Michele and her husband, Edward knew instantly that Walla Walla was home on their first visit. Now, almost two decades later, the couple know they have found the good life here in Walla Walla.
Michele has wine in her blood stream as she came to Walla Walla after working for Ste. Michelle Wine Estates in Woodinville, Wash as Direct-to-Consumer Marketing Manager for their Washington and California wineries. Once the company completed building Northstar Winery in 2002, it was time to make the move east.
Since then, her career has transitioned naturally into winery and wine tourism consulting, wine marketing and innkeeper. In 2007, Michele and Edward expanded their vineyard home and opened it as a Girasol Vineyard & Inn, quickly earning a dedicated following for their hospitality and awarded Trip Advisor’s “Top 10 Vineyard Stays.”
This diverse business background over several industries has given Michele the chance to hone the valuable skills of customer service, communications, marketing and problem-solving. She brings her extensive business acumen to real estate with expertise in areas of wineries, vineyards and lodging as well as all types of residential properties.
Michele and her husband sold the lodging business and following in her mother’s career footsteps, Michele became a real estate broker in 2014. Now as a full-time real estate professional, she enjoys using her expertise and deep love for Walla Walla to assist clients in finding their new home or the perfect property to launch their business.
Michele is also licensed in Oregon and in early 2019, she achieved her Washington state Managing Broker credentials and opened the branch office for eXp Realty, LLC in Walla Walla.
Licensed Realtor - Managing Broker Washington & Licensed Broker Oregon
Certified Results Agent (Marketing & Listing Specialist) designation (04/2017)
Certified Negotiation Expert (completed 05/2017)
BA Journalism cum laude (major Public Relations) Western Washington University
Leadership & Community:
Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance ~ Marketing Committee 2004-2006
Wine Marketing Summit Presenter ~ June 2006 & 2007
Tourism Walla Walla 2008-2013 ~ Executive Board 2008-2012, Board Chair/Marketing Chair 2010 -2013
Walla Walla Bed & Breakfast Inns Association ~ Founding Member & President 2010-2012