What drives you?
Growth is what drives me. The pursuit to do things on a different level and just continually raising the bar on the level of professionalism and the way we function as a team. Our whole approach is growth and always doing it better.
What’s your biggest accomplishment in 2017?
It’s a combination of things. Not only did we grow our team, we moved into a new building and still serviced families in record numbers. It was the right time and the right team members. We are a company that really believes in services, and we raised the level of how we market things. The marketing plans we’ve taken on have attracted new buyers and sellers. I have a great team. We are 100 percent team-centric; everyone in our office is a specialist and we come together as a team.
What are your goals for 2018?
Our goals are to continue to serve even more families than last year and to raise the bar in our industry. My goal is to get our team more visible. We want to raise our giving. Part of our mission statement is to make a positive impact on our community. By getting involved with different things and sponsoring things we’ll continue to increase our capacity as far as giving back.
What makes the Cedar Valley a great place for business?
Obviously it’s the people. And we have such a big millennial population that’s growing, and that’s exciting. The Cedar Valley does a great job working with entrepreneurs and encouraging entrepreneurship. There’s a lot of support from our community in that. We have (Hawkeye Community College) and (the University of Northern Iowa) and think tanks for business. Because of that we are gaining momentum in the Cedar Valley in the way of young, bright thinkers who are generous financially and with their time. For families, I think our school systems are great. We have a great bike trail system, great golf courses and downtowns that are expanding. The Cedar Valley has many gifts.
What’s one piece of advice you’d give others?
Generosity wins. When you care about clients, it’s always a good deal. And always take the high road; you avoid a lot of pitfalls that way. Caring about your client instead of it just being a deal is something we’ll always do. Always walk in integrity and professionalism.