With a background and experience rich in corporate sales and management as well as national and international travel, Michelle brings solid business acumen, sound marketing skills, multi-cultural sensitivity and sophistication to her position as a respected Santa Barbara and Montecito realtor. As a Santa Barbara resident for over two decades, she has acquired in-depth knowledge of the area, its services, neighborhoods, schools and people.
Michelle, raised in upstate New York and no stranger to travel, spent a portion of her college years studying abroad. Graduating with a degree in Psychology and History, she soon headed west and fell in love with Santa Barbara, where she found her passion in sales and began a career in retail management. Swiftly ascending to the position of Regional Manager for the locally owned national retailer Big Dog Sportswear, Michelle maintained responsibility for over 100 stores, earning close to $100 million in annual sales. After nearly a decade with the company, Michelle, a devoted single mom, knew it was time to focus her attention on her young son, Ryan. Recognizing the importance of Ryan's early childhood years and how quickly they pass, Michelle home-schooled him for a year while the pair traveled and lived in Italy and throughout Europe. Returning to Santa Barbara, Michelle entered the real estate profession, bringing her own personal joy of home ownership to the process of assisting her clients. She enjoyed immediate success by capitalizing on her business and social skills, boundless energy and enthusiasm, and has built an impressive referral-based portfolio of satisfied clients who are consistently impressed with her professionalism and work ethic. Clients and colleagues alike acknowledge Michelle's integrity, perseverance and negotiating skills. Personally, Michelle focuses on her own Santa Barbara Beautiful award-winning home, and also enjoys golf, photography and the myriad of additional activities Santa Barbara offers. Ryan, now a teenager, remains her most intense passion along with a very special Golden retriever named Hannah. Michelle is a member of the Santa Barbara Board of Realtors, California and National Associations of Realtors, and the Santa Barbara, Ventura and Ojai MLS Services.