A thank you to Realty Executives
The Modern Woman Show & Expo proudly presented by Realty Executives Saskatoon is a hub for the discerning palate - those with a hunger for food, travel, fashion & beauty. Together with our sponsors we have created a space for entrepreneurs to share their passions, and to be the breeding ground for ideas & excitement - - for an inspired lifestyle. On Saturday April 22nd & Sunday April 23rd join us at Prairieland Park for most anticipated women’s event of the year.
This event is proud to be behind a mission that empowers women to make their voices stronger, their influence bolder, and their support of one another unsurpassable. Without the support of Realty Executives Saskatoon this event would not be possible. We thank all the agents, support staff, and broker - Wayne Zuk, for their support and encouragement over the last three years. Here is a look at a few of the many agents who work not only for your real estate needs but for our community.
Realtor, Realty Executives Saskatoon
TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF? I am a real estate professional for Saskatoon and surrounding area and I am licensed in residential, acreages, and farmland. I have purchased many homes and became interested in the industry to be able to help others make an informed decision. As an agent, I enjoy helping people, seeing them happy and being a part of their journey.
WHAT IS A MODERN WOMAN TO YOU? A modern woman is someone that is confident in themselves and respectful of the abilities and contributions of others.
ADVICE FOR WOMEN IN BUSINESS? Trust your instincts and do research. Seek out the advice of others that have been down the same road. Get a feel for the venture you want to embark on before jumping in with both feet.
DO YOU THINK IT IS IMPORTANT TO HAVE A MENTOR? A mentor is absolutely valuable. At Realty Executives, there are some very helpful peers. It is always great to get advice and hear about other situations that have transpired. The learning never ends.
Realty Executives Saskatoon
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED? My business has been derived from word of mouth and referrals. I have worked hard to network and put the needs of all my clients first and foremost. I also am keenly interested in the development of our real estate community and how women are perceived in our industry. There is a vast opportunity for a strong leadership with women entrepreneurs in the industry.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR JOURNEY AS AN ENTREPRENEUR? A life event that put me in the position of being a young widow with young children forced me to reinvent myself and I saw an opportunity with real estate to be self employed and work from home. One thing is constant and that is change. We either embrace it or succumb to it and it can be a positive and reawakening decisive decision. For me it was the best thing I could have done for myself and my children and I have no regrets.
WHO IS A MODERN WOMAN IN YOUR EYES? My idea of a Modern Woman is an adaptable, courageous, accepting, driven female who is proactive in changing the landscape of global perception.
DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR FUTURE WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS? My tips are don't second guess your intuition and don't be afraid to stand up for what you believe in. Strive forward with conviction!
DO YOU HAVE A MENTOR? The most important role model in my life is my Grandma, she exemplified a life of humbleness, love and forgiveness and was one of the most well respected hard working women in our province.
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON WOMEN IN BUSINESS IN OUR COMMUNITY? I feel that the business community and female entrepreneurs in Saskatoon is a strong partnership that has blossomed immensely. I personally cannot wait to see what the beautiful and brilliant women of Saskatoon will deliver!
Realtor, Realty Executives Saskatoon
TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF? I am a Realtor with Realty Executives Saskatoon. Seven years ago I decided to leave my senior management position with Saskatchewan Housing Authority as an Area Manager and to begin a new career path in Real Estate. In the late 1980’s I began working as a Property Manager in private industry and quickly rose through the ranks and became the General Manager/Broker of my firm. I worked in this industry for 10 years, then due to corporate changes I accepted a position with Saskatchewan District Health managing a large staff for 3 years and then moved over to Saskatchewan Housing Corporation for 12 years. During that time, I always had the desire to work for myself and Real Estate was a natural choice. The hard decision was to leave a paid position with benefits and pension to pursue my dreams. 6 years ago, I took the plunge and have never looked back. Working on my own with a powerful brokerage behind me is exactly where I had hoped to be, and the move has been very positive and fulfilling. Now, when I work long hours – I work for myself. The goals & achievements are mine to make.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED? Getting started was the most difficult journey I have ever taken. Educated, all dressed up and nowhere to go. It was humbling the first year, however it made me stronger & more determined to succeed.
HOW ARE YOU INSPIRED? My inspiration comes from achieving my goals and doing what makes me happy. I found through the years that this is a very busy, often stressful and yet exciting industry, that if you let it, can consume you. I soon found myself putting my work before everything else, not allowing myself to take part in the things I love. My social interaction other than through work was becoming less and less. Three years ago, I accepted an appointment as a Marriage Commissioner which was something I always wanted to do. It is a position that forces you to dress up, take care of yourself and perform publicly. It is a position that surrounds me with people, happy days & beauty. This is just the mix I needed with my Real Estate Career. The two go so well together and shape me into who I have become today.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A MODERN WOMAN? To me, a Modern Woman is one who puts herself first. Takes care of herself, works hard to achieve her goals and is driven & motivated. If you can shape yourself into a person you respect & love, you will have so much more to give people. Working hard is great as nothing comes without persistence & determination. However never forgetting what is important – family, relationships, friends, home, & self. You have to develop a full package or everything else fails.
WHAT ADVICE OR TIPS DO YOU HAVE FOR WOMEN IN BUSINESS? My advice to women considering working for themselves is to know what you’re good at, and develop those skills further. Set a written business plan with goals and action plans. Monitor your plan daily, weekly and monthly. Don’t look at setbacks as failures. Learn from each mistake and move forward. Keep doing what you’re doing. Always have various avenues to grow your business. Don’t do the same thing all the time. Do many things all of the time. And lastly, give yourself time. You can’t build success in a day. It takes months, years and sometimes a lifetime.
WHAT IS IN YOUR FUTURE? Realty Executives Saskatoon is growing every year. We have strong leadership, excellent training for new Executives and ongoing training and support for everyone in the brokerage. It is the only Brokerage I would consider working in. There is no doubt that we will continue to grow and achieve numbers we have not yet imagined. I see Realty Executives as the #1 choice of the people of Saskatoon and Saskatchewan for years to come.
WHO INSPIRES YOU? I can’t name one particular woman. I admire women who are successful while juggling family, small children, homes, jobs, and still seem to find time to be involved in community and events. It takes incredible energy and determination to make it all work as a woman so I have nothing but admiration for successful women who are doing it all.
Realtor, Realty Executives Saskatoon
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED? I got started in this industry 17 years ago. I had been a business owner in Winnipeg for a number of years and decided that I needed a change both with work and my city. I relocated to Saskatoon in 1998 and decided that I would give it a shot here. I had researched all of my necessary requirements before heading to Saskatoon to take my exams for licensing. I became licensed in 1999 and never looked back.
WHAT IS YOUR IDEA OF A MODERN WOMAN? My idea of a Modern Woman is someone who is not afraid to take charge, doesn’t feel the need to back down to stand strong to make their voice heard, knows that with knowledge it does not matter what sex you are, you can do the job!
WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE FOR ASPIRING ENTREPRENEURS? My advice would be: be bold and assertive when needed, and taking chances leads to great things. Follow what is in your heart and things will all fall together.
WHO IS A ROLE MODEL FOR YOU? My role model for women in business is Venus Williams. This women stands strong each and every day. She has bounced back from major health issues, is still a force on the tennis circuit today and continues to own her own clothing business to which she designs all of the items as well.
DO YOU BELIEVE IN HAVING A MENTOR? Having a mentor in this industry is positive at any stage of the game. It is a necessary way to succeed in the beginning but it is also a positive reinforcement as time goes on. There are always ways that we can become better each and every day . Our broker Wayne is a huge part of many of our Realtors success stories.
DO YOU THINK SASKATOON HAS A STRONG SENSE OF COMMUNITY WITHIN WOMEN IN BUSINESS? I definitely feel a strong sense of community with women and female entrepreneurs in Saskatoon and our province. It is nice to see the support that women have for one another and the amount of women that are there to showcase their trials and tribulations to show other women that , “yes it can be done, so don’t give up”.
Make sure to stop by the Realty Executives booth for a quick chat and a complimentary coffee all weekend long!
Modern Woman Show & Expo
Saturday April 22nd 11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Sunday April 23rd 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.