We had the good fortune of connecting with Kelly Turk and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kelly, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I think it was a few things… I have a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice. I have worked with at-risk youth in the State of Colorado for over 10 years. Although I love what I do, from 2019-2020 I went through a divorce. Prior to the divorce, I always thought about getting my real estate license; but there was always a reason not to. When I got divorced, being a single mother and wanting to ensure financial security for my son and I lead me to start my own business in real estate. I got licensed in 2020 and started to pursue building my own business full force. Real Estate has always been an interest of mine and now, it is more of a passion. Helping people to find “home”. Helping people to achieve some financial flexibility and freedom through a sound investment platform. Equally so, helping people achieve a dream that they may not have thought as possible through connecting them with education and resources…those things help me to feel fulfilled.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I earned my Masters Degree from the University of Northern Colorado in 2012 in Criminal Justice. At the time that I received my degree, I was part of only the second cohort to complete the Masters of Arts program in this field of study. In 2010 I started my career working for Rite of Passage. That lead me to working with at-risk youth for the past 10 years. My career in that field truly prepared me to be a real estate agent with a skill set that I believe few possess. In my time at Rite of Passage I obviously became accustom to dealing with high stress crisis situations. In real estate, I help people get through a very stressful yet exciting process. I am able to compartmentalize well which helps me to execute transactions effectively. My chief responsibility at the facility is compliance. Therefore I am very detail oriented and I am well-versed in dealing with contracts and legal documentation. Working in a residential setting also helped me to refine my customer service skills. I am extremely responsive, timely, and excellent with communication. Getting to this point certainly wasn’t easy. I think, as I am sure many small business owners experience, there is a lot of self-doubt, questioning, and hoping you’re capable of succeeding in what your choosing to put in front of you. You have to choose everyday, to be successful. I look at success as the only option. It isn’t a choice. For myself and for my son, I have to succeed and by virtue of that, I will win. I have faith and I consistently work toward self-improvement. Not just for me…but for my son, for my family, for my friends, and for my clients. Along the way, I have learned a few things…tough times don’t last, but tough people do. I’ve had several times in the past that have essentially brought me to my knees. I’ve kept my network of close and trusted advisors and friends very small. They have always shown up, and for that I am eternally grateful. I’ve learned that I can rely on myself and I always will be able to because I can get through anything I set my mind to. What I want everyone to know about my brand and my story is that I am genuine. I have pure grit. I do what I need to do to be successful; which translates to success for my clients. I would bet on me every time. I’ve been underestimated throughout my life and I always rise to the task, challenge, or occasion. Someone close to me once said that I show strength, resolve, and I thrive in adversity. I don’t know if that’s all accurate; but I do know that I always find a way.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If I had a week…man…my favorite place to go in Colorado is Glenwood Springs. I used to go with my family once a year when I was growing up. My family and I would always do the same things: -White Water Rafting -Fishing -Visiting the Hot Springs -Juicy Lucy’s and the Italian Underground are the best places to eat In/around Denver: -You have to go to Red Rocks and run the stairs -The Manitou Incline is not to be missed I love eating at: -Ocean Prime -Bistro Vindome -La Loma -The yard house -The Melting Pot -Shopping at Park Meadows or the Outlets at Castle Rock -Getting a massage/spa treatment at the Inverness Hotel
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are several people who have really surrounded me and helped me through this journey: -My son- RJ Turk -My parents- Bill and Lynne Evans -My sister- Kaitlyn Evans -My best friend- Alexandria Reed -The amazing team at West and Main Homes! I could not be more blessed than I was to land where I did; specifically: -My mentoring Broker Nicole Green, Stacie Staub (founder and CEO) -My friends- Christine Gwin, Erica Berger, Karlee Teet, Kayla Nabors, Elizabeth Hatch -The managers at Ridge View Youth Services Center