When confronted with the question of what she wanted to do with her life, Donna Douglas initially wasn’t sure how to answer. She knew she didn’t want to run the family business, a wholesale commercial greenhouse company, but also knew she loved being around people. After discussing it with her husband, Benny Douglas, she ultimately decided to obtain a real estate license. A contact in the field helped Donna secure a position, and she hasn’t missed a day since. She attributes her success in the field to the encouragement of her husband and her passion for the job, as well as to the great company she joined, United Country Lake Palestine in Henderson and Anderson Counties. They employ great marketing skills and integrity, and she really feels at home there. Her responsibilities include working with both buyers and sellers of residential properties, waterfront properties, farms, and ranches.
As a testament to her hard work and dedication, Donna earned the Five Star Professional Real Estate Award in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016, as well as VIP Women of the Year recognition in 2013 and 2014. She also holds a diploma from Sam Houston State University and certification as an accredited buyer’s representative. To keep in touch with her community, she joined the National Association of Realtors, the Grace Community Church in Tyler, Texas, and the economic development committee for Coffee City. Prior to her current endeavors, Donna garnered experience as a Texas licensed auctioneer at the Douglas Auction Service and as an executive secretary at Drilco, Smith international.
Dedicated and hard working, Mildred Clementina Sawyer spent her long career with the real estate and insurance sectors of the business industry. She started as a clerk for the Prudential Insurance Company in Brockton, Mass., from 1947 to 1957, and became a clerk for Clark Brothers in Olean, N.Y., in 1957. Then, between 1958 and 1987, she worked as a typist in both Rhode Island and New Jersey. In 1984, Ms. Sawyer also joined the Massachusetts Indemnity Life Insurance Company in Cranston, R.I., as an insurance sales agent, and JLC and Home Realty in Chepachet and North Scituate, R.I., as a real estate sales agent. She remained with the former until 1989 and the latter until 1997. She also garnered experience as a security sales representative for First American National Securities, Inc., between 1986 and 1989.
Ms. Sawyer really found her niche in the latter years of her professional journey. She transitioned into the field at her husband’s suggestion because the hours were flexible and allowed her time to care for her children. This led her to add mutual funds to her expertise, and she found that she was good at setting people up for retirement. She was even honored as the member of the month through her real estate firm, and was featured in numerous editions of Who’s Who in Finance and Business, Who’s Who of American Women, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in the World for her efforts.
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Doris Mae Beausoleil knows the importance of having somewhere to live. Before retiring in 2006, she worked for many years as a public trust and federal agency housing specialist. She had been with the New York/New Jersey Department of Housing and Urban Development since the 1970s. Throughout her time at that institution, she worked in a number of positions, but always worked to the benefit of the people seeking its services. She has been the women’s program coordinator, an equal opportunity compliance specialist and branch chief in addition to the position she served under before retiring.
Prior to working with the New York/New Jersey Department of Housing and Urban Development, Ms. Beausoleil worked in housing for different organizations, including the Edwin Gould Foundation, the National Committee Against Discrimination Housing and the New York government. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and psychology from Goddard College before receiving a Master of Arts in human relations from New York University.