“Success is waking up in the morning, knowing your plan, executing that plan each day, and going to bed knowing you have helped someone and made a difference in this world.” –Brooke Harrelson
Brooke’s words above ring true in her personality and actions each day. This dedicated young lady made a bold move from a world of traveling as a medical sales representative for over 15 years to embarking on a career in real estate within the past year. Her hard work, dedication to others, and sales savvy have shined brightly with her first year’s earnings in 2018 reaching $6.2M.
Having the opportunity to share Brooke’s successful entry to the real estate arena is a sheer joy. When meeting Brooke during a volunteer feature interview, I encountered a beautiful soul who enjoyed sharing her therapy dog, Cali, to bring love and healing to children and families at the Charlotte Ronald McDonald House. I learned that the inspiration for her love of helping others started with her family; particularly her brother, Hunter Dunn.
molded her career aspirations. With poignancy, Brooke reflects on her brother’s birth. “I can remember the day my brother was born. Due to trauma at birth and loss of oxygen in the womb, he has Athetoid Cerebral Palsy and is unable to walk, talk, use his hands, or control his movements. He uses the Tobii Eye-Gaze computer to communicate; however, it is very exhausting for him, as he has very little control over his body.”
Her brother’s strength to persevere among the greatest of odds continually inspires Brooke. “His intelligence has him trapped in a body that does not work, but it has not stopped him from graduating number three in his high school class and writing two children’s books, which he dedicated to the sick children at Duke University Medical Center. As a child, I can remember spending a lot of time at the University of Virginia’s Kluge Children’s Rehabilitation Center and Duke University Medical Center. I saw many sick people and numerous children with disabilities. I believe that this is the reason I entered medical sales, as I wanted a career that touched the lives of those sick and with disabilities while using my strengths in sales.”
Originally from Virginia, Brooke is a graduate of Virginia Tech. After graduation, Brooke moved across the country to San Diego to follow her passion for helping others and using her sales skills. While in medical sales, Brooke worked almost exclusively in the cutting-edge world of the hospital operating rooms. Life is literally on the table each minute, and the products she represented helped many physicians and staff improve the quality of life for their patients. Among them were Wound Care products such as a skin substitute created from the top layer of the placenta (developed through Stem Cell Research), as well as a Closed Blood Sampling and Pressure Monitoring System designed to allow withdrawal of blood samples from an umbilical artery catheter for NICU babies, called “Kids Kit.”
For many, career paths often ebb and flow as life changes. It was no different for Brooke. With the changes in healthcare and the constant travel required as a medical sales rep, Brooke found a calling to discover a new way to share her talent to help others. Seven years ago, Brooke began training her Goldendoodle, Cali, as a therapy dog. The Ronald McDonald House (RMH) had a wait list for three years to volunteer, but Brooke was determined to bring smiles to the faces of sick children and their families. Brooke notes: “It became increasingly hard to consistently volunteer at RMH due to my travel schedule, as I traveled every week to area hospitals in the Southeast. After much thought about the changes in Healthcare and less need for sales representatives in the future, I went to Real Estate School while working full-time.”
Brooke is certainly one who can multitask with grace and ease. All while obtaining her license, she actively volunteered with her therapy dog, Cali, at the Ronald McDonald House as well as spent time with charities such as Therapy Dogs International Doodle Rescue Collective Inc., and Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation. With her dedicated tenacity, Brooke’s new quest did not hinder her medical sales; the gifted sales agent was able to leave her career at Cardinal Health at 118% to plan all the while starting up to $6.2M in real estate with Yancey Realty.
With such a fabulous start in real estate, Brooke is striving to continue to be a top realtor within the Charlotte/Mecklenburg County market. In her day-to-day dealings with clients, she seeks to help people find not just a house, but a home. Her most rewarding moments come from simple, sincere “thank yous” from satisfied customers once they have found their dream home. “Real Estate is a career that is centered around helping others, which is what has always been the number one driver in my career choices,” says Brooke. Building genuine relationships is one of Brooke’s favorite
parts of her new career.
In her spare time, Brooke enjoys volunteering and spending time with her beloved Cali, as well as traveling and reading. She particularly loves to foster and help doodles through the dog rescue in which she volunteers regularly. One of her favorite books is A Winter’s Dream, written by Hunter Dunn, her brother. Family time, volunteering, and being the best she can be every day are key elements for Brooke.
With such a tremendous love for others and a gracious, giving heart, one could not write this article without asking a bit of advice from Brooke to inspire others. Brooke has these simple words to help others follow their dream: “Get up and show up every day.” Simple, concise words of wisdom that have served this Rising Star well!
Brooke Harrelson can be reached at (704) 608-6317 or via
email at email@example.com.