From a young age, I have always had a passion for hospitality. I grew up in Southeast Missouri in a home where gatherings among family and close friends were frequent. This instilled in me a love for home environments where everyone feels comfortable and welcome. In addition to entertaining, my parents were constantly renovating our early 1900’s craftsman home. We spent many Saturday mornings at home improvement stores. I watched and learned as they put hard work, time, and passion into making our house a beautiful home. These experiences in my youth paved a natural pathway to my career in hospitality.
I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from the University of Missouri. After graduating college, I began my professional career in hospitality sales with Marriott International. For the majority of my tenure with Marriott, I represented the downtown Chicago market. My last position was Senior Sales Manager representing a portfolio of seven high-end hotels in Chicago. From planning elaborate wedding day receptions to negotiating contracts with Fortune 500 companies for executive level meetings, my professional experience revolved around my love for hospitality and for taking care of people. Over the course of my eleven-year career with Marriott International, it was the strong and meaningful relationships that I built with my clients that I valued the most.
After meeting my husband in 2011, I moved from Chicago to Grand Rapids and continued to work remotely in sales for Marriott. Grand Rapids quickly became home to me, and I enjoyed exploring the variety of neighborhoods and culture this dynamic city has to offer. As our family grew, I wanted to create the same kind of home environment that I grew up in. In our spare time, my husband and I renovated and sold our first condo in Kentwood and then purchased and are in the process of restoring our current home in Grand Rapids. We enjoy the rewarding work of improving and adding equity to our home, while creating a welcoming environment for our family and friends.
My interest in building equity in my own homes led me to research home listings and to educate myself on the Grand Rapids real estate market. Blending my passion for homes and design with my extensive sales background evolved to the decision to make real estate my full time career. I love working with people and will bring the same level of trust, commitment, enthusiasm, and attention to detail that have served me well throughout my professional and personal life. My ultimate goal is to help others purchase homes where they too can create a foundation of joy and happiness.
- Buyer Specialist, GR Home Team of Keller Williams Realty Grand Rapids
- • GR Home Team was nominated as a TOP 1,000 AGENT TEAM in the US by Real Trends Magazine and the Wall Street Journal
- • GR Home Team, Ranked in Top 5% of Realtors in Grand Rapids, MI
- • GR Home Team $83 Million in sales 2017-2018
- • Graduate University of Missouri, Columbia
- • 11+ years of strategic negotiation experience
- • Specialist in residential home sales, relocation, and new construction