The Witry Collective is excited to introduce you to our newest member Darrin Duplissey!
Born in Las Vegas, Nevada, Darrin is the oldest of eight children. Growing up around the real estate industry with both his father and grandfather working as builders and developers in Las Vegas nurtured a desire to follow in his family’s footsteps and to pursue a career in real estate.
Beginning his real estate career in New Orleans when his family began buying investment property in 2007, he was asked to represent them as their agent. Darrin and a colleague then formed Go Zone Realty. Together they spent the next several years buying and rehabbing property. At the same time Darrin formed a property management component of the business. Darrin partnered with several different property management companies managing units ranging from above market rate housing to subsidized housing across the greater metro New Orleans area.
In early 2010, Darrin along with his partner Robbie, were offered a once in a life time chance to work overseas with partnership in a company that provided basic life services to the U.S. Army and defense contractors in Basra, Iraq. Several of the contracts included property management on the U.S. Army base in Basra as it was being downsized. He also worked on several large projects in the Ramallah oil field providing project management on building small communities, electrical, plumbing, HVACand building specifications for the Mott McDonald Group and BP & Shell Oil.
In the spring of 2011 Darrin returned to the United States and began working with the French Market Corporation, which manages City of New Orleans owned property. As the Director of Property Management he managed 50 residential units and 52 commercial spaces overseeing some of the most iconic real estate in the city of New Orleans; including Cafe Du Monde, Washington Artillery Park, the Farmers Market and the Upper Pontalba Building on Jackson Square.
In the summer of 2015 Darrin returned to his love of working with buyers and sellers and joined Gardner Realtors. After completing the Witry Collective mentoring program in 2016, Darrin is now a full time member of the Witry Collective. Darrin has worked in residential real estate now for eleven years in all aspects of the industry, including buying, selling, development and property management. Darrin lives in Mid-City with his fiance, Robbie Gurtner and their Great Dane, Sophia. In his free time Darrin enjoys reading, cooking and delving into the history and culture of New Orleans.
Darrin’s volunteer experience includes:
Past Director, Tri County Tourism Board of Upstate New York
Past Chairman & Director, New Orleans LGBT Community Center
Past Director, Forum for Equality
Past President, Pride New Orleans