What was your first job in the realty industry? Sales agent at Rich Port Realty in 1977.
Where did you grow up? Williston, North Dakota.
What is your favorite free-time activity? Spending time with my 11 grandchildren, and spending more quality time with my husband of 52 years. I also enjoy traveling to foreign countries.
What do you do to relax when you’re stressed? I pray a lot and try to get a massage.
If you weren’t a Realtor, what would you be? Most likely a retired teacher, as that was my first profession.
If you could have lunch with a well-known figure (living or not), who would it be and why? Dr. Phil, so he could pay for me to have my head examined and go to a relaxing spa for a month.
Where is your favorite place to hang out? My lake house with all the family and grandchildren, or my one-bedroom condo (a glorified hotel room) that is close to the office.
What do you love most about the industry? Solving problems and meeting new people every day. I enjoy helping everyone make the right decision for a win-win situation.
How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents? I am reliable, ethical, helpful and give to people in need.
What is the most difficult aspect of your job? Right now, it’s the negativism and lack of professionalism in our industry.
Where do you go to network and meet new clients? Most of my business comes from past clients, friends and neighbors. I network at church, bowling, Rotary, Chamber of Commerce and business after-hours events.
What has been your greatest accomplishment? Being named the International Manager of the Year in 1992 at the RE/MAX Convention in Atlanta. I was a very good recruiter for our company in those years.
What kind of car do you drive? I drive a PT Cruiser now, but I drove a Cadillac for many years.
What is your favorite city after Chicago? Naperville.
What is your advice for someone new to the industry? Get a good coach or mentor and do what they say.