Ann's accomplishments and contributions in the community are numerous. Some of these are listed below:
-President, Board of Directors, Henderson Mental Health Center, 2 years -Henderson Mental Health Center Board of Directors, 12 years -President of Henderson Auxiliary, 2 years -Board Member, and Former Treasurer, of Ft. Lauderdale Philarharmonic Society, 13 years and Newsletter Editor & Community Calendar Chair -YMCA Board Member, 3 years -American Cancer Society & 1000+ Club Board Member -Amercian Cancer Society 1000+ Club Treasurer, Chair of Journal Development & Publications, 5 years -Co-Chair, record-breaking Women of the Year Luncheon 2005 -Founding Board Member & Officer of the Symphony of the Americas Society -Florida Grand Opera Patron -Opera Society Board Member
-"Women of the Year" -"Woman of Substance and Style"
Going back to when you first started with your organization to now, what has been your proudest personal accomplishment?
I can't think of any accomplishment in my life that has been truly personal in the sense that it was my accomplishment alone. That being said, my proudest moments are when goals and plans are exceeded and, more importantly, the process by which they are exceeded puts in place a process that will assure continued successes.
What do you enjoy the most about your work?
I love being in the real estate profession partly because it requires a multi disciplinary mix of skills. I love also the new and unexpected challenges that each day and customer presents. Another rewarding part of my business is the opportunity to meet people from all over the world, from many different cultures and interests and from all walks of life. I learn and grown each and every day.
Do you have a mentor; someone who has been there to guide you or consult with you when you needed their input?
Over the years I have had many mentors, coaches and teachers. In fact, one of my most valuable teachers was a person that I had terrible conflicts with. Funny thing, though, I hear myself being called a mentor for which I am complimented, and I wonder if there are some for whom I am the "conflict" in their life.
How did you determine which charitable organizations you would support?
First, my heart and enthusiasm need to be stimulated. Then, I evaluate the effectiveness of the leadership and board of directors and the organizational competencies and chose organizations where my skills can be utilized to accomplish their goals.
How have things changed for you through the years?
Dramatically changed and not stopping. Hey, what did we know about the Internet 25 years ago? And, just 10 years ago I thought the fax was the greatest tool for business. Snail mail was the prime delivery source of mail and documents not so very long ago. Does anyone remember when a trip away from the "office" meant piles of handwritten phone messages awaiting your return. Keeping up to date with technology of utmost importance to my business and lifestyle and is an important of my business and personal plan.
What is the most important thing you have learned through the years?
Pay close attention to what is "not being said (or written)".
What do you wish you could have a never-ending supply of?
Enthusiasm and focus.
How can we reach out to other people in the world?
By wanting to, by being open to the "other people", and by respecting the goodness of all beings.
What can make you cry?
The loss of someone I cherish.
Are you where you hoped you would be at this point in your life?
My focus is on the journey, the process, and that journey has unexpected twists and turns, beautiful vistas and sudden roadblocks. When I was a child, I had a vision. I built on that vision and by the time I was ready for my first job, that vision had grown and changed. And so it continues. Today's vision of where I want to be will also change as new doors open and I expand my capabilities.
What is your vision and hope for the future?
A united world where every being is valued and held with respect.
What do you think is the biggest problem we are facing in this country today?
Water supply. Many years ago I read the Dune Trilogy as an exciting and imaginative story. Today I think about it a lot and it is scary.
What do your want your epitaph to read?
We miss you Auntie Ann.
Who is the most interesting person you have ever met?
Every person is as interesting as you make them.
What word best describes your life right now?
Growing mentally, physically and spiritually and anticipating that I will enjoy a great 120th birthday.
What charitable organizations are you involved with at this time?
1000+ Club American Cancer Society, The Opera Society, Symphony of Americas Society, Henderson Mental Health Center, Coldwell Banker Cares Foundation.
What is your proudest achievement?
I am grateful that I had the fortitude and support to stop smoking many years ago. I am especially grateful to the American Lung Association as it was through their program that I was able to overcome a terrible, terrible addiction.
What is your fondest childhood memory?
Summer camp in the Blue Ridge Mountains where we lived in a tent and backpacked in the Mountains.
What is something your parents taught you that you will never forget?
My Mother taught me to never use the words "If" or "can't".
What is your idea of a perfect vacation?
Somewhere I have never been where I can soak up the culture, the history, the arts, the food, the drink, the architecture, the landscape and perhaps make new friends and return home with a new spark and excitement about the world.
How do you stay so motivated and committed?
I work on it daily, every day I read books that support my motivation and commitment and I spend time with positive people.
When does someone know when it's time to move on?
You feel it in your gut.
What are your favorite leisure time activities or hobbies?
I love everything I do (well maybe not putting my tax information together). I could say that my business is part hobby because I love it. However, I dearly love music and am attracted to events and places where I can enjoy music in a variety of ways.
What is your favorite sport?
I love yoga, and although that is not a sport it is how I chose to improve and maintain my physical body as well as my mind and spirit.
Do you feel women have made progress in their quest to be treated fairly and equally in the workplace?
Very little in our country and insignificant progress worldwide. At the middle income level in the U.S. there is a perception that there is progress. After all, at that level it is cost effective to give power and opportunity away as it has a quick payback.
How does the "seasoned" woman compete in a marketplace that is focused on looking and being young?
We don't have to compete. We have the experience and wisdom to succeed...the seasoning. As Ronald Regan said, "I will not hold my opponent's youth against him".
Is there a special "aha" moment in your life when you knew "I get it now!"?
It happens a lot and it comes from deep within.
You are evidently a very capable and talented woman, what other talent do you wish you had been born with?
I am very careful what I wish for. If it isn't within me now, then I am most likely not prepared to handle it.
What three things are always in your refrigerator?
Fruit, water, nuts and Vodka in the freezer.
What is your most treasured possession?
The love and respect of family and friends and my own self-respect.
What is your greatest indulgence?
Something very fine and special that I cannot afford. Maybe a dish of Black Walnut ice cream (can't afford the calories), a special piece of jewelry, a donation, a treat for family or a loved one, or just time off from important responsibilities to think and dream.
What is your favorite store for clothes shopping?
Changes with my interests.
What magazine do you look forward to reading each week/month?
What is your favorite restaurant?
Depends on what I want to experience….A great dining experience, a casual meal, a quiet intimate meal, see my peers…..
If your house was up for sale, and a potential buyer did a walk through, what would your home say about you?
She has a lot of books by so many different authors and on so many different subjects.
If you were going to be on a Space Shuttle for about a year, what one item would you have to take with you?
What is your favorite Ice Cream flavor?
What is your biggest fear?
What do you like the most about yourself?
That I never tell myself you should have or you could have.
What would you still like to learn how to do?
Be a Master of Yoga practice.
What do you have to say to all the young women/men out there ready to take on the future?
Accept obstacles as a learning and growing experience. They may simply be a reflection of your decision to shut out understanding.
How do we get our young people more interested in charitable giving and community volunteering?
By embracing their talents and welcoming them on a level that communicates to them. The world is changing dramatically and therefore their perspective is different. Understand and recognize where they are coming from and use this understanding to communicate meaningfully with them.
What a great interview Ann. I learned some new things about you. (There's a typo in the word Banker up top....fyi.)
Holly M. Barnes