I offer the unique combination of experience and high-end customer service, client-focused and ethics-based transactions. I am excited to bring my skills to Gala Realty Group as General Manager and Executive Assistant to Broker/Owner Sam Galano.
For several years I have had the pleasure of leading some of the valley’s finest restaurants, and now I have a new way of serving my Walla Walla friends… as a licensed Real Estate Broker with Gala Realty Group!
I began my real estate career in 2002 with my first job as an administrative assistant at Windermere Real Estate in Poulsbo, WA. There I met one of their new agents, Sam Galano. Little did I know, we would become great friends cross career paths many times.
After four years at Windermere, I moved to Seattle and continued working in the real estate industry. I gained experience within several top-name companies exploring all sides of real estate: The Foundation Group (Property Management & Commercial), Williams Marketing (now Matrix Real Estate, condominium development), and Marcus & Millichap (National Commercial Real Estate). Within these positions I had the good fortune of working closely with experienced and influential real estate professionals such as Cindy White of the Washington Real Estate Commission and Mike Teather, Senior VP at Windermere Services, who taught me the value of service and integrity.
I moved to Walla Walla in 2009 after the birth of my daughter, Ryan Jayne, to be closer to family. I always joke that, while I’m not from Walla Walla originally, I was “grandfathered in” as a local as my in-laws have been in the valley since 1968 and owned the local print shop. I was quickly swept up in the local hospitality industry by taking a position as the gift shop and concierge manager at The Marcus Whitman Hotel, where I was for two years learning everything there is to know about the Walla Walla Valley. After the birth of my youngest, Nona Renee, I was offered and accepted a position as the Assistant Restaurant Manager at The Marc Restaurant. This began my venture into fine dining and, more importantly, Walla Walla Wine!
After two years at The Marc Restaurant I was offered a position at Saffron Mediterranean Kitchen, a James Beard Nominated local sensation. Here I had the pleasure of being surrounded by world-class cuisine and international wines but, more importantly, amazing patrons. I really began to understand the food and wine industry of this acclaimed destination town and how everyone was intertwined. My time at Saffron engrained in me the importance of customized high-level service, attention to detail, and creating a guest experience.
In October of 2014, I was offered the position of General Manager at T. Maccarone’s restaurant on Colville Street in Downtown Walla Walla. I was excited at the opportunity to helm this small fine dining restaurant (the only in town established by a Walla Walla native) and to have creative freedom to explore its potential to compete in a town full of top-rated restaurants. Through extensive research, countless hours, and the support of several taste-testers I created a sought-after beverage program of great local wine and classic cocktails with a highly trained staff that I am very proud of.
In November on 2016, I decided to make a life change and return to my first love: Real Estate. I have always loved houses, the clients, and the milestone it creates in someone’s life. I am grateful for the experience that I have had, working with the best of the best in their fields, and I look forward to bringing that experience to you.