I credit my parents, in particular my mother, for my love of…and passion for…real estate.My father was career Air Force and our family moved seven times before I turned 18 years old. We lived on both coasts of the United States and three years each in Spain and Scotland. With every move, my parents immersed themselves into the local culture and my mom was the housing scout. Her mission with each move was to make sure our transition was as seamless as possible and each new house became our home. That’s where the seed was planted.Despite the transient upbringing, Rhode Island has always been my anchor and home base. My father grew up in the Ocean State. In between his military assignments and while deployed to Viet Nam for a year, Rhode Island was our go-to place. Nothing like family and our state’s coast and beaches to keep calling you back.I graduated from Bryant University and began my professional life as a Marketing Representative for Armstrong Worldwide Industries in the floor division of the company. Little did I know that my three-month boot camp learning flooring would serve me well later in my professional life.After Armstrong, I spent two decades in the banking industry moving up the ladder, ultimately to Vice President and Regional Manager for a Rhode Island financial institution. I started as a branch manager and gained valuable experience in mortgage lending and other types of credit. Another seed planted for my future real estate career.I have been married to my husband Jay for 30-plus years and we have three children and two grandchildren. Right after our oldest daughter was accepted to college, Jay encouraged me to get my real estate license. He saw my passion for the business…and perhaps grew tired of getting dragged to random open houses.For over 16 years, my labor of love has been helping clients buy and sell homes. I’m driven not by the sale, but by doing what is in the best interests of my clients. And they seem to appreciate this focus. Ninety percent of my business comes from referrals of past clients and I have been a top producer for my office and company almost from the start of my real estate career.So make your move and have confidence that this trusted advisor will be with you all the way on your Rhode trip!