After working for several years in visual merchandising on Michigan Avenue, Valerie began her career in real estate on the administrative side of transactions. A self-described people person, becoming a broker has put her in an even better position to work with people in the industry she loves.
Valerie's interest in the real estate industry began at a young age, enjoying home improvement television shows led by industry experts. This pastime prompted her to begin analyzing local, national, and global markets. From this she gained an appreciation and a desire to help buyers find the perfect home. She loves to walk into a space with a renter or buyer, and help each client see the potential of the space. This artist mentality is in everything Valerie does; whether its small-scale rental homes, or large construction projects, or even fashion design and the latest couture styles, Valerie loves to find blank canvases and work with people to fill those canvasses with their own vision.
In addition to real estate, Valerie is well-versed in fashion, architecture, and design. Her interest in fashion led her to begin volunteering with the Glass Slipper Project ® which provides free prom wear to high school juniors and seniors all around Chicagoland, and volunteers serve as personal style consultants. She often spends her free time exploring Chicago and experiencing the world-renowned architectural designs of its skyscrapers and museums. Her previous affiliation with Christie's International Real Estate and Auction provided opportunities to attend private art showcases, seminars on global real estate, and other events.
Valerie is a regular attendee of meetings and events with the Chicago Association of Realtors and Young Professional Network. She also volunteers with Chicago Cares and has supported Special Children's Charities/Special Olympics Chicago for several years a Chicago Polar Plunge participant. Valerie is a native of Michigan and has called Chicago home for more than a decade. She currently works with top producing agent Sam Jenkins.