Ask for Sam Team Women's Council of Realtors Illinois Chapter Ways and Means Chair 2015 Chicago Agent Who's Who Born and raised on Chicago's south-side, Christina was initiated in real estate at an early age. Growing up one of her mom's favorite Sunday hobbies was to go to open houses all around Chicago and the suburbs to see what was new and happening. After an afternoon of exploring they would discuss all the things they liked, didn't like and what they would change about the properties they saw. After hundreds of Sunday adventures Christina gained a wealth of knowledge about different properties... and some pretty interesting stories. This knowledge led to her first career as a mortgage lender in 2003. Her favorite clients were first time home buyers because, in her opinion, the journey and education that accompanies a client's first home purchase never gets old. During her years as a lender Christina participated in many networking and education opportunities to grow her business and meet new people. Then in 2005 she discovered the Chicago Area Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce during a conversation with one of her mentors. Instantly she found a business community that she could build amazing relationships with and give back to. Through this great network and her volunteer spirit Christina went on to leave the lending community and become the organizations President & CEO in January 2007. For the next eight years Christina led the organization to new heights while growing as a leader and a professional. In 2009 Christina became the Midwest Regional Chamber for the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce's Council of Chambers and Business Organizations. In this role she was able to work with and advise LGBT chambers of commerce all over the Midwest. During her time in both of these roles she was able to speak locally and nationally about LGBT business inclusion and education, supplier diversity and LGBT consumer buying power. In 2014 Christina decided to return to her real estate roots but this time on the other side of the transaction and teamed up with her new partners in crime, Sam Powell and Jen Thompson, when she joined the Ask for Sam Team at Dream Town. Over the years Christina has lived in many of Chicago's neighborhoods and the surrounding suburbs but currently resides with her fianc? Melissa and their son Dominic in Uptown. When she is not out exploring Chicago's neighborhoods or hanging out with family in the burbs you can find her enjoying Chicago sports, on the softball field or on the sidelines coaching and cheering at her son's baseball games. Christina is still an active member of the Chicago Area Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, volunteers with the Chicago Force women's tackle football team and Women's Council of Realtor's Chicago Chapter. Outside of sports and volunteering Christina is passionate about all things British, loves a great cup of coffee, going to the movies and spending time with family.