Experience: Fourteen years as
agentwoman and I’ve been very lucky.
I’ve been a top-
Biography: I started out in life as a college teacher, and a well-traveled educational consultant, then media director for a small school district, then media director for a psychiatric hospital --where I learned all the important things I know about leadership.
I then became a TV producer/director/writer in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, then started my own production company and traveled the world for 25 years making films for just about every network out there--- and meeting lots of incredible people along the way. I am most proud of winning a Dupont-Columbia Journalism Award for a documentary I produced on the baby boom generation and how they change America at every life stage they enter. This award is the television equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize.
My husband Michael and I moved to the shore from D.C. sixteen years ago with plans to continue making films. Which we did for 3 years. But after 9/11 traveling the world became much more difficult and TV a lot less fun. And so agentwoman was born.
Related Experience: 25 years of interviewing people of accomplishment around the world has hopefully made me an interesting person myself. As a hospice volunteer I’m constantly humbled by the power of a good life story. Still working on mine but coming to the shore was my best decision so far. Of all the magical places I’ve been this is one of the most magical. I thought I’d like it here but I like it even more than that.
Education: B.A., Webster University, St. Louis, Mo.
M.A., Webster University, St. Louis, MO.
Philosophy: Since the shore is such a special place I really don’t sell real estate as much as I help people decide if the shore is for them. If this place speaks to you then finding a house is just a detail. And I’m great at details.
I’m also professional, ethical, caring and fun. And I won’t bug you. Here’s the way I work: I work at your pace not mine and promise to never pressure you in any way.
By 2017 agentwoman was up to her eyeballs and longed for a partner. And along came Dave.
Partner in the team of WardWaterfront and
President of Mitchell Custom Homes Inc
Experience: My wife Linda, son Zack and I moved to the Shore because we wanted to escape the “rat race” of the city. After a decade and a half of successfully building in the Tidewater Area, we found ourselves stuck in a cycle of lowest bid competition with no consumer consideration for quality and integrity, and thus, Zero job satisfaction. Here on the Shore, we have been able to focus solely on customer satisfaction. Building quality “forever” homes for retirees by day, hunting and fishing in some of God’s most beautiful country when not at work, raising a family in a small community where people actually care about their neighbors (we are all neighbors), and most importantly, NOT EVER having to drive in traffic, have all combined to make our lives so much richer and so much more satisfying than we ever thought possible.
Biography: I earned my B.A. from Old Dominion University in 1989. I have been a licensed builder in Virginia for the past 25 years. Having spent part of my childhood in Argentina/ in my college years summers working construction, I realized that building homes was in my blood. Over the course of the past 14 years I have built a reputation as one of the Shore’s premier builders. See our website: mitchellcustomhomesinc.com . Being an environmentalist, I now specialize in building “green” homes and built the first PHIUS certified passive house in Virginia. Lately, we have concentrated on making Net Zero or near net zero our goal. All of our homes are high quality, custom built homes. Because the basics of energy efficiency and quality both stem from a fine eye for precision and detail, we have been very successful at providing them as a package. My crew of 8 to 10 people have been with me for many years now and we are proud of the quality of the work we do. I am personally proud of having been able to employ so many skilled craftsman to work consistently on so many high end homes.
Why Real Estate? I have thought about becoming a real estate agent for a quite some time. What is most important is that I do not plan to stop building homes. I have employees who count on me, and I still enjoy building very much. I will just do less. I feel that I will be able to concentrate my energy even better for my future home clients,
Phyllis and I both I feel that my construction experience is going to prove very useful. After all, we are selling homes, and there is one thing I know about, homes. Also, when it comes to repairs, improvements, inspections, etc., I have a large network of specialists that I will be able to call upon to get answers and/or get things done, as needed, to help our clients make informed choices and get things done efficiently, fairly and to a high standard.
Agent/Team Transaction Coordinator
Phyllis and Dave asked me to join the team and I am honored to do so. I have a lifetime of experience in real property as a buyer, seller and very successful realtor in Massachusetts. My family says I have a real estate gene. I believe honesty, integrity, communication, creative thinking and always being ahead of the curve is the formula for success.
With $5,000 left to me by my great aunt at age 17 I purchased my first house and my first car. (The car, a Renault, was probably not the best idea.) The little house was given to me by a developer who wanted it moved rather than destroyed. I took up the challenge, purchased a lot, had it moved, renovated it and later rented it while I went away to college. Soon after college I began my first career as a realtor in Massachusetts. Interest rates on mortgages were 18% during those years so we had to be creative to sell houses. I became top producer in my office after a year and remained so until my retirement after the birth of my daughter in 1988.
We moved to Maine in search of a more creative life. Unemployment was high particularly for women with young children. We started a cottage industry making special occasion dresses for little girls. I designed the dresses, and cut the fabric which was given to my home seamstresses to sew in their homes. “Posies” grew into a large company with major wholesale accounts that included Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Saks 5th Avenue and specialty stores across the country. I managed the design, production and marketing.
We sold the company after global competition negatively impacted the US domestic manufacturing environment. Because of NAFTA my employees were eligible for training and free schooling. For over 10 years I created over 40 good paying jobs for the women of Maine.
To this day I design and produce my line of christening gowns which I sell worldwide on the internet. My primary outlet is Etsy on which I have over 700 transactions with a 100% positive feedback rating. Should you be in need of one or just curious go to Etsy and look for Angela West.
Born in Texas to immigrant parents we were always taught to have an open mind and a world view. My English father and Australian mother were founders of a private college preparatory school. Experiential education, liberal arts, leadership and creativity were hallmarks of our education.
Graduate of McGill University, Montreal Canada, BA History
Why the Eastern Shore?
I remarried and moved from to Maine to a farm in central Virginia. My husband passed away in 2007. I decided to move back to Texas to be closer to my brothers and settled in Dallas. Texas was not the place of my childhood. I chose the Eastern Shore to be near the water, out of the rat race, and surrounded by natural beauty. Together with my young grandchildren we have found home. Who could ask for anything more?
WardWaterfront Tech Guru
As tech guru at WardWaterfront, I capture 3D scans of different properties for sale, 3D home tours, website management and other clerical needs. While for the most part I am an autodidact with far ranging interests, I have been exploring the coding, computers, arts, literature, music, and philosophical fields for almost 30 years now and can be expected to be found variously having an art show, a concert, (while I can at least play Dangerzone by Kenny Loggins on any instrument, I try to focus on playing bass, guitar, drums or keys) a chef’s night at the farm, book club, assisting with STEM in the schools or writing a bio for a website.
Raised primarily on seafood in the state of Maine, I naturally became interested in fishing. Angling with hook and line being the single most popular American sport, I soon encountered many enthusiasts, who all seemed to have their own individual styles and varying degrees of success. Some purists recommended the use of flies, bits of hair and even colored feathers that would float on the water, while others would employ colorful spinning lures that could be drawn through the water, simulating the movement of small fish. Bait anglers usually drop lines from a pier or dock, although some will bait many hooks on a long line called a trotline, which can be kept in a lake or stream overnight. Anglers are as ardent about types of fish as they are about means of catching them.
While never successful as a fisherman, I revered the enthusiasm of many fisherman regarding their particular techniques, philosophies of fish catching, and dogged adherence to having a good time and being out on the water even if it was raining!
My formal education is limited to LACC Film School and continuing Audio Visual tech education classes. I have mainly learned on the job designing large scale visualization systems and networks for a defense contractor, determining the best gluten ratio flours for the perfect bagel, or coercing the best performance out of a musician in the studio, but of course all I know about life I learned not catching fish.
WHY THE SHORE?
After spending time wandering around the entire lower 48 states, I finally settled on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, a land surrounded by water, but not to become a fisherman. I was drawn to the Shore by two friends with the shared idea of creating an organic farming community with a focus on perennials. While there is constant weed suppression, pruning and harvesting, the planting part is for the most part done, which has freed me up to work with Dave Mitchell and Mitchell Custom Homes, performing complex systems design and implementation as needed for the customer.
WardWaterfront is a team I am proud to say I fit into. I am happy helping the team sell beautiful houses and finding homes for people who agree the Eastern Shore is a special place.
Ray shoots Aerials for WardWaterfront
This one is of Onancock. Ray has an ultralight and is fearless. Waiting for the sun and the wind and the tides isn’t as simple as it seems. He has crash landed more than once but takes it in stride. We love having him on our team.
Ray’s handle is Skeeterflyer
Never too old to have fun.
Life is easier here......care to join us?