• Tiffany Thomas

    Tiffany Thomas
    Co-owner of Thomas Group Realty

    Describe your role as co-owner of Thomas Group Realty.

    I own Thomas Group Realty with my husband, Matt Thomas. While we work together to make sure the company runs smoothly, I predominantly work on the sales end assisting my customers with buying and selling homes, which is what I enjoy most about being a Realtor. I also oversee marketing for the company and all event coordination for charity and special events.

    What is the most rewarding part of your job? What is the most interesting and why?

    The most rewarding part of my job is seeing my customers find the home of their dreams or sell their home quickly and for the most amount of money as possible. I truly enjoy working with people and getting to know them. I love that I create a relationship with my customers, so they become more than just a customer; they’re my friends. The most interesting part of my job ties into the most rewarding part: It’s getting to know my customers. It’s always intriguing to learn more about my customers’ past and what they’re looking for in the future. This helps me with assisting them better in reaching their real estate goals, but I find it to be a fun part of the process. Every customer is so different, so I enjoy figuring out what’s important to each, how they like to work or communicate and cater to their needs.

    Describe your leadership style. How do you tackle challenges?

    I try to lead by example and clearly communicate in all that I do. When I run into challenges, I am flexible with how I accept and react to each situation. I find that if I take a hypothetical step back to think through each scenario, I’m able to tackle the challenge more rationally. Usually that step back is just a deep breath to remind myself there’s a solution to every problem; you just have to find it.

    How do you foster community relationships through your career?  What have you learned about the Gainesville community?

    Our company’s employees and realtors, including Matt and I, are all very involved in the Gainesville community. We try to give back to as many charities, schools and organizations that we can via donations, volunteering and special event involvement. Through our involvement in these organizations and charities, we are proud of the relationships that we have built with the Gainesville community.

    What do you think your strengths are and how have you identified them?

    I think my two biggest strengths are positivity and patience. Positivity: I try to live by the Golden Rule to treat everyone how I want to be treated and always give people the benefit of the doubt. In my profession, if you’re having a bad day or don’t feel well, there’s no calling in sick because the show must go on! I also try to look at each problem and remember there’s a solution to every problem so we just need to take it one step at a time. I came to identify this strength somewhat recently when I sat down in a peer’s office to let off some steam and he replied, “Wow! Two seconds ago I would’ve thought you were having the best day ever because your smile never left your face, and you hid your frustrations completely from those around you.” I simply explained to him that’s just part of the job.

    Patience: I luckily inherited a gene of patience from my mother. A kindergarten teacher turned realtor, my mother has the kindest soul and is the most patient being on earth. From her, I have learned to give everyone a second chance, let issues and disputes roll off my back and look at the big picture in every scenario. I identified this trait a long time ago because I realized quickly how impatient many peers around me were. I vowed to myself that I would constantly work at being more patient with those around me.

    How have your setbacks and weaknesses made you stronger?

    Like everyone, I have weaknesses and am by no means perfect. However, I definitely feel that the setbacks and weaknesses in my past have made me who I am today, encouraged me to work harder and helped me grow stronger. When I first became a Realtor, I was only 23 and felt that my age and lack of professional experience was a hurdle to overcome since most of my customers were twice my age. In fact, I knew it was. I had at least a couple customers laugh at my age. One lady even told me, “Oh, that’s cute that you wear a name tag.” I was hurt and frustrated but have used that to drive me to be more experienced, knowledgeable and hardworking every day. We have to look at our mistakes and weaknesses and learn from them. I also think it helps to share them, so others know they’re not alone in their frustrations and moments of weakness.

    How do you define what it means to be a fierce woman?

    I think being a fierce woman means that you know what you want, and you’re willing to work hard to get it. I consider myself a “soft warrior” by being courageous, kind, and strong.