Julie was born and raised in St. Charles, Missouri. After earning her B.A. in Communications from the University of Tulsa and working as a media buyer in a St. Louis advertising agency, she headed west in 1996. Julie drove across Kansas with a big smile and a dream of living in the mountains. She landed a job selling advertising for The Vail Trail newspaper. She later became the owner and publisher of What to Do Vail/Beaver Creek Magazine along with selling advertising for PEAKS Magazine, now titled Epic Life Magazine.
In 2005 Julie earned her brokers license and began her real estate career working with Sue Rychel, a 35 year veteran of Vail Valley real estate. Julie gained invaluable experience assisting Sue in closing over 150 transactions. In 2010, she earned her GRI designation. Julie resides in Wildridge with her husband, Dave, and two daughters, Rachel and Jessica.