Curtis was born and raised in Western Pennsylvania. His father was a commercial and residential broker for over 30 years. At an early age Curtis learned the ins and outs regarding many facets of the real estate business to include acquisitions analysis, broker sales, and how to grow and lead a team in the ever changing world of real estate. Additionally, he went to Edinboro University of Pennsylvania where he earned a Bachelor of Arts. After college Curtis decided to pursue his passion to teach with his desire to travel by moving to China for 3 years where he was contracted to teach business English by fortune 500 companies such as, Volvo, Siemans, and GM.