I wanted to take this opportunity to follow up with you to share more about my story because it has been a while since we connected, or we may have recently just met. I have experienced and accomplished a lot, and everything I have been through has made me who I am today.
If you were to ask me to look back at my life and to choose one thing that defines me, that would be an easy choice. I would say hard work. I know that everyone says they work hard, but I have been proving it since I was young.
When I was about twelve years old, I started working at my Mom & Dad’s diner. In high school, when other kids were partying and hanging out, I was basically running my parent’s restaurant fulltime and helping out any way that I could.
That dedication and diligence I learned working for my family’s business later transitioned into a position at a large casino in Reno, where I took on a leadership role at a young age. I stayed there until I couldn’t handle the two-hour commute each way, so I got a job closer to home, in the Department of Corrections at High Desert State Prison.
Two years later When I transferred to Folsom State Prison, I found another home and a new family. I had always worked hard, but I was completely dedicated to my job as an officer. Nothing made me prouder than wearing that badge.
Then in 2004, a large riot broke out between about 200 inmates in the facility. It was intense. Luckily, no guards were injured, but after that, things changed for the officers at the prison. The inmates were on lockdown all day for months upon months, so the physical demands of the job became even more extreme.
We spent all day every day on our feet. It was grueling, but I never complained. I did my job and watched out for my brothers and sisters in uniform, but it took a toll on me. I started to feel pain in my left foot, but ignored it as just being part of the job. Then it got worse. And worse. Eventually, I had to walk on my tiptoe wherever I went.
One day my Sergeant noticed my limp and told me to go have it looked at. At first, I tried to refuse because I didn’t want to let my fellow Partners down, but he insisted. So, I had it looked at. It turned out that I had severe plantar fasciitis. My foot was wrecked. I needed to have it operated on.
Fast forward, eighteen months. Surgery. Crutches then a cane. Physical rehabilitation. Out of work the whole time. It got so bad that I eventually bought my own PT equipment, so I could work on my recovery at home. I had been out of commission for over a year and a half, and they didn’t think that I would ever be able to return to the prison.
I refused to accept defeat. I kept working on recuperating, but I also had a lot of spare time that I wasn’t used to. Like I said before, all I have ever known was hard work, so I had to find something to keep myself busy. I decided to get my real estate license, which was something else that I had always been interested in and passionate about.
I eventually recovered my injury and returned home to Folsom State Prison, and I also and earned my Real Estate license during my rehabilitation. Things were looking up again! I started working with my fellow officers to help them with their real estate needs, and before I knew it, my side project turned into a full-time business.
Then I found myself faced with a difficult decision. Stay in the place that I had been for over thirteen years, with a team that had become my second family. Or choose a path towards a new-found passion but in a completely different direction.
After much deliberation, I decided to retire from the California Department of Corrections in 2012 and pursue a full-time career as a REALTOR®. It was one of the hardest choices that I have ever had to make, but in the end, I realized that I could still take care of my colleagues in a different capacity by helping them buy or sell their homes.
That is what brings me to where I am today. Over the last sixteen years, I have assisted countless uniformed personnel achieve their housing goals and dreams. I have also helped Law Enforcement, Firefighters, some military, and countless other clients from all walks of life with buying or selling their homes. That’s been a huge honor for me!
Now that I have found a new professional passion, I never forget where I came from. I use the lessons that I learned
in my time at Folsom everyday in my career in real estate. I protect my clients, just like I watched out for my officers/partners, because both businesses are about relationships.
I am also here to serve, which has always been my first duty. I am a professional and my job is to work hard to make sure that all my customers dreams come true! And like I said before, no one will outwork me, especially when it comes to my clients.
Thank you for taking the time to learn about me and my life. I would love nothing more than to lend my knowledge and experience toward helping you with your real estate endeavors, but I don’t expect your business simply because of our relationship—I only ask that you give me the opportunity to demonstrate my services and interview for the job.
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