Colorado Real Estate News

Kris Laine | Featured Agent

Kris Laine

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Hometown:

Wellesley, MA

What Is One Special Thing About the Place You Grew Up?

It was a small college town with wonderful history! Every year we would watch The Boston Marathon as it came through town.   I have very fond memories of watching and cheering on the runners and handing out cups of water as they ran by!

How Many Years Have You Been in Real Estate?

25 Years

Hobbies:

Cycling, Skiing, hiking, reading, listening to music.

Describe Yourself In 5 Words:

Experienced, Honest, Responsive, Compassionate, Vivacious!  (that was from my husband), Knowledgeable.

Favorite Colorado Past-time:

Skiing

One Unusual Thing About You:

I am one-half Canadian (Dad born and raised in Canada) Ya eh!!

In What Ways Are You Involved in Your Community?

Volunteer organizations – Rotary Club of Fort Collins, Boys and Girls Club of Larimer County, Better Business Bureau, Junior Achievement, Church.

Who Inspires You?

My husband Steve!

What Is Your Proudest Accomplishment and Why?

Helping my kids find success through education,  career and inner personal growth.

How Do You Define Success?

Reaching ones potential while learning and growing along the way (never want the ‘learning curve’ to stop).

What Career Path Would You Have Chosen If You Didn’t Become a Real Estate Broker?

Division 1 Athletic Coach  – I am a fitness instructor part-time and love to Coach.  Having been through a very large weight loss and lifestyle change, I love helping others achieve physical and mental success through fitness and wellness.  Changing peoples lives one pedal stroke or Squat at a time (I teach indoor cycling and Body Pump)  EARLY MORNINGS!!

If You Could Master Any Skill That You Don’t Currently Have, What Would It Be and Why?

A Yoga Instructor. The mind-body connection is real! The ability to gain a deeper understanding of how it truly works.

What Is the Most Adventurous Thing You’ve Ever Done?

Tough one!  Para-sailing was really, really cool!!! Then again, completing a Century Bike Ride (100 miles) was amazing too.

If You Could Have Dinner with Anyone, Who Would It Be and Why?

My Mom!  She is in Heaven and I miss her terribly!

What Is Your Favorite Family Tradition?

Christmas Eve Church, Lasagna Dinner and Opening one gift (Jammies).

What’s the Best Concert You’ve Ever Been To? What Made It So Special?

Bruce Springsteen at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.  It was my first time seeing him and is my husbands favorite artist! (He has seen him like 7 times)

If You Could Live in A Book, TV Show, Or Movie What Would It Be and Why?

DOWNTOWN ABBEY!!!!  OMG…..to live that life!!!  Aristocracy! OH to be LADY LAINE!!! What an amazing time!  Life seemed so simple, yet so complicated!!

 

Contact Kris Laine

Cell: 970-443-1804

Email: KrisLaine@Kentwood.com

Website: KrisLaine.com

Facebook.com/kris.laine

Instagram.com/kris.s.laine/

Colorado Real Estate News

Jill Schafer | Featured Agent

Jill Schafer

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Hometown:

Williston, ND

What Is One Special Thing About the Place You Grew Up?

I grew up in Williston ND. It is the center of the Bakken oil reserve and has changed a lot since I lived there. It was a charming small farm and ranching community when I was young but now it’s an oil town full of white pick-ups and oil workers called roughnecks. There are more people in Denver than in the whole state of ND! But I’m proud to be from there. It’s full of hardworking, honest, hardy and genuine people

How Many Years Have You Been in Real Estate?

16 Years

Hobbies:

I started collecting original portrait paintings a few years ago. I love scouting antique shops, estate sales and websites for original artwork and other great vintage finds. I’m a big movie watcher and actually have a minor in Film History. Give me a bucket of popcorn and a good movie and I’m happy!

Describe Yourself In 5 Words:

Inquisitive, Ethical, Hardworking, Determined and Witty. Or at least I like to think I’m witty!

Favorite Colorado Past-time:

I often feel like I’m a failed Coloradan because I don’t ski, run marathons, climb mountains or do any of those outdoorsy Colorado activities. I do love that dogs are welcome in so many places here and that Coloradans treat their dogs as family. My Saint Bernard (140 lbs) and Newfoundland (110 lbs) are the same size as some of my human friends. They are funny, loving and always want to be at my side. They are truly family and I love spending time with them.

One Unusual Thing About You:

I have two sisters named Julie and two brothers named Mike!  I’m adopted and I was raised with a brother named Joe, a sister named Julie and a step-brother named Mike. I was totally floored when I met my birth family and found out that my birth sister’s name is also Julie and my birth brother is also named Mike. What are the chances of that?

In What Ways Are You Involved in Your Community?

I’m a CASA which is a Court Appointed Special Advocate for neglected and abused children. I attend court hearings, school conferences. doctor’s appointments and so much more to advocate for these kids. They are in the system because of the poor decisions the adults in their lives made, not because of anything the kids have done. These kids are stuck in a broken system and the only way they are going to make it through and break the cycle of abuse and neglect is to have an advocate who walks with them through it all and believes in them. I feel like it’s the least I can do.

Who Inspires You?

My dad inspires me with the way he live his life. He treats everyone as if they are the most important person he has ever met. He builds children’s furniture and donates it to schools and people he meets along his way. He has a bulletin board full of photos of the kids and grandkids of  nurses, waitresses, neighbors and others who have been the lucky recipients of the pieces he makes with love and care. He lives his life with a caring spirit and a personal compass that always points toward the honest and ethical road. I ask myself what he would do in every situation I face and I make all my decisions based on what would make him proud of me.

What Is Your Proudest Accomplishment and Why?

My boys are my proudest achievement, by far. I’ve been lucky to win a number of awards and receive recognition in my career, but nothing compares to my sons. I certainly don’t take all of the credit, not even half of it really, because my husband is an amazing dad. At 22 and 24, they are both successfully doing what they love and are in great relationships. They love animals and still text and visit their parents. What more could I ask for? I am very proud to be their mom.

How Do You Define Success?

I feel successful when my clients are so happy with my service that they pass my name on to their family and friends. That is truly success to me!

What Career Path Would You Have Chosen If You Didn’t Become a Real Estate Broker?

I started out as a TV news reporter and anchor. I loved telling people’s stories. If I could do anything else now, I’d love to make films, write novels and study law.

If You Could Master Any Skill That You Don’t Currently Have, What Would It Be and Why?

I have a terrible time remembering numbers. I can drive you directly to a house I sold a dozen years ago and I can tell you if they put in new carpet or painted a room, but I can’t tell you the house number. Numbers seem to just fly right out of my head.

What Is the Most Adventurous Thing You’ve Ever Done?

It was a big adventure when my husband and I, married for less than a year, packed up our dog, cat and all of our stuff and moved to Denver. I left behind a career I loved, family and friends and came here because my husband said there was no better place to live. He was right! I also felt pretty adventurous climbing in bat caves in Puerto Rico a few years ago.

If You Could Have Dinner with Anyone, Who Would It Be and Why?

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. As only the second woman to be sworn in to the highest court in the land, she has had a front row seat to court cases that shape our country and our lives. She is also 86 year old, a cancer survivor and still works out at the gym everyday. I love her spunk. There is so much I could learn from her.

What Is Your Favorite Family Tradition?

My favorite traditions all have to do with food! My mom makes a Norwegian potato flatbread called lefsa for the holidays. You butter it and sprinkle it with sugar. It’s simple, but delicious. My step-mom makes amazing fudge at Christmas and my mother-in-law makes everyone a carrot cake and these soft ginger cookies with white frosting called Cry Babies on our birthdays. I love making Kneophla Soup, a German chicken and potato soup with dough balls for my family in the fall. They are all made with love, which makes them even better!

What’s the Best Concert You’ve Ever Been To? What Made It So Special?

My husband and I saw Harry Connick Jr. at Red Rocks. There is nothing more attractive than a talented and funny man. He played solos on every instrument on the stage, sang like a dream and had everyone laughing. It was all around awesome entertainment in a beautiful Colorado venue.

If You Could Live in A Book, TV Show, Or Movie What Would It Be and Why?

I feel like my life is already full of things that books are written about. I think Oprah could do a great episode on the many crazy coincidences in my life. As far as a movie, I want to make my own instead of be in someone else’s.

Contact Jill Schafer

Cell: 720-422-0950

Email: Jill@Kentwood.com

Website: JillSchafer.com

Facebook.com/JillSchafer-BrokerAssociate

Instagram.com/realtor_jill_schafer/

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Gina Lorenzen | Featured Agent

Gina Lorenzen

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Hometown:

Davenport, Iowa

What Is One Special Thing About the Place You Grew Up?

The life-long friends and close-knit community.

How Many Years Have You Been in Real Estate?

35 Years

Hobbies:

Skiing, golfing, hiking, reading, cooking and entertaining.

Describe Yourself In 5 Words:

Honest, loyal, caring, detailed, extroverted.

Favorite Colorado Past-time:

Skiing

One Unusual Thing About You:

I love the NFL but I also love the NBA.

In What Ways Are You Involved in Your Community?

I support Roundup River Ranch and the Colorado Ballet.

Who Inspires You?

My mom and dad.

What Is Your Proudest Accomplishment and Why?

Raising my kids.

How Do You Define Success?

By the friendships that surround you.

What Career Path Would You Have Chosen If You Didn’t Become a Real Estate Broker?

Nursing. I have a BSN.

If You Could Master Any Skill That You Don’t Currently Have, What Would It Be and Why?

Playing the guitar because I love music.

What Is the Most Adventurous Thing You’ve Ever Done?

Paragliding off the back of a mountain.

If You Could Have Dinner with Anyone, Who Would It Be and Why?

My family, because I enjoy being with them the most.

What Is Your Favorite Family Tradition?

Crab legs on Christmas.

What’s the Best Concert You’ve Ever Been To? What Made It So Special?

Paul McCartney, because I love the Beatles.

If You Could Live in A Book, TV Show, Or Movie What Would It Be and Why?

SNL, because it would be so fun!

Contact Gina Lorenzen

Cell: 303-570-2042

Email: Gina@Kentwood.com

Website: GinaLorenzen.com

Facebook.com/GinaLorenzenKentwood/

Instagram.com/gina_lorenzen/

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Jeff Tomlan | Featured Agent

Jeff Tomlan

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Hometown:

Wilmington, DE

What Is One Special Thing About the Place You Grew Up?

The fall colors on the East Coast.

How Many Years Have You Been in Real Estate?

4 Years

Hobbies:

Playing upright bass, watching college football, playing with my kids

Describe Yourself In 5 Words:

Passionate, Creative, Free-Spirited, Problem Solver, and Always Improving

Favorite Colorado Past-time:

My favorite time of year in Colorado is Autumn, despite how short lived it is. I love to visit a different mountain town each early October and see the leaves change color and smell the crisp, fall air.

One Unusual Thing About You:

I’m a professional jazz musician.

In What Ways Are You Involved in Your Community?

I try to stay involved in my children’s schools- by volunteering for classroom aide or volunteering to teach the music class. This way I not only give back to the children in the community, but gain a little extra time with my children. In addition, I love to support the local arts, especially the symphony.

Who Inspires You?

My wife. She is a rock star who conquers so much each day and keeps me balanced. She gave us two beautiful children, and she has raised them, so well, to be empathetic and intelligent individuals

What Is Your Proudest Accomplishment and Why?

My family, because I get to relive my own childhood, teach them what I know, and they help me grow.

How Do You Define Success?

I define success in many ways, but all of them are tied to being happy and fulfilled. If you have a lot of financial success, or any other conventionally successful thing, but you are not happy, or fulfilled, then I do not feel that you are truly successful. It doesn’t do anyone any good to attain certain levels of success if they are miserable. Life is short, and it should be enjoyed as much as possible.

What Career Path Would You Have Chosen If You Didn’t Become a Real Estate Broker?

I would have become a jazz musician. I have been playing upright bass for the past 11 years, and it is definitely my first passion. It is difficult to make a living as a jazz musician though (I think I’ve seen a few memes about it). I love to incorporate my two passions though, by holding broker and client open houses with live jazz music, provided by me.

If You Could Master Any Skill That You Don’t Currently Have, What Would It Be and Why?

I wish I could learn a foreign language. I can speak conversational Spanish, but I wish I were fluent in another language.

What Is the Most Adventurous Thing You’ve Ever Done?

The most adventurous thing I’ve ever done is start a family. There are so many responsibilities, and the anxiety is never-ending, but the rewards and joys of parenthood make me very glad that I did it.

If You Could Have Dinner with Anyone, Who Would It Be and Why?

Frank Lloyd Wright, because he was an innovator. He understood the balance between art and nature.

What Is Your Favorite Family Tradition?

My mom handmade an advent calendar for me when I was a teenager. It has little felted Christmas items for each day of December. My favorite family tradition is watching my wife and kids excitedly take the new item out of the pouch each day and place it on the tree on top. Since my mother passed away a few years ago, it’s nice to have a tradition that includes her in our lives.

What’s the Best Concert You’ve Ever Been To? What Made It So Special?

How could a musician pick just one?

If You Could Live in A Book, TV Show, Or Movie What Would It Be and Why?

I would want to live in Wonderland. I went to a charter school in high school that emphasized math, and the concept of a world of nonsense, created by a mathematician, appeals to me. I am drawn to fantasies, and there isn’t one more enticing to me than one based on pure creativity and the absence of logic.

Contact Jeff Tomlan

Cell: 303-828-8747

Email: jeff@kentwoodcity.com

Website: Jeff Tomlan

Facebook.com/tomlanjeff

Instagram.com/jefftomlan.kcp

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Soley Maria | Featured Agent

Soley Maria

SoleyMaria

 

Hometown:

Reykjavík, Iceland

What Is One Special Thing About the Place You Grew Up?

There are so many! It can be a magical place in many ways. The summers there are incredible when the sun doesn’t set.

How Many Years Have You Been in Real Estate?

7 Years

Hobbies:

Snowboarding, skiing, hiking, cycling, running…all things nature!! Going to concerts, spending time with friends and family, great culinary experiences, interior design

Describe Yourself In 5 Words:

Compassionate, observant, diligent, reliable, personable

Favorite Colorado Past-time:

Snowboarding, skiing, hiking and red rocks concerts

One Unusual Thing About You:

I’m a Viking

In What Ways Are You Involved in Your Community?

I’m a member of the young professionals associate board for the Colorado Symphony, recently joined the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce to support other women in business as well as learn from them, and am always looking for other ways to be involved in the local community.

Who Inspires You?

My family and the need/wish to do better and be better and constantly grow

What Is Your Proudest Accomplishment and Why?

In short, never giving up.

How Do You Define Success?

By doing the best I can to be happy and a good person, taking care of myself, those I love, and having a positive impact on my environment and society.

What Career Path Would You Have Chosen If You Didn’t Become a Real Estate Broker?

Once upon a time I wanted to be an investment banker, and I have degrees in finance and economics. Now I use those skills in my real estate career.

If You Could Master Any Skill That You Don’t Currently Have, What Would It Be and Why?

A better understanding of people and society and markets, I.e behavioral economics, because I’m fascinated by people, and how decision making is executed and how that affects society and the economy. I’d love to learn a new language, be proficient in CAD, and be able to ski black runs again (snowboarding no problem, this year was my first time skiing again in 19 years).

What Is the Most Adventurous Thing You’ve Ever Done?

That depends on a persons definition of adventurous! Moving to the US to go to college could be one, riding dirt bikes (used to do that frequently), doing the royal gorge swing and other adrenaline type stuff. Either I’m not very adventurous, have a bad memory, or ??

If You Could Have Dinner with Anyone, Who Would It Be and Why?

All the people I knew that died to young because I’d like to see them again. All of The Rolling Stones and Metallica because they’re my favorite bands, Coco Chanel because she unapologetically changed fashion, Steve Jobs and Elon Musk because I want to try to understand the minds of tech obsessed successes, all the representatives of the members of the UN, and most importantly my friends and family because those are the people who have my back every day and I love them all.

What Is Your Favorite Family Tradition?

Not a lot of traditions there but NYE is fun in Iceland as everyone can buy fireworks and the amount everywhere you look is just insane.

What’s the Best Concert You’ve Ever Been To? What Made It So Special?

Andrea Boccelli because he’s my grandmas favorite and she came from Iceland to see him with me.

If You Could Live in A Book, TV Show, Or Movie What Would It Be and Why?

I read so much that I couldn’t possibly pick one. I think for me, I read a lot and many different genres, because there are many different sides to me, so each book might reflect or connect with one of them. Same with TV shows.

 

Contact Soley

Cell: 970-401-0304

Email: Soley@kentwood.com

Website: SoleyMaria.com

Facebook.com/soleymariarealestate

Instagram.com/soleym

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Jennifer Markus | Featured Agent

Jennifer Markus

Jennifer Markus

Hometown:

Waterloo, Ontario Canada

What Is One Special Thing About the Place You Grew Up?

Small town feel with friendly people who take care of each other

How Many Years Have You Been in Real Estate?

23 Years!

Hobbies: 

Gardening & renovating homes

Describe Yourself In 5 Words: 

High energy, Compassionate, Adventurous, Spontaneous, Emotional

Favorite Colorado Past-time: 

Thrift, consignment and estate shopping

One Unusual Thing About You: 

I am a vintage car enthusiast

In What Ways Are You Involved in Your Community?

I give to the homeless and collect bedding for local animal shelters

Who Inspires You?

My mother. She raised my sister and I alone on a hairdressers income after my dad died.

What Is Your Proudest Accomplishment and Why? 

Being married to my husband of 26 years

How Do You Define Success?

By my happiness level

What Career Path Would You Have Chosen If You Didn’t Become a Realtor?

Nursing! I love to help people in need

If You Could Master Any Skill That You Don’t Currently Have, What Would It Be and Why?

Speak a second language fluently

What Is the Most Adventurous Thing You’ve Ever Done?  

Ski in Switzerland

What is Your Favorite Family Tradition?

Summer barbecue with entire extended family

What is the Best Concert You’ve Ever Been to? What Made it so Special?

INXS because it was a very small intimate venue

If You Could Live in A Book, TV Show, Or Movie What Would It Be and Why?

Sopranos because I love danger.

 

Contact Jennifer

Cell: 303-817-0192

Email: Jennifer@MarkusDreamHomes.com

Website: MarkusDreamHomes.com

Facebook.com/JenniferMarkus

Instagram.com/jennifer_markus_re

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Beth Davis | Featured Agent

Beth Davis

Beth Davis

Hometown:

Minneapolis, Minnesota

What Is One Special Thing About the Place You Grew Up?

Musician Bobby McFerrin (Don’t Worry, Be Happy) lived in my childhood home with his family after we moved!

What Was Your First Job?

My first job was babysitting, and I still love spending time with other people’s kids.

Hobbies: 

I spend my free time painting, exploring the Art Museum, Botanic Gardens or taking in a performance at the Denver Performing Arts Complex. I love the arts & culture programs here in Denver, there is ALWAYS something to create or go do.

Describe Yourself In 5 Words: 

Friendly, Funny, Organized, Optimistic, and Artistic.

Favorite Colorado Past-time: 

If I have a free weekend, I’ll drive to the mountains to camp solo with my dog, Georgia O’Keeffe.

Favorite Place to Grab a Drink: 

Margs Uptown is my neighborhood hang. Love their Lava Lamps!

One Unusual Thing About You: 

My initials are B.A.D. (Beth Anne Davis) because my parents have a funny sense of humor and an affinity for acronyms.

In What Ways Are You Involved in Your Community?

I love taking advantage of opportunities to get involved with the Denver Community. I often join up with friends who volunteer, and love trying out different ways of giving back. I have volunteered with Denver Rescue Mission, Metro Caring, I have been a mentor for the Denver Metro Partners Program and I am a member of the Denver Art Museum and Botanic Gardens.

Who Inspires You?

I am constantly inspired by my friends, family, and colleagues. Everyone is facing their own struggle!

What Is Your Proudest Accomplishment and Why? 

I’m proud of myself for moving from Minneapolis to Denver almost 8 years ago, knowing nearly no one when I moved, and successfully making a life for myself here!

How Do You Define Success?

I define success as working hard, being nice to people, and finding joy in each day. Everything we do or want is because we think it will make us happier, if we can find joy first – then everything else falls into place!

What Career Path Would You Have Chosen If You Didn’t Become a Realtor?

If I wasn’t a REALTOR I would probably still be in sales of some sort. I love working towards a goal, developing relationships, and being a problem solver.

If You Could Master Any Skill That You Don’t Currently Have, What Would It Be and Why?

I wish I was one of those people who could be dropped in the middle of the woods and still know what direction they’re facing at any given moment. I don’t have that natural navigator skill.

What Is the Most Adventurous Thing You’ve Ever Done?  

I have been skydiving three times! Jumping out of an airplane is the most adventurous and exciting experience of my life, hands down.

If You Could Have Dinner with Anyone, Who Would It Be and Why

I would love to have dinner with both of my Grandmas. I think of them often and have fond memories of home cooking with one, and champagne & burger dinner dates with the other.

What Is Your Favorite Family Tradition?

My family has never been very traditional or religious, but every year when the holidays would come around, we would have a VERY traditional Jewish Christmas… CHINESE FOOD! It doesn’t matter if I’m spending it with family or friends, Peking Duck is served on Christmas Eve.

What’s the Best Concert You’ve Ever Been To? What Made It So Special?

Dolly Parton at Red Rocks was a once in a lifetime experience. Red Rocks is the most amazing venue and Dolly is so funny, incredibly talented and joyful – and to make it even more special, I watched two friends get engaged that night!

If You Could Live in A Book, TV Show, Or Movie What Would It Be and Why?

Harry Potter would be pretty fun, because… magic!

 

Contact Beth

Cell: 612-220-6989

Email: Beth@Kentwood.com

Website: BethAnneSellsDenver.com

Facebook.com/BethAnneSellsDenver

Instagram.com/BethAnneSellsDenver

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Sarah Tyler | Featured Agent

Sarah Tyler

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Hometown:

Pueblo, CO

What Is One Special Thing About the Place You Grew Up?

They have amazing Mexican food!

What Was Your First Job?

I worked at a baseball field concession stand.

Hobbies:

Hanging out with my husband and 2 kids, hiking, yoga, and anything outside.

Describe Yourself In 5 Words:

Honest, hard working, dedicated, personable, and family focused.

Favorite Colorado Past-time:

I love Hiking!

Favorite Place to Grab a Drink:

Human Bean Nutty Blizzard. I’m there enough that one of the baristas calls my version of this drink “The Sarah”. I must drink a lot of coffee!

One Unusual Thing About You:

I am sure I have many unusual things about me😊 but I cant pinpoint a fun one.

In What Ways Are You Involved in Your Community?

I am very involved with our local schools. I volunteer at them regularly, as well as sponsor and help organize school fundraising events.  I am also involved with WomensGive Larimer County, which is a program to help single mothers get a college education to help provide for their children.

Who Inspires You?

A lot of people inspire me, so it’s hard to pick just one. Anyone who keeps growing and innovating themselves is a great inspiration for me.

My husband is a huge inspiration and inspires me every day. He is hardworking but also family focused, and thoughtful.  He always asks the right questions to people about their lives and seeing what is going on that is important to them, even if he is super busy.  He always the kids and I first which allows me to go through busy times and not worry.

What Is Your Proudest Accomplishment and Why?

Having my children. I have always been very active, and career driven. So when I had my children, I loved seeing a different side of me open up and truly enjoy loving them in a way I hadn’t experienced before.

How Do You Define Success?

A work/life balance. When I feel the most successful is when I can have great family time while also helping my clients find their perfect home or sell their home to move on to their next adventure. The balance keeps me feeling happy and successful

What Career Path Would You Have Chosen If You Didn’t Become a Real Estate Broker?

I love real estate but also do have a past career/life that I still enjoy. I own a local salon and spa in Fort Collins (Orchidee Salon & Spa) and still enjoy seeing it thrive. I have amazing managers that run it for me so I can fully focus on my real estate career, but if I wasn’t in real estate, I would still have that as my focus and passion.

If You Could Master Any Skill That You Don’t Currently Have, What Would It Be and Why?

I just decided to learn tennis.  I have never played before and love the idea of taking on something fun yet hard to master. It’s been a long time since I have learned a new activity/sport and I am looking forward to having some fun.

What Is the Most Adventurous Thing You’ve Ever Done?

Starting my own business. From the conception to the big financial risk of taking the leap has been a huge adventure. Any business owner knows it’s a big leap and a great reward.

If You Could Have Dinner with Anyone, Who Would It Be and Why?

Anna Wintour. She quickly navigated to the top of the fashion and editing world and eventually changed the look and focus of Vogue. I would love to pick her brain about how she achieved her success and what life looks like outside of her career.

What Is Your Favorite Family Tradition?

I love Christmas. I love everything about it but especially family traditions from my past, as well as creating new ones with my family. We try to have a true “Colorado” Christmas by going up to a cabin or home in the mountains (usually Devils Thumb Ranch) so you get the snow and the family time without all the interruptions. Sometimes we do this before or after Christmas so we make sure to also see our extended family on the actual day, but this is our special time just me, my husband, and our kids. Christmas songs, cooking together as a family, decorating our tree (I am a huge fan of decorating the tree together and however the kiddos want it, so it may not be pretty but its fun!), and we have even done sleigh rides. Truly the full holiday experience!

What’s the Best Concert You’ve Ever Been To? What Made It So Special?

I love any outdoor concert, especially Red Rocks. I think you get such a great feeling when you are at Red Rocks hearing music and enjoying the beauty of Colorado at the same time.

If You Could Live in A Book, TV Show, Or Movie What Would It Be and Why?

Outlander is my favorite book series so I would have to choose that. They have now made a TV series out of it and I would be fine with that as well, but of course the book is always better! The story is based on a strong woman who pushes and breaks boundaries and stereotypes when she goes back in time. How could you not love going back to another time to experience life a different, more simple way. And I mean who doesn’t love Scotland!

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Laura Fuller – Featured Agent

Laura Fuller

Laura Fuller | Featured Agent

Hometown:

Chicago.

What Is One Special Thing About the Place You Grew Up?

The house that I grew up in was a long-term, stable place, from when I was 5 years old until I went to college.  My parents are still married after over 50+ years too!

What Was Your First Job?

Camp Counselor for the neighborhood, and now our two daughters are following suit in Stapleton!

Hobbies:

Traveling, skiing, golf and creating memories and traditions with my family.

Describe Yourself In 5 Words:

Caring, spontaneous, organized, funny and driven.

Favorite Colorado Past-time:

Anything outdoors!  That’s one of the main reasons why we moved here from Chi-town 13 years ago.

Favorite Place to Grab a Drink:

Anywhere that serves chardonnay.  Or “chard”, as I like to call it.

One Unusual Thing About You:

I can still do the splits at 47.

In What Ways Are You Involved in Your Community?

I do a lot of work with our daughters’ schools, and I am also in my fifth year of volunteering at the Denver Hospice Inpatient Care Center in Lowry.  Death does not have to be scary, it can be quite comfortable, dignified and beautiful.

Who Inspires You?

My dad.  He is 81 years old and going strong, even after a triple bypass last year!  He was a CEO for most of his life, he still loves to travel the world with my mom and have amazing experiences, and he is one of the most generous people I know.  He taught me many things, but most importantly how to give back, whether it’s money, time or talent, because we are very fortunate.

What Is Your Proudest Accomplishment and Why?

St. Patrick’s Day, my senior year of college at Michigan State, I set a record with a handful of other students for being in the same Irish bar for 19 hours!  7 AM to 2 AM!  Just kidding.  Even though that story is 100% true (our group picture is on the wall), my proudest accomplishment is my two girls. 🙂

How Do You Define Success?

To me success is more of a feeling, an emotion that allows a person to experience happiness and fulfillment based on whatever they have accomplished.

What Career Path Would You Have Chosen If You Didn’t Become a Real Estate Broker?

Advertising and Marketing agencies were my first career, my first work love.

If You Could Master Any Skill That You Don’t Currently Have, What Would It Be and Why?

Singing, because I think performing a show to thousands of people while they sing along with you would be amazing.  I want to be the Rockstar Pink when I grow up.

What Is the Most Adventurous Thing You’ve Ever Done?

Skydiving, jumping out over the Rockies at 17,000 feet.

If You Could Have Dinner with Anyone, Who Would It Be and Why?

Ellen DeGeneres.  I love her, I love her show, I love what she stands for, I love how much she gives to everyone.  I just idolize her in general.

What Is Your Favorite Family Tradition?

Every night we eat together as a family at our kitchen table, we hold hands and say what we are thankful for.  Our young ladies are 14 and 12 now, and we have been doing it since they were little.

What’s the Best Concert You’ve Ever Been To? What Made It So Special?

My first concert was Rick Springfield with my mom, and she still talks to this day about how “loud” it was.  The other favorites are any that we have taken our daughters to, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, etc. and watching them go crazy.  Watching my sweet husband sing T Swift lyrics is pretty funny too.

If You Could Live in A Book, TV Show, Or Movie What Would It Be and Why?

I would live in any of the Hunger Games movies and kick ass!  Or be the love interest in any movie opposite Brad Pitt.

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Jacci Geiger | Kentwood Featured Agent

Jacci Geiger

Jacci Geiger | Kentwood Featured Agent

Hometown:

I moved to Denver when I was 8 years old from Los Angeles. I like to say I’m 90% Native.

What Is One Special Thing About the Place You Grew Up?

It sounds cliché’ but the outdoors. I have literally skied and golfed in the same day.  Where else can you do that?

What Was Your First Job?

Kentucky Fried Chicken at age 14, which they now so healthily refer to as KFC. I also sold Girl Scout cookies and babysat for the neighborhood.

Hobbies:

Golf, Peloton, biking, biking, concerts, live music, TRAVEL, live theater.

Describe Yourself In 5 Words:

Innovative, Creative, Determined, FUN, And Compassionate.

Favorite Colorado Past-time:

Mountain Golf, the balls go so much further!

Favorite Place to Grab a Drink:

Anywhere there is good people watching! I love the bar at Izakya Den.

One Unusual Thing About You:

I am in an Adult Rock Choir and I have sung at Red Rocks! Oh, and I am getting married to the man of my dreams on June 15th. And your all invited!

In What Ways Are You Involved in Your Community?

I am a volunteer at Florence Crittenton Services of Colorado, a Denver nonprofit empowering teen mothers and their children to be productive members of the community. I get to hold babies while these amazing women get an education.

Who Inspires You?

Brave people. People who are vulnerable and still tell their truth.

What Is Your Proudest Accomplishment and Why?

Well that, of course, would have to be my son, which I am sure most people say, and they should. Raising a child in this world can be challenging. I have one son. He and I have been a team for a very long time. He went to the Denver School of Arts and then on to Juilliard School in NYC. He currently lives in Brooklyn with his husband and they are living their dreams in TV, movies, and photography. He is also, and most importantly, a good human. That makes me very proud.

How Do You Define Success?

I think success is very personal. I come from a very hard-working family. My father was a tailor for the airlines and my mom was our school nurse, so with 5 kids, money was tight. But they put us through the best schools and we were in every sport possible. We never went without. Our parents were our coaches and our leaders. They spent late nights working on pine wood derby cars and helping with homework. They taught us to stand on our own two feet, push yourself and take care of others. I think I have accomplished that.

What Career Path Would You Have Chosen If You Didn’t Become a Real Estate Broker?

A Psychiatrist or Psychologist…or a Rock-n-Roll star!

If You Could Master Any Skill That You Don’t Currently Have, What Would It Be and Why?

Playing the guitar or piano. Or I would learn to speak French or Spanish.  I guess I have a few.

What Is the Most Adventurous Thing You’ve Ever Done?

Traveled to Europe by myself. It was the most liberating and exciting thing ever!

If You Could Have Dinner with Anyone, Who Would It Be and Why?

Cheryl Strayed, the author of Wild. She’s a bad ass regardless of her losses and can put everything into words that I struggle with. Ruth Bader Ginsberg – no explanation needed. And my best friend, Brenda, who passed away suddenly 3 years ago. She made everything better.

What Is Your Favorite Family Tradition?

­­­Pretty simple. Chinese food and lots of Christmas Movies on Christmas Eve. Love Actually, Family Stone, Christmas Vacation, etc…with my family dressed in their “warm and fuzzy’s” (Pajamas).

What’s the Best Concert You’ve Ever Been To? What Made It So Special?

Well it’s not really a concert, but when your son is on Broadway and your front and center watching him up there living his dreams – well that is something that lives with you forever.

If You Could Live in A Book, TV Show, Or Movie What Would It Be and Why?

Ohhhh this is a great question! I love so many books, TV shows, and movies! But I think I would have to say the Wizard of Oz.  It’s an adventurous, groundbreaking, and magical. But mostly because in the end Dorothy realizes what matters most is home and loved ones.