Nicole was born in Bay City, Michigan to humble beginnings. She stayed there until she finished the fourth grade, then her mom got transferred and they relocated to Dallas, Texas. It was here that Nicole spent the rest of her student career, up through high school. While she attended school in Texas, she found her passion for cheerleading. Her mom decided to nurture Nicole’s love of cheer and worked four jobs so that she could participate in competitions. Nicole cheered all the way through school and even cheered for the prestigious NCA. After high school, she and her mother relocated to South Florida, so that Nicole could be closer to her father, who lived in Merritt Island. She attended Florida State University in Tallahassee and studied Public Relations/Communications as her major. After college, she decided that some R&R was in order. Since she loved to snowboard, she decided to move to Breckenridge, Colorado. She supported herself as a bartender/cocktail waitress to make ends and support her snowboarding passion. Due to the ever -changing tourism industry in Breckenridge, eventually Nicole became a Food and Beverage Manager for Vail Resorts. She was also a part-time snowboard instructor. This allowed her to eke out a modest living, in addition to providing herself with some health insurance and a 5-mountain ski pass at the same time. After spending six years in the Colorado snow, Nicole again felt the itch to relocate. While she was talking to one of her good friends about her desire for some new scenery, she told Nicole, “You should be a flight attendant. American is hiring!” And with this one statement, Nicole was off to her next adventure. Nicole was a lead flight attendant for American Airlines for five years. However, when the terrorist attacks on 9/11 took place, the airline industry became unstable and she decided that another career move was in order. Nicole retired from the friendly skies and moved back to sunny Florida, this time settling in Brevard County to be near her father, who had encouraged Nicole to get her real estate license while she was still flying. The real estate market was booming, so Nicole decided to go to work with her dad. This was a turning point for Nicole, and little did she know how much of an impact this career move would have on her future! She went to work for RE/MAX in 2002, at her father’s office. He was a well-established broker who had been in business a long time, and his knowledge of the real estate industry was a huge asset for Nicole. She jumped into her career with both feet and did extremely well, managing to make both other agents and clients happy as she was working transactions with them. She loved her new career and enjoyed real estate so much, she decided to get a real estate broker’s license in 2008. She also took some courses that are necessary to own your own RE/MAX franchise, because she loved the RE/MAX brand and all the values what it stood for. She hoped to own her own RE/MAX franchise at some point... and her chance came in October of 2013. One morning, she got a call from her dad, asking if she had a moment for him so they could chat. He told her that it was time for a new chapter in both of their lives, and he was ready to pass on his real estate legacy to her. He told her that he was getting out of the RE/MAX game, and he wanted her to take over his franchise. Nicole had a limited amount of time in which to make this decision, so she decided to take a leap of faith and became broker/owner of her very own RE/MAX real estate office. Despite personal issues, financial insecurity and the stress of starting a new business, Nicole was doing well as broker/owner of RE/MAX Service Team. She signed a lease for an office space in Suntree and had to do some convincing of market territory with RE/MAX corporate approving her location at first, but in the end she got the approval and her business thrived. This was great, since she had signed a three-year lease with her landlord, unbeknownst to anyone but her at the time. Nicole didn’t know a lot about running a business, but she had a willingness to learn and a passion for the real estate industry, as well as a fierce desire to succeed. She wanted her agents to be successful, so she put her heart and soul (and many sleepless nights) into making sure that she knew the answers to any and every question anyone asked her. She stared out with herself, one agent and one office administrator. In four months’ time, she had seven agents. At the end of her first year as broker/owner of her own business, she generated $7 million plus in volume on her own, not counting the volume generated by the other agents in her office. She was now at the point where she felt that she was ready to ramp up her business – she planned to launch a new website and was taking coaching courses and seminars on how to recruit and retain a small group of top-producing agents geared toward working from home. With this knowledge, she planned to grow her office and get more like-minded agents in there. But again, fate intervened. One day, she got another call from her dad, this time to speak to her about another local broker who was a long-time friend of his. He also had a RE/MAX brokerage, but was looking to retire and wanted to sell. Nicole knew that this would be a challenge… perhaps the hardest of her career. She was a single businesswoman in the very early baby steps of running her own real estate brokerage, and she was just getting to the point to where she could focus on growing. But she realized that this was an opportunity that she could not turn her back on. It was a huge risk, both on a personal and business level, but she jumped at the opportunity. Nicole merged the two brokerages into one company, RE/MAX Absolute Service Team, and moved her location again from Suntree to Viera. Nicole did have some trepidation about the merge that kept her awake at night. She would be assuming five agents who had many years of experience with their previous broker. She had just signed a three-year lease with her landlord, and would have to find someone to sublet her space. She had to explain to her current agents why they were moving their office location and changing the brokerage name. However, she decided in the end that it would be well worth it. A year later, she has 12 of the best agents in Brevard County, in her humble opinion. Her brokerage is doing well and she is once again looking to grow her business. Looking back, she decided that everything that she went through to get where she is now was well worth it. The tears have made her stronger, the fear has made her persevere and her faith gave her the courage to get out of bed and face whatever the day was ready to give her.