Men of Vancouver (MofV) is a monthly editorial featuring the most stylish and professional men in Vancouver. Style by Sarai recently interviewed Ray Macklem for this exclusive in-depth photo editorial.
What do you do for work?
I’m a Mortgage Broker. I co-own and operate a Dominion Lending Centres Franchise called The Mortgage Hub.
How did you get into that line of work?
My Dad is a Mortgage Broker and got me my first job in the industry doing some sales and account management for a technology company. I really liked the industry and I have always been interested in finance so it just seemed like a natural fit.
So what exactly does a Mortgage Broker do?
The simple answer is that a Mortgage Broker finds the best lenders, mortgage products and rates for our clients; but there really is more to it than that. For me as a professional, I find it’s really important to ask the right questions of my clients so I can understand where they are at financially, and where they want to go. What’s right for a First Time Home Buyer in the early part of their working life won’t be the same as what’s right for someone who’s buying their fourth home and is more established with their financial goals.
A lot of people think that a Mortgage Broker is strictly for people with bruised credit, which just isn’t true. Certainly we can help people out of tough situations and get them back on their feet, but really, our services can be beneficial to just about everyone. You would be amazed how much money is left on the table when dealing directly with banks.
What does a typical workweek look like for you?
I’m always on the move from my home office in South Surrey to an office space we have at a Financial Planning firm in Coal Harbor and everything in between. We’ve really embraced technology at The Mortgage Hub; we’re virtual, paperless and wireless, which makes us highly mobile and efficient, but I’m finding that these days I enjoy sitting down with people face to face more often. Social Networking and online interaction is key to any business these days but it’s really hard to beat sitting in front of someone to show them how much you value their time.
Outside of your busy work schedule, what do you like to do with your spare time?
Family time is big for me. My wife and I have a 4-year-old daughter and 7-month-old son at home. We spend a lot of time together and try to do fun things with the kids. Right now we’re spending a lot of time in the pool. My daughter just can’t get enough of the water.
Sports and fitness are a big part of my life. I love the competitive side of sports and fitness. Whether it’s a team sport like hockey or individual sports like golf and fitness, having that outlet is a necessity for me. I think like many people, I’m at my best when I’ve had my exercise and am feeling good.
I’m also a huge wannabe chef. I love good food and I love to cook. There are few better experiences in this life than sharing a great meal with people you love to be around.
THE DIRTY APRON | 540 Beatty Street, Vancouver
It seems like more and more guys are getting into cooking. How long have you been serious about cooking?
It wasn’t until I was out of University that I really got serious about cooking and food in general but I’ve been interested in food ever since I was 8 or 9 and my Mom would let me make the Caesar Salad dressing. I spent a few years in Calgary and right before we moved back to Vancouver, I was invited to participate in Les Marmitons through a friend. It was basically a men’s cooking club where a local chef would come in with a set menu and the guys would break off into groups to tackle different courses. At the end, the meal would come together and we’d eat, have a glass or two of wine and hang out. It’s a great concept and I really enjoyed learning about different dishes and cuisines. A lot of guys I know have gotten into cooking and food and I think a group like that would be fun to start up here in Vancouver.
How did you hear about The Dirty Apron?
My parents actually got me a gift certificate for one of their cooking classes this year. Right around the same time, a friend of mine went to a function there and was raving about it.
What do you like most about The Dirty Apron?
Everything. There’s a cooking class for whatever you’re into and some things you didn’t even know you were into. The deli serves up some delicious food and stocks some fantastic ingredients (a lot of which are local). You can even do a big group even there. I’m a big kid and it’s my kind of candy store.
If Ray Macklem was to start a restaurant today, what would be the top 3 dishes served?
Wow. Tough question. Pizza for sure is on there. I fancy myself a pizzaiolo so I’d probably throw on a classic Margherita pizza. It’s so simple but when it’s done well it’s really special. I love restaurants that change their menu with the season and keep up with what’s fresh. In the winter, I’m throwing down a herb crusted Alberta rack of lamb with a mushroom risotto with a nice port wine sauce and maybe some nice winter greens. Something that warms you all the way through. In the summer it’s fish all the way. I like light preparations like a ceviche or tar tar with a little Asian kick to it. Let’s go tuna tar tar with a little chili sesame oil, Asian pear and pine nuts for some crunch and some yuzu. So please, come to my Italian/Canadian/Pan-Asian restaurant – opening soon!
STANLEY PARK | West End, Downtown Vancouver
What’s down time for you?
Life is busy for all of us these days. Like everyone else, we’re pulled in so many different directions and have so many constraints on our time so down time is usually multi-purpose at our house. I’ll take my dog Vinnie for a run to get us both some exercise or we’ll round up the family and head out for a walk to the park or down to the beach. Vinnie is a water dog so if we’re anywhere near water there’s a 100% chance we’re going home with a wet dog. Playing with him and our kids is a great way for my wife and I to decompress.
CARDERO’S RESTAURANT & MARINE PUB | 1583 Coal Harbour Quay, Vancouver
Having an office in Vancouver, where do you like to go for lunch/dinner meetings?
Good food is a must and overall I’m a pretty casual person so I like an approachable, inviting atmosphere where I can feel comfortable. I was recently introduced to Tableau Bar Bistro at the Loden Hotel which I thought was great and I’ve always been a big fan of Cardero’s restaurant. There’s so much to choose from in Vancouver but I love the feel at Cardero’s. For me they’ve found that happy intersection where upscale and casual meet. The location and view are pretty great too.
What dish do you recommend that everyone try?
The Wok Squid is a must. Get whatever else you’re in the mood for (oysters, fish, steak or pizza), but do yourself and everyone else at your table a favor and get an order or two of the Wok Squid.
What does style mean to you?
Style to me means confidence. We put ourselves out there every day meeting new people and making new connections. I think that feeling confident and comfortable with your own style and appearance allows you to be yourself.
THANKS RAY MACKLEM, FOR BEING A STYLISH MAN IN VANCOUVER!
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Men of Vancouver is a monthly editorial featuring the most stylish and professional men in Vancouver. MofV is currently being released exclusively on Vancity Buzz.