I am originally from Wilmette, Illinois and grew up in the Greater Chicago Area. After earning a B.S. in Marketing from Northern Illinois University and a M.S. in Journalism from Northwestern University, I moved to Florida. After working in a variety of sales and marketing positions I earned my real estate license in 1979.
I began my real estate career in 1984 working for new home builders in both sales and sales management. During that time, I was named Sales Manager of the Year by the HBA of Mid-Florida in 1993 and 1995.
I was selected by The Walt Disney Company to head the sales team for Celebration, Disney's Master Planned Community, as the Broker of Record for Celebration Realty in 1995. In 1998 I transitioned into general real estate and eventually opened my own brokerage in Celebration, FL.
Having lived in Florida for many years and getting to know the various parts of the state, we chose to invest in Sarasota. I sold my business, and my spouse and I moved permanently to Sarasota in 2011.
We have never regretted the move. If anything, we wish we had moved here many years earlier. Sarasota is a magical place of warm Gulf Coast beaches, tropical foliage, outdoor activities, excellent health care, exciting culture and some of the most wonderful, diverse people in the state.
My spouse and business partner, Wayne Rogers, is a native Floridian originally from Coconut Grove. He played baseball at the University of Florida, and was recently named as one of the "Top 100" to have ever played baseball in the University of Florida's Century of Baseball.
Wayne began his real estate career in 2003 after a highly successful 27-year career in medical sales. We are celebrating over 45 years combined in the real estate business. We work together to make your transition to Sarasota a smooth and pleasant one.
When not working we enjoy spending time with our Siberian Huskies, Dancer and Panda, and working out six days a week. I also enjoy reading and playing the piano. Wayne is an avid sports fan.
We are members of the National Association of Realtors, the Florida Association of Realtors and the Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee Counties. We both have our GRI, ePro and At Home with Diversity designations. In addition, Wayne has earned his Accredited Buyers Representative designation.
We are members of the Gay Real Estate Executive Network of Sarasota, the National Association of Gay and Lesbian Real Estate Professionals, the Human Rights Campaign, Primetimers of Sarasota, presently serve on the Host Committee of Equality Florida and are sponsors of the annual Harvey Milk Fabulous Independent Film Festival.