Giving Back to the Community - February 2017
Friday, February 17, 2017
Written By: Suzanne Gantner
We have all heard that saying "New Year, New You." And as hopeful business people, we begin setting plans and goals on how to be the best version of ourselves. Do we want more new business, bigger budgets, more money in our savings accounts, do we want more referrals, more travel time, etc. Just the idea that we can start with a clean slate for the new year is refreshing.
Along with meeting personal goals and getting our business plan in effect, try to add helping your community. Find what is needed, find your niche, find your voice and jump in with vigor. Why not consider helping a local organization, charity, join the Chamber, show up to help serve pancakes for the Sertoma or Rotary clubs, and get involved with the City Councils planning and zoning departments? Have you considered helping Habitat for Humanity build affordable housing? Have you considered volunteering at the Food Pantries?
All of these groups need community volunteers. Because the Williamson County Association of REALTORS® believes in giving back - we are committed to being involved with our different community services. We do a lot more than help Buyers and Sellers, we are avid ambassadors of our towns. REALTORS® donate their time, money, experience and talents to help those in need. We've always done it and we are doing it again this year. You can count on us for next year too.
Things you may not know about us:
- We are involved in the Williamson county Habitat for Humanity - every year, our members congregate and assist in the building of homes.
- We are involved in a Massive Annual Food Drive where last year we brought in over 27,000 pounds of food for our local Food Pantries.
- We attend City Council and P & Z meetings to voice opinions about doing the right things for our cities and residents.
- We attend the Hill Visits to talk to our Senators and Congressmen to work for Homeowner's rights and concerns.
- We have a Community Service and Governmental Affairs committee chaired and volunteered by very capable REALTORS® who care about our County and its success for its residents.
Being active in your Association and your communities broadens your network, increases consumer perceptions of the REALTOR® brand, educates you and increases professionalism in our field....Not to mention increases our Economic Growth.
Get involved this year for a New You!!
About the Author:Suzanne is a graduate of Southwest Texas State University (now known as Texas State University – San Marcos). While at SWTSU Suzanne floated the River regularly, attended Wurstfest, joined the Gamma Phi Beta sorority, was an OBI for the Theta Xi's and graduated with an Art Degree. Shortly after, Suzanne was asked to open up the Central Texas Market for the Greensheet paper. In her career, she has worked in many marketing positions in the home building industry, which led her down the path she has come to love. The housing industry was Suzanne’s direction to greatness. She worked my way up in several Fortune 500 Home Builders to the level of VP of Marketing. Those were great jobs and great days. When 9/11 happened, the nation panicked and many jobs were lost due to uncertainty in the market place, including hers. At that time she created her own ad agency - Creative Minds where her clients where the home builders who had let their marketing staff go. Suzanne got her real estate license and started selling and listing in 2003 and never looked back. She loves where she is and what she does. Suzanne serves as the 2017 President of the Williamson Count Association of REALTORS®.