Meet Jen Heieck. She is a Loan Officer at SWBC Mortgage. She has a passion for real estate and helping clients build wealth through the financial services of SWBC.
After graduating from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, she worked as a Marketing & Strategy Consultant for Fortune 1000 companies, where she partnered with clients to design & implement creative solutions to unique business challenges.
She is a loving wife to her husband Ted and a caring mom to her daughter, Olivia. She is someone who loves animals, loves epic movies and can dance and sing along to music on the radio anytime.
Thank you, Jen, for sharing your story with us and providing a glimpse into your wonderful family and life in Lafayette.
Q: What inspired you or led you to your current career?
A: I am a Mortgage Lender. For the past 15 years, I’ve been very excited about and interested in real estate, both as an investor and in the industry itself. I worked as a Realtor for a year and since then I have had careers in marketing and strategic consulting, doing some market research, and a stay-at-home mom. But, when I came back (from stay at home mom) and was looking at the rest of my working life, what I really wanted to do and was really excited about was real estate. Mortgage lending is a perfect blend of strategy and finance in the industry that I love.
Q: What is your favorite restaurant in Lafayette, and what do you love there?
A: A tie between Teocalli and Community. I love them both. People rave about the brussel sprouts at Community. If I’m going to go outside the area, it will be 24 Carrot Bistro in Erie. At Teocalli, I love their De Birria, and they have excellent tacos. In Louisville, I love to go to Lulu’s BBQ because they have the back area where kids can play.
Q: How long have you lived or worked in Louisville?
A: We moved to this area 5 years ago, originally living in Louisville near Harper Lake. We’ve rented since then and have lived in Trails at Coal Creek for the past 2 years.
Q: Who is the most interesting person you’ve met here in Louisville?
A: Mike Smart lives in Trails at Coal Creek and I met him through the neighborhood. I recommended him for HOA board and he’s now the President. He is a very interesting guy, he’s done so many things. He’s won Emmy’s, flies drones professionally, and is a professional photographer.
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be? And why?
A: It’s a tie between an African safari or the Galapagos. I love animals. The Galapagos is becoming increasingly more chartered, but its unchartered territory is very raw and has flora and fauna that you can’t see anywhere in the world. I want to see it before it’s no longer that way. A safari because it is so foreign from anything I know… to be out there with wild animals would be amazing.
Q: What is your favorite movie OR what is the first movie you remember seeing in a theater?
A: I do not remember the first movie I saw in the theater, but my favorite is The Thomas Crown Affair. Also, the one I love that is very similar in style, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, it’s really good and epic.
Q: What advice would you give a crowd of people?
A: Happiness is a blend of your expectations and experiences. So if you want more happiness, you can alter your expectations and/or change the way you experience life.
Q: What is something on your bucket list?
A: I am very spontaneous and do-it kind of person. So I don’t have a bucket list because if there’s something I wanted to do I just do it. I’m pretty happy with everything I’m doing now.
Q: What is your favorite music/ 3 bands you would like to see (dead or alive)?
A: I listen to The Party (95.7) on the radio. I love Imagine Dragons, Christina Perry, and Taylor Swift.
Q: What current / former local business makes you the most nostalgic about Lafayette or Louisville?
A: I love what is happening with downtown Lafayette, I think there are great shops and restaurants. I love it because Lafayette is really focused on having a healthy downtown and supporting its local business owners. For instance, Taco Wagon is really good and I want it to stick around. By Chance and Pitter Patter are really great boutique shops.
Q: Choosing anyone alive and a non-relative with whom would you love to have lunch? Why and where would you have lunch?
A: I would probably want to talk to Warren Buffet. His basic philosophy is to invest in things you believe in, which he’s doing a much better job at than other people.
Q: What is your favorite thing or something unique about Lafayette or Louisville?
A: My favorite thing in the area is that people show up! Street fairs, Monster Dash, Peach Festival, Oatmeal 5K… people show up… it is a community that people come together.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years?
A: Still in Trails at Coal Creek. Thriving in my career, having clients wherever I go. I want to keep showing up in my community, it’s important. In 5 years, Olivia, will be in elementary school and I will be part of that with her.
Q: (Even for friends or family), what is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
A: I’m kind of open book.
Q: What 3 words or phrases come to mind when you think of the word HOME?
A: Comfort, Stability, and Love.
Q: If you had a full time staff member that was fully paid for, who would you choose? Chef, Housekeeper, Driver, Coach, Physical Fitness Trainer, or Nanny?
A: I need two roles in one person. I’d love someone to cook and clean. I used to cook a lot and enjoyed doing meals… and be more creative and looking up recipes. But, for some reason I lost the spark and have other things I’d rather be doing.
Q: If you were cast into a major motion picture and had your choice of anyone to be your co-star, who would you choose?
A: Probably, Olivia. We will do a Mommy and Me movie. She would be really fun!