What was your first job in the realty industry? My first job in the industry was in commercial real estate, right out of school back in the 1980s, for a firm involved in condo conversions and real estate syndications.
Where did you grow up? I grew up in Elmhurst, and have lived in the western suburbs ever since; for the last 30 years, I have lived in Glen Ellyn.
What is your favorite free-time activity? Spending time with my family! I also enjoy music, art and design, traveling abroad and all things French.
What do you do to relax when you’re stressed? Exercising often, running, spinning and staying healthy in body, mind and spirit. My insatiable appetite for giving back to the community by being actively involved in philanthropic causes close to my heart is a huge stress-reducer, and brings balance to my life.
Growing up, what did you want to be? I wanted to work in Washington as an ambassador to a foreign nation. That, or practice international law; politics have always intrigued me. As a kid, I remember wanting to be Peggy Lipton in Mod Squad, Gidget or one of Charlie’s Angels!
If you could have lunch with a well-known figure (living or not), who would it be? Mother Theresa, Rosa Parks or Maya Angelou.
What do you love most about the industry? I love that you get what you put into it. This is truly my own business, and that is what drives me. I love meeting new people, connecting with them to find their dream home and remaining friends for life.
How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents? My motto is “keep up or get out!” This is an ever-changing industry, and you can never educate yourself enough. I love to learn, and I love being on the cutting edge of technology, business systems and in focus groups that help us all become more professional agents. It’s that sharing, networking and synergy that helps me be a better agent and advocate for my clients.
What is the most difficult aspect of your job? Time management is my worst enemy. Curve balls are always being thrown your way and your schedule always changes, and can unexpectedly extend and delay appointments. Although well prepared, I am always flying by the seat of my pants.
Where do you go to network and meet new clients? I am very involved in the community; often, I am networking by meeting and developing new relations without really realizing it. Personal referrals are a huge percentage of my business.
What has been your greatest accomplishment? My three children, and what incredible adults they are growing into.
What was the last good movie you saw or book you read? I still love The Sound of Music, but more recently, Philomena. As far as books, “After the Music Stopped: The Financial Crisis, the Response, and the Work Ahead.”
What is your favorite restaurant? My absolute favorite restaurant was La Cheminée on Dearborn in Chicago, which is no longer open. Now, I love Praga in Lombard.
Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Chicago? The original Water Tower and Fourth Presbyterian Church on Michigan Avenue.
Who are your favorite people to follow on Twitter? Jimmy Fallon, CNN Breaking News, Kim Kardashian for grins, some notable NCAA coaches, Bill Gates and Warren Buffet.