Real Estate Agent Magazine Publisher Judith Dickson sat with Ashley Pushee of Keller Williams Prestige Properties to discuss her real estate career and future goals.
REAM: Why did you decide to follow a career in real estate?
AP: Before launching into real estate, I spent a decade traveling the globe to lead the design, product development, and merchandising for apparel and accessories brands such as Nike, Puma, Skechers, Ralph Lauren, Perry Ellis, Volcom, Hurley, and Billabong. I got laid off from my position as Director of Product for an accessories company in New York City, which initially was devastating. However, very quickly, I realized what a blessing it was. I had always wanted to start my own business, and real estate was my passion. I realized creating a real estate brand would allow me to take my love for real estate, interior design, relationship building, and helping people into a career.
REAM: As a young professional, what is one of the challenges you face in the industry? How do you overcome them?
AP: The biggest challenge for young professionals or new people emerging in the industry is building a pipeline and database. I didn’t grow up in Fairfield County, I don’t have kids in the school system, and I didn’t work in the area prior. My sphere was global, not local. Therefore, I have focused my attention on building local relationships and immersing myself in the community. I focused on leveraging my professional sphere to expand my local network.
REAM: What perspective does the younger generation bring to real estate? How can clients benefit?
AP: I think the younger generation is the current disrupter. We grew up with technology, social media, constant change, and we can pivot because all we know is a changing competitive environment. I came into real estate right before a global pandemic, which forced every business to change and adapt. I think my knowledge of technology, a fresh perspective on how the industry could evolve, and my willingness to adapt are what the younger generation sees as an advantage. Clients can benefit from the energy, creativity, and technology reach we bring to the industry.
REAM: What do you enjoy most about your day-to-day job?
AP: My favorite part of my day-to-day job is building life-long relationships with my clients. I want my clients to think of me as one of their trusted board members who will advise them on all their real estate needs at every chapter of their life.
REAM: What career goals do you have for the next five years? The next 10? Where do you see the peak of your career?
AP: I look forward to establishing a trusted real estate brand locally and globally. I plan to build a team and become an industry leader. I look forward to getting more involved in my local community and giving back. I don’t plan on peaking necessarily, because I believe you should constantly be growing and becoming better each day. With that said, I am excited to see where I can develop the business in the next five to ten years and beyond.
REAM: Is there anything else you’d like to add?
AP: I do coaching with top agents across the globe through Keller Williams global network and Tom Ferry. Coaching allows me to have insight into not only what’s happening in my market but across the world. I continuously collaborate with these agents to improve my business to provide the best client experience.