, lake-enthusiast, minor hockey coach and recreational player. He thoroughly enjoys all aspects of living in Kimberley, and taking advantage of being a Dad and actively raising his 2 sons sharing all of their interests together. He is a coastal city boy at heart that has found a home in the BC Mountains!