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Front Page - Friday, June 7, 2024

21 years later, Harwell happy with career shift

One of the benefits of doing these interviews is discovering new insights from those I have the privilege of working with as board president. Holly Harwell is one of those board members who has not only built a successful 21-year career in real estate but also actively contributes to the community and local association leadership. With a rich background in sales, marketing and political campaign finance, she’s a seasoned Realtor who brings a unique perspective to the industry and the board.

What did you do before transitioning into real estate?

“I started my career working in sales and marketing for several companies. I then moved into political campaign finance and fundraising for a national congressional race and a local mayoral race.

“After completing the mayoral campaign, I was ready to transition into a business of my own. I decided to take the real estate licensing course and enjoyed it. This is my 21st year as a Realtor, and I’ve loved running my own business.”

Why did you choose to serve the association in a leadership capacity?

“I wanted to become more involved in our local association. With 20 years of experience as a Realtor and having served on numerous boards in our community, I felt like my experience would be helpful as we face many challenges in the ever-changing marketplace.”

What would you like your fellow Realtors to know that our Association offers to its members?

“The opportunity to acquire free education to assist in becoming a better Realtor is priceless. Especially now as we face changes to our business, education is of utmost importance.

“We also make efforts on several fronts to engage in our community with participation through the Snack Pack Ministry, Habitat for Humanity, our Placemaking committee, which identifies opportunities to transform an unused space in our community, and the Scholarship fund, which helps first-year college students.”

What’s your favorite thing about being a Realtor?

“I love assisting both buyers and sellers maneuver through one of the biggest decisions of their lives. Our homes are the place where we feel grounded and make many wonderful memories; it brings me great joy to be a part of their journey.”

What’s something your fellow Realtor members do in the community that you love and want others to know about?

“Many of our members are involved in our community in various ways. We are a giving association and feel called to make Chattanooga the best place to live. I especially love the Snack Pack Ministry. It provides more than 5,000 students with additional meals that they would otherwise not have access to.”

Have you read any recent books you’d like to share with others?

“I had the opportunity to take the ‘Ninja Selling’ course last year. The ‘Ninja Selling’ book by Larry Kendall is one I keep reading over and over. It provides a clear road map to being a successful Realtor and helps you develop daily habits that will lead to being a better communicator and a more well-rounded professional.”

As a dedicated and passionate advocate for community involvement, Holly shared her value of continued education and the joy of helping clients navigate one of life’s most significant decisions. It’s been a pleasure to explore her experiences, inspirations, and the impactful work she champions both in and out of the real estate realm. That’s Who We R.