Sharon E. Greaves, Vice President of The Stanton Group, Inc., was interviewed and featured by the Women in Commercial Real Estate of Nashville. The interview, reproduced below, was included in the WCRE Spring 2014 newsletter.
How did you come to be a real estate broker?
In 1996, I was having dinner with Randy Wolcott, who had made the decision to start his own firm. I was looking to leave the insurance business and get into pharmaceutical sales. When having dinner with Randy; he convinced me not to go into pharmaceutical sales but to come and work for him. We spent the following weekend driving around warehouses; thats when I learned what a dock door was. I was hooked.
What do you enjoy most about being a real estate broker?
The deals! Every day presents a new challenge. Now managing a full service commercial real estate and property management firm; the days are never the same; oh the stories I could tell...
What is a valuable piece of advice youve been given?
Treat everyone with respect. Dont close the deal just because of the commission; represent your client the way you would want to be represented. And trust your gut.
If you werent a real estate broker what would you be?
The brokerage world is often a whirlwind of activity. When you have a few minutes, how do you relax and recharge?
Wine! Walking my dog, Cleveland, running with friends and hot baths!
If you could change one thing about Nashville, what would it be?
Traffic! The typical Nashville-area household spends nearly 25 percent of its income on transportation, and the average Nashvillian loses about 35 hours and wastes 10 gallons of fuel per year sitting in traffic (I stole this statistic from AMP yes article). I spend twice that much on fuel buzzing around these slowpokes in the fast lane...
What meal at a local restaurant has impressed you recently?
You dont realize who you are interviewing I love to eat (hence the running). East Nashville has a plethora of restaurants and I frequent them often! But if I had to say one, the macaroni and cheese at Mad Donnas.
What are 3 things you cant live without (excluding God, Family and Friends)?
Money, my dog, and wine (and chocolate)
Thank you, Sharon. We have enjoyed getting to know you a little more!