We couldn’t be more proud of our next business woman. She works tirelessly for her clients, she is passionate beyond belief, she is strong and she is stunning. Learn what makes Kendra Richardson the rockstar realtor that she is.
1. What is your morning motivation to do great things?
My morning starts off with a Spark! (Product made by Advocare that I sell) Caffeine and energy to get moving are a must for me! Let’s just say a gift one year from my boss was an alarm clock! Beyond all the hustle and bustle of packing lunches, backpacks, homework, having bad hair freakouts, what to wear decisions (she turns around and changes because I’m not a fan of her choice and she’s 6) we frantically leave the house and walk 5 min to school. He takes off and she holds my hand. We talk about whatever she wants (usually how cold she is and she hates walking the 2 blocks). Those 2 littles are my motivation to get my day shaking.
2. What is one thing you do to work towards a work/life balance?
Work/life balance say what?? This is and always has been a struggle but we manage. Success is important to me and running my household is important as well. I don’t really “shut down” so I work my kids and my clients around each other. I seem to manage it well. There are times I lock myself in a room for a private phone call and no kids talking and there are times I show houses in my workout attire so I can get that in and sometimes have kids in tow. It’s all about good balance and being present in what I’m working on. It is probably my biggest struggle daily.
3. Name one person who has inspired you in your career.
My inspiration comes from my dear friend Cynthia Bryan who has sold real estate, owned a real estate company, raised her children, taken care of her husband, battled and beat cancer, and still actively sells real estate. She is inspiring to me in so many ways. She is dedicated, still going strong at 78 and loves what she does. Her passion for the business amazes me…….
4. Why did you decide to start your business?
After being a licensed assistant to 3 great guys who all still sell real estate I was ready to make a change. Being strictly commission based scared me to the point of almost walking away from real estate. I had interviews with builders, mortgage brokers, and title companies and decided I had to try selling on my own, if I didn’t I knew I’d regret it. My awesome broker gave me the opportunity to earn some income by helping him out at the same time putting myself out there as a realtor. I gave it 110% and am still going strong. I learned from the best and still work at the same office 17 years later. Taking that plunge has truly been a blessing for myself and for my family. I couldn’t imagine any other career.
5. What is one technological device or app you use that you could not live without?
Of course my phone is my life line. I do all my work on it from keeping track of my day, my families day, emails, phone calls, texts, etc. I spend way too much time on it but it allows me to be away from my desk either in the field, at home with kids, or at the gym. My main app is Paragon which allows me to look up properties, new listings, set up showings, etc.
6. What is your greatest strength as a leader?
My strength is my Brutally Honest nature. I tend to say it like it is. My facial expression don’t hide a thing.
7. What has been your biggest failure and how have you overcome it?
My biggest failure in my opinion is not following my intuition to leave Montana and experience the city life. I view it as not really a failure but more of a regret. I know in my heart I would be exactly where I am today. I love Missoula, my family, and community. I just at times have felt sheltered from growing up in a small town and not experiencing bigger things.
8. What is success?
Success is happiness and having value. When I am happy I can take on anything. Feeling successful at work plus fitting in gym time plus a good book equals happiness for me.
9. I view any and all women who have survived a tragedy, set back, hardship, etc…in life a true leader. Somebody who digs deep and keeps going. This could be a million women moving through the world someone who remains unknown but has suffered…..empowerment is how they move on.
9. Name one person who is a successful leader.
Over and over I practice compassion. Every time my kids hear a siren we stop and pray for the safety of all involved. Teaching my kids how to show compassion and being grateful for what we have is so important to me. On a daily basis we talk about this.