PHOTO: Tenisha Williams
We live in a world where seeing is believing, but in the world of Tenisha Williams believing is seeing.
She solely attributes her faith to the achievements of her company’s rapid success. But life for Williams ain’t been no crystal stair. Pregnant at age 15 and bringing another life into the world at age 16, she was determined not to abandon her daughter or her dreams. When she went to college at FAMU, she took her daughter along with her. There, she became a full-time student and single mom. Many may see the shiny side of entrepreneurship but not know the true story behind “the glory.”
Williams is the CEO and Founder of Elite Realty Partners, which was founded in 2018. Currently, it is the largest Black-owned, woman-owned real estate brokerage firm in South Florida. We caught up with her recently to talk about her business achievements, leadership styles and journey as one of the fastest-growing industry entrepreneurs.
How do you feel about such an iconic milestone of hitting over $200 million in sales in less than three years?
So thankful! I was so focused on hitting our sales goal for 2021 that I forgot about tracking the overall goal. I just happened to pull the report recently and I remember just being in disbelief. I am honestly just so proud of our Elite Family for working so hard to help so many families in such a short period of time.
What have you done differently since your last milestone of $100 million in just two years?
We have done a lot different actually. However, I would say the main thing we’ve been doing is ensuring that each agent at our firm receives the tools and resources that they need to be successful.
What culture are you building @ Elite that’s causing you to stand out from the rest?
Family! We literally act like family. We understand that we are truly better together, and we have built a family of agents that lean on one another to ensure we provide Elite service from start to finish. As a result, we all succeed.
What do you think sets your brokerage apart from other brokerages?
The main thing that sets us apart is that we are truly an Elite family. I have witnessed and experienced friendships form, agents from all walks of life partnering up and winning together along with willing to help each other like I’ve never seen. An ideal family where no agent is an island.
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