I was fortunate to grow up in the U.P. My father and his hunting partners owned a camp on the Peshekee River near the McCormick Tract and we had a 40-acre farm south of Trenary. We raised horses at the farm and otherwise spent most of our time outdoors. For most of my young life, I took the beauty of the U.P. for granted.
Then I moved west to Jackson Hole, Wyoming where I became a professional river guide on the Snake River. I guided both scenic and whitewater raft trips for people from all across the world including celebrities and one sitting president. While in Wyoming I also took up rock climbing and climbed most of the high peaks in the Teton Range. Fourteen seasons of guiding on the river along with climbing and hiking in the Tetons solidified my love of nature and the outdoors.
Then I returned to the U.P. and viewed the land I grew up on with fresh eyes. I came to realize what a truly awe-inspiring place this is. My time in Wyoming gave me a new perspective on the beauty of this area. I now saw that the U.P. had things that the West did not. The West has spectacular mountain beauty not found here, but the U.P. has water like no water on Earth, especially Lake Superior. I had grown up near Superior, but now I saw how awesome it really is.
I balked at selling real estate at first. I had grown up in a family retail store, had been a manager and buyer for an outdoor retailer, sold outdoor clothing and equipment, and had been a sales rep for an outdoor company, so I knew sales. But I doubted that real estate was my forte.
It was only when I saw the beautiful, private, and unique types of land that we sell that I decided to give real estate a try, and it is a good fit. I can sell this land because I know it and love it so much. I have been licensed and connecting customers to their dream properties for over fifteen years now.
Real Estate Agent
U.P. Waterfront Co. (Marquette, MI, 2017-present). Catered to individuals from around the world looking for specialty property by personally introducing them to the region and finding the right opportunities for their needs.
Predecessor to U.P Waterfront Co. (Marquette, MI, 2004-2017.) Grossed multi-million dollar sales in the first year.
Manufacturer’s Sales Representative
Gravure Corporation (Tucson, Az 2000-01). Sold thousands of dollars of specialty outdoor products to retain sports and travel stores, resorts, and other businesses around the United States.
Store Manager & Buyer
Trail Mark (Edina, MN 1997-2000). After promotion to store manager of this outdoor sporting goods store achieved 30% growth in sales the first year and 70% increase the second year. Responsible for daily operation of store, hiring and training employees and evaluating and purchasing merchandise. Developed successful business-to-business sales.
Resort Sales Associate
Deer Valley Ski Resort, (Park City, UT, 1995-96). Promoted the resort and its services to individual visitors and groups. Monitored financial transactions and balanced daily records.
Sales & Guide Manager
Sands Wildwater, Inc. (Jackson Hole, WY, 1993-96, 2003). Increased company sales by marketing the white water rafting experience to travel agencies, resorts, and related businesses. Built customer satisfaction and positive referrals by conducting memorable, once-in-a-lifetime day and white water rafting trips.
Resort River Guide
Grand Teton Lodge Company (Jackson Hole, WY, 2001-02). Ensured excellent experiences for resort guests rafting on the Snake River. Planned logistics organized equipment, scheduled guides, led expeditions and conducted interpretive presentations on the history, geology, botany and wildlife of the area to enhance customer service.
Michigan Real Estate License • Park Service Ranger Academy, Santa Rosa, CA • Business Studies, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI; Northwestern College, Roseville, MN.