Hello friends! Welcome back to another week of our Women In Business Series!
As you might have read in our announcement from the previous weeks, (which you can catch up on here), this month our Sponsor for the series is Howard Hanna Real Estate. We are featuring women in their company that have proven to be the ones who can have it all. They are paving the way for other women agents, especially moms that still want a full-time career that they can control.
This week we are so fortunate to sit down and chat a little with another mom of three that truly has the word “real estate” running through her blood.
OUR WOMEN IN BUSINESS FEATURE OF THE WEEK IS….
Kelly Hanna Riley, Sales Director for the Howard Hanna Seven Fields office, and daughter of Howard Hanna CEO, Howard W. “Hoddy” Hanna, III.
Grab a glass of champagne (or coffee, it is the middle the day) and celebrate how this mom of three has made her career work for her and her family!
Hi, Kelly! Thank you so much for being a part of our series! Let’s chat for a few minutes about how you got started in Real Estate.
At the time, I was a stay at home mom with three small children. My husband, Patrick, who owns a custom home building company in Pittsburgh had a spec home that wasn’t selling. One day, I called my dad (who is our CEO, Hoddy Hanna) and told him that I was going to pull my license out of escrow because I was going to sell the spec home myself. I had no real intention of loving the business that I had grown up in, but within the first day, I fell in love with it!
Awe, I love hearing stories like that, you never know when an unexpected career path is going to show up! So, how long have you been selling real estate?
I have been selling for the seven years, and a year ago I moved into management.
In your perspective, what makes the real estate business a unique career?
Real estate is usually the single biggest investment of someone’s life. When this couples with the emotion of buying or selling the place where people raise families, or create the bulk of their personal memories, it can create some emotional moments. It is really important that real estate associates are cognizant of all of this. There are many nights, I take this emotion home with me at the end of the day.
As someone who is going through this process right now, I feel every word of that. So, truly agents sometimes have to be ready to help through the emotional side of a sale. That really does make it unique.
Ok, so we have talked to the business side of Kelly, what about the mom side? How do manage it all?
I have an extremely supportive spouse. He is my gift in this life. We communicate via text, email or phone, at least 6 times a day because we very much partner in getting everyone where they need to be. Nonetheless, having three children and a full-time job is extremely demanding. There is always guilt. We moms can’t escape it. However, I always remember that my children are first. Their emotions, their games, their events, their concerts, are always most important and my kids know it. However, they also are keenly aware that my job, my agents, and my clients are also my priority. I think it is good for them to see that they can balance a family and a career.
Mom-guilt is a real thing. I love that you recognize that, because so many of the moms we talk to are just filled with it. It really is hard.
We now know about your mommy life, what about things you do for fun, or things you do for yourself?
When not working, I love to watch my kids do what they love to do! And I also love spinning. Its my release. I am never as mentally healthy when I miss it.
Now, one last thing, I always ask, has their been a woman/women in your life that have inspired you to become the business woman you are today?
I am always inspired by so many women. Most recently, my sister Mollie started her own company and clothing line called ByLangley. She has two children and juggles her company and she is doing fabulous!
Ahhh, I going to have to check her out! (I provided a link above ladies, check it out!)
Well friends, that is all for this week! I want to thank Kelly for being a part of the series, and look forward to seeing her accomplish many things in the future! I hope you were inspired by her story, and the strength she has given to herself and children, all while having a full-time career!
If you want to get in touch with Kelly, here is where you can find her! Kelly believes strongly in social media as it has helped build her business!
Office Phone: 724-772-8822
Remember we are still giving away a chance to win a scholarship to the Alan Kells School of Real Estate all month long! Enter to win below!
Good luck everyone! And we will see you next week with another fantastic woman to feature!
Author: Nicole Mildren
Nicole Mildren is the author of Champagne To Crayons, first time mom, and celebrates motherhood in the best way she knows how; by remembering she is just not a mom. Owning her own business, and Marketing Director of the Pittsburgh MomCon helps her stay sane in the world of motherhood.