I remember the first time driving down Highway 98 toward the Beaches of South Walton on a dark evening in 1992, and thinking to myself that I might just fall off the face of the Earth. After waking the next morning to the sugar sand beaches and emerald waters of Blue Mountain Beach, I knew I had found my new home.
I was born and raised in the suburbs outside of Philadelphia. After graduation I spent a year traveling the United States and Europe. I decided to continue my education at California Santa Clara University.
Moving back to Philadelphia I began working in telecommunications. My first day of work was the same day that AT&T was divested of its seven regional Bell Companies which signified a new era in telecommunications. This was an exciting time for the industry and we saw more changes in those first five years than the 50 prior. For the next seventeen years I worked in sales and sales management.
In 1990 I began my migration south. I opened up the new DC office for Sprint Communications and lived in Arlington, Virginia for the next eleven years. At the same time my sister and her family moved to Niceville, Florida and introduced me to the wonders of the Panhandle. It wasn't until 2001 that I could make my dream of living here a reality.
A dear friend, once described the secret of his success by stating, "I did not become successful because I was smarter, had better connections, or was better looking than my colleagues; my success came from the passion I had for my work." I knew at that point that not only had I found my geographical home, but my career home as well.
Once I moved to South Walton, I began a sisterhood with the community. I have enjoyed my volunteerism which extends from serving on the board at Sacred Heart Hospital, volunteering with the Cultural Arts Association and contributing to other worthy causes.
The key to my success in the real estate business has been my passion for the area.