We never had much growing up. It was inner city for sure but I learned to appreciate what I did have, and I’ve never forgotten this. My mom is my best friend but more than that, she was my first mentor.  She taught me the importance of hard work.  She worked hard and inspired me to buy real estate as a way to a better life.  I see this for my clients and it drives me to work harder for them. I’ve learned to be thankful for what I have.  In fact, we have a gratitude jar here in the office. We appreciate every chance we get to help our client’s real estate dreams come true. One thing I learned from sports is you don’t practice on game day.  I take this into business as a lifelong learner and know that we are prepared for any situation that may arise. My proudest moment in real estate was being named Rookie of Year in 2012 by RE/MAX Elite and I’ve been going strong ever since.  I’ve been fortunate enough to reach the top 5% each year in my office but the highlight for me is always what I am able to contribute to the Children Miracle Network.  One year, as an appreciation, I received a painting from a 9-year old girl who had spent most of her life hospitalized.  This is what success means to me. “Your success is my success,” I had a teacher in eighth grade say to me once.  My success is not based on anything other than your success.”  This is my goal when I’m helping my clients. I just like people. I’ll grab a pizza and enjoy time with my clients.  I also like being able to bring people together to help our clients.  From photographers to renovators, it’s like our own community.  And if I can do that, we can help everyone succeed.