A year after my daughter was born, I moved to the DC area and started working in property management. From there, I began to work for a State Farm agent where I obtained a Property & Casualty insurance license.
I started my career in commercial real estate working as an insurance analyst for Wells Fargo. One of my colleagues at Wells left to join Walker & Dunlop and convinced me to apply for a position. I got the job and continued to climb the ladder here at W&D.
I would say my career evolved because I was there for many significant events and there was always a problem to be solved, a need to be filled, or a fire to be put out. I always say, whenever there is a problem there is an opportunity. It was those opportunities that gave me the ability to shine and show my manager what I am capable of and revealed to her my potential. Once she saw this, she challenged me more and gave harder assignments for me to grow from.
I've had a strong work ethic from a very young age. It started when I was 9 years old waking up at 4 am to help my mother clean a restaurant kitchen before going to elementary school. I learned from that experience that when I grew up, I wanted to work with my brain instead of my hands.
I am one of three siblings and the only one to have finished high school and go to college. I was very driven in college and completed two majors and a minor in three and half years. I share this story, because I was laser focused to get into the working world and I have been equally focused during my career.
But if there is one thing that I could go back and tell my 25 years old self, it would be to stop and take the time to smell the roses and be present. Because time goes by faster as each year comes.
My fifteen-year-old daughter Kianna and eleven-year-old son Jonathan motivate me every day.
I’ve always aspired to travel the world and start a nick-nack or art collection from all my travels. For the longest time, I thought I would have to wait to do this once the kids graduated college. And then I met a woman who traveled alone to multiple countries in Europe with two young sons. A baby and toddler! After hearing her story, I realized I don’t have to wait and can do it now.
I have always wanted to build my own small real estate investment portfolio and for the last ten years have been taking the steps to reach this goal. I now have my first investment property that I manage and am working on my next challenge.
Recently I have been stuck on two shows. The Servant on Apple TV and The Last of Us on HBO.