– Judy Hearst, RVP, Wisconsin Region
I truly believe what you believe you can achieve. Perhaps I could have been an attorney or a Doctor instead I listened to my guidance counselor and studied Spanish at the University of Wisconsin. A change in studies led to a new direction in my life that would profoundly influence my future. After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree I became a fiber artist, and successfully marketed myself to achieve great success. Newly married, I invested in a loom and created weavings. As I participated in art shows in the Midwest, I sold my creations to collectors and galleries; and my weavings were included in many corporate art collections.
During the bicentennial, quilting saw a huge revival and as fiber artist I was inspired to become a contemporary quilt maker. My contemporary abstract collages and graphic quilts were published in many magazines and books including a dream of a lifetime to be featured in Vogue Magazine. I was represented by galleries across the country, I created commissioned quilts for collectors and corporate collections. My memories of this career include a fantastic portfolio of weavings and quilts and I’ve kept a small collection that I cherish. After lecturing to museum and quilt groups and building a great portfolio I decided I needed to repackage my creativity. After much thought about going back to law school I settled on getting into the family business of real estate. The rest is a dream come true.
I have had a successful career as an agent, assistant manager, manager, partner of a Coldwell Banker franchise which was acquired by NRT which led me back to sales and the opportunity to be director of education of the Wisconsin region. I have had the greatest dream come true when my creative past met my dream of a lifetime when I became Regional Vice President of the Milwaukee region of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. I have been a part of the most amazing senior leadership team in the Midwest with my fellow RVP’s from Chicago and our CEO and President Fran Broude. I have spent a great deal of my real estate career finding, coaching and mentoring agents to help make their dreams come true. I am so proud and abundantly fortunate to have such an outstanding career, all 25 years with the great Coldwell Banker brand.