Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Hays, Kan., the middle child of five siblings. After high school, I attended University of Kansas and transferred to Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. I graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering. I met my husband, Tony at NAU and we have been married 26 years. Tony and I lived and worked in Denver for 11 years. In 1998, we decided to move out of downtown Denver to Grand Junction to raise our family. We have two amazing children, Joe, who is a senior at Fruita, and Hannah, who is in her second year at the University of Colorado. We also have two very spoiled dogs, Jill and Luna.
What do you enjoy most about living in the Grand Junction area?
I enjoy the beauty of our valley, and size of the city. It is easy to get around — and any direction you look it is truly amazing!
How long have you worked in real estate?
Eight years; I credit Dale Beede, who persuaded and mentored me to become a Commercial Real Estate Broker.
What would you consider your specialty?
I list and sell commercial real estate only – my concentration would be in industrial buildings, land and all types of leases. I have been able to combine knowledge from my previous career into my real estate business; manufacturing, estimating, structural, mechanisms, blueprint reading, and professional relationships — all have allowed me to work at a different level than many commercial real estate brokers.
Do you have any accreditations or certifications?
BSME, AutoCAD, #1 CB Commercial Broker, Colorado 2012. Top Commercial Broker CBC Prime Properties - 2008, 2010, 2012.
What is the most challenging/ gratifying aspect of what you do?
Every day is a new day, and a new opportunity. I work with a great group of brokers at Coldwell Banker Commercial, and in the valley.
What is the most unique property you’ve ever listed or sold?
Three properties surprised me. The satellite dish property at 787 Valley Court — where I listed and sold the 13 acres full of unique equipment in four months, and the 70,000-square-foot Jobsite building at 841 21½ Road which took me over four years to sell. Most recently, I placed a cremation service into a property, where both the tenant and the landlord were both very pleasant.
What do you see in the future of real estate sales/prices?
The future is looking positive, but moving at a slow, steady rate. We have weathered through the economic down cycle after the gas boom drove prices out of sight. Most of the bank-owned commercial properties have been sold, and commercial foreclosures over the past year have been minimal.
Why should someone use you as a real estate agent?
I enjoy working through a challenge as many deals require creativity. I strive to help my clients identify and negotiate into the right property. I welcome the opportunity to work with new clients and their properties.