bio/donnawilliams

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In what year did you begin working in the real estate industry as a REALTOR®? “1993.” Why do you like working in the real estate industry? “Home is where we start our stories. I like helping buyers and sellers accomplish their dreams!” In what year did you become affiliated with Semonin Realtors®? “1993.” Why do you choose to affiliate your business with Semonin? “I like the fact Semonin has a great reputation and is the biggest in town. Everybody knows Semonin.” What do you do to stay up-to-date/knowledgeable about the real estate industry? “I take all the training I can. Recently I took the Ninja Selling course and loved it!” What did you do before you began working in real estate? “I have been in the sales industry for years. After I founded my own company and successfully sold it, I decided to get my real estate license. I have loved real estate best of all my careers. My aunt was very successful in this industry in the 60s, and I admired her very much. She was a little 5’ 3”, blue-eyed lady who owned her own real estate firm in the south end, called Golden Rule Realty. She was my inspiration.” Are you involved in any trade/civic or community organizations? “I have volunteered at the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau for the past four years. I greet people and tell them about the city and events coming up, etc. Also, since my husband passed away from lung cancer, I have been volunteering at the Cancer Center at Baptist Hospital East. I greet people, get them a wheelchair, show them where their doctor is, etc. They recently asked me to be on the auxiliary board for hospitality. It is so satisfying, and I love helping people.” Briefly, tell us about your immediate family (per 2019): “My son and daughter-in-law live in Barrington, IL, and I love to visit when I can. My first granddaughter is a teacher in Columbus, OH, and I am so proud of her. She graduated valedictorian from Ballard High School, where she ran track. I attended all her runs. She won a Governor’s Scholarship and graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Kentucky. My second granddaughter, Emma, was a field hockey star at Ballard High School. She’s now a sophomore at UK and was just accepted into the speech therapy program. (I’ll show you their pictures. Look on my desk!) My granddaughter Kristin is 16 and attends Barrington High School in Illinois. She participates in LaCrosse and wants to be a doctor. I miss them so much but get to see them on major holidays. My stepdaughter lives here in the Highlands and we are close. My two youngest granddaughters, Brinn and Lilah, love to go with me to play with the animals at the Animal Care Society. I like to take them shopping and out to eat Krispy Cream donuts and Chick-fil-A. My stepson lives in Brooklyn and is expecting his second child on Derby Day. We are excited!” What do you enjoy doing in your free time? “I love attending performances at the Kentucky Center for the Arts. I enjoy exercising and reading, and I am always listening to music.” What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? “Bloom where you are planted. Always be grateful.” What is your favorite book/type of book? Why? “I enjoy reading about history and true crimes, and I love good novels.” What is your favorite movie/type of movie? Why? “I love dramas and comedies when it comes to movies. They make me laugh and think.” What is your favorite song/type of music? Why? “I love Bob Dylan. My favorite song is ‘Perhaps Love’ by John Denver and Placido Domingo.” If you could wave a magic wand, what one thing would you most like to change in the world? “I would wipe out hatred and bigotry.” What are two or three items on your Bucket List? “I want to re-visit the west; especially Santa Fe and Taos, New Mexico and Sedona, Arizona. I have been to Europe, the Mediterranean, Hawaii, England and Ireland, but I just love the west. Being out there makes me feel good about our country.” If you could have dinner with anyone, living or deceased, who would it be? Why? “I would share another meal with my late husband, Bill. He was one of the funniest, most intelligent men I have ever known.” What is your favorite word? Why? “Sunshine. I think of light and bright with that word.” What is your least favorite word? Why? “Grief.” Do you have a motto/words to live by? If yes, what? “Be a person of faith and hope. Both make you strong.” Do you have a favorite quote? If yes, what is it? “It’s a wise man who can change his mind; a fool never does.”