As a fifth-generation Idahoan, Merry was born in North Idaho and spent her school and college days here, and her fond memories of skiing at Schweitzer on opening day and playing on Lake Pend Oreille as a child have always drawn her back. In the early 70's, she moved to Western Washington and excelled at seizing opportunities which opened up a number of career paths. Her focus has always been 'on people' and 'using her creativity' and as a result she seized a number of career opportunities including being a bank trust officer, a marketing research manager for a major wood products company, co-owned her own construction company building single family homes and finally in the mid-1980's became a REALTOR®. Her passion for excellence in serving her clients became obvious in her first year as a REALTOR® when she closed 27 home purchases in that first year. Throughout her career her innovative marketing and her passion for serving her clients has been the driving force in becoming a top producing REALTOR®. She and her husband tony joined forces as a REALTOR® Team in the early 1990's and that business relationship has been in place ever since. In 1997 they moved to Sandpoint with their two children and built their own home. In 1999 Merry began a successful real estate training company (Avalon Productions) serving the advanced training needs of experienced agents on the west coast. Where Merry was an approved clock hour instructor for the State of Washington. Their passion for real estate continued and in 2001 they opened their own real estate company as Resort Lifestyles . which became three offices. In fall 2008, their companies merged with Tomlinson Sandpoint Sotheby's International Realty, where Merry continues to lead The Resort Lifestyles Group in providing extraordinary real estate services for buyers and sellers in the resort market of North Idaho. Commitment to Community: Merry served as Co-Chair of Destination Sandpoint . the marketing arm of the Chamber, has been a member of the Board of Directors for the Schweitzer Mountain Community Association, Secretary for Sandpoint Sailing Association and the driving force behind Sandpoint's 'Giving Tree' project for under privileged children in Bonner and Boundary counties. Professionally Merry chairs the Ethics Committee for the Selkirk Association of REALTOR®s and teaches National Association of REALTOR®s approved ethics training for that association and has a proven track record of consistently being in the top twenty producing agents in this marketplace..