I was born in Louisville, KY on November 15, 1963. I graduated from Assumption High School in 1981. I graduated from the University of Louisville Speed School of Engineering in 1987 with my Masters of Engineering in Mathematics and Computer Science.
I worked as an engineering co-op for Naval Ordinance and Humana. Upon graduation, I was hired by Ford Motor Company's Louisville Assembly Plant. While working at Ford, I married my husband Tim Gornet, also a native of Louisville and a graduate of University of Louisville's Speed School of Engineering.
My time at Ford afforded me great insight into corporate America as well as into myself and what I truly desired and wanted to accomplish. I have always been driven to succeed and the environment in the assembly plant at that time did not afford me that opportunity. I was continually frustrated with the proverbial "glass ceiling" that was firmly in place. In addition to a successful career, I wanted to start a family and be available to my children as their needs required. I determined that I would need to be "my own boss" if I were to achieve my professional and personal goals.
Following this episode of my life, I reevaluated my career choices and entered into real estate, obtaining my license through night classes and subsequently quitting Ford.
I started my family in 1992 with the birth of my son Austin. My son Alex arrived in 1994, and my son Ben in 1997.
In 1995, my fifth year in real estate, I sold and closed $10,000,000 for the year, which was a significant accomplishment. My highest year-to-date is $22,000,000 in closed volume, and interestingly enough, my biggest client is Ford Motor Company transferees.
I am very proud of the steps that I have taken over the past 26 years to become a business owner. However, my most important accomplishments are my marriage of 25 years to Tim, my relationship with my three boys, and my attainment of this in tandem with achieving my professional goals.
If I had a dollar for every time a woman would ask me, "How do you do it?" I would be very wealthy! The answer most often given is simply, "I don't know any other way." I was very fortunate to have a strong, successful, working mother as a role model, and it never occurred to me that I could not have a successful, fulfilling career and a happy, healthy family at the same time. That is not to say that the road has been easy, as it most assuredly has not. I am very blessed with a supportive husband who continues to be my champion and triple blessed by three sons who are bright, mature, loving, caring young men that have always understood the demands of my job and never questioned my love and support of them over my career.