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Member Spotlight: Rebecca Reeves

Name, Job Title, Company: Rebecca Reeves, National Quality Manager at The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company

Brief Job Description: Rebecca Reeves is a National Quality Manager at The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company – a multi-billion-dollar construction organization with a reputation for excellence since 1909. With over 19 years in the construction industry, Rebecca’s current role includes developing policy and resources related to quality on a national level. Beyond the tangible resources, Rebecca especially enjoys providing training and fostering connections and alignment that lead to the success of others and enhance a culture of proactive quality.  Rebecca has completed various types of construction projects throughout the Mid-Atlantic region with a special focus in healthcare construction and interior fit-outs. Her extensive experience includes close to 2,000,000 SF in completed projects.  Personally, Rebecca is a full-time wife and sports mom.

How long have you been a CREW member?  7 years.

What was the experience or motivating factor that compelled you to join CREW Baltimore?  Was there someone who influenced you to join?  In an effort to expand my professional network, I visited several Baltimore organizations.  I felt so welcomed at the first CREW Baltimore luncheon I attended.  It was the friendly atmosphere, along with an immediate connection made with Tara Herbert (who became my membership sponsor) that encouraged me to become active in CREW Baltimore.

List any CREW Baltimore positions you have held or committees you have been a part of. 

Beacons Committee 2014 – present

Board of Directors, Director at Large 2018 – present

PR Committee 2019 – present

In your experience, what makes CREW unique from other organizations?

In addition to the open, friendly atmosphere at CREW, the variety of events, including the topics, locations, times, and formats is unique to CREW Baltimore.  There is always an event with a relevant topic or convenient location and time to choose from.  With formats ranging from panel discussions to training/educational opportunities to social networking events and more, everyone can choose the events that are most applicable and beneficial to them.

What advice do you have for women pursuing careers in CRE?

Ask questions.  You don’t know what you don’t know, and the only way to become proficient and respected is to ask questions, listen and learn.  In my experience, people – particularly trades people – take great pride in their work and want to share what they know with somebody who is interested.  Carry yourself with confidence, and approach conflicts directly.  Ignoring a problem will rarely result in the desired resolution.  Don’t strive to be the best woman in your field, strive to be the best.  Period.

What do you think makes a good mentor?

To me, a good mentor is anybody that can provide advice and guidance on a particular topic or area of expertise.  A mentor does not necessarily have to be older or more experienced overall, and a shared experience or background helps to cement the connection. 

What is your dream vacation spot and why? My dream vacation spot is anywhere we can find a new adventure.  My family and I are on a quest to see the 50 states and have visited 23 of the 50 in the last 5 years.  You won’t find us lounging on the beach.  Finding the best hiking spot, touring a local attraction, attending a sporting event, or testing out a local restaurant is more our speed.  We are working on tentative plans to visit New Zealand in 2021.

What do you do in your spare time?  The majority of our spare time is spent shuttling our kids, Zach and Addie, to and from their activities.  Their activities include ice hockey, cross country, lacrosse, cheer, dance, basketball, softball and Girl Scouts, and on any given day it is not unusual for us to have 3 or more commitments (yes, we only have 2 kids…)!  Personally, my hobbies include antique trucks and beekeeping.  Ask me next summer if my bees have survived the winter and if we have any honey!

What is your favorite app or social media outlet and why?

Facebook is my favorite social media outlet because I can easily share our photos with family and friends with minimal effort!

Member Spotlight: Kelli Rivera

Name, Job Title, Company: Kelli Rivera, Senior General Manager at JLL, guru of all (most) things property management.

How long have you been a CREWBaltimore Member? 3.5 years

What was the experience or motivating factor that compelled you to join CREWBaltimore?Was there someone who influenced you to join? My supervisor at JLL was the President of the Chapter at the time (Amy Lacock) and encouraged me to attend a lunch and learn. This event was the Women of Influence panel and I was charged and ready to be a part of a great organization after attending.

List any CREWBaltimore positions held or committees you have been a part of.

  • Sponsorship Committee – Director
  • Sponsorship Committee – Co-Chair Person
  • Outreach Committee – Member

Have you done business with another CREW member, locally or nationally? I have done business with MANY CREW members. To name a few, Infinity Restoration, Mona Electric, AllSafe Elevator, Arris Design, and Sentral Services. It is the connections that are made at CREW events that allow every member an opportunity to be successful. I can make that statement for both my personal life and professional life.

What 3 business tips can you share with others? The 3 business tips that I can share are: 1. Try, try, try again; 2. A bad failure can turn into a good success; 3. The worst someone can say is “no” – you will never know unless you ask.

What is one trait you wish all female leaders could cultivate? One trait that I wish all female leaders could cultivate is personal assurance. All too often we, females, do not have faith in our own abilities, yet have all the faith in others.

What do you do in your spare time? In my “spare” time I like to do high energy, adrenaline and outdoor activities with my kids. I especially love to go on a hike where cell service is sketchy – the ability to disconnect from outside world is key when involved in such a fast-past working environment.

If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the Title should be? Why did you select this title? She who wears many hats. The title is pretty explanatory: mother, wife, business owner, sister, daughter, boss, friend, co-worker. (Just to name a few)

What is your guilty pleasure? My guilty pleasure is sweets. I love making them. I love eating them. My daughter and I frequently watch baking challenges and try to re-create the items.

Member Spotlight: Glenda Sanders

Glenda Sanders, Sanders Designs, Vice President

Glenda Sanders, Sanders Designs, Vice President

 

Glenda G. Sanders

Sanders Designs, Architects, Vice President

 

How long have you been a CREW Member?

5 years

What was the experience or motivating factor that compelled you to join CREW Baltimore? Was there someone who influenced you to join?

It was actually Jackie Schineck from Century Engineering. I had mentioned I had come to a CREW event about 10 years earlier but I didn’t feel very welcome, so she had me attend a lunch meeting with her and I realized the dynamic of the organization had totally changed.

List any CREWBaltimore positions held or committees you have been a part of.

I started on the membership committee and then became a board member in charge of Membership. I am now the Membership Director for our chapter.

How does CREW Baltimore support your career?

From a personal aspect I have received great advice on business issues from my fellow CREW members.

Have you done business with another CREW member, locally or nationally?

Yes on a local level. I’ve been doing business with Century Engineering for over 15 years and now just love Walter Electric who had been doing electrical upgrades to my home. Additionally, I have done business with Absolute Cleaning Services.

Has CREW Baltimore contributed to your leadership skills and experience?

Yes definitely! When you become a committee chair and/or join the board you have to learn to work with a variety of personalities and lead for the common good.

What do you do in your spare time? Provide a fun fact about yourself.

I love to garden come spring time and my guilty pleasure is building dollhouses. I now have three going and one day may finish!

What 3 business tips can you share with others?

The most important advice I can give is to “Pick up the phone”! In today’s world of e-mail sometimes an issue can’t be solved through e-mail and people can read into your message in a way that can cause issues. Don’t let e-mail be your relationship. People like to do business with people they like and if you take a personal interest in your clients their success is yours.

What is the biggest challenge you have faced in business and how did you overcome it?

Being an owner of my own business with my husband for 27 years is a challenge within itself. The hardest challenge is to leave the business at the front door of our home. How do I overcome? Tell my husband to have a beer and chill the h*** out!

What is your guilty pleasure (TV show, sweet treat, etc.)?

Never miss “Nashville” on a Wednesday night.

If you could spend the day with one celebrity, who would it be and why?

Now that’s a tough one. Brad Pitt because he’s gorgeous and does great things for others or Frank Sinatra because I bet he had great Hollywood stories and I love old movies.

If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the Title should be?

The Good Witch

Member Spotlight – Joan Renner

Member Spotlight

Joan Renner, Chief Financial Officer (CFO), The Brick Companies

Joan Renner, Chief Financial Officer (CFO), The Brick Companies

Joan Renner

Chief Financial Officer, The Brick Companies

As a member of the Executive Team, I share in the responsibility of determining the strategic direction of the Company. In addition, I plan, design, develop, implement, and manage programs, policies, and procedures that are consistent with the Company’s Strategic Plan. I provide leadership, coaching, and direction to the finance department staff, with focus on keeping the department in alignment with the vision and growth of the Company.

The Brick Companies, a privately held company based in Edgewater, Maryland, owns, develops, and manages commercial, residential, and recreational properties: For Working, For Living, For Fun. Properties in our portfolio are located in and around the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. Moreover, the Company is committed to environmental and social responsibility, as demonstrated by its green building philosophy and its support for charities and social causes through The TBC Foundation. I was recently elected to the Board of Directors to serve as Treasurer for TBC Foundation.

How long have you been a CREWBaltimore Member?

9 years

What was the experience or motivating factor that compelled you to join CREWBaltimore? Was there someone who influenced you to join?

I met Lou Ann Dent at an event, and she encouraged me to join CREWBaltimore.  I was impressed with Lou Ann, the members, and the organization after I attended a networking event. I knew this was a group that I had to join.

List any CREWBaltimore positions held or committees you have been part of.

  • Treasurer: 2007-2009
  • President Elect: 2010
  • President: 2011
  • Past President: 2012
  • Finance Committee Chair: 2015

I am also involved at CREW Network, having served on the CREW Network Finance Committee since 2011. I served as Chair of that committee in 2012, 2013, and 2015. I also participated in the VP to C Suite Program for 3 years.

Have you done business with another CREW member, locally or nationally?

I strongly believe in working with fellow CREW members. For example, when The Brick Companies was looking to make a change in accounting services, we interviewed several firms, all fellow CREWBaltimore members. Katz Abosch was selected, and we continue to do business with them. CREWBaltimore members are always my first choice.

Has CREWBaltimore contributed to your leadership skills and experience?

Serving as President of the Chapter was a fabulous experience that expanded my leadership skills. I enjoyed working with the Board to help guide the organization, even during the challenging economic times. The experience also gave me the opportunity to develop long-lasting relationships with my fellow members.

What do you think makes a good mentor, and have you established any mentoring relationships through CREW?

A good mentor needs to know how to listen and offer advice when appropriate. I was a mentor in CREW Network’s Bridging the C Suite Gap program for three years, and it was an amazing experience. I often felt that I learned more from my mentees than I helped them because the program forced me to stay focused on my own goals—you have to walk the walk. My experience on the CREWBaltimore Board also helped me develop mentor relationships with several members whose advice I seek on various matters.

What is your guilty pleasure (TV show, sweet treat, etc.)?

I have to admit that I like some reality TV, specifically Survivor, Project Runway, and Celebrity Apprentice. I love to watch the competition and how each player navigates through the social aspects of the game.

What are you passionate about?

I love volunteering my time to the local schools. I have served as PTA/PTO Treasurer, and I am the current President at Crofton Middle School. It is very rewarding to work with the parents, teachers, and staff members to help make the school a better place or to give the students a better learning environment. Teachers make such a big impact on my boys’ lives that I want them to know I support them.

What is your dream vacation spot?

Any place warm and sunny—I am a Floridian at heart, so I love the beach and the ocean.

Member Spotlight – Lou Ann Dent

Member Spotlight

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Lou Ann Dent, Vice President, Wells Fargo Insurance Services USA

Lou Ann Dent

Vice President, Wells Fargo Insurance Services USA

Strategic Team Leader oversees insurance brokerage and risk management consulting services for RE clients. I specialize in helping clients protect their portfolio of assets through the entire life cycle, including Owner Controlled Insurance Programs.

How long have you been a CREWBaltimore Member?

11 years

What was the experience or motivating factor that compelled you to join CREWBaltimore? Was there someone who influenced you to join?

I had changed career paths in my early 40s, wanting to focus on commercial RE, and a co-worker suggested that I look into CREW. When I researched, I realized that it was the only commercial RE organization with members across all competencies of the deal; a single source of education. The proof is in the results; I have been a top performer within Wells Fargo for the past five years, recognized with internal growth awards/recognition.

List any CREWBaltimore positions held or committees you have been part of.

I served on the Chapter Sponsorship Committee for several years, Network Scholarship and Finance Committees, Baltimore President Elect and President as well as a two-year Network Board position.

How does CREWBaltimore support your career?

As noted earlier, CREW provided the foundation for my knowledge of the commercial RE “deal.” With that knowledge, and the networking that CREW afforded me, I have grown a significant RE client base.

Has CREWBaltimore contributed to your leadership skills and experience?

My involvement in committees and eventual leadership roles in CREWBaltimore and CREW Network directly correlated with my rising success within Wells Fargo. The experience was absolutely the best foundation and learning opportunity. Today, Wells Fargo is a Premier Network sponsor because I and other Wells Fargo women have shared the same positive experience.

What do you think makes a good mentor, and have you established any mentoring relationships through CREW?

I have been a mentor to several women within CREW over the years and continue to hear from several whose careers have taken them to other regions of the country. I can say from my own personal experience with a mentor 30 years ago and another 10 years ago that it isn’t enough to be a sounding board and provide good advice; a great mentor is willing to link her good name and reputation to you, like a personal seal of approval. She will make the calls and advocate for you as if her own success depends on it.

Briefly describe the culture of CREWBaltimore:

As a former Network Board member who was tasked with visiting many chapters across the country, I experienced many Chapter cultures.  Fortunately, many were much like CREWBaltimore. My experience is that our Chapter has always made folks feel comfortable and at home from day one.  Such a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, yet a serious focus on networking and professional growth.

What do you do in your spare time? Provide a fun fact about yourself.

I love the water and spend any spare time on Liberty Reservoir rowing my racing shell and kayaking preferably early in the morning….like sunrise.

What 3 business tips can you share with others?

1) Introspection: Know yourself before you try to figure out other people or clients (or your spouse and children).  2) Authenticity: Be yourself, or your clients and associates will never trust you (and if you are in sales, they won’t buy from you).  3) Persistence:  Never give up on yourself or any other person or cause you believe in.

What is the biggest challenge you have faced in business, and how did you overcome it?

When I changed careers at 45. I took a huge risk but was inspired and mentored by a wonderful person who believed in me and fought for me.  I can honestly say that I never worked so hard as I did the first three years, experienced failures over and over and a few time wanted to give up but she taught me the “magic” of Introspection, Authenticity, and Persistence.

What is your guilty pleasure (TV show, sweet treat, etc.)?

Single Malt Scotch

What is your favorite app or social media outlet?

Amazon Prime App  – I am an Amazon shopper for everything except clothes (I still like to feel the fabric before I buy).

If you could spend the day with one celebrity, who would it be and why?

I am not impressed by any celebrity or politician today. My choice is not a “celebrity” nor alive today. I would love to spend a day with Catherine the Great. She lived an incredible life and had broad-reaching impact in her day and beyond. She is one of the greatest leaders to ever live.

What is your dream vacation spot?

My dream vacation spot for many years was a house on the ocean in the lower Florida Keys where I could enjoy the water, hiking, biking, and relaxing far away from the pace of my work life. Several years ago, my husband and I were fortunate enough to buy that dream vacation spot, and we enjoy as much time as we can there.

If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be?

A Simple Life

Member Spotlight – Student Membership Scholarship Recipient Ashlyn Cox

CREWBaltimore’s Community Action Committee recently awarded Ashlyn Cox with a one-year student membership scholarship to the organization and the opportunity to serve on the Public Relations Committee. Each year the Chapter accepts applications for monetary and/or student membership scholarships, to continue the efforts of CREW Network in the advancement of women within the commercial real estate industry. Please congratulate Ashlyn when you see her at future functions!

Ashlyn Cox

Ashlyn Cox, Lease Administrator, Colliers International and CREWBaltimore 2015 Student Member

Ashlyn Cox, Lease Administrator, Colliers International 

Main functions include inputting cash receipts, abstract leases, and maintaining environmental reporting databases.

In addition to working at Colliers, Ashlyn attends University of Maryland University College (UMUC), majoring in Business Administration with an expected graduation in Spring 2016.

What was the experience or motivating factor that compelled you to join CREWBaltimore? Was there someone who influenced you to join?

Amy Lacock informed me of a student membership scholarship to CREWBaltimore.

What factors interested you in the commercial real estate industry?

I enjoy working in a fast-moving industry, where there are new things every day, and there is always something to do.

What are you hoping to gain as a member of CREW and/or the Public Relations Committee?

I look forward to the opportunity to gain knowledge, mentors, and a great network.

What do you think makes a good mentor?

A good mentor is someone who is a good listener, and will guide me by providing good insight.

What do you do in your spare time? Provide a fun fact about yourself.

I play video games when I have free time.

What is your favorite app or social media outlet?

I use Facebook as a networking tool.

If you could spend the day with one celebrity, who would it be and why?

I don’t have a favorite celebrity, but would like to spend a day with John Williams, because I think he is one of the greatest current composers.

What is your dream vacation spot?

New York.

Member Spotlight – Debbie Heaver

Debbie Heaver

Debbie Heaver, Regional Account Manager, Brickman

Debbie Heaver

Regional Account Manager, Brickman

I am a Customer Service and Sales Representative responsible for some of Brickman’s largest accounts in the Mid-Atlantic.

How long have you been a CREWBaltimore Member?

20 years

What was the experience or motivating factor that compelled you to join CREWBaltimore? Was there someone who influenced you to join?

After starting a new General Contracting business in 1991, I was motivated to join CREWBaltimore because I wanted to become part of an intimate business organization that could help me grow my business network and develop the skills needed to be confident, successful, and relaxed in business settings. A social butterfly I was not. Back in 1994, when I joined CREWBaltimore, the events were generally attended by 20-25 people, which allowed for everyone to stand in a circle and introduce themselves to the group.  I was petrified at first, but as time went on I became more and more comfortable with myself from the support I was receiving from the group, both personally and professionally.  Thanks to CREW, I was able to grow beyond the person I was and see the person I could be.

The success I have experienced in my career would not have been possible without having the opportunity to learn from the many CREW members, like Madeline Johannasen, Cynthia Berman, Brenda Bodian, and Deborah Ford, who made me feel welcome and taught me to take the time to invest in myself first.  I had never been a member of a women’s organization before and had no idea the power it has to change your life.

CREWBaltimore positions held or committees you have been part of:

  • Arrangements Chair
  • Membership Chair
  • PR Chair
  • Programs Chair
  • Programs & Membership Committee Member

Briefly describe the culture of CREWBaltimore:

The culture of CREWBaltimore, I believe, is to look at a person as a whole.  As our lives evolve, we need different things at different times.   For me, over the past 20 years it has been a place to promote your business, promote yourself, and seek guidance from a trusted colleague.

What do you do in your spare time? Provide a fun fact about yourself.

My world away from work is a busy one.  I have two grown children whom I love to visit.  My daughter, Erin, is in Raleigh, NC, and my son, Christopher, is in Ft. Myers, FL (you know when I go see him).  When I am not visiting the kids, I have a Horse Farm in Clarksville where I have two retired horses, two Labrador Retrievers and 20 acres of grass to mow.  Oh, did I mention fixing all those fences…?  🙂

What 3 business tips can you share with others?

  • Treat customers and colleagues as you would like to be treated yourself.
  • Admit when you are wrong, and if possible, make amends before it is noticed.
  • Enjoy what you do! Success and happiness cannot be achieved with your teeth clenched.

What is your guilty pleasure (TV show, sweet treat, etc.)?

My guilty pleasure is going on a beach vacation and doing absolutely nothing but sitting on the beach, reading, swimming, and snorkeling. The handsome cabana boy bringing me cold beverages is always a plus, too.

If you could spend the day with one celebrity, who would it be, and why?

Amelia Earhart. She looked at life as one exciting challenge after another and never took NO for an answer. I would love to see that spirit firsthand, especially at a time when she was blazing a new frontier for women. I think there are times when we could all use a little more Amelia spirit in our lives.

What is your dream vacation spot?

BORA BORA. I have been there once, and it lived up to all my expectations. I can’t wait to go back!

Member Spotlight – Howard Sobkov

Howard Sobkov

Howard Sobkov, Partner, Cap Ex Management Group

Howard Sobkov

Partner, Cap Ex Management Group

I oversee a property management business and partner in the acquisitions side of the business.

How long have you been a CREWBaltimore Member?

Since 2012

Was there someone or something that influenced you to join?

My experience hitting a glass ceiling in Belgium as the only American in the Belgian Bank.  I was passed over for promotion as a non-Belgian.  Firm glass ceiling.  The mission at CREWBaltimore really spoke to me and that experience.

List any CREWBaltimore positions held or committees you have been a part of.

Member, Membership Committee, 2012-present

Member, PR/Social Media Committee, 2012-present

Board Liaison Programs

Delegate to the Miami Convention

How does CREWBaltimore support your career?

I have been able to improve the operations of the property management business both on an income and expense side.  First-rate contacts.

Have you done business with another CREW member, locally or nationally?

The property management business offers opportunities to work with local CREW members.  I have and am working with 6 CREW members currently and working hard to expand that number.

What 3 business tips can you share with others?

Not mine, but…

Have vision
Work hard
Be Authentic

What is your guilty pleasure (TV show, sweet treat, etc.)?

Dark chocolate

What is your favorite app or social media outlet?

LinkedIn

What is your dream vacation spot?

Saint Barthelemy

Additional comments?

This was not asked but I would strongly encourage all CREWBaltimore members to go to Convention.  Hard to describe how excellent the experience of being there can be.

Member Spotlight – Karen Singer

Corporate Office Properties Trust's Karen Singer

Karen Singer, Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, Corporate Office Properties Trust

Karen M. Singer

Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, Corporate Office Properties Trust

I manage the Legal Department, which is responsible for executing all of the transactions for the company, including acquisitions, dispositions, financings, leasing, development, property management and corporate governance matters as a publicly traded real estate trust.

How long have you been a CREW Member?

Likely since 1990 or so.

What was the experience or motivating factor that compelled you to join CREWBaltimore? Was there someone who influenced you to join?

As a new attorney, I thought that it would be advantageous to meet a group of like-minded professionals, who would be great resources for both professional advice and networking.  I attended several meetings and enjoyed interacting with the other women and thus joined.

List any CREWBaltimore positions held or committees you have been a part of.

I served as Secretary to the Board for a period of time and chaired the CREWBaltimore Fund soon after its inception.

How does CREWBaltimore support your career?

CREW has been a wonderful resource throughout my career.  In the early days, it was the place to “ask the dumb question”—of course, no questions are dumb, yet CREW felt like the safe spot to delve deeper into an issue or an approach with a more experienced CREW member.  As time evolved, I used CREW to network through a job change, exploring alternative paths in the real estate profession. After settling into a new in-house position, I have tried to be a resource for other CREW members in whatever way might be helpful to them.

Have you done business with another CREW member, locally or nationally?

I have done plenty of business with CREW locally and always enjoyed the familiarity of knowing another party or supplier to a transaction in a different context, building on the foundation which pre-existed the transaction.

What do you do in your spare time? Provide a fun fact about yourself.

I actually love to knit and needlepoint.  Those who know me are sometimes surprised as these are sedentary hobbies and I am quite energetic, yet I love them. I enjoy the creative aspect of knitting and they keep me busy when other people might not be doing anything else (such as being a passenger on a road-trip or watching a movie at home).

What is your guilty pleasure (TV show, sweet treat, etc.)?

Chocolate chip cookies!

What is your dream vacation spot?

Florence, Italy

If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be?

Passionately Committed

Member Spotlight – Gena McNichol

 

Merritt Properties' Gena McNichol

Gena McNichol, Sr. Project Manager in Land Development, Merritt Properties and Merritt Construction Services

Gena S. McNichol

Sr. Project Manager in Land Development, Merritt Properties and Merritt Construction Services

I am a Sr. Project Manager in Land Development focusing primarily on land acquisition, due diligence, and entitlements as well as construction and consulting.

How long have you been a CREW Member?

16 years

What was the experience or motivating factor that compelled you to join CREWBaltimore? Was there someone who influenced you to join?

Cynthia Berman introduced me and Sheila Merritt to CREWBaltimore at the same time.  I really like the fact that it was a smaller group of mostly women compared to other local organizations.  I saw it as a good opportunity to connect with others in the industry.

List any CREWBaltimore positions held or committees you have been part of.

Member, Board of Directors and PR Committee, 1999.

How does CREWBaltimore support your career?

CREW has allowed me so many opportunities to meet others in the industry and has provided the right environment to allow me to share my experience and skills with others.  I have had the opportunity to be on a Board, speak at a program, and be on a panel of experts, just to name a few.

What do you do in your spare time? Provide a fun fact about yourself.

I just recently started showing in Cutting Horse competitions again. It has been so much fun getting back in the saddle, competing, and meeting people from all over the country.

What three business tips can you share with others?

(1) Work hard and be honest.

(2) Treat people with respect.

(3) Do what you say you are going to do.

What is your guilty pleasure (TV show, sweet treat, etc.)

Jelly beans, especially Jelly Bellies.

If you could spend the day with one celebrity, who would it be, and why?

Robert Redford. He has led such and interesting life, and who knows, maybe I would get a personal tour of Sundance!

What is your dream vacation spot?

I would love to visit Patagonia.