As a member of Adam Merrick Real Estate’s Administrative Support Team, Samantha was the recipient of the monthly Culture Award. This award is prestigious to our company in that it states the recipient has been recognized as a true team player and has made an exceptional contribution to the Culture of the company.
Samantha was born and raised right here in Central Illinois where she attended Illinois Central College and obtained her Associates Degree in Multimedia. She tells us one of her greatest passions is photography. One of her favorite parts would be seeing the reactions she gets from clients when seeing their images for the first time.
“I love the idea of capturing pure emotions in a beautiful still image.”
Samantha is passionate about the loved ones she holds near and dear in her life. Namely, her husband, Eric, who owns and operates a catering company, Cater On. Being able to work side-by-side with her husband at events brings her so much joy. She says they are a perfect team and who better to work with than your partner!? She prides herself in her work, and her husband shares that pride as well – they each promote one anothers businesses and even offer incentives when clients book them both!
She also mentions her family and friends are a huge part of her life and says she has always envisioned staying in the area to be near them. “Their love and support means the world to me. They help push me to be the absolute best I can be. Being with them, growing with them, and making memories is truly one of the most important things to me. They are my everything.”
In 2014, she began her own photography business, Initial Impressions. While the focus is portraits and events, she maintains that she most enjoys shooting weddings. In 2017, Samantha was looking to broaden her horizons and in searching for the right path, she came across an online job posting for a Real Estate Photographer here at Adam Merrick Real Estate. From the moment she sat down to interview, she says she felt that “AMRE is a great company filled with amazing people and opportunity.”
“We are all family here, and that is my favorite part about this job.”
When asked what inspires her, she states “Those who pursue their dreams. It’s amazing what people can achieve. To see them reach their goals, the reward at the end is truly inspirational. Also people who make the world a better place. Whether it’s an everyday random act of kindness or someone who goes above and beyond to put others before themselves, it makes my heart smile and it inspires me to be the best person I can be.”
We are proud to call Samantha a member of our Merrick Family and have been humbled by not only her countless contributions to our Team, but also to our community. Samantha has taken part in numerous charitable events hosted by AMRE, including making blankets for Project Linus, donating coats to Operation Bundle Up, and bagging food and goods for Sophia’s Kitchen. We asked her what it is that she looks forward to every day and we wouldn’t have expected any less of a selfless answer:
“Being the best I can be. Spreading happiness. Being a helping hand.”