At john greene Realtor, we "live & love local." For over 40 years, we've been committed to helping our communities grow, not just growing our business. As a real estate brokerage, we believe that connecting our clients with the community is one of our most important duties. It is with this founding principle in mind that we started the "live & love local" podcast with the simple mission of connecting you to the best stories Chicago's western suburbs have to tell. We'll interview the movers and shakers, the leaders, the entrepreneurs, and the business owners through the voices of our agents
This week on the Live & Love Local podcast john greene Realtor agent Elizabeth Gigler at down with Heidi Becker from Warrior Wagons which is a non-profit that provides wagons filled with care and comfort items to families of pediatric cancer patients. Heidi shared how her family started Warrior Wagons in honor of her son Drew whom they tragically lost to cancer in 2017, as well as how recipients are selected and how we can help them further their mission.
To learn more about them and how to donate: www.warriorwagonsinc.com
You can also donate items from their Amazon wishlist here: http://a.co/5UnsFTn
We're back on the Live & Love Local podcast this week with an unreleased episode that we recorded way back in February! john greene Realtor agent Jenn Sereque sat down with Beth Carey from Sharing Connections in Downers Grove to learn more about their mission to make sure everyone has a bed to sleep in and a table to eat at. We planned to have a collection drive for Sharing Connections through the month of March, and you will hear reference to that, but due to the pandemic, we had to pause those plans.
And, while we're still waiting to reschedule the collection drive, we highly encourage you to donate directly to Sharing Connections to help them furnish hope for those in need.
To learn more about them and how to donate: www.sharingconnections.org
On this week's episode of the Live & Love Local podcast, john greene Realtor agent Rachel Jenness sat down with Mary Lou Wehrli, Commissioner at the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County. They talked about all the great things the forest preserves have to offer and how they can be a great benefit from a real estate perspective as well!
To learn more, visit www.dupageforest.org
On this week's episode of the Live & Love Local podcast, john greene Realtor agent Kim Grant sat down with Debbie Albright and Barbara Zegiel from Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity. We learned more about how Habitat for Humanity serves the community and their upcoming Realtors Unite 2020 Build, for which john greene Realtor will be fundraising!
If you are a realtor or real estate brokerage and would like to participate in the 2020 Build, please contact Barbara Zegiel at 630-206-5038 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To attend our Concert Fundraising Event on June 4th: https://jgrhabitatevent.eventbrite.com
To learn more about the Realtors Unite 2020 Build: www.chicagolandhabitat.org/site/TR?fr_id=1330&pg=entry
To learn more about Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity: www.chicagolandhabitat.org/site/PageServer?pagename=home_fox
On this week's super cute new episode of the Live & Love Local podcast, john greene Realtor broker Carrie Foley interviewed Baelyn and Jessica Tanner, the creaters of Cozy Dog Treats. Based right here in Naperville, Baelyn wanted to figure out a way she, as a 7-old-year, could make some money for a trip to Disney World. With the help of her mom Jessica, they have also turned it into a way to help the local community. Be sure to listen to learn more and how you can pick up some of these homemade dog treats for yourself!
To learn more: www.facebook.com/cozydogtreats
We polled our agents for this week's episode of the Live & Love Local podcast to get their recommendations for their favorite spots to get coffee. john greene Realtor brokers Shannon Nuzbach and Kate Shields broke down our top recommendations and shared more about the unique ambience of each place, as well some of their favorite drinks and treats. Listen to learn more!
On this week's episode of the Live & Love Local podcast, john greene Realtor agent Joy Hastings sat down with Nicole Fly, a local Disney vacation planner! She shared how she found her way into vacation planning and why she's so passionate about it, as well as some GREAT tips for your next Disney trip. Plus, she is giving away a special offer to listeners who plan to book their next trip in 2020. So be sure to listen to learn more!
P.S. Nicole brought her ADORABLE 4-month old son with to record and he had a little bit to say as well. So you will definitely hear some of his baby coos in the background when he had something to add. :)
We had the pleasure of sitting down with Kristen Funk of Naperville Area Humane Society for this week's epsiode. john greene Realtor agent Carrie Foley interviewed Kristen to learn more about how she became involved with NAHS and all of the amazing programs and opportunities they provide for cats, dogs, and humans alike.
On today's episode of the Live & Love Local podcast, john greene Realtor broker Elizabeth Gigler had the opportunity to speak with Tammy Key who created the Facebook group It's All About the Dress. Pay it Forward. This group offers people from all across the country and beyond a platform to donate and receive formal dresses from people who just simply want to pay it forward. Tammy shared how her idea to donate her own dress turned into this movement of a group of more than 9,000 people who believe in the power of sharing with others.
To join the group, check them out here: www.facebook.com/groups/622505678137477
On this week's episode of the Live & Love Local podcast, jgR agent Jay Mehra interviewed fellow jgR agents Carrie and Craig Foley who are co-owners of Naperville's newest fitness concept - Row House! Located at 1275 S Naper Blvd in Naperville, Row House offers a variety of classes for those of all fitness levels. Carrie and Craig spoke about what inspired them to enter the fitness industry and what makes Row House stand out among all the options for your fitness routine.
To learn more, visit www.therowhouse.com/location/naperville or give them a call at 630-912-7ROW.
There's something magical about this time of year and the western suburbs offer so many wonderful activities to enjoy during the holiday season. Since they're local experts, we polled our jgR agents to learn more about their favorites. We couldn't feature ALL of them, so we narrowed it down to these 5! From Geneva to Oswego and beyond, john greene Realtor agents Shannon Nuzbach and Donna Bode discussed our 5 recommendations and what makes them so special.
On this week's episode of the Live & Love Local Podcast, jgR agent Dana Bern sat down with Stuart Meyer, a local filmmaker and founder of Social Frequency Media Communications. Stuart shared how he discovered his path and passion to become a documentarian, as well as how he found his way from small-town Kentucky to Naperville. We talked about how he has absolutely fallen in love with the town and some ways in which he has chosen to honor and promote this place he loves to call home.
On this week's episode of the Live & Love Local podcast, jgR broker Jessica Gerald sat down with Mike Briggs, President & CEO of Little Friends. Little Friends is an organization based in Naperville that provides programs and support for individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. Mike shared more about the services they provide to help individuals and their families, as well as some exciting plans they have for the future!
Learn more about Little Friends: www.littlefriendsinc.org.
On this week's episode, jgR agent Jessica Taylor had a chance to speak with Janet Kean, President of Chiefs Rugby Football Club. Janet shared how she became involved with the club, why she feels so passionate about the rugby, and what sets it apart from other sports. Especially if you're not familiar with rugby, it's definitely an interesting listen!
To learn more: www.chiefsrfc.org
On this week's episode of the Live & Love Local podcast, jgR broker Laura Caldwell sat down with Sandy McKeon and Carol Vargos from the Naperville Woman's Club to learn more about their upcoming fundraising event - Witches' Night Out! Learn more about the event, how to purchase tickets, and who the fundraiser benefits. Enjoy a fun night with friends while supporting a great cause!
To learn more: www.witchesnightoutnaperville.org.
On this week's episode of the Live & Love Local podcast, john greene Realtor broker Jessica Taylor sat down with Mary Garcia, Founder of an organization in Oswego called My Daughter’s Dress. The organization's mission is to ensure every girl and woman, regardless of finances, is able to attend special events like prom, homecoming, etc. without worrying about the sometimes extensive cost of purchasing a new dress. Listen to learn more about the organization, as well as how people can help.
On this week's episode of the Live & Love Local Podcast, jgR agent Kristina Irvine sat down with Janell Robinson, Executive Director of Hope's Front Door. Janell shared the important work that Hope's Front Door offers residents in DuPage County through their numerous anti-poverty programs, which serve the mission of being a “first responder” to neighbors who are facing financial and/or medical crises. Each program, along with partnerships with their network of social agencies, work to help people restructure their lives long-term and move them out of living a “crisis-to-crisis existence."
To learn more about Hope's Front Door, please visit www.hopesfrontdoor.org.
On this week's episode, jgR broker Elizabeth Gigler sat down with Jeff and Lisa Manning from Aurora Yoga Center to learn more about their story! From begrudgingly taking his first yoga class to knowing that he wanted to become an instructor, Army vet Jeff shared how and why he chose yoga was the path he wanted to pursue to help people. From there, Jeff and Lisa first started their yoga studio in their basement and have grown it to where it is today. Jeff also shared advice he was given for how to approach your business and we just know if will be your new mantra!
To learn more about Aurora Yoga Center, visit www.aurorayogacenter.com.
jgR brokers Kim Lawler-Marino and Katie Minott had the pleasure of sitting down with Dana Davenport who holds many titles, including show host of Dana Being Dana on NCTV and Intellectual Radio. Dana shared how she found her way to radio, and now NCTV, and the ways in which her show seeks to create human connection, while promoting kindness and understanding.
Check out her radio show every Wednesday on Facebook Live and Intellectual Radio, and her NCTV show every month on NCTV17.com!
On this week's episode of the Live and Love Local podcast, jgR agent Shannon Nuzbach had the honor of sitting down with Debbie Mossberg of Bike Bald Group, a non-profit organization in Oswego with the mission to enrich the lives of children affected by cancer and rare illnesses. Debbie shared her story of why she started Bike Bald Group, as well as more about the incredible work they do, how people can help, and how Oswego welcomed them home.
The work Debbie and her team does is so important and we encourage you to learn more about what they do and how you can help by visiting their website: www.bikebald.com.
In this week's episode, john greene Realtor agent Laura Caldwell sat down with Julie Cunningham of the Naperville Woman's Club. They discussed the mission of the NWC and their upcoming art fair that is celebrating its 60th year this year on Saturday, June 22nd and Sunday, June 23rd! The art fair truly has so much to offer and we were excited for Julie to share more about what visitors can expect to experience!
To learn more about the fair: https://www.napervillewomansclub.org/art-fair
On this week's episode, agent Shauna Weatherspoon sat down with Lillian Harris, CEO of Call Flawless Cleaning Services. Lillian shared how she turned her passion into a business and the journey to where she is now. She also discussed her Second Chance program which aims to help formerly incarcerated people by providing them employment opportunities at Call Flawless. Lillian was a true example of self-motivation and chasing after what you want!
In this week's episode of the Live & Love Local podcast, john greene Realtor's President and CEO, Tim Greene, sat down with his father, John Greene. Yes, that John Greene! We learned more about John's humble beginnings and how his journey led him to finding real estate, starting his own company, and the lessons he learned along the way.
P.S. We're still working on becoming podcasting rock stars, so please excuse some of the audio issues as we are learning and growing. We'll get there soon! :)
Laura Caldwell, Broker at john greene Realtor sat down with Kathy Brown and Chris Roy to learn more about how they turned the tragic circumstances of their little sister's death into an opportunity to help others in her name. That is how the Jeanine Nicarico Memorial Fund for Literacy came to be. They share their story and how the fund seeks to help students in Naperville, along with information about their main fundraising effort - The G.L.O.W. Run 5K which will take place on May 18th!