Stacy Schwenk

Episode #26

Stacy Schwenk

About Stacy:

St. Joseph County Association of Realtors

Congratulations to Stacy Schwenk SJCAR’s 2020 REALTOR of the Year.

Stacy received her Real Estate license December 2004 and began and continues to this day her career as a REALTOR with Re/Max Elite Group in Sturgis.

She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration along with two National Association of REALTORS designations. The Accredited Buyers Representative (ABR) in 2012 the ABR® designation is awarded through the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council, or REBAC, which was founded in 1988 to promote superior buyer-representation skills and services and ePro in 2020, ePro helps REALTORS master the advanced digital marketing techniques of today. Choosing to further her education and understanding of Real Estate shows her commitment as a REALTOR.

In 2016 she started “Stacy’s Kicks for Kids” and have since raised funds and have donated hundreds of shoes and boots to local children in need, mainly through various school districts. She is also a proud supporter of the Children’s Miracle Network and the SJC United Way. Through her support and involvement it shows how much Stacy cares about the community.

She was selected as Best Real Estate Agent in the 2017, 2018, and 2019 Sturgis Journal’s Readers’ Choice Awards.

 

Q: Tell us about you and your business?

A: I was licensed in 2004, after working as an assistant for 4 years when I was a teenager. I began my career as a REALTOR with RE/MAX Elite Group in Sturgis, MI, where I am still working today. I have my Bachelor of Business Administration degree, and two National Association of REALTORS designations, including the Accredited Buyers Representative (ABR®) designation, and the ePro designation.

I was voted “Best Real Estate Agent” in the 2017, 2018, and 2019 Sturgis Journal’s Readers’ Choice Awards. I have received the RE/MAX 100% Club Award for the past three years. I truly love my job, and enjoy helping people achieve their dreams of homeownership.

Q: Tell us about your Family?

A: I am married to my husband, Jason. We have 2 children, Dustin and Mia. My husband is a part owner of a seed corn bagging company in Sturgis, and has worked in farming his whole life. My son just graduated from high school, and my daughter is in 6th grade.

Q: Tell us about your Community?

A: I live in a small community, with a total of approximately 60,000 in St. Joseph County. I have lived here my entire life. We’re a rural community with a lot of farming. We have an abundance of lakes, and of course, the St. Joseph River that runs through our county. Fun fact: we have the longest covered bridge in Michigan in Centreville, which spans over the St. Joseph River. St Joe County is truly a beautiful area, and I love to live here.

Q: Tell us how you serve or give back in your community?

A: In 2016, I launched “Stacy’s Kicks for Kids” and have since raised funds and have donated hundreds of pairs of shoes and boots to local children in need, mainly through various school districts. Recently I teamed up with a local foster outreach and plan to help even more children in need. I am also a long time supporter of the Children’s Miracle Network and the St. Joseph County United Way.

Q: How did you come about selecting this cause?

A: I wanted to make a difference in our community, and saw the need at my children’s school. The idea just came to me, and I started fundraising.

Q: What are some of the specific things you have done to support this cause?

A: I do fundraisers, purchase and deliver shoes, and have even had a huge support from a local church, where a huge donation of over 2000 pairs of shoes were donated.

Q: What has been the impact on the community, your team, and family?

A: I have seen this impact so many children in our community. Their faces light up when they get a new pair of shoes. I’ve seen kids wearing shoes with no soles on the bottom. To get a new pair means so much to them. My family has been very supportive-from organizing and delivering shoes with me, working a 5K fundraisers, and so much more. My son got his basketball team to come help move the over 2000 pairs of shoes from church to the storage space, and it was just very heartwarming seeing so many teenagers giving back.

Q: What are your plans going forward?

A: I plan to continue fundraising, and plan to focus on winter boots at this time, as we have a large stock of shoes, and we will have a huge need for boots very soon.

Q: How would you recommend agents, or brokers get started if they want to make a difference?

A: Find something that matters to you, and go for it. It feels so good to help others.



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