Siggi Ahrens Director of Operations – Sanibel & Captiva
Siggi was born in Germany where his father was a master pastry chef. His mom and dad chose to immigrate to the United States when he was young, and ended up calling Portland, Maine, their home. Siggi was bitten by the travel bug early.
After high school, he returned to Germany to learn the bakery business the old-fashioned way, and he did, but it just was not for him. Upon his return to the U.S., he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, spending the next five years traveling the globe in service to our nation. After his enlistment, Siggi returned to Maine where he worked in the ski business. He eventually moved to Pennsylvania, where he was hired by Sports Authority as an area manager. It was there that he met a young lady with two small children, and fell in love. He quickly rose to the top and was offered a promotion. He traded his snow shovel and skis for palm trees and flip-flops. Yes, they moved him to Fort Myers, Florida, where he managed multiple stores. Siggi has called Fort Myers home for the past 23 years. The retail life was a lot of hours and he eventually burned out, and so did the marriage. But don’t feel too bad — this story has a happy ending!
Siggi got his Florida real estate license and practiced actively from 2000 to 2007. Then he took his knowledge of real estate and began to travel all over the U.S. and Canada, teaching real estate investment classes. Over the next 12 years, he logged more than two million miles flying, and more than 2,000 hotel nights. It was here that he became an expert guest, with a great appreciation for outstanding customer service. This is also when he met his beautiful wife, Karen, who was his boss at the time, and I guess she still is.
In late 2019, Siggi and Karen decided it was time to slow down and spend more time at home. Not one to sit still, he sought his next adventure. When he was offered an opportunity with Royal Shell Vacations, he jumped at the chance to work for such a prestigious company with an outstanding reputation. This is a place that will challenge him and allow him to employ in his interactions with Royal Shell owners and guests the skills he amassed during years of travel.
He has a love for all New England sports, golf and, above all, still loves to travel with his wife.