Tiia was born and raised in Finland and moved to the US in high school. She graduated from Louisiana State University with a degree in Finance and worked for Arthur Andersen in public accounting in New York City right after college. After working in accounting and finance for several years, Tiia longed for a career where she could have more human interaction. In 2006, Tiia decided to leave finance and went to work for Rhonda Duffy of Duffy Realty of Atlanta, the # 1 agent for sold homes in the US. Tiia listed around 600 while working for Rhonda. In 2007, Tiia started Cartwright Realty in Tampa, FL and has been consistently one of the top producing agents in the area since then.