A 23 year resident in the Sarasota area, Cathy began her real estate career in her native Midwest as a leasing agent/negotiator, manager and marketing director of mixed use retail/office centers and held an Illinois real estate sales license. During those years, she served on the Board of Directors of her local Rotary club, a downtown promotion corporation, a regional advertising and marketing agency, and a number of non-profit organizations. Cathy also was featured in an industry magazine for her marketing skills, was a contributing author to an industry book on shopping center management and conducted customer service training workshops for retail managers and staff. This breadth of experience, working alongside and serving people from all walks of life, makes it easy for her to establish an excellent rapport with nearly everyone she meets.
Later work as an independent consultant and professional coach/mentor enhanced her role as a trusted guide and benefits buyers and sellers as they navigate the process from the listing or offer through closing. Described by past clients as insightful, a focused listener, creative problem solver, and savvy negotiator, she’s prepared to assist clients with exceptional service, market knowledge, and a high level of professionalism.
Cathy has earned The Institute for Luxury Home Marketing’s Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist™ (CLHMS) designation and Million Dollar GUILD™ in recognition of experience, knowledge, and expertise in high-end residential properties and million-dollar and above residential properties. The Institute is an exclusive group of real estate professionals who have completed The Institute’s training and have a proven performance in the upper-tier market.
Cathy is also an artist who has renovated homes and assisted homeowners with design concepts, faux finishing, and home decorating. She has an eye for aesthetic qualities with the ability to help buyers envision the potential in a home and help sellers present their homes for maximum appeal to prospective buyers.
As you become acquainted with Cathy, you’ll find she’s a jazz lover, oil and watercolor artist, musician and composer of instrumental music, and also enjoys exploring the shore, retreats with her husband at their Colorado mountain cabin, outdoor activities, reading, as well as spending time at two of her favorite Sarasota treasures – Selby Botanical Gardens and the Ringling Museum of Art.
Her philosophy – “Every business is a ‘people business’ and especially the business of real estate. A satisfying experience and successful outcome for the Seller or Buyer is dependent upon effective communication, market knowledge, competence, strong relationships, integrity, and a win-win mindset! Buying or selling a home is much more than an issue of construction style, price, function, or special features. A home is where so many chapters in the story of your life have or will be written….the process for a seller or buyer demands sensitivity, patience, encouragement, support, and respect. I believe true success and a meaningful career is the result of working under the premise that people matter most of all.”