I was born and raised on a ranch in Western Montana. My family still owns and operates the ranch, which I frequently visit and if you know anything about ranching, the work is never done, there is always many more projects and things to do than there are hours in the day, so when anyone comes to visit they are actually is put to work. Especially if you are family! But honestly, I love being on the ranch, working with the cattle, fixing fence, changing sprinklers, hauling hay, and running equipment, as well as all the other chores that fall into that realm of ranch work, so I guess you can say I am proud to have learned the work ethics of a rancher. No job that needs done is beneath me, I am not afraid to get dirty, and obviously in Juneau you better not be afraid to get wet.
I moved to Juneau in 1989, I’ve raised two children here, and love calling Juneau home. One of my children currently lives in Denver, Colorado and one still lives and works here in Juneau. 26 years in Juneau is not long when you think about the many “Good Old Boys” that have been born and raised here, but I think that I qualify as no longer being a cheechako anymore. I’ve worked in a hair salon as a stylist as well as an instructor for quite a few years, I then did a few years of commercial fishing (which I still say is my most favorite job. I have always said “If I could earn ½ of what I earn today out fishing I would quit my job in a minute”), I've business and accounting classes at the University of Southeast Juneau, I have worked in retail, I have work several years in the banking industry in the loan department (this experience certainly comes in handy in my current work), I worked for the CBJ in the finance department, then in 2000 I started working in the Real Estate. In 2004 I then broadened my scope to include a partnership in a General Contracting Company. This allowed the properties that we were managing to have affordable, good quality maintenance / General Contracting first hand. Although I did go work in the field once in a while, I mainly did the accounting and the co-ordinating between the Contracting Company and the property owners. From 2000 – 2009 I worked alongside a great Real Estate Professional and that experience was instrumental in my base knowledge of Real Estate, mainly consisting of Property Management. But by 2009 I expanded my horizons again into owning and running my own Real Estate Company, while I still maintained the Maintenance / General Contracting partnership. From 2009 - 2012 personal life became a little more important than long hours of work, so in 2012 I decided to down-size my responsibilities so I removed myself from the general contracting company and concentrated only in real estate. I now have my small office, this allows me to be a little more hands on with my clients, it allows me to concentrate my efforts on quality rather than quality, I have the time to do everything personally, and that works for me.
One of my major projects over the last 8 years has been the development and marketing for a housing project called Mountain Meadows Estates. This is a small development located in Lemon Creek just past the police station. I am the exclusive marketing consultant for this project and it feels great to be part of something that is growing into a nice neighborhood. The developers bring in quality modular homes to the project. The developers do both custom home orders as well as developer spec homes. They only do several homes each year to keep the quality of the homes and the neighborhood at the top of their priority. I have been blessed with being able to design all of the spec homes and assist in the designing of all the custom homes in the project. This experience has been amazing and has taught me so much about the housing market, so I call this an in-valuable marketing and educational asset.
On the personal side of me, since my children are grown, I do have the pleasure of traveling regularly. I seem to go to many of the same places each year, Mexico, Panama (yes the country Panama), Montana, Washington and Oregon, but I do love to go explore new places as well. I love to fish, (I go every year in Mexico and in Panama and of course love to fish here in Juneau). I regularly walk and hike the Juneau area and take lots of pictures, my goal for this summer is to hike as many different trails as possible. After several years of no dogs I recently decided that I needed to have a hiking and walking partner, so I added an Australian Shepherd to my family. As soon as I picked up my puppy (Kiska) the breeder indicated that they were “like potato chips, you can’t have just one”, (and may I note she stated this AFTER I had gotten my first one) and true to her word I found that they are rather addicting, so now I have two Australian Shepherds. Kiska is a Blue Merle and Mocha is a Red Tri, and yes I am crazy two Australian Shepherds under 1 year old, but now that I have them I can’t imagine life without them. After our morning walk they come with me every morning to the office and hang out, so I think that I am very lucky to have the job and office that I do.