Commercial Real Estate was never exactly my vision when I started mapping out my career goals. I started college with the plan to pursue a nursing degree while playing collegiate golf. I quickly learned that nursing was not the path I wanted to take, but at 19, wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted to do. I decided to take the safe route and pursue a business degree. As the academic side of things became clearer for me, I found that my passion for the game of golf took over. I began pouring everything I had into the game. I loved that I was surrounded by a support system in my team, yet everyone was accountable for themselves. We each had our own individual goals that we strived to achieve and looked toward one another for help in doing so. Each of us were so determined to be the best we could be both individually and collectively, that we ended up being an unstoppable team. By the time I graduated college, I had my business degree in hand … but couldn’t seem to close the chapter on the passion I found in golf. I decided to pursue my passion and signed on as an Apprentice with the Professional Golf Association of America. I worked as an Assistant at Oak Park Country Club where I gave lessons and coached our juniors in camps and as they competed against teams from other clubs. After a few years of this, I came to the decision to switch paths yet again. I found that turning my passion into a career wasn’t exactly what I had pictured, and it was time to explore other options. As timing would have it, a personal connection reached out to me that NAI Hiffman was hiring and asked me to send in my resume. I was called in for an interview and started as a Property Assistant a few weeks later. My main role at that time was coding utility bills for a portfolio of buildings. As I sat at my desk, I couldn’t help but absorb everything happening around me. From capital projects and budgeting – to leasing transactions and teaming strategies, I fell in love with everything about Commercial Real Estate and never looked back. Since then, I have gained experience in managing suburban office and industrial buildings and spent some time downtown managing a large shopping center in the South Loop and an office building in River North. In 2015, I transitioned from managing buildings to managing our processes and procedures and I absolutely love what I do. As Operations Manager, I make sure we fulfill the promises we make to our clients. Whether I am handling a new assignment, client request, staffing challenge, new program implementation, personnel training, or collaborating with leadership, I have a pulse on every piece of our property management platform and take pride in ensuring that we uphold our growing platform while constantly seeking out ways to evolve. Before I found my place at NAI Hiffman, I was taking something I was passionate about and trying to turn that into a career. This left me feeling frustrated and lost. But in my role at NAI Hiffman, the opposite has happened. Leadership has created the environment that I thrived in while playing competitive golf. I, like every other member of our company, have been given the freedom work toward my own individual goals while always being held accountable to something bigger. Everyone has a hand in what we have built and that alone has transformed my career into a passion.
All of my free time is focused around my family. I come from a big one and it is everything to me. Whether it is a round of golf with my husband and siblings, having dinner with my parents, or spending time with my extended family – there is nothing better. Vacationing with my husband is also one of my favorite things to do. One of our favorite vacation spots is Aruba, but we try to visit somewhere new every year!
“You are what you do. Not what you say you will do.”