My roots are in Kingston; after growing up on a hobby farm in Sydenham, I couldn’t wait to leave town and start a new chapter. However, Kingston has a way of bringing you back – it’s a great place to call home.
As a career I work with my amazing team, The Marco and Rob Real Estate Team, to help clients find their dream homes and invest in property.
When I’m not working with my clients, my partner Chuck and I are renovating our home or hanging out with our furbabies, Cedar and Aspen. I have a passion for interior design and DIY projects; and when I want to relax, I love binge-watching TV shows.
How did you join the industry?
It was definitely NOT a straight path! When I graduated from Regiopolis Notre-Dame(Kingston), I couldn’t wait to move out and start my own adventure. I had interests in a few different fields but ultimately to leave the nest, I attended George Brown College in Toronto for Business and Marketing. While working through this program, I didn’t feel it was the right fit for me. I wanted to be out there and meeting people, experiencing new things, travelling, etc… not working in an office throughout the day. I had taken a broadcasting course in high school and loved it, coming back to that, I found a private broadcasting college in Toronto with strong statistics for successful graduates (The College of Sports Media / CSM).
Throughout the program, you learn from both radio and television industry leaders, in all aspects of broadcasting. From writing online content and editing sports highlights, to on-air hosting and interviewing techniques. Following graduation, I was offered an on-air position at a TV station in Chetwynd, B.C. – I jumped at it and moved across the country 2 weeks later. I really look back at this time and am thankful for the experience it gave me. Not a year later, it was time to look for something closer to home. I joined the team at Station 14 in Kingston and bought my first house! It was then that I first fell in love with real estate.
I began to realize broadcasting wasn’t a long term career for me – I really took some time to think about what I wanted to do, what kind of lifestyle I wanted to live. Something clicked with real estate. While working as a reporter, I started working towards getting my license. When I finished the program and joined the Marco and Rob Team, I was working with CKWS/Global Kingston. After a few months of juggling both, I made the big and very scary leap to full-time real estate. I had never worked in a 100%-commission based field before, but sometimes you have to just go for it and work your butt off. Here I am two years later, loving it!
In Real Estate, like many other industries, social media is key. You need to have a presence across platforms to create trust and relationships with people. I personally live for Instagram – pictures and videos are my cup of tea! I am able to share my business, find inspiration, and follow others with similar passions to mine; there is something so personal about it.
I like to follow and keep up with other Kingston influencers/bloggers and business owners to see what is going on around town.
One of the things I love most about my career is the ability to delve into other business ventures. Besides growing my real estate business, I would love to continue my education into interior design. Chuck and I are currently renovating our home and I love spending hours planning layouts and creating ideas for design and functional living – eventually I would love to do that for other people.
Professional & Personal:
The best thing I ever did for myself and my career was recognizing that I wasn’t happy. It gave me the ability to stand back and reevaluate what I wanted in life, what my goals were both personally and professionally, the type of lifestyle I wanted to live, and what my true passions were. If I have one piece of advice for young professionals out there, it’s to go for what you want. We are young, we have more opportunities to be ourselves than our parents did, and we should take risks.
As an adult, I’ve always found it a bit difficult to meet new people, expand my friend group, and leave my comfort zone – that is the whole reason I joined Kingston Young Professionals. It gives me the opportunity(and push) to go out, meet like-minded people, and make new friends in the community.
The Marco and Rob Real Estate Team