The Broker: How Andy Savarese Changes Collars and Closes Deals
I’m the Managing Partner at JustiFi Capital, a brokerage in Farmingdale, Long Island. I started it September 2017 with my cousin, who’s the owner and my best friend. We do mostly MCA, but also some term loans.
I have a part-time/full-time job in the mornings. I work in sanitation for the town of Oyster Bay on Long Island. I typically wake up at around 3:37 a.m. I get into my yard at 4:15 a.m. and I go right into my route. My job is task completion. So the faster you work, the faster you get to go home. You get paid the same. I was fortunate to get on a fast truck, so I’m usually done between 7:45 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.
I go home, I take a quick shower, and I change my outfit. I go from blue collar to white collar. I get into the office around 10:30 a.m. and I start doing more of a mental hustle compared to a physical hustle.
At around 12:45 p.m., I take my lunch and I go to the gym for about 45 minutes. I get back to the office and I keep up the closing, the pitching, the selling, the prospecting. At around 5:30 p.m., I leave the office, I pick up my son from daycare, and since my wife works evenings, I take care of him at night until around 7:30 p.m., and get him ready for bed. The second he hits his crib, I hit my bed and I call it a day.
His background in the business:
About three years ago, I was driving oil trucks after sanitation, and my cousin, who is also my best friend, gave me a call. He knew I was breaking my butt all day. He had a friend that was starting his own ISO. So I did that for a year and I learned the industry. It didn’t really work out there, so I convinced my cousin to open up our own shop, which is JustiFi.
At JustiFi, we’ve been growing. We’re just grinding it out and things are going really well. We have four brokers and we keep it tight. We keep it small so that everybody is inundated with files and everybody’s making money and everybody’s happy. We don’t have any processors or chasers. We do it all on our own. We’re working the deal from beginning to end. My cousin has devised a pretty strategic marketing plan that inundates us with leads all day. I disperse them and I follow up with my guys and see how I can help. I overlook all of the closings and make sure that everything than can get worked is getting worked.
His biggest challenge as a broker:
A lot of people will say getting good leads and keeping your brokers happy. What I found is the most challenging part of being a broker in this industry is keeping a really level head and keeping your emotions out of the game. It’s a very tumultuous industry. One day, you could have 12 deals in the funding chute, the next day, your pipe could be dry. You could have a deal you think is going close and something happens on the funding call and it gets derailed. The point is that you’ve got to stay positive, you’ve got to stay confident, and you’ve got to roll with the punches. If not, you’re going to lose it and you’re going to get eaten alive. Because it’s a battlefield out there. You’ve got to keep your composure, no matter what the size of the deal. You’ve got to just keep pushing through. Because if not, you’re not going to make it.
His largest deal funded:
$250,000. And I made $38,000.
His advice for brokers:
When I go to close a good sized deal, or a tough deal, I don’t like to come off as a salesman. I’ll never do that. I’m going to come off as an advisor. I’m going to come off as a partner with you where I’m going to explain the ins and outs of the deal. I’m going to explain how it benefits you. I’ll never put on pressure or talk slang. I’m going to be a professional. You’ve got to kind of put yourself in [the merchant’s] shoes and you’ve got to see that it really makes sense for them. Because when it makes sense to you and it makes sense to them, you’re going to close the deal and you’re going to move forward.
But there are always deals that will never close, deals that you can’t sell. So you can’t be too hard on yourself. You’ve got to stay positive. You can’t beat yourself up if you don’t sell something. You’ve got to just do your best, stay neutral, and just talk to clients how you want to be talked to.
What he does to pump himself up for a deal:
If I know my day is bringing a big deal that I have to sell and I’m a little uneasy about it, I have an advantage. I’m on the back of a garbage truck all morning and I focus on what’s in store for me that day. If I have a big deal, I recite in my head [from the truck] how I’m going to report to my client. So when I get into the office, I dial up and I already know how the conversation is going to go. I have my rebuttals in my head, I have the direction, I have everything ready to go so that when I get on the call, I’m fully prepared.
Will you quit your morning job?
No. When my pension kicks in, I’ll leave. But I told myself the day I started this and the day I started seeing the return, “I’m never leaving sanitation. I won’t.” I made that promise to myself. There’s been days when I’ll have a five figure commission day and the next morning it’ll be pouring rain out, and I’ll say to myself, “Man, I just want to take the day off.” But no, I made a promise. I go in.
It keeps me grounded, it’s a stress relief. It’s what I am. It’s what I do.Last modified: April 19, 2019
Todd Stone was a reporter for deBanked.