In 1972 my parents made what many in their family thought was a risky decision, and moved full-time to Harbor Springs. I have them to thank for making me a lifelong resident, and providing the unique opportunity to grow up where so many people choose to vacation.

As a “Townie”, my formal education included skiing at Nubs Nob, sailing on the harbor, and riding a bike to get just about everywhere. In my free time, I attended Harbor Springs schools before going on to four years at Albion College.

After graduation, and I went on the road with likes of Eddie Money and Barbara Streisand (selling merchandise) before spending a winter out West. In 1996, I moved home for the Summer, and was offered a job as an assistant at Graham Real Estate, and I never left. My family’s history in Harbor Springs began with an even larger stroke of luck.

As the story goes, my Grandfather won a Weque cottage during a hand of poker in New York in the winter of 1957. That Summer, he and my Grandmother loaded the family of five into a convertible VW Beetle, traveled from the East Coast by way of Canada, crossed the newly opened Mackinaw Bridge, and started the family’s love of spending time in Harbor Springs. It was during these summer trips to the cottage, that my Dad decided he would someday raise his own family in Northern Michigan.

That opportunity came about when he left the security of IBM, and took a job with Graham Real Estate despite Tom’s newly minted slogan “A Harbor Springs landmark since 1972.” It was 1973 mind you. During my own 24 years with the office, I have had the pleasure of assisting both long term residents, and people new to the area as they search for their own “cottage in a card game”.