Advocating for clients. Building them amazing, healthy, sustainable homes. Doing my part for mother earth.
“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” ~ Maya Angelou
Stephanie was born and raised in Owosso, Michigan - the home of James Oliver Curwood and the pressing company of the first Beatles record. After graduating high school, she moved on to Western Michigan University where she graduated with a Fashion Merchandising and Marketing Degree. Always a lover of nature and the beauty it provides, she set her sights on Seattle, Washington. It was in the Emerald City that she fell deeply in love with everything green.
Starting out her customer service career on many retailers floors such as Nordstrom and J.Crew, she ended up moving on to an import company that specialized in all natural packaging where she managed the office, distribution center and shipping/receiving. Nordstrom.com came calling, so she changed her focus to corporate business and began her chapter in Inventory Control. Amazon decided they wanted to add clothing and footwear to their offerings, so the natural progression was to move on over and help them launch a footwear website. She made it her mission to dig deep with each vendor in order to grow a vegetarian/vegan footwear filter, for all the “green curious” shoppers.
After endless hiking, biking and snowboarding, it was time to get to know the east coast of the U.S. Stephanie relocated to Westport, Connecticut and learned priceless life lessons in patience, resilience and emotional regulation in the raising of her three children. Once her baby birds flew the coop, she was back running the operations department of a boutique advisory firm. A career change brought her family to Chicago in 2014 and she has no plans on moving until retirement. Chicago is home.
Stephanie decided it was time to put in some deep roots, so started her search for the perfect home. After realizing that most traditional agents didn’t have her best interests in mind, she decided she needed to take matters into her own hands, and got her Real Estate license. Since the most important aspect of real estate should be advocating for your clients, Redfin was where she hung her license. She forged very strong relationships with her clients, co-workers and fellow local agents, but found the balance to be challenging. After brainstorming on her sunporch last summer with paper and pencil, she realized she wasn’t feeling complete with focusing exclusively on her client's experience. She had to do her part in saving the world, as well. She did a search for “green construction” and was elated to easily find BrightLeaf Homes. It was a dream come true.