One of the things that I’ve really enjoyed about NAI Hiffman is the amount of control and personal accountability the company allows you to take in your own learning and development. Even at a young age, I’ve always been a trailblazer. There wasn’t anything I wasn’t willing to learn about and everything that I did I always strived to be the very best at it. This character trait has brought me to a great many unique places, and because of that, I have a lot of unique and diverse experiences. I went to Augustana College and graduated in 2017 with a double major in Psychology and Fine Art. My first professional job was as a Web & New Media clerk for my college. During the 4 years, I managed the school website, helped them with their marketing and also spearheaded their social media at a time when facebook, twitter, and Instagram were exploding in popularity. After a few jobs in retail sales, working for companies like Von Maur and Helzberg Diamonds, I decided to move to the b2b sector where I worked for a staffing & recruiting firm in a sales capacity. First and foremost, I have a very strong affinity for working with people. While all these experiences seemingly have nothing to do with one another, all of them involve people–understanding the way they think, understanding what motivates them, and most importantly learning how to build strong relationships with them. Property management is like having a foot in two worlds. On the one hand, your role is very administrative and clerical. But on the other hand, the role requires you to have a strong understanding of people and how to build long-lasting, strong relationships with them. Because of this, at times it feels like you need to be two polar opposites in one person, which makes the role exciting and challenging. Working at Hiffman in Management has been able to nurture the detail-oriented, organized parts of me, while simultaneously nurturing the social butterfly that just wants to get out there and talk to people.
When I was about two years old, I used to walk up to strangers in the grocery store and talk to them. I would then grab them by the hand and say “come. I would like you to meet my momma,” drag them across the aisle to my embarrassed mother, who would apologize profusely for my actions. Clearly, I hadn’t grasped the concept of “stranger danger.” I can’t remember this, but I’m told that I started speaking in full sentences when I turned 1 year old, and basically haven’t stopped talking since. I was the kid who always got in trouble in class for cracking jokes with my friend next to me, so my teacher would move my desk, and I’d just end up making friends with my new neighbor and cracking jokes with them too. It sounds strange, but I’ve never had a problem putting myself out there. I’ve always been excited to dream big, try new things, meet people and take risks unapologetically. It’s allowed me to live an extremely vibrant and colorful life. I got my drive and my tenacity in part from my genetics, but I think it also probably comes from having a really long history in the arts. I started drawing when I was old enough to grip a pencil, I started singing as soon as I could talk, and “pretend” was always my favorite game growing up. It’s no surprise that those three things translated into visual art, vocal performance, and acting (later dancing). I was fortunate enough to become a part of a pretty competitive program full of other kids who were like me and just wanted to put themselves out there and express themselves. Because I’m a perfectionist, and because of my inability to give up, I worked tirelessly to be the absolute best I could be. It led me to star in 22 stage plays/musicals, win awards at regional competitions for my paintings and drawings, and even be 4th and 7th in the entire state for my events at the IHSA State Speech final for acting and public speaking. Needless to say, this drive has continued throughout my professional life. I choose to look at each new opportunity with zeal and curiosity, no matter how challenging it may be.
“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players; they have their exits and their entrances, and one man, in his time, plays many parts...”