Carl (cj) Lutton was born in New Jersey in a typical “blue collar” household. Growing up, cj knew early on that if one was to get ahead you had to work hard and persevere. After graduating high school in 1965 cj enlisted in the US Army and served four years in administration and personnel management. After being honorably discharged in 1969, cj gained experience along the way in various fields of endeavor, honing his growing skill-sets and knowledge into a very strong base from which he could draw upon as needed.
In 1980 cj met the love of his life and future wife, Roberta. They married in 1981 and “we’ve been partners in both life and career ever since”. Having worked for other people and finding an unwanted shock at tax-time, we decided to work for ourselves and control our own destinies by opening a “copy-shop” on Long Island in 1984. It soon became obvious that we were “farming out” our profits to other “printing companies” and we decided to take the plunge into the abyss by purchasing our own printing machines and equipment. Having no experience in printing, cj locked himself in the copy-shop and taught himself the art and business of printing; soon after, purchasing another printing company with a large customer base and went from a small “mom and pop” shop into employing at times as many as forty employees.
In 2001 Roberta and cj became real estate agents in beautiful Sullivan County of New York and have been in real estate, sales and marketing ever since.
His interests are wide and varied, a voracious reader and a published author of a Sherlock Holmes novel (The Mysterious Case of the Nefarious Seafarers) with more in the pipeline. An avid student of fly fishing, and a self taught “gourmet” cook, spending many hours in the kitchen doing what he loves.
Having the ability to think outside the box cj has the innate talent of putting people and places together that at first blush seem incongruous but causes the doubters to say “Why didn’t I think of that?’
I love being called the “seasoned senior” lots of life’s experience. A great deal was done and more to do.
Have the most wonderful husband, cj, he’s been my best friend since the day I asked him to marry me. He picked well. Two of the best most wonderful sons a mother could ask for – they gave us two beautiful daughters-in-law – who gave us four phenomenal grandsons. Thank god for the daughters-in-law — I have no girls around. These boys delight us with 1. Caleb, a gymnast—just graduated high school with more medals than his frame can hold – how about a 10 on the rings and a 10 on the parallel bars – won in State and Regional Championships (is retired at 18) and off to college. 2. His older brother, Sterling is a computer whiz in college. Don’t understand a thing that he does, enough about that.
Ok – have 3 and 4 left – last but equal. Steven has won many baseball championships – loves the game so much, but you can get tipsy walking in his room with Yankee Pin Stripes on the wall. Scholastically he’s off the charts and checking out the colleges – no problem there. And last but certainly not least is Matthew, my munchkin—he’s turned out to be a bowling prodigy. His dad introduced him to the game 2-3 years, he has a coach and has bowled a 300 – ok once – made high school varsity.
For me professionally – I was a professional mom – then went into the business world. Worked in advertising, a school and then started my own business with my best friend (the one I asked to marry me). We were in commercial printing and advertising for almost 20 years. So all-in-all I have about 35 years in sales.
Real Estate is for me, the best. I love the art of the deal – working with Buyers and Sellers – meeting new people, and making new friends. Especially working with first time home buyers – it’s hand holding time. Like to see them safe, not sorry.
We live in Sullivan County and we’re traveling all over doing our Real Estate.
Memberships: National Association of Realtors ~ New York State Association of Realtors ~ Sullivan County Board of Realtors ~ Sullivan County Multiple Listing Service ~ Hudson Gateway Multiple Listing Service: (Orange, Westchester, Rockland, and Ulster Counties).