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March 25, 2022

Team Member Profile: Nikki Bender

When looking for an Edmond OK new home builder, sometimes the final choice comes down to how you connect with the builder’s team. Getting to know the members, even before you start making final decisions, may make you feel more comfortable and with people who are looking out for you. That’s one reason why we want you to meet Niki Bender, one of our sales managers.

As a sales manager, you’re going to be in contact with Nikki quite often. Fortunately, she enjoys her work. “I work with our amazing families to help them build their dream home!”

As she explains, “A typical day includes me meeting our amazing families and helping them through the home building process. We go over their needs and wants and then I help them as needed for selections.” She’s there to answer your questions and help make sure your final home is exactly what you imagined, if not better!

Nikki is new to us, but she has a strong background in customer service and making sure people are happy. While she’s more used to making customers happy with food, she’s able to take many of the same skills – paying attention to wants and needs and serving up something that ultimately makes people happy – and use them in new ways. Prior to Shawn Forth, her last job was Executive Chef at Flower Child. Yet that doesn’t mean she isn’t fully prepared for her new job. As she points out, “Shawn said I am the fastest ever to sell a home here at SFH.” If she can handle the heat of a professional kitchen, she can handle the job of helping you find your dream home.

She may not have taken a direct route to selling brand new homes, but she has a lot of professional experience and training in fields where helping the customer is a top priority. “I have my AAS in Culinary Arts from OSU – Okmulgee, BS in Hotel and Restaurant

Administration from OSU, and my Masters in International Hospitality Management with a focus on Sustainable Tourism from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland.” She clearly isn’t afraid of learning and hard work, and can use her education to quickly pick up the skills and knowledge required for the new home construction industry.

She’s settling in quickly and is easily becoming an important part of our team. In fact, that’s one of the things she likes about working here. “I love working at Shawn Forth because we are a family, everyone is here to help me be successful and grow. The best part of my job is helping the families build their dream home to make a lifetime of memories in.”

Outside of work, she volunteers at a local animal shelter. She also has two dogs of her own. “I love to spend my time outside of work baking, exploring local trails with my two pups, and rock climbing.” Besides baking, she obviously still a foodie, as she has “a personal goal to find the most local restaurant or street food vendor any time I am in a new city, state or country.” Aside from Scotland, one of those countries she’s spent time in is Finland, studying there for a semester.

As for the debate over #teampizza or #teamtaco, it’s probably no surprise she’s #teamtaco with her love of street food. “Taco trucks will rule the world one day and I can’t wait!”

There’s a lot more to learn about Nikki Bender, who is a fantastic addition to our family. As an Edmond OK new home builder, we take pride in the homes we build, but we also take pride in making sure every client has a positive experience, and with Nikki as one of our sales managers, we feel more confident than ever that you’ll ultimately find the home of your dreams. Contact Nikki today to get started!

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