Shortly after she walked the stage, Susan made the transition from realtor to part owner in a Keller Williams Office. “Today, at Live Fairfax,I run a fully functioning team with a licensed assistant and an experienced buyer agent. I'm both proud and lucky to be in business with Emilie and Janette. I am also honored to be in business with Keller Williams Kingstowne Alexandria as part owner. I stay positive through meditation, coaching, and enjoying my family time. Work/Life balance is the key!”
Describe yourself in three words:
Passionate, Intelligent, Entrepreneur
What do you consider your greatest professional achievement?
My greatest professional achievement is gaining referrals from prior clients. It sounds cliché, but its actually an honor for me. I love that they enjoyed working with us so much that they think to share my information. I can't ask for more than that. I recently helped the daughter of one of my very first clients, find her first home!
What are your professional goals for the next six months?
I will participate in 30 home sales.
How does your company stay connected through social media?
I regularly post to facebook, twitter, and linkedin. I love supporting local small businesses, especially if they are woman owned (GIRL POWER). So, please like me, follow me and interact with me online. I will share your posts, interact with you, and help you spread word about your business in anyway that I can.
What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
Interior Decoration. I love pretty things and rooms that make sense. My taste leans toward clean modern. My actual house looks like a two year old lives there, because one really does.
How do you maintain a work/life balance?
I create and delegate. I focus on the things I need to do and have an assistant who, at my direction, handles the day to day. I learned that I am a better all around when I have downtime. I'm more refreshed and actually give people better service.
What website do you visit every day?
washingtonpost.com, cnn.com, abcnews.com, npr.org, facebook.com, twitter.com
What is your favorite drink- and where can you find it in NOVA?
Black coffee, pretty much anywhere you want but, Celebrity Delly in Annandale has a fantastic cuppa joe.
What are your top 3 favorite people/places/things in NOVA?
Spartans in Burke - No Frills, good food, down home, family oriented.
Old Town Alexandria - Boutique shopping. YAY!
Mosaic District - Great food, great shopping, and yoga outdoors in Strawberry Park!
What is your goal for retirement?
As an real estate agent, my plan is to actually retire. So many never do! I am building a lasting brand in both LiveFairfax and Keller Williams Realty that I can eventually pass on to a new entrepreneur.
Do you have any advice for women who would like to start their own company?
Never underestimate the power of kindness in your leadership style.
Expect to fail. Repeatedly. Get over it. Repeatedly.
Have a vision board (also cheesy but highly effective). Don't be afraid to put your wildest dream on it. If there is no goal, there is no point.