Care, determination, and integrity
Alison grew up in the real estate profession thanks to her parents. She saw how they flipped houses with care, determination, and honesty. Childhood health concerns led her to take a break from athletics for a period, and she was driven to philanthropy. It helped her tackle difficult situations by helping others. She spent the first decade of her post-college life fundraising for independent schools in the Northeast. In 2016, she and her husband, Charlie, moved from Greenwich, CT, to Charlotte, NC. Looking for a bigger challenge and continuous learning opportunities, she decided to take a leap of faith and launch her real estate career. Her husband, Charlie, joined her shortly after. “We wanted to spend more time helping families put down their own roots while working to improve the real estate industry as a whole,” she adds. She started on this path in 2017 as an agent on the Lodestone team, and within two years she bought Lodestone and took over as team leader.
Alison’s strong work ethic and dedication to being the best version of herself keep her moving forward. Along her journey, she has experienced many potential setbacks in life; thus, she refrains from taking things for granted. She always leads by example. Her agents observe her interactions with clients, listen to her conversations with other agents and vendors, and learn best practices for forming professional relationships that continue far beyond the transaction. At Lodestone, all team members complete the team’s training before going into the field, and all of them partner with a senior agent on their first few transactions to ensure they are delivering the Lodestone Standard of Excellence every day.
Alison spends a lot of time building relationships with community members who are connectors. She is also the host of a TV show, engages in podcasts regularly, and visits real estate and other pertinent conferences throughout the year to guarantee she is networking with business leaders and potential clients all over the country. It’s important for her to be surrounded by good people, by leaders, and by those who are smarter than her so she can always be learning and growing.
Being the owner and leader of an all-female team, Alison and her team take great pride in establishing themselves as committed professionals and as colleagues who support one another in their own goals and future businesses. She places a strong emphasis on fostering a culture of respect, collaboration, and personal growth within the team, where women can feel confident, safe, and valued and are actively encouraged to pursue their aspirations regardless of the challenges they may encounter. Alison and her team pay attention not just to the numbers or getting a sale completed. They look at what will be the best investment and decision for the individual or family overall. “We treat others with compassion and understanding,” she adds.
Alison encountered the most difficulties during COVID. She received notification that a lockout was in effect and real estate was initially deemed unnecessary. She then had her first team meeting via Zoom and informed the team. “Listen, I consulted my owner’s manual on how to run a business, and someone came and tore out the pages on global pandemics.” She was honest with them: “I didn’t know exactly what our lives were going to look like over the coming weeks.” She promised that she would find a way to keep the company functioning. She spent her next few days connecting with all the incredible partners she had made throughout the previous three years, and together, they came up with a plan. Alison and Lodestone quickly pivoted to a virtual real estate world and worked with their trusted closing attorney to create an addendum to the contract that made allowances for the new world we were living in.