Amy Wienands was born in Waterloo, IA, daughter of Scott and Barb Wienands. She was raised in Waterloo, and spent much of her childhood running the neighborhoods where she sells homes today. Though Amy attended both parochial and public schools in Waterloo, she graduated from Waterloo West High School in 1989 and went on to pursue her BA in psychology from Northwestern College in Orange City, IA.
While in her last semester of college, Amy was selected to complete an internship at the Cook County Jail in Chicago. Upon completion of this internship, Amy was hired at the jail full-time, teaching employability skills to inmates. Amy moved into a tiny studio apartment in downtown Chicago and, along with two roommates, made 300 square feet of space “home.”
While riding the train to work one day, Amy had an epiphany that perhaps she should consider a career in sales. She was reading a book given to her by her father, “The Magic of Thinking Big” by David Schwartz, and decided that a career in sales was for her. In determining which area of sales to pursue, Amy knew it had to be something she could sell with enthusiasm. Selling homes was her natural conclusion.
Amy was first hired by Century 21, and her early days in real estate were spent going door-to-door introducing herself to the people of Waterloo. Amy had a strategy from the beginning to set herself apart- to use creative marketing to brand herself and to offer the best quality service to clients. Amy literally went door-to-door, talking to the people of Waterloo and handing out apples with a note that read “I’m fresh in the business. Hire Amy and start packing!” Amy’s parents were both big influences on her career, and early on her dad would ask her “How many doors did you knock on today?” Through determination and persistence, Amy began to build a reputation and a business.
Several months into her new career, Amy moved to Cortright Realty, where she was mentored by Kevan Cortright and Ruth Molstead. At the end of her first year in business, Amy was recognized as the “Rookie of the Year” by the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Board of Realtors. Soon, Amy’s business began to take off as she gained more and more clients through referrals. But even as she became more busy, the level of service that Amy provided to her clients never suffered. Her well known slogan “Obsessively Working for You!” guaranteed clients that she was committed to helping them achieve their goal of buying or selling a home.
In 2001, Amy moved to Re/Max Home Group, where she continued to build her reputation and business. Today, Amy is one of the top producing realtors in the Cedar Valley. She has received numerous awards and accolades, including the Re/max Lifetime Achievement Award, Re/Max Hall of Fame, member of the Chairman’s Club, and in 2011 the Amy Wienands team was the #1 team for the Midwest Region.
Friends and colleagues say that Amy is a high energy, positive individual who is always striving for the best. She has been known to go above and beyond for her clients, even offering to make their beds for a last minute showing or take out their dog. She lives in Waterloo with her husband, Steve Schneider. Amy loves being an aunt to her nieces and nephews, and she spends as much time with them as possible, hosting sleepovers, watching movies, and cheering them on in wrestling matches, baseball games, and dance recitals.