Office Phone: 801-595-UTAH (8824)
It's hard to put 3+ decades of my life in just a few paragraphs. CRS, ABR, SRES, LTG, DREI-these are the designations in real estate I've achieved over my career. They mean nothing to most people outside of the real estate industry but they can be boiled down to "I've not only done what I was supposed to do to grow and learn in real estate, I was awarded for teaching others how to do real estate better." I served as past Director of the Salt Lake Board of Realtors (5 years) and was a instructor for the National Association of Realtors and in Utah for many years on top of my full time job as a sales agent/broker. I'm proud to have earned the 'Distinguished Real Estate Instructor' designation, given nationally by the Real Estate Educators Assn. I have two college degrees in three majors: Behavioral Sciences, English, Business Communications with an art minor. Proud! graduate of Westminster College, Utah, past President of the Alumni Assn. and awarded outstanding alumni awards over the years. I was the school mascot before the college changed from the 'Parsons' to the 'Griffens'. I've been in the top 10% of sales agents in the Salt Lake Board of Realtors for the past 15+ years and have personally sold thousands of homes, condos, land, income properties and small commercial buildings over the years.
I'm a local history buff and am known for the groovy homes that I often list and sell. I do extensive research on them to learn who may have orginally owned the property and who slept in that bedroom! Recently I helped sell the home of 1940's mayor Earl Glade who was a friend of Eleanor Roosevelt. His home in Sugar House was where the orginal KSL broadcasts aired in the early 1940's when he was CEO of the station. I've listed and sold Victorian houses with polygamist tunnels and caves that were added when polygamy was outlawed in 1890; mining baron's mansions from the turn of the last century between downtown and the University of Utah and the Mid-Century Modern homes along the foothills (or 'benches' as they are known in the valley) and the 800 sq. foot adobe home that the lowly stable worker who shoed the horses for the carriages for rent built himself. I adore quality craftmanship and classic architecture no matter what the price range and area where the property is located.
According to the mayor's office in Salt Lake City, there are less than 7000 people who actually live between North Temple and 900 South between the freeway of I-15 and 200 East- and less than 1000 who live AND work in this area known as downtown. My wife and I live atop the Dakota building across from Gateway and our office is the first two floors. Easy commute! We use public transportation frequently because it's free in the downtown area and there's a light rail station right outside our office. With the experience I've gleaned from thousands of transactions over the past 33 years, I am a force in the real estate niche that I have created in Utah. YOU want me on your side when you're considering one of the most important financial decisions of your life.
Locally I'm involved in helping to make my community a better place to live. Currently I serve as the appointee of the Speaker of the House of Representatives as a Trustee for the Utah Transit Authority/UTA. This says something, because he's a Republican and I'm a Democrat and we are huge fans of each other's work. I also serve as a state board member of the Utah Girl Scouts. I was President in 2003 of the Women's Council of REALTORS and was a Salt Lake City Planning and Zoning Commissioner for 8 years and am a Certified Citizen Planner. The latter was a volunteer position and I think I learned more on that Commission than I ever did in college. I hosted a "Women in Music" program once a week for 27 years on public radio, which ended up being the longest running radio show of it's kind in the country. ( I own 3000 albums by women vocalists and instrumentalists.) I serve on the Advisory Board of the Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault and won the National 2005 Award for Outstanding Advocacy and Community Work in Ending Sexual Violence. I have produced V-Day/The Vagina Monologues along the Wasatch Front for the past 20+ years after replacing Roma Downey in the original Broadway touring show. Proceeds from these shows in Utah have raised over $300,000 for local non-profits working to end violence against women. The YWCA awarded me the Outstanding Achievement Award for Business/Industry in 2008 here. I try and give back to my community daily and served as the Chair of the Downtown Merchants Association for the Downtown Alliance for four years and received the Downtown Achievement Award in 2015. Also that year I recived the 'Hero of HIV' award from the Utah AIDS Foundation and then in 2016 the Board of Realtors recognized me as their 'Good Neighbor' award recipient for my 30+ years of working with the Utah AIDS Foundation. I do all this volunteering this ON TOP of working 40-60 hours a week for clients and customers.
I have twin daughters and four grand children. I golf when I can (long driver champ many times!), but mostly I work. Well, I can't call it work when I love what I do. Also for fun you can catch my WEEKLY column in the local free paper, the CITY WEEKLY on the inside back cover. And my monthly column BABS IN THE CITY in the free magazine UTAH STORIES.