My 20 Year REALTOR pin: Thanks Mom!

Real Estate Agent with Park Square Realty serving Western MA

This blog is an homage to my mom: Sheila Ryan Weber, the best REALTOR ever. 

My mom started her real estate career in about 1982 in Western Massachusetts after being an X-ray technician and then wedding consultant for years.  The reason for real estate?  My sister and I were competitive dancers and she needed to find a way to fund our expensive hobby.  A good friend of hers ran a real estate office and convinced my mom that she would be a natural for the business. That is the kind of lady she is: my sister and I had a need and she was going to figure out a solution.

Fast forward a few years and mom is a top selling forward a few more and she is managing an forward a few more years and mom owns her own forward a few more years and I am managing her office.  Thus, my career was born.

Now, to be truthful, because my mom will tell on me if I am not: I never wanted to be a real estate agent.  In fact, I think when I was young it was my #1 on the DON'T list. So mom and I busted our bums to put me through college and get an English Degree with a PR/Communications specialty.  But life is funny and things really do work out for all the right reasons and now I can't imagine working that corporate desk job I once thought would be better.

Today I recieved my award for 20 years as  REALTOR in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts.  I am very proud of this span and proud of all of my accomplishments in the field.

My mom is retired now (and deservedly so), but a day like today can't help but spark so many memories of our time together in the field.  So for my mom, in honor of my two decades as a real estate professional in Western Massachusetts, here is my top ten reasons (in no particular order) why I love real estate:


#2- variety...I love helping people and the one thing that is for certain is it is never the same day twice.

#3- ability to help others

#4- multiple opportunities within the field

I have worked in almost every capacity in the field over the last two decades. I have been an agent, publicist, manager, trainer, speaker, TV host, office coordinator, writer, home retention specialist and social media teacher in the real estate industry. This variety sure does make the years fly by and also makes me a very well rounded real estate professional.

#5- control over my career...OK, it has it's days, but this job is never dull.

#6- meeting new people & helping them

#7- perfect job for a mom

#8- utilizes my diverse skill base

#9- family tradition/pride

#10- exciting

Here I am getting my 20 year pin as I am in my 21st year of real estate and I owe it all to my mom.

Lesley Lambert's 20 year REALTOR pin




Comments (10)

Vickie McCartney
Maverick Realty - Owensboro, KY
Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY

Hi Lesley~  How wonderful that you were able to work with your mom all of those years.  Congratulations on your 20 years!

Dec 08, 2009 02:38 PM
William "Bill" and Karen Farragher
EXIT Blue Water Realty, Matawan, NJ 07747 - Matawan, NJ

Congrats... many more... the only thing I would change is calling it a job... it is a career, jobs don't offer all the things you mentioned.... just my 2 cents.. I left my job 10 yrs ago to go into real estate and haven't worked a day in the last 10 yrs.

Dec 08, 2009 02:39 PM
Lesley Lambert
Park Square Realty serving Western MA - Westfield, MA
Real Estate Agent - Realtor - Westfield, MA - 413-

Vickie and Bill, thank you!

Bill, you are so right, this is my career, my profession even!

Dec 08, 2009 02:41 PM
Nancy Murray
Keller Williams Clients Choice Realty, Colorado Springs, CO - Colorado Springs, CO
Your NICE Real Estate Agent in Colorado Springs

Congratulations Lesley!  I've already completed one 20 year career in the Navy.  Now I'm 1/5 the way in my second career - real estate.  Your top 10 are right on the mark.


Dec 08, 2009 03:08 PM
Lesley Lambert
Park Square Realty serving Western MA - Westfield, MA
Real Estate Agent - Realtor - Westfield, MA - 413-

Nancy thank your for your service and thank you for reading my blog!

Dec 08, 2009 03:11 PM
Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate

...and now you are a Twitter Queen.

What a wonderful tribute to your mom, Leslie.

My kids said, No way too. Now a couple of them are considering it. One of course Christa already is and my son in Nashville is thinking of getting licensed. I wish I could be there to help him.


Dec 08, 2009 10:16 PM
Lesley Lambert
Park Square Realty serving Western MA - Westfield, MA
Real Estate Agent - Realtor - Westfield, MA - 413-

Thanks Missy and good luck to your kids!

Dec 08, 2009 11:08 PM
Michael and Cheron Lange
Solutions Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
Associate Broker, GRI

Congratulations Lesley!!!  What an accomplishment, it's amazing how our paths change throughout life. 

I was set to become a Doctor, then I met my husband and became his accountant for his aerospace firm...long story short we sold those, he had a passion to be an architect (his college degree) and throughout the years for fun, he would design and build custom homes, therefore I became a Realtor.  :)  Good Times!

Cheron Lange

Dec 09, 2009 09:41 AM
Lesley Lambert
Park Square Realty serving Western MA - Westfield, MA
Real Estate Agent - Realtor - Westfield, MA - 413-

Cheron, life takes some twisted paths!  Thanks for stopping by!

Dec 10, 2009 12:39 AM
Monika McGillicuddy
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty - Hampstead, NH
Southern NH & the Seacoast Area

How awesome Lesley.  My hubby Jay (@acemaker) also comes from a real estate family and I don't think as a kid he ever wanted to go into real estate. Funny how things work out.

Jan 01, 2010 04:08 AM