I grew up in a small, conservative town in Western New York between Buffalo and Rochester, where I learned the value of hard work early on. Although my parents both worked, I began taking jobs after school by 14 to save money so I could enroll in a foreign exchange program in Granada, Spain. I lived there in 1988 and learned to speak fluent Spanish. Upon my return to the US, I studied at Ohio University in Athens and State University of New York (SUNY) Buffalo.
After 24 years of slush and snow, I moved south to North Carolina and opened my own business in historic downtown New Bern. Owning and operating my cafe taught me about marketing, time management, buying and selling and creating success. In 2001, I was recruited by Sysco Foods as a Sales Associate, which afforded me tremendous training and education in sales and marketing by one of the best companies in the USA. I sold my business and retained the real estate, renting it out for many years. I worked and grew with Sysco for five years before meeting and marrying the love of my life, Ian.
Soon after our wedding we moved to sunny Sanibel Island in 2006. It was a comfortable move for both of us since I’d been visiting the islands every year since 1972 and Ian’s family had started coming in the 1930’s. We both worked in the hospitality industry for several years, gaining knowledge about the islands, making friends and getting involved in local events. Community service has always been important to me as my parents modeled it. I have served on the Board of Directors for the Sanibel Community Association, the Sanibel-Captiva Optimist Club, the Little Lake Murex Home Owners Association and the Captiva Chapel by the Sea. I enjoy giving my time and energy to help others and have founded several annual events for charitable organizations on the islands.
When I’m not working or volunteering, I enjoy pursuing athletic activities like running in local 5K races, the Captiva Triathlon, a Spartan race in the Everglades and weight training at the Sanibel Recreation Center. I keep very active since adopting a little puppy named, Kernel. Kernel loves boating with us, running on the beach and will do anything for a ride in the Jeep!
I’ve enjoyed a life here on Sanibel that most people dream of, and I would love to make it possible for you, too. I would describe myself as professional, optimistic, resourceful, energetic, committed and a great communicator. I’m very detail oriented, focused and demonstrate integrity in all I do. When you need help or have questions about real estate on Sanibel and Captiva, just…. “Ask Amy!”