Why did you start your business, or choose the position you are currently in?
Being a realtor was always my next chapter after 20 years in the transportation industry. My father was a custom builder; I grew up pounding nails and hauling shingles for him. He taught me work ethic, perfectionism (not always a good thing), and morality during those years, and I have worked hard to maintain those qualities. I have been a business owner for over 12 years and love the flexibility and freedom it allows.
You just won 10MM in the lottery. What would you do?
Pay off all my debt, Invest enough so I can retire in 20 years, Buy a newer car, Help the people in my life that I know could use a hand, Donate the rest to many different organizations: St Jude’s, Animal Organizations,Big Brother Big Sisters, and Meals On Wheels for sure. 5MM at least donated.
Your Journey: How did you get to where you are?
I grew up helping my dad in construction and also milking cows and bailing hay in Wisconsin. I learned work ethic that I am very thankful for. I tried college but decided it just wasn’t for me. I knew I was going to own my own business, like my dad did; I just wasn’t sure what it was yet. At 21, I got my CDL and started driving a truck cross country. Needless to say, that didn’t last very long as I felt I was missing out on all the “fun” 21-year-olds get into. In my mid 20’s I started driving a limousine and decided I loved it, and this was what kind of business I would have someday. I did, in Colorado, in 2006. I still had a full-time job driving a truck for the post office as well, but I was almost to the point of being able to quit. Then the recession hit and I lost it all. I moved to Savannah, started driving a truck for someone who eventually helped me purchase my own truck, and from there, I bought a couple more. I continued driving and running a small trucking company until I decided I just didn’t love it anymore. Time for my next chapter. I sold my trucks, moved to NC, got my real estate license and have been loving it ever since. I feel that having had a completely different career path and work schedule than most realtors came from has given me a great advantage. I love what I do and where I live, and it shows!
What do you want your legacy to be?
I want people to know my generous side. I have great empathy for people in need and try my best to help when and where I can. It will never be enough, but if we all just give a little bit of ourselves, we could change the world.
WOW MEMBERS LOVE TO GIVE REFERRALS; WHO IS A GOOD REFERRAL FOR YOU?
Absolutely everyone is a good referral for me! If they aren’t looking for a home to buy or sell at that time, they more than likely know someone who is. And quite possibly they know of someone who has had a bad experience with a realtor, and I can guarantee that I can change that negative opinion for good! Even if you can’t help me right now, I might be able to help YOU. I come across many people looking for many different things: jobs, gifts, boutiques in the area… you just never know.
How would your best friend describe you?
I think she would say I’m a Sasshole. Lol
What inspires you?
The great, welcoming, helpful community that I have experienced in NC since moving here has been a wonderful inspiration. I have always loved helping and/or volunteering. I see so much of that, and it motivates me to do more, be more, when I can. The wonderful, supportive women in the area have also been great. I’ve lived in quite a few different places, and by far, the support here is the best!!
What makes you laugh?
Girl Time!!! We never seem to run out of laughs!! Also, of course, animal bloopers! Lol
If you were stranded on a desert island and could take three items, what would they be?
Water, My best friend, Wine
Whats your definition of success?
My definition is having true stability and security. Knowing I don’t need to worry about how to pay the bills, and knowing I can plan a vacation and retire someday (or just work less, probably). Also, knowing that all my clients have been happy with the way I have always treated them and their referrals.
Why is it important to you to be part of WOW?
Inspiration, motivation, knowledge, help, support, and friendships!! I love this group. We have had some excellent and informative speakers, and the financial class was great. So much knowledge to be gained here.