Head on Collision, Life Reclaimed!

By
Real Estate Broker/Owner with Vanguard Commercial, LLC

Several years ago I found myself in the middle of a downsizing whirlwind. The aftermath of that storm left me unemployed, with a son to care for and bills to pay.

My boyfriend/future husband, believed this would be a great opportunity for all of us if I would go back to school. He offered to take care of everything so I could focus on my studies and that is exactly what happened.

After completing real estate school and passing the state exam I woked under several Brokers. The first brokerage was a small company in Griffin, GA. It is there that I learned how to locate properties, find owners, and all of the basics I needed. I was off to a good start.
My second move was to a local Jonesboro group where I worked with homeowners and dabbled in commercial leasing and sales. I learned to assemble land tracts, how to meet with developers and what information they needed. Business had doubled and I was ready to move forward. I moved my license to a brokerage that dealt with single family homes, townhomes and condos. It was not really my cup of tea so I went back to school and secured my Broker licensure and we soon parted ways.
For a little over a year I brokered a company owned by someone else and the housing market, along with the economy virtually disappeared!

So here we are in a head on collision, where the past meets the future in an explosion of the present and it creates Vanguard Commercial, LLC. Terry and I pooled our resources and opened up a new company in the beginning of a recession. The greatest thing is that when God has his hand on something and you are doing your best to walk in obedience it does not matter what the world economy is like and it does not matter if you have all the right connections. He is able.

A huge thank you to my husband Terry and my son J.D. for continuous love and support.
Thank you also to Mike White & Jerry Lanier for listening, teaching, encouraging and coaching.

Our company logo is almost complete! Watch for it!

Comments (4)

Charlie Ragonesi
AllMountainRealty.com - Big Canoe, GA
Homes - Big Canoe, Jasper, North Georgia Pros

We open3ed All MOuntain Realty in the 4th quarter of 07. The good thing I can say about opening in a recession is you sdo not have to make painful cuts!! You start out lean . Best of luck and if we can do business I would love to

Mar 16, 2009 01:05 AM
Brian Brumpton
Keller Williams Boise - Boise, ID
Boise Idaho Real Estate

Dana,

I wish you luck although I don't think you're going to need it.  Looking forward to reading about your future success.

Mar 16, 2009 01:19 AM
Kate Kate
San Diego, CA
  • Dana, The great thing about starting out in tougher times is that we learn how to survive and thrive! We did it in the very early 80's and again a couple of years ago. I'll watch for your logo. Congratulations! kate
Mar 16, 2009 01:21 AM
Dana Gibby
Vanguard Commercial, LLC - Jackson, GA
Asst. Living Facilities

Thanks everyone and I look forward to working with all the AR experts!

Mar 18, 2009 10:32 AM