It was a series of life events that brought me to the real estate industry. Growing up, I thought I’d be a teacher, then a psychiatrist, then a counselor. Instead, my BS degree is in accounting – about as far as you can get from the people-focused career visions of my younger self.
I held positions with titles like Accounting Manager and Controller and picked up a variety of new skills along the way, including managing a team of people, writing policies and guidelines, making effective presentations, planning and budgeting, managing communication and more. This newly expanded combination of skills led to the position of Chief Executive Officer of the Realtor® Association of the Sioux Empire, Inc. (RASE) for nearly 10 years.
In 2005, I finally caved in to my husband Jim’s request that I join his commercial real estate team. I haven’t looked back since.
Commercial real estate offers me the people-centric career I crave while still utilizing the skills I’ve spent a lifetime acquiring.
Nothing happens in real estate without people – a property owner, investment buyer, prospective tenant, cooperating broker, a vendor – each encounter provides me an opportunity to be helpful in some way, whether that be to complete a financial analysis of a property, conduct a market search, research opportunities, tour properties, review financial reports, analyze property tax assessments, or just brainstorm ideas.
If the agent with the most listings wins, I’ll lose every time! My focus is on providing a deep level of service to the clients I’m working with and creating lasting professional relationships, not on constantly building my deal pipeline. I like going home at night knowing that people are counting on me, and that I am going to help them achieve a milestone in their lives.
Ready for your next milestone? Let’s talk – I’d love to hear about your commercial real estate goals! If my team isn’t the right fit for your needs, I’ll let you know – and I’ll provide next steps or recommendations for you whenever I can, so you’ll have a take-away from our time together.
To your continued success!