I grew up in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.
What Is One Special Thing About the Place You Grew Up?
My most wonderful memories are of our beautiful home on the Chagrin River and Polo Field, and of our horses and going trail riding with my parents every weekend.
Number of Years in Real Estate:
I’ve been in real estate for 24 years and am celebrating my 20th year anniversary with Kentwood Real Estate Cherry Creek.
How did you end up in Denver?
I went to the University of Denver and never left!
What Was You First Job?
In high school I volunteered at Mount Sinai Hospital in Cleveland, but my first paying job was as a salesperson at Gorsuch Ltd. in Vail.
I have to say I still love to ride horses, as well as long walks and reading. Of course traveling is also high on my list too.
Describe Yourself In 5 Words:
Energetic, personable, family-oriented, professional, networker.
Favorite Colorado Past-time:
My monthly drive to Aspen and listening to great music along the way. Whether taking Independence Pass or Glenwood Canyon, the ride always clears my head and makes me grateful I live in our beautiful State of Colorado.
Favorite Place to Grab a Drink:
In What Ways Are You Involved in Your Community?
I have been volunteering for over 30 years with many charities in town including being on boards, chairing events, and attending fundraisers. I recently received the “Volunteer of the Year Award” for Denver Health.
Who Inspires You?
My father was always my mentor and after he passed away I have been inspired by my 97-year-old cousin, who is smart as a whip and always helps me with my business and life issues.
What Is Your Proudest Accomplishment and Why?
Raising my 2 sons by myself, not an easy task while working full time.
How Do You Define Success?
What my favorite fortune cookie once said, “Success with pleasure.” But, I also consider raising two smart, successful loving sons to be one of my greatest achievements. I am grateful to have a beautiful, warm home for my family, friends, and clients to always come home to and visit.
What Career Path Would You Have Chosen If You Didn’t Become a Real Estate Broker?
I was in the wholesale and retail clothing business before I was a Broker and have fond memories of those years and my two retail stores, called JJ Trappings, that were Colorado legends before they closed.
If You Could Master Any Skill That You Don’t Currently Have, What Would It Be and Why?
To become a black diamond skier, so I can keep up with my friends and sons.
What Is the Most Adventurous Thing You’ve Ever Done?
I went to camp in Maine when I was 13 years old wearing an 8lb steel and leather brace for my Scoliosis, and rode horses with it on.
If You Could Have Dinner with Anyone, Who Would It Be and Why?
I would have dinner with my father. That way I could have it videotaped for permanent record of all his wonderful stories, and our family history…my one regret.
What’s the Best Concert You’ve Ever Been To? What Made It So Special?
Too many to even to mention! We are a BIG music family and our favorite family tradition is going to concerts together. Starting as a child in Cleveland, my father took me to many concerts: Frank Sinatra, The Beatles, and Bobby Short at the Carlyle in NY are memorable. My first date was to see Bob Dylan and my kids can’t believe I saw The Doors live in concert there too. Then my many years of shows at Red Rocks (before my sons were born and then with them) to see CSNY, Sting, and the London Philharmonic, my two favorites. Our summers are always spent at Jazz Aspen seeing too many musicians to mention.
But since my oldest son is a musician I’ve always enjoyed hearing him perform, especially his first CD he wrote and produced in Denver. My MOST memorable concert I will never forget, is seeing him perform at the Key Club in Hollywood, with my 85-year-old Mother, his grandmother, and many friends and relatives in the house.
If You Could Live in A Book, TV Show, Or Movie What Would It Be and Why?
I would be the attorney and ex-cop Stone Barrington, in Stewart Woods’s novels, as he travels the world flying his own plane, has beautiful homes everywhere, stays in the best hotels, eats in the best restaurants, and has fabulous adventures.