I was born in Bermuda (Air Force brat) but grew up mostly in upper state New York near Lake Placid. I moved to Washington, DC in 1975 right out of high school and worked for the FBI for 3 years. From there I worked in the marketing/visual merchandising department for a high-end retailer.
In 1989 I began working for a mall developer in DC where I was on the team that planned all of the mall grand opening events, VIP events and all the corporate conventions for the company. I loved my 18 years there because it gave me the opportunity to travel all over the country and abroad. I was also fortunate to have worked with a lot of celebrities such as Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Ella Fitzgerald, Amy Grant, Vince Gill, Wolfgang Puck, Alanis Morissette and Rascal Flatts, to name a few.