This month brings a special anniversary.
Sixteen years ago, I had the great privilege of hiring my assistant, Chris McCormick. At the time, she was in the mortgage brokerage business which is how we met and after working with her on several transactions, I felt she was exceptional in every way. I was thrilled when she agreed to come and work with me.
Back then, client records were kept in a rolodex and offers or letters were prepared by typewriter and carbon papers. Faxing was not yet legal, computers were DOS based and there were just over 100 REALTORS® in the area compared to well over 300 today.
Chris transformed my real estate practice. She organized systems, motivated and inspired me and treated every one of our clients like family. So much has transpired since then! After just a few years, I made the decision to manage a new real estate company in town and Chris was right beside me with an energy and commitment that was remarkable. Together, we worked to build a successful little operation but within a few years of managing, I was missing my passionate work which was selling real estate. That’s when we moved to RE/MAX. Again, a new adventure and new patterns were no challenge to Chris as she helped make the transition smooth and fun. In those years, she computerized all of our systems (did I mention she is a computer whiz?), managed our accounting, and every day she cared for each of our clients deeply. She cracked the whip behind me to keep me on track and on time.
For 16 years, Chris and I have worked within 4 feet of each other. When we started, our children who are now in their twenties were wee tykes. We’ve seen each other’s kids grow into adulthood. We’ve watched our parent’s age and we’ve lost a Mom and two Dads. We’ve moved homes, have faced enormous life challenges and have shared everything from last night’s crazy dream story to our deepest hopes and fears. We’ve laughed until tears rolled down our faces. During every step of the last 16 years, we’ve had each other’s back. We spend more time with each other than we do with anyone else in the world and yes, we can finish each other’s sentences.
Chris rarely misses a day of a work and she clocks extra hours doing whatever needs to be done. She is one of the most creative writers and marketers I know. She can type faster than I can talk. She puts up signs in the snow, shows property, does Open Houses, handles the phone lines, fixes the copier, deals with lawyers, attends home inspections and about a thousand other things without breaking into a sweat. She deals with our clients in the most devoted way and is like a dog with a bone when it comes to bringing a clients dream to life. She volunteers, takes courses, goes to church, participates in civic matters and is now the second-vice president of our local real estate board. This is wonder woman.
I couldn’t think of a way to say thanks to Chris for the last sixteen years so this is it. Chris, I think you are one of the most intelligent, creative, funny and kind people I know. You are that exceptional, one-of-a-kind person I imagined you to be so long ago. Thank-you for all you do and for who you are.
Marg Scheben-Edey is a Broker with RE/MAX four seasons realty limited, Brokerage in beautiful Collingwood, ON. With three decades of experience, Marg is a leader in the local real estate marketplace and is ready to help guide both Buyers and Sellers in achieving their real estate goals. Email Marg