When the call came in 2000 to move across the country, there was no hesitation about leaving all things East coast behind: snow and all that had been ‘home’ to Jean and her family in NJ/NYC Metro. Like many who relocate to Silicon Valley, Jean was ready for endless sunshine and the booming tech industry. One month later, Jean’s unparalleled ability to bridge foreign cultures—international clients, battling departments and different sides of the negotiating table—changed her trajectory from engineer to APAC sales lead. Within months, Jean led Ciena’s APAC team with her gift of negotiating tough contracts with government officials to lay down China’s fiber optics infrastructure.
Many flyer miles and worn passports later, Jean wanted to channel her energy closer to her home. Adjusting to the Silicon Valley real estate world had been a culture shock even after the Tech Bubble implosion: small lots, high rents and even more astronomic home prices! Within weeks of her return from Tokyo, Jean swapped her NJ/NY realtors license for a Californian license and instantly became the go-to person for tech industry clients looking to relocate to the area.
Whether first time homeowners, growing families or foreign investors, she guides all clients with a no-nonsense honesty, empathy and humor that only come from knowing the market inside and out. No matter the complexity, the secret to Jean’s success as a realtor now at Century 21 is: her personal experience, expertise along the entire process and always asking the right questions for her clients. Clients and a close network of industry family all admire her determination and commitment to figuring out the best solution for her clients. Well, all that and her secret dumpling sauce recipe.