Mary Kingery, Century 21 Maki United, Waukegan

What was your first job in the realty industry?
Property management in Highland Park and Winnetka

Who inspires you?
My husband and kids are my support team and help me rejuvenate.

What is your favorite free-time activity?
Spending time with my family going to movies, dinner, on bike rides, shopping or museums

How did you learn the business?
From my broker-owner, Liz Scheffler, and my trainer, Pat Fike

What is the most difficult aspect of your job?
Managing my time because I handle company training, career development, my own full-time real estate business, family, church life
and more.

What was your worst job, and what did you learn from it?
I’ve never thought of any job as the worst because I always learn something from it.

Where do you go to network and meet new clients?
Everywhere I go, the cleaners, bank, church, being PTA president, etc.,
is a place to network because everyone is a possible prospect.

What has been your greatest accomplishment?
Balancing my career and work life with my family

What is your favorite restaurant?
We love Olive Garden.

Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Chicago?
The Water Tower and Navy Pier

What kind of car do you drive?
Infiniti SUV QX4

BlackBerry, Palm or paper?
I’m a Blackberry person and love it.

What is your favorite city after Chicago?
San Diego because of the nearby mountains, the ocean, beauty all
around and much to do

What is your personal motto?
Everyday is a blessing so live it as your last. Every morning I wake up, I thank God for being alive.

In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to
the industry?

Don’t take rejection personally. Keep moving and never give up.

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