I am excited and humbled to announce that I was nominated for one of Greenville's Best and Brightest Under 35 for 2014.
Here is a sneak peak into my interview for the magazine and awards ceremony:
Q: What suggestions would you give to someone hoping to make a difference in your field or to become a more effective leader?
A: It is unique to be in a career that you feel like the Lord has placed you where you can make a difference. I am so blessed to be in a career that I love and feel like I am exactly where I am supposed to be. The best advice that I can give is to truly get to know your clients. Invest in them with your time. It is a privilege and an honor to get the opportunity to be part of one of the biggest financial decisions that they will make in their lifetime. Take it seriously. It has to be more than just a sale, more than just a transaction. It is personal. It is a highly emotional process, and it can either be a great experience or a horrible experience....It is one that I want them to remember as a happy time. I truly believe that if you take care of people, they will take care of you.
Q: Why did you choose to live in Greenville and why do you choose to stay?
A: I grew up in Greenville, went to Clemson, and then moved back home when I graduated. Being a Greenville native, I have seen how Greenville has drastically changed over the years. The city is making the right investments in our town, and more and more people are wanting to move to Greenville. Because of these tremendous changes, our Real Estate market is very strong right now. One part of my job that I love so much is showing people why I love this town. I get to sell them on why it is the best place to live whether you are looking to raise a family, grow your business, or start a new chapter of your life.
Q: What mentor do you rely on for advice, and what has he or she done to help you move forward?
A: When I first started in Real Estate, I had a fear of the business being very cut throat. It can be a very me-driven profession, always going after the next sale, focusing only on your clients, etc.. ....And then I met Melissa. If you have ever met Melissa Morrell, she just lights up the room as soon as she enters. She immediately took me under her wing and gave me the most precious gift that you can give someone as a REALTOR. She gave me her time. She taught me how to be present, be available and be passionate. Melissa and I both share the same passion for real estate and for helping people -- and with that passion also comes energy. Energy is so important in this crazy, oftentimes demanding field. She is a constant source of encouragement for me and has taught me the art of being present not only with your clients, but also having that balance with your friends and family.
Q: What do you think Greenville is lacking?
A: LIVE MUSIC! Greenville has grown so much over the past couple of years, and we have gotten so many amazing new stores, restaurants, shops, etc. but we so desperately need consistent live music at the restaurants and bars!
The full article and bio, etc. will be published in the September issue of the Greenville Business Magazine.