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Donna Hamaker

Realtor®, Buck & Associates
2519 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington Virginia 22201

What advice would you offer to women who are just starting out?
First and foremost, surround yourself with people who continually strive for excellence, both personally and professionally. If there are other women you admire in your field, learn from them and emulate them. Step up and reach out to another woman in your profession who is much further along in her career and ask if she’ll be your mentor. This is a powerful way to connect. Networking is also hugely important. By becoming an active member of your local Chamber of Commerce and other organizations, you’ll build relationships and gain exposure within your field and beyond.

How do you measure success?
Goal-setting is crucial when measuring success. My professional goals revolve around helping as many families and individuals as possible with their dreams of home ownership. I have the business sense and life experience to guide my clients through the entire real estate process—from buying their first home to upsizing, investing and downsizing. But professional success is only one aspect of true success. Overall, my goals include giving back to the community, putting faith and family first, and embracing a zeal and zest for life.

What do you look forward to when you go to work every day?
I look forward to spending time with my clients! I’ve met so many interesting people who come here from all over the United States and around the world. It’s a joy to work with them and to get to know them. It’s also immensely gratifying when a previous client asks me to help a friend or colleague. That really is the truest vote of confidence and trust.

“Surround yourself with people who continually strive for excellence, both personally and professionally.”