Next, get to know a little about Sharon Stanley, one of our marketing consultants and a former real estate agent. As someone who knows the ins-and-outs of the industry, Sharon is here to help.
What’s the most rewarding part of the job? I love that I have been able to move up in the company. I started in sales and have moved through our administrative department. I was the trainer for several years and am now the manager of programs (fancy name for project manager). Because of that, I am able to voice my opinion and be heard. I love being able to help form decisions about the company’s direction.
What’s your favorite TV show? Right now, it's “Scandal.” I am definitely someone who can binge-watch a show on Netflix, so it’s whatever I am watching right now. Also love "Big Brother" and “Survivor."
Who in your life inspires you? My dad. My mother passed away when I was young, and my dad and I had always been close, but that brought us closer. He has always been there for me, and he has always shown me unconditional love no matter what. He instilled in me a work ethic that I am proud of and gave me a love of good music and old movies. He is my hero by simply being a kind and generous person.
What’s one of your favorite childhood memories? When I was about 7, I was staying the weekend with my grandparents and was jumping from various pieces of furniture in their family room. My grandpa came in and watched me climbing up and down and around. When I noticed him, he said, “I won’t tell if you don’t." He laughed and walked away, and I continued climbing until I heard my grandma coming. I don’t think she would have been as accepting of me using her furniture as a jungle gym as my grandpa was.
What's the best part of the job? Talking to other REALTORS® and keeping up with the market, as I was a licensed REALTOR® for 20 years. We have an outstanding selection of quality products and items of value that are effective marketing tools for anyone in business.
What's your favorite genre of music? Most all, except rap and opera. I love Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd, Art Garfunkel, Josh Groban and Moody Blues — too many to name!
What would your perfect day be like? Shopping on 5th Avenue in Naples, Florida, or St. Armand's Circle in Sarasota, then lunch at The Columbia. Some afternoon beach time and a nap afterwards. Finally, a coastline drive with the top down on my car, to dinner on the beach watching the sun set into the ocean — preferably with a nice gentleman companion.
What's your favorite thing about living in Roanoke? Good restaurants and my mom and daughter are here. Otherwise, I'd live where it's warm all the time. I hate cold weather and snow.