In what year did you begin working in the real estate industry as a REALTOR®?
Why do you like working in the real estate industry?
“I love this industry because helping people is my passion, and real estate is a huge event for most any client. Every day is different, and you are always learning. There is nothing better than getting a wonderful, accepted contract on a listing, or when your buyer finds a great home and receives an accepted offer!”
In what year did you become affiliated with Semonin Realtors®?
Why do you choose to affiliate your business with Semonin?
“This business is very cyclical. I respect and admire the Semonin values and their team is top notch. I wanted full-time support and marketing assistance so I could go do what I love, which is helping my clients achieve their real estate goals!”
What do you do to stay up-to-date/knowledgeable about the real estate industry?
“I read a lot of different industry reports, listen and talk to my peers. I also attend seminars, conferences and continuing education courses. This career is ever changing, and technology and the way we serve our clients is highly connected.”
What did you do before you began working in real estate?
“I have been in the business of educating and consulting throughout my entire career. I formerly worked as a pharmaceutical representative and medical device consultant, and I also worked in the Information Technology field.”
Are you involved in any trade/civic or community organizations? If yes, please explain.
“I was formerly a member of Derby Divas, which supports the Norton Cancer Foundation, and Gilda’s Club’s, Night of 1,000 Laughs. I support many cancer causes throughout the city and country.”
Briefly, tell us about your immediate family: “My immediate family lives all over the country. I grew up in Southern Indiana, and that is where most of my cousins and extended family live.”
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
“I enjoy being outside, exercising, listening to music and, most of all, spending time with my dear pup, Charlie Boy!”
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
“My parents told me: ‘The world is your oyster, and you can do anything if you set your mind to it.’”
What is your favorite book/type of book? Why?
“I love biographies and autobiographies. My book club selected to explore historical fiction, which I have learned to love, and ‘Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet’ by Jamie Ford may be one of my all-time favorites.”
What is your favorite movie/type of movie? Why?
“I love many kinds, as long as the violence or language is not over the top. I would say, just because I saw it recently, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and ‘Green Book’ were both excellent!”
What is your favorite song/type of music? Why?
“Again, I love it all—except heavy rock. I may say Jazz/Blues, however. One of my ultimate dreams come true was seeing Tony Bennett and Diana Krall at the Rainbow Room last Fall. I met Diana afterward, and it was truly magical! All her music is great, but, ‘Peel Me a Grape’ is one I love.”
If you could wave a magic wand, what one thing would you most like to change in the world?
“I would bring my twin sister, Lori, back. She died of breast cancer at the age of 35. I would have traded places with her in a heartbeat, but God had other plans, I suppose.”
What are two or three items on your Bucket List?
“1. Go on another amazing trip with my parents—anywhere abroad—Jerusalem, most likely. 2. Travel Route 66 in an RV. 3. Brush up on my piano playing and play for a minor event or fundraiser.”
If you could have dinner with anyone, living or deceased, who would it be? Why?
“My sister. I miss her more than words can describe.”
What is your favorite word? Why?
“It’s not really a word, but an acronym: WYSIWYG, meaning “What you see is what you get.” I am very transparent with family, friends and clients. I don’t think it’s wise to simply tell people what they want to hear … unfortunately, it’s becoming a lost art for many to be honest and forthright, even in difficult situations.”
What is your least favorite word? Why?
“It’s more of a sentence than a word: ‘I can’t do that.’ Because, in most cases, the only thing standing between you and the result you want is your own negative thinking.”
Do you have a motto/words to live by? If yes, what? “The PLATINUM Rule: Treat others as they wish to be treated. The GOLDEN Rule (Do unto others as you would have them do unto you) implies that other people would like to be treated the way you want to be treated. My focus is on treating other people well and the way THEY want to be treated.”
Do you have a favorite quote? If yes, what is it?
“It is a poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson on Success: ‘To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived—this is to have succeeded.’”