I met Brenda Casserly for the first time at a Gathering of Eagles conference in Asheville North Carolina. That would have been over 10 years ago, and it was the first time I had attended. I sought her out, wanting to meet a woman who had risen up the ranks in an industry dominated by males at the top. Well, she couldn’t have been more gracious, spending time with me and answering my questions. I followed her career advancements by reading announcements and press releases. When she was appointed President and CEO of ERA Real Estate, I was pleased for her, and proud that I knew her personally.
Several years later, when I arrived at Realogy, it was Brenda who was one of the first to congratulate me on my new position. We shared a genuine like and respect for one another, she would often ask If I was doing ok, when it was she who was quietly and courageously battling the cancer that would eventually win.
When we launched Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, Brenda was right there offering congratulations and help. She encouraged me to attend her conference to gain knowledge and ideas, her graciousness had no boundaries.