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Beyond the Boardroom: Coldwell Banker Real Estate Group’s Stefanie Pratt | Entrepreneurs



Stefanie Pratt, president of the Champaign County Real Estate Association, outside her office.



The newly installed president of the Champaign County’s Real Estate Association can haul rocks, do a little landscaping, get homes ready for show, and of course, seal the deal. but STEFANIE PRATT does not mow.

“I hate mowing the lawn,” she says. “When I was younger I lived on a small farm and it was an eight hour day mowing every other week. I feel like I’m investing my time and that’s one thing I’d rather pay for. “

The Coldwell Banker Real Estate Group broker has just started her second tenure as the head of the local brokerage group that gave her the Rookie of the Year award 17 years ago to the promising new broker with “passion and commitment to his clients, careers.” “was awarded and community.”

The Champaign West Rotarian has all of this and more that she covered in answering the editor’s questions Jeff D’Alessio in the 98th edition of our weekly quick read that highlights executives large and small organizations.

I’m thrifty … I cut the ends of bottles of hair products, detergents, basically everything else to make sure all of the product comes out for use.

It’s amazing how much is left in bins of these items.

My meeting philosophy is … I like to get to the heart of things and move things forward. Discussions and examples may sometimes be involved, but it is important to bring them through when necessary so that it doesn’t get too long.

I don’t believe in a meeting, a meeting, another meeting. Time is precious, just do it.

The last luxury I indulged in was … Bought a limo from a company that I used all along that sold its inventory.

It was an incredible offer. Super cool investment and was worth using with my friends and now more in business too. I thought I might use it five to seven times a year, but that definitely went away quickly.

I even use it to travel to other states instead of flying, depending on how long it takes.

The hardest part about being a leader is … At these selected times, I can’t do things the way they should.

I will do anything for my clients, but some things are out of my control and that is difficult. Then there are people who have no loyalty and assume that making a lot of money is an easy job.

Tell my blood pressure LOL.

When it comes to my only favorite moment ever in this job … there are a lot of them, to be honest.

One of the many moments I can share was when a client was pregnant and went into labor. She asked me to be there until her mother could be there with her husband.

Her mom had to fly in so they cut it pretty tight. I was in her room and when she was about to give birth, her mother got there just in time.

I got off because the number of people allowed was limited. I was temporarily some sort of complement, but I was honored to be asked.

I can’t live without my … Phone, definitely.

But I don’t think I want a house without puppies. They keep things real and always remind me of unconditional love and understanding.

The biggest business risk I’ve ever taken was … quit my paid job and get into the real estate industry.

It was a big change to only work on a commission basis, but I knew I could get myself to be successful. I just had no idea how my life was really going to turn out. I am proud of my accomplishments.

As far as my daily routine … I’m not a morning person like that. I prefer to work long hours and get things done so I can rest.

The thought of postponing things until morning stresses me out. Plus, I’ve always been more of a night owl. I can also do a lot more when the phone is slower at night.

For my training program … I stretch four to six times a week, do weight training, an inversion bench, and a treadmill.

Sometimes meetings and appointments cut into my time, so at least four times. But I stretch every day.

I like to watch cooking shows on the treadmill. It gives me ideas for new recipes and techniques.

On a scale of 1 to 10, the impact of the pandemic was a … 10 for my business, crazy busy.

Seeing how others were not doing so well hurt my heart. So many people now live in fear and I am so sad to see it.

I bought a ton of gift cards last year and just gave them away to bring business to these restaurants and to help others.

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