Business Name: Sharon Ambrose, Realtor, Long & Foster Gainesville, Virginia
Member Name: Sharon DeCoursey Ambrose
Business Address: 7526 Limestone Drive
Business Phone: 703-615-2014
Business Website: www.sharonambrose.com
When and why did you decide to join this company/firm? OR When and why did you decide to start your own company?
After a defining period in my life, I realized I needed make some changes to better pursue my happiness. At Long & Foster I feel I am supported and encouraged towards my goal of continually striving for excellence through experience and education.
How does your business serve the local community?
Personally, and through Long & Foster, I do a lot of little things that I hope add up to help in the community. It never ceases to amaze me how many wonderful local charities, started by local people, exist in our area. There are so many opportunities for people to give back whether with time or money. I always have so much fun and meet so many very special people when I give my time.
Please share one of the greatest moments you’ve experienced in your current profession.
There are so many, it truly is hard to pick just one. I guess what comes to mind is after I helped a repeat client family get into their new home, I called to see how they were enjoying the home; the texted response was a picture of a wooden sign they had made to hang at the end of their driveway that said, “Almost Heaven.” I love when I visit my past clients, and whether it has been six months or six years, they show me around and all they have done and I can just feel their joy. I am so privileged to be able to be part of that happiness.
Tell us about your experience with the HGBA. How has it supported you in your local business?
I am so happy that I was invited to be part of this wonderful organization. I have met some of my 5-star vendors; found out about organizations I otherwise would not have known existed; made friends; learned about local issues; gathered some great business knowledge and have had fun doing it! You really can’t ask for more than that.
What are the top three business tips and tricks can you offer other professionals?
1) Surround yourself with successful people and study them and their habits. 2) Stay connected with your past clients; word of mouth is the best advertising available. 3) Love what you do and strive to do it very well.
Are you from this area? If not, what brought you here and what do you like about our town?
I grew up in Erie, Pennsylvania. After I received my undergraduate degree, a good friend said she was coming to Washington to look for a job and did I want to come along. Well, I wasn’t doing anything else that week! I fell in love with the whole area and have now called it home for well over 30 years. Aside from the obvious things we have available to us, I am happy my kids grew up in a very diverse area and they understand the strength that diversity can bring to a community. We can sure use more respect and acceptance in our world.
What is your favorite season in this area, and why?
I love all the seasons, but, if I had to select one, I guess it would be fall. I really like the cooler weather, fall colors, anticipation for the holidays, and, of course, football!
What are some hobbies you enjoy?
I recently trained for the Avon 39 Mile Walk to End Breast Cancer and realized how much I enjoy walking. I listen to an uplifting podcast or motivational book and always come home tired but re-energized at the same time.
What is your favorite restaurant?
Musashi! Best Yum-Yum sauce ever! All their cooks are fabulous, I am a bit partial to Joey.
What is your favorite local high school sports team?
Battlefield! Go Bobcats! It is a great school filled with great kids and great adults.
Are you involved with any nonprofits? If so, which one(s) and why?
I think my favorite is a newer group, Gratitude Ladies. A group of us get together once a quarter and listen to pitches from three local charities, then we vote on which group will get all our contributions for that quarter. It is nice, as a group, to be able to give a large check to the organizations so they can put it to good use. Our membership is not full yet if someone is looking for a great group. I am also learning about so many charities I otherwise wouldn’t have known existed. Some of my other favorites are Sweet Julia Grace Foundation, Healing Hearts Respite Foundation, Service Our Willing Warriors, Carried to Full Term…so many more. Like I said earlier, the good in our community never ceases to amaze me. Any way you can share a little kindness in our world is always a great thing.
What was your first job, or your most interesting job prior to your current profession?
In my past life I spent 15 years as a business manager for a government relations firm in Washington D.C., R. Duffy Wall & Associates. Duffy was a wonderful boss/friend and I enjoyed my time there tremendously. It was fast paced, exciting, and fun; I really felt like we had our hands on the pulse of the country. Life changes, and now I love being a Realtor and being able to help people find their home.