These days, taking on second and third careers in one’s lifetime has become so commonplace, it hardly registers much surprise.The more normal reaction is wondering why it took someone so long to do what they were meant to do. And in some special cases, it’s admiring the long andwinding road that led them there.
That is never truer than with Ellen Hart – a creative, self-starting career woman whose tenacity and engaging business style is unparalleled. Her project management and organizational skills, combined with her dynamic personality,make Ellen an exceptional businesswoman and Realtor.
When she grew up in the Memorial area of Houston, wandering the piney woods, she dreamed of being a natural science illustrator. Attending the University of Texas at Austin and majoring in biology, she illustrated several text books until she realized she’d better seek a more lucrative endeavor and moved to Dallas, where she opened and operated a wholesale showroom in the Trade Mart for 10 years.
Always blessed with an uncanny ability to recognize untapped needs in the market place, Ellen sold her show- room business and began Chapter Two, pioneering the design of business cases for executive women, a concept so well received that she and her designer partner sold it to Hartmann Luggage, where she then served as Director of Sales and Marketing Her creativity, extensive research and unique point of view led to the development of luxury goods made from baseball glove leather, for which she negotiated a licensing agreement and began a relationship with Rawlings Sporting Goods that lasted for ten years. Ellen then created the first online store for professional women, a business she sold a few years ago.
Returning to Texas after 18 years, Ellen was glad to be home, close to her family, and rekindling friendships and her love of the land and nature. Her family has owned a ranch near La Grange in Fayette County for the past 20 years, a place to which she returned for frequent visits, knowing that someday she would end up in the country. Ellen was ready for Chapter Three and her next career move – selling farm and ranch properties.
Her talent for identifying the needs of her clients as well as the market place, her commitment to detailed re- search, and her ability to enthusiastically communicate her vision, insights, and the potential that others might not see are invaluable to them. Her strong negotiating skills and her ability to stay on track through closing are yet additional assets.
Ellen’s core values, then and now, have always been to make each client feel like they are unique and special, by staying present, listening to their needs and making sure they walk away feeling great about their sale or purchase.
It’s a job she was meant to do!