GIBBONS PLANTS HER SUPPORT HERE Grow where you are planted; that’s the advice and motto for local Realtor Judy Gibbons of Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty. “By supporting our communities, we are actually supporting our families and ourselves,” Gibbons said. “I believe it is always up to us to give back and support others that need our help.”
POSH SERVICES GETS PERSONALLY INVOLVED IN THE COMMUNITY Since opening her business in 2012, Sue Foley has felt a strong obligation to get personal, be involved and invest in the community around her. Her company, Posh Services, is a personal concierge business offering services such as personal shopping, home staging and design, organization, household management and more. Foley said the Barrington area has a smalltown feel, with big-town offerings. “People know each other on a personal level as well as a business level,” she said. “Everyone here is so supportive of one another.” A local resident, Foley has been heavily involved in the local PTOs as her children have grown up through the District 220 system. She has been an active member of the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce Women’s Biz Net Council, an organization dedicated to gathering professional women to inspire, enrich and empower women in the community. She has volunteered at the annual Hands of Hope
Gibbons feels one of the most valuable ways to give back is through the gift of time and service. “Time is the most valuable gift you can give. Leading with a giving hand and a servant’s heart is so meaningful,” she said. “The old adage ‘give more than you receive,’ is never truer, and is more wonderful than you can ever imagine.” With that in mind, Gibbons has become involved in a variety of local groups and causes throughout the years. She served on the North Barrington PTA, was the first Social Media Chair for Relay for Life/Barrington, and has volunteered in the schools as a mentor and coach for the Incubator Class at Barrington High School. Gibbons has also lent her talents and expertise to benefit Barrington’s White House,
serving on the committee for the first Oscar Party at the White House. She donates sponsorship resources to the Barrington Children’s Charities and the LaCompte Polo event. In her spare time when she is not selling real estate, she serves her industry and other women in real estate as a past president of the Northshore-Barrington Board of Realtors, an investor in the Realtor Political Action Committee; as the treasurer for the Chicago Women’s Council of Realtor’s for the City of Chicago; and as the National Focus Chairperson for the State of Illinois Women’s Council. Gibbons feels this involvement has enriched her life. “When we all work together for a common goal, it’s amazing what can be accomplished,” she said. So choose one thing and get excited about it, she recommends to others. “It makes such a difference in your life.” That approach has guided her professional approach. “I help people with their largest and most personal possession, and I care deeply,” she said. “My clients are not transactions. They become family.”
Barrington Garden Faire, a fundraising event that brings valuable resources to women and children in Africa. Foley has also been known to support many local causes, offering raffle prizes and free services to better the community. Building a strong business requires getting to know people on a personal level and getting involved, she believes. Foley is getting involved with the Barrington Area Council on Aging (BACOA), using her life experiences to educate and help others. When her late father was diagnosed with dementia in early 2010, Foley needed the guidance and support BACOA offers. Now she plans to share her story. “I would like to help others as they walk down this path of the unknown with their loved ones,” Foley said.
Being involved at this personal level is natural for Foley. “You have your reputation, which is everything in business,” she said. “Be reliable, do a good job and always go that extra mile for your clients and the community.”
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