“An ethical marketplace where buyers and sellers trust each other”

In business, honesty isn’t only about doing things the right away, it’s also about expressing the values in which a company is founded.   Whether you run a top-down or a bottom-up organization, I truly believe that honesty is one of the most effective ways to establish the work culture that will propel your company to long-term success.  This leads me to introduce my Homes for Good November partner, the Better Business Bureau, and organization that makes it their job to kept tabs on the trustworthiness of businesses and charities all across North America.

I want to extend a huge thank you to a good friend, and BBB Board member, Ken Bonham for introducing me to the local Arizona chapter, and more importantly, sharing with me some exciting work that is happening regarding scholarships for local high school kids.

n conversations with staff members Felicia Thompson (VP & Chief Brand Officer) and Shelley Bradley (Director of Programs & Special Events), I’ve come to learn and admire that our local BBB of the Pacific Southwest, believes that it’s never too early to make ethics a big deal, especially with our future leaders! Over the years, the BBB has issued scholarship money to Arizona & California high school students based on their ethical behavior in athletics and academics. Learn more about BBB’s student scholarship programs.

The program offers local students the opportunity to deliver information to their peers on campus regarding budgeting and saving, using credit cards wisely, reading credit reports, scam awareness, and protecting their identity. By participating, students learn character-building skills, gain confidence to speak in front of an audience and become our next generation of “financially smart” leaders. The students who present to the greatest number of his/her peers will be awarded a cash scholarship.

I’m thrilled that Homes for Good will be partnering with such an established organization and group of encouraging community leaders who are genuinely affecting real change here in our Phoenix community.  My fundraising goal is to raise as much as possible to support ethical student scholarships to deserving local high school students.

Through my business model of regular open houses and daily marketing and real estate activities and conversations, I hope to not only raise funds, but also spread the word about the good work the BBB has done and continues to do here in our community.  With Austin Bates and V.I.P. Mortgage matching all donations as my title sponsor that means more opportunity to help make a significant impact.

Special thanks to my friend, and #LOVEPUP Board Member, Abby Leadon, for the work and fundraising accomplished this past month which totaled $1,140 in support of the organizations grassroots and honest efforts to save, serve and rehome deserving dogs here in our city.  You and your team are heroes to so many families and furry friends here in our community!  It was a privilege representing you and your story, and I look forward to continuing to build off of the good and the many established relationships!

I am often asked how people can get involved, and there are so many ways. You can donate through my website, but you can also nominate a local organization. However, perhaps the most impactful way you can help is to participate and to share.  Share these stories, attend my open houses, talk to people, tell them how they can get involved and help me affect real and lasting change.

“The world is changed by your example not by your opinion” 
— Paulo Coelho