I grew up in East Grand Rapids, Michigan, but Chicago always felt like home. It seems like we were in the city all the time to be with family and celebrate holidays, and rarely missed an opportunity to visit, the Zoo, a museum, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, or take a walk along the lakefront.
My interest in Chicago real estate was sparked as a boy by the stories I heard about my great-grandfather who developed iconic residential buildings in the Gold Coast in the 1920s and rescued architecturally significant buildings downtown during the depression, and about my grandmother who was a legend in residential sales for more than 30 years. And I have always been close to my aunt Jenny who took me under her wing at a young age, bringing me along to showings and meetings.
After graduating with a BS in Atmospheric Science at Purdue University, I moved to Chicago to join Jenny’s award-winning team, Ames Group Chicago. As a Listing Coordinator, I had an intense introduction into what it takes to provide world class service to clients who trust us to sell their homes. I am grateful for the opportunity to have learned the business from the ground up.
Eventually, I was recruited into a position as an operation aviation meteorologist, an opportunity that aligned with my degree and gave me a chance to prove that I can be successful on my own. For three years, I forecast weather for the airline industry, providing insight that was used to make critical operational decisions. In this role, I was able to bring my interest in weather, aviation and passage safety together which was exhilarating. However, the day-to-day work of weather forecasting was isolating. At my core, I get energy from supporting and interacting with people, which is what brought me back to Chicago.
As an advisor with Ames Group Chicago in the city’s new Engel & Völkers flagship office, I enjoy the best of both worlds. My sales skills are growing under the mentorship of my aunt and the AGC team, strengthened by the standards, values and commitment to service that is integral to the E&V brand. Moreover, I am happy to be back in a field that allows me to work with and help people, sharing my passion for all that Chicago offers and building lasting relationships. I am also excited to share my extensive knowledge about Chicago’s dog friendly amenities with fellow animal lovers. Chicago has an abundance of parks, beaches, cafés, restaurants, and residential buildings accessible for owners and dogs alike, and I enjoy helping clients find a home for both them and their four-legged friends!
When not at work, I love to travel and am thankful for the opportunity to have visited exotic destinations like East Africa, India, and Svalbard. I am also passionate about sports, craft beer, new restaurants and giving back. While at Purdue, I assisted with and designed a universally accessible treehouse for Camp Riley, a camp for children with disabilities. My current philanthropic activities include volunteering at PAWS Chicago animal shelter, in addition to supporting Engel & Völkers’ commitment to the Special Olympics and their mission to develop and promote sports, health, and advocacy programs for individuals with intellectual disabilities across the Americas and beyond.