was born in Seattle, Washington, to a beauty queen and a gifted entrepreneurial father, who courted her mother with a winning smile and the flash of a canary yellow Cadillac.
began working in the family real estate business at the age of nine by cleaning apartments on weekends. She has fond memories of sitting at her mother’s side in the evenings, watching her apply an assortment of creams, tonics and lotions to her face.
Tracie received her undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Seattle University, she had already been working in the family office full time, overseeing—along with her parents and two younger sisters—the management of nearly four-hundred rental units.
on a weekend jaunt to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Tracie met her future husband, Helmut. She married him a year later. Undaunted by a language she couldn’t speak, Tracie packed her bags and moved to Cologne, Germany, Helmut’s hometown. There she gave birth to her only child, a son named Marc.
Germany since 1984, Tracie has worked as a rebel, blogger, lyricist and public speaker.
Tracie supports various charitable organizations, including die Elterninitiative Herzkranker Kinder, Köln e.V. (Parents Initiative for Children with Heart Disease of Cologne), the Ronald McDonald House in Cologne, Doctors for Ethiopia and the VITA e.V. Assistenzhunde (VITA Assistant Dogs Organization).
Since March 2016, Tracie’s engagements include her work as a juror and moderator for Das Goldene Stadttor –The Golden City Gate – an internationally recognized multimedia competition at ITB, the world’s largest travel trade fair in Berlin, Germany. Tracie was a guest speaker and fund raiser on behalf of the Austrian and German Children’s Protective Agencies at the 2016 Vienna Film Ball in Austria. Since June, 2016, Tracie has served as a juror at the Miss Germany beauty pageants.
a social organization that supports the international community in Cologne and raises funds for a variety of philanthropic projects focused on women’s rights. She is also a long time member of FAWCO (Federation of American Women’s Clubs Overseas), a United Nations recognized NGO, with a membership base of over 12,000 women from more than thirty countries. Alongside other FAWCO members, Tracie uses her moderation skills to create awareness of issues that affect women and girls around the world.
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