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AZA has a diverse and eclectic staff who we'd like our friends and followers to meet! So, in the upcoming weeks, we'd like you to introduce them to YOU!
GET TO KNOW THE AZA STAFF! We’re all in our own corner of the world right now, looking for human contact in the midst of Social Distancing!
We have a diverse and eclectic staff we’d like our friends and followers to meet! So, in the upcoming weeks, we will introduce them to YOU! They’re more than just a name and a face!
Where are you from?
“Born in Phoenix with a three-year stint in Sunnyslope, but raised in Gilbert, Arizona (go Tigers)!”
What do you do for fun?
“I love all things music, history, art and architecture and expanding my knowledge of all. I also love to cook — shout out to my husband, Patrick, for teaching me! He’s a rock star chef. He can make something spectacular out of a few ingredients. He taught me how to make a roux! I love crossword puzzles and gardening as well. I’m also a bit of a hoarder/collector/bargain hunter, so I LOVE shopping at thrift stores and yard sales. I also love accounting but hate math (go figure, pun intended). I’m a bit of an oxymoron, I guess!”
What is your favorite movie?
“I am TERRIBLE with favorites, but I’d have to say ‘Dumb and Dumber.’ Jim Carrey is my idol. I laugh harder every time I see it and I quote it more than any other movie. “You can’t triple stamp a double stamp!” and “You’ll have to excuse my friend. He’s a little slow. The town is back *that* way.” And who could forget “We got no food, we got no jobs… our PETS’ HEADS ARE FALLING OFF!” You can pretty much use these on a daily basis in the right conversation.”
What is your favorite restaurant?
“Another hard choice, but I love Chelsea’s Kitchen. You just can’t go wrong there. We tried to get them to ship a red velvet cake to us in Arkansas (don’t laugh, look up E. Fay Jones’ Thorncrown Chapel) for our wedding, it’s THAT good. I love the ambiance as well. It’s like having dinner at your friend’s house.”
What is your favorite favorite food?
“Well, what do you know, I DO have a favorite: PIZZA. Hands down. Thick, thin, soggy, crunchy, plain, loaded, cheap, pricey. Sounds like an Ariana Grande song… Let’s just say, if it’s got dough, sauce and cheese, it has my name written ALL over it.”
Who is your favorite sport/team?
“The Saints. I am a huge NOLA fan, Patrick and I visited and fell in love with all things New Orleans on our honeymoon.
True Story: I was never much of a sports fan until I started watching the NFL with Patrick. He’s from Chicago, so he’s a Bears fan, and I told him I needed a team (NOT the Cardinals). He said if he picked my team, I would have to support them. I agreed. He picked the Saints. I said, ‘Now that they’re my team, they’ll go to the Super Bowl!’ Patrick laughed and said they’re so bad, they’re called The Aint’s’! They ain’t going to the Super Bowl. I should have placed a bet (or two or ten) because they WON the Super Bowl that year. And they’ve been my team ever since 2010.”
Who is your favorite architect?
“Patrick Magness, my husband. He’ll say I’m biased but it’s true. I have too many runners up to list, but the fact that I told Patrick that the Burton Barr Central Library was one of my top three buildings in town when he asked me what they were, guaranteed a second date with him.”
What is your favorite quote?
“‘Let’s run it again! Run it again! Let’s go!’ — Katie Sowers, Offensive Asst. Coach for the San Francisco 49ers. I also love ‘Do you feel lucky? Well do you, punk?’ Yeah, I really do. And Clint Eastwood is another idol. I wanted to name my son Dirty Harry but I’m glad I named him Jordan instead.”
What is your favorite place to travel?
“London. I believe I was British in a former life. A close second is Scotland. Both have a deep, ancestral feeling that resonates with me.”
If you weren’t a real estate agent, what would you be doing for work?
“I actually left my rewarding job with azarchitecture as a Graphic Designer/Marketing Director to pursue full time sales, so that’s probably what I’d still be doing for work. Either that or I’d be working in an eel shop in London. ‘Can I interest you in adopting an eel, sir?’ No, not that kind of eel shop. A jellied eel shop. As in you eat them. I wanted to work at one when we lived in London but Patrick said, ‘You are NOT coming home smelling of eel!’ Point taken.”
What is the funniest thing that has happened to in your real estate career?
“It also happens to be the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to me in my career. I was showing a house after a very LARGE cup of coffee and had to use the facilities. I excused myself, left my clients in the front of the house, and ran to the back bathroom just in time. I then discovered THE WATER WAS TURNED OFF. Fortunately, the clients were my sister and her significant other, otherwise this story would have been much, MUCH more embarrassing rather than funny. TMI I know. But you asked…”
What is your favorite part of the job?
“I live for doing what “can’t be done.” Closing a difficult or seemingly impossible transaction is so rewarding. I’m like a child because I haven’t been in the business very long. I don’t know any better so I always expect the best possible situation and believe in it with all my heart.’