About this Speaker
Chris Pelkola Lee | Broker/Owner, simpLEE HOME®
Initially from the Chicago suburbs, Chris graduated from DePaul University and after college continued to live in Chicago working in the corporate world, which relocated her to Manhattan. She happily resided and worked in New York prior to accepting the challenge of a ‘lifestyle change’ and moving across the country to a place she’d never been, Idaho Falls, ID!
In a twist of fate, it wasn’t until moving to Idaho Falls that Chris had the opportunity to explore her interests in real estate. The more she has learned about the industry, the more passionate and involved Chris has become in training, leadership roles and advocating for the consumer. Chris has served in volunteer positions within the industry at the local, state and national levels, including as President of her local REALTOR® association, on various committees for Idaho REALTORS® and currently serves as the 2020 National Treasurer for the Women’s Council of REALTORS®, whose mission is to advance women as business leaders in the industry and the communities they serve.
Taking that mission to heart, Chris is also actively involved in her community and is currently serving on two citizen committees by Mayoral appointment addressing local housing needs and how local government can support local business and the economic growth climate. In 2019 she chaired a citizen committee considering the facility needs of the local police department, which recommended that the City move toward a new build for a first-ever headquarters for the department. Ultimately the City was able to acquire a parcel of land in a somewhat blighted corridor and improvements made thereupon should also encourage private industry to reinvest in the area positively affecting property values. Last year Chris was also proudly installed as a Rotarian.
Chris licensed and became a REALTOR® in Idaho in 2007 and in 2014 opened her own independent brokerage and she is honored to have been recognized as the 2018 REALTOR® of the Year by her peers at the Greater Idaho Falls Association of REALTORS®. She is a graduate of Idaho REALTORS® Leadership Academy, a proud RPAC President’s Circle investor and the Broker/Owner of simpLEE HOME® in Idaho Falls.