I grew up in Pasadena with both parents and 2 sisters. I remember at a young age becoming aware at how hard my parents worked to provide for us kids. I learned that provide meant more than just bring home a paycheck. You see, both my parents worked very hard to ensure we had what we needed and a lot of what we wanted. But, I do not remember my father ever missing one of my games…ever. It always baffled me...How did my father work two jobs yet never missed any of my events?
It was because of my parents that I knew at a fairly young age that I wanted a career that would allow me to be flexible. Because of this I decided to double major in Finance and Marketing at Towson University. I thought that if I equipped myself with this dual degree that I could be creative in building my career. College was a busy time for me because I worked full time while taking a full load of classes. I was quite determined to graduate because I was the first in my family to attend and graduate from college.
When I graduated, I landed a job at Morgan Stanley as a financial advisor. For a first job out of college, it was great. And, I learned a few things…good and bad. I learned great work ethic, that business is more than knowing numbers, it’s about understanding people and I also learned that I did not want to be behind a desk from 9-5. This was in 2004 and as I was helping people map out their financial plan I recognized the high value of real estate in people’s portfolios and started to do research on how I could get into the industry. I quickly realized that the mortgage industry was more fitting for me. I could help people build a future for themselves by getting the proper financing for their first or second homes and I could control my own destiny by working hard yet having balance in my life. Short end of the story, 12 years later and I am still at it. I have found this career to be more fulfilling than I had even envisioned back when I started.