I come from a family of immigrants, Italian and Irish. I’m proud to say that my dad was the first in his family to attend college and that spirit of hard work and self-determination was handed down; it has become part of me. Like most Italians, I treat everyone close to me like family and I thrive on the happiness of others. And in keeping with the Irish, my temperament is a mixture of warmth and wit.
Real estate wasn’t my first career. I spent over a decade in public service culminating in the administration of President Bill Clinton. I’m very proud of that work, but a life in politics didn’t check the boxes when it came to self-determination or pleasing others. A close friend (now a colleague) suggested that I interview with his firm for a commercial real estate position. “You’re smart’” he said, “and a great negotiator. Just talk to the boss and see if he likes you. Who knows? Maybe it will be a fit.” Well, I did and it was. That simple choice to interview became the start of an exciting second life; culminating as an owner and managing broker of this dynamic company – TTR Sotheby’s International Realty.
In many ways it feels like life has come full circle. When I was a kid, I loved to draw buildings and always dreamed of being an architect. Today, I help clients envision how to live their best lives even when that vision is not always obvious to them at first glance. I don’t just sell homes, I help my clients feel at home. Need a handyman? We’ve got it. Want to know the best bagel shop in your new neighborhood? We’ve got that too. Agents often say that the biggest compliment they can receive is a referral to another client . . .for me, the compliment comes when I know my clients trust me to find an answer to every question they have about homeownership.
I grew up in a small town in upstate New York although DC has been my home since college. Along with Todd, my partner of 30 years, and our trusty canine companion Angus, I have lived around the corner from the National Zoo in Woodley Park for nearly two decades. I love hearing the lions roar when I go out to get the Post in the morning. I’m a big believer in giving back to the community. I serve on a number of boards and love to help other small businesses grow and thrive. I’m a voracious consumer of podcasts and vintage television; and when we’re not working, we broaden our minds through travel (think beach or vineyard) or hang out on our boat with friends, many of whom are also clients.
Real Trends: Top Agents in America
GCAAR Platinum Sales Award
Top Agent: Washingtonian and Bethesda Magazines
Graduate Realtor Institute, GRI
Board Member, Rock Creek Conservancy
Board Member, The Washington Ballet
Board Chair, Woodley Park Main Street
Graduate: Hamilton College and Georgetown University