CLARKSVILLE, TN (CLARKSVILLE NOW) – Tranquessa Taylor is the owner of Taylor & Associates Realty & Property Management Brokerage in Clarksville. She is also the grandmother of eight boys.
But it was not easy to get there. With courage, persistence and faith, she made a much needed career change, and now she is living her dream.
She recently spoke to Clarksville Now about what it took to get to this point in her life.
CNow: How did you become a real estate broker and when did your dream start?
“In 2010, I decided it was time to change careers. I had been in logistics all my adult life. I worked as a manager in a distribution center of a large retailer. … I had to train four bosses on me, and I was done. I have been passed so many times. I could not be promoted. I needed a career change and a career that would best suit our family.
“I knew logistics weren’t what I wanted to do for the rest of my life, and I always tell my kids they have to have a plan – A, B and C. I had to take my own advice.”
Taylor became interested in real estate after buying her first home. Her agent didn’t give her a good experience, and it sparked her desire to learn as much as she could.
“I said, ‘I can do that’. “
CNow: What was your motivation and how did you reach your goal?
“Our boys were very active in extracurricular activities at school and within our community. I wanted to make sure I was at every event, ”she said. “I missed a game and they lost miserably. I tried to get there and almost got a wreck. I said I couldn’t do this anymore.
Taylor took the plunge at 40 and started real estate school with the support of her husband, Curtis, and children.
“My family is my ‘why’. Every day I get up and decide to go out and get there, ”she said. “When I decided to become a real estate agent, I knew that one day I would open my own brokerage. “
Achieving her goals took a lot of prayer, self-confidence and family support, she said.
“I became a real estate agent in August 2011, a broker in 2014, and I opened my brokerage firm in September 2017,” she said.
CNow: What obstacles did you have to overcome and how did you go about it?
“At first I felt like a fish out of water. It was scary, ”Taylor said. “It was quite different from anything I was used to. It was almost like I was learning to walk and talk again. I did not know the depth of the study. I thought about quitting a few times, but in my conscious mind, I knew I had to persevere.
At times when she was getting doubtful, her husband and children would give her a helping hand.
“They saw me cry and told me I could do it. My children would question me or make flashcards. I couldn’t give up on them. They have never seen me so vulnerable, ”she said. “I have always taught my children to persevere. Now it was time for me to follow my rules.
CNow: What do you like about your job?
“I love the personal growth of helping families own their homes or sell to start a new chapter. Few careers can offer such a rewarding experience, ”said Taylor.
Her experiences have shaped her to give each client undivided attention.
“Because of the way I’ve been treated, I’m going to break my back to treat my clients well. Everyone should be treated with dignity. Everyone is a human being, not just a number, ”she said. “When you look at people like that, they know you care. … We pride ourselves on customer / customer satisfaction. It is more important for me to be a trusted and knowledgeable broker than to be one of the greats.
CNow: Can you tell us about your business and what it means to you?
“My husband Curtis and I are business partners. Being a business owner is stimulating and rewarding. I have learned a lot through the ordeal of fire. I’m fortunate to have a loyal following of loyal customers and friends, and I believe in building relationships around trust, one key at a time, ”she said.
The future success of her children is extremely important.
“My husband and I would like to leave a legacy and a sense of pride for our children. When we chose a name, we knew we wanted our last name to be part of it, ”she said. “I will never forget when we showed our sons a picture of the sign on the building, they all said our name was in the lights!
“I want them to know they can take ownership of life. I have very tall, dark-skinned children. It’s difficult for them in the things that are happening in the world today, ”she said. “I wanted them not to worry about a job and to know it’s our business – we own it.”
CNow: What are the things about yourself that you would like others to know?
Taylor was born into a military family, and her father was stationed both at Fort Campbell and in Germany on two separate occasions. Her husband retired from the military after 22 years, and three of her sons are “aiming high in the US Air Force.”
Taylor is a mother of five children – one girl and four boys – and a grandmother of eight grandchildren, all boys.
She is originally from Vidalia, Georgia, the “Sweet Onion Capital of the World”.
Taylor is the sponsor of Celebrating Black “HerStory,” a Black History Month series that recognizes black women in Clarksville who make a difference as professionals and entrepreneurs.
“It is important that women empower women,” she said. “So many women get put down, and I’ve had so many that have breathed life into me. … We must continue to strengthen each other and uplift each other. It is important to pay next.