Personal Interview: Kelle Nolan

Desirée Patno is the CEO and President of Women in the Housing and Real Estate Ecosystem (NAWRB) and Desirée Patno Enterprises, Inc. (DPE). With almost three decades specializing in the Housing and Real Estate Ecosystem, she leads her executive team’s expertise of championing women’s economic growth and independence.

1. What do you enjoy doing when you’re out of the office and work isn’t on your mind?

What I most enjoy doing is spending time with my husband and our two dogs. We enjoy being outdoors and going for walks. I enjoy crafting, scrapbooking, and anything that has to do with being creative. These are the top things that I try to concentrate on when I’m trying to relax. I also like to read.

In my crafting I concentrate on rubber-stamping and scrapbooking, paper crafting is how a lot of people refer to it. When I do read it’s usually about self-improvement or motivation. The book I’m currently reading is Be Obsessed Or Be Average by Grant Cardone.

2. What is something most people don’t know about you that they would be surprised to find out?

I think people would be surprised to find out that I enjoy watching golf tournaments on TV. Most people find them very boring, but I actually like watching them.

3. Who is a role model of yours? Why do you look up to this person?

Professionally I would have to say Jackie de Maria, a former employer of mine. She is definitely a professional role model, she demonstrated to me that a woman in a very high position within an organization that is male-dominated can have it all. Jackie balanced her professional career, home life, children, and was a strong, effective leader. She’s someone I look up to and had as a mentor early on in my career.

4. What has been your proudest professional moment as a real estate agent?

I’m newer to the industry, so I don’t necessarily have a lot of transactions. What I can say I’m proud of is being a good partner and resource for other realtors in our office. I have been able to help people get through difficult times; to me, this is what real estate is all about. The reason I chose a real estate career is that I have the opportunity every day to build relationships, and when you can build good relationships it allows you to make a difference in people’s lives. Making a difference in my fellow realtors’ lives has already had a significant impact on me.

5. What career would you have if you hadn’t entered real estate?

The immediate thought I had is to have an animal sanctuary, saving animals and being able to protect them; having as many animals as possible that need a home. I would love to have a facility or a ranch, which I still anticipate having, but you need the right property. Hopefully real estate will allow me to have that someday.

My hope is that a real estate career will not only allow me to make a difference in people’s lives, but ultimately allow me to have the means, property and ability to have an animal shelter where dogs, cats, horses and any other animals can have a home for the rest of their lives.

Kelle Nolan

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