I have negotiated residential real estate in Tallahassee since 2013. Prior to that I worked for the FDLE, Department of Corrections and then Department of Management Services negotiating contracts on Florida’s behalf – including complicated multimillion-dollar prisons. (Just for the record, I think there are some things we should not profit off as a society and inmates would be on my list. However, it was a fascinating job that taught me a ton!) I grew up the youngest of five on a farm in Ohio and negotiating was a survival skill I learned early. Really, if I had not learned about leverage at a young age, my hands might have shriveled up permanently from the number of dishes we had to wash as a family.
My undergraduate degrees are from Kent State University in Ohio. After college, I came to the south for graduate school to study and teach Criminology at FSU. I got on a plane in Cleveland on a wintery February day and when I got off the plane in Tallahassee it was 73 degrees with blue skies. I worked on my Ph.D. and love (and miss) the research and teaching aspects of university life.
After graduate school, I worked for the Department of Corrections in their statistics office, grant writing office, and re-entry office. From there I went to the Department of Management Services where I worked both in the Private Prison Bureau and in State Purchasing as a public buyer.
In 2013, I finally took the leap my husband kept encouraging me to take and got my real estate license. As such an introvert, I could not imagine a life in sales. Like most things, I read everything I could about sales while diving in headfirst. I am glad I did. Owning my own business and working for myself has been life changing and the most rewarding career I could have imagined. I seriously have the best job ever.