I had the privilege of running into Donna Hogan, one of our newer KBA members, at the 2019 KBA Business Expo. She seemed to be curious and engaging with her surroundings and needless to say I grabbed a photo of her while documenting the event. Shortly after that we spoke and connected and set up an interview. I think you will agree how amazing she is after reading the following bio titled “Wall Street to Main Street”.
“She’s a woman who knows how to get things done! Donna was chosen out of hundreds of real estate candidates nationally to be in the RISMedia Magazine. Donna won Georgia’s Cobb County Business Woman of the Year Award and Inducted into the Cobb Association of Realtor’s 2014 Multi-Million Dollar Club.
Though born and raised Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, through coaching and planning for an exciting career, Donna moved to New York City in 1985. She is a graduate of the New York Society for the Deaf School in NYC and the Interpreter Training Program at the College of Staten Island.”
I asked her about this on our interview. Why, as a hearing person, did she go through the trouble of learning how to communicate with the deaf? She simply stated, because she wanted to be able to help them because there was a need in that community, and to this day, could use more help and interpreters. I don’t know about you, but I don’t know of too many people that would go out of their way to pay to learn how to communicate with a particular group of people, especially those society categorizes as ‘disabled’, when it is not in their profession to do so.
“Working on Wall Street for 13 years, climbing the corporate ladder from her job as a secretary, Donna eventually moved her way up to Citigroup’s Vice President Position in Compliance. But after experiencing 9/11 firsthand, nervously fumbling down 36 flights of stairs in the dark, witnessing the second plane crash into the second tower and watching people jump out of the tower windows, she knew her life would never be the same. Seeking more balance in her life, she decided to move to Atlanta in October 2005.”
Needless to say I cannot imagine having to experience something that traumatic and still have to go on with life as though nothing horrific has happened. In order to find some serenity, she chose a condo in Helen, Georgia in a wooded area not too far from a city for a place of retreat and healing. This is also the time she really started to put most of her business efforts into real estate.
“As a Top Realtor, Donna says, “”Being an outstanding Real Estate professional requires integrity, in-depth community and market awareness, more effective negotiation skills, Social Media Marketing savvy, and a high-quality professional network, all of which are hallmarks of how I work””.
“Raising the bar one more time 2012, Donna hired Melissa Murphy, a coach at the Charfen Institute, to instruct her on “How to Run Her Business Like a Business”” which allowed her business to grow expeditiously.
Donna provides premier service to all levels of clientele and specializes in short sales & foreclosures, elegant homes, investment properties and Fortune 500 companies relocation departments.
As a resident of Kennesaw, she noticed there are many things she can do to support and improve her community. Instead of being passive about it, she took the necessary steps to fill in the last spot as the newest Board Member of the Kennesaw Downtown Development Authority to make those improvements. In her words, “I’m so grateful to have this platform to support the community I live in.
To whom much is given, much will be required. If you have heard that line of wisdom, you know it means we are held responsible for what we have. If we have been blessed with talents, wealth, knowledge, time, and the like, it is expected that we benefit others.” She is ready to listen to the voices of the resident’s and put many things into action!
At the end of our interview, in my usual fashion, I asked her favorite word. She had several but within couple of days, she texted me with the word, CONNECTED. “Being on the Board of the Downtown Kennesaw Development Authority affords me the opportunity to stay CONNECTED to our community while merging and supporting the Business Associations, Local Shops, Restaurants, Clients and Neighborhoods.” I already can tell she is a DOer and will be a huge asset and friend to the community, to the organizations and the leadership team. Kennesaw is blessed to have her!
Nadja Cook | KBA Communication Team