B.I.G. Feature of the Month:Robin Pato Davis

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Robin Pato Davis, who resides in Livington, NJ, calls herself a “Dual Entrepreneur.”  Davis is a Realtor for Elite Realtors of New Jersey and an Event Planner/Appraiser-Buyer  for American Gold and Diamond Buyers. While many entrepreneurs strive to get one business of the ground, Davis has successfully merged two very different career paths into her life.

“When I lived in NYC, I owned my condo on 19th Street. When I decided to sell my condo 20 years ago, I became very interested in real estate and decided to pursue my career in residential real estate upon returning to NJ,” said Davis who lived in Manhattan for 10 years after she studied at University of Maryland, College Park. “While in NY, I worked as an advertising copywriter and also had a second gig selling gold and diamonds in the Jewelry Exchange on 47th Street.  Last year due to a life change and the real estate market's current conditions, I decided to pursue another career in addition to real estate.  I became involved in buying Gold, and now have a thriving CA$H4GOLD business,” said Davis, who offers hostess parties and fundraisers.

Davis leaped into action when she realized real estate couldn’t solely support her and her family. Davis had sold some of her own gold a few years prior, as well as knew a realtor co-worker who was in the Gold Business, so her interest had been sparked. She began as an Event Planner – Davis’ ambition propelled her to study and become an appraiser.  So, now she plans and buys/appraises at her own events! Davis does face challenges much like all other entrepreneurs. “When I began selling real estate, my daughter was only two years old, so it was challenging to be a realtor and a full time mom,” said Davis. “In the Gold Business, my main challenge was to build my business to the point where I had steady work.” Davis’ Gold Business has grown to the point where she is booked several months in advance!

For Davis, being a “Dual Entrepreneur” means double the rewards!  “For buyers, in real estate, it means finding a home that they are completely in love with in a town where they want to settle and raise their families.  Sellers are most happy and grateful when I help them achieve a quick, profitable sale so they can move up to another home or move on to pursue their dreams,” said Davis. “In my CA$H4GOLD business, the most rewarding and heartfelt part is seeing the astonished, surprised, and exhilarated look on my clients' faces when they see just how much their gold is worth and then counting out the actual cash for them in hundreds of dollars!” Davis adds, “Everyone needs money, and I am helping them raise money for something important or just getting an extra special treat for themselves!  It is a gift to see their joy!”

Helping her clients pursue their dreams, be it a new home or lots of cash in their pocket, is what Davis cites as her motivation. Especially, Davis says, when her clients recommend her to their friends and family—that, she says, is the biggest compliment. 

In both Davis’ businesses she is an independent contractor. In real estate, Davis is supported by the broker/owner of the company and in the gold business Davis works with a partner and has support from a management team and owner of that company.

“Fortunately I have been able to balance my two professions daily, weekly, monthly, and seasonally.  Real Estate and the Gold market have an inverse relationship in the present economy. When real estate is down, gold is up. Seasonally, real estate is slow during the winter/holiday months and summer months, which is when gold is very busy,” says Davis, who as an independent contractor, coordinates her schedule to her convenience. 

“I am extremely grateful that these two careers have meshed so well together in my life, and I appreciate both of these opportunities. I am successful in two different careers, although they are both in sales, the services I offer to my clients are unique in their own ways,” says Davis.A DUAL ENTREPRENEUR

In keeping with Identity’s mission of Accept Appreciate Achieve, below are some more questions that fit in with that theme:

1. What have you accepted in your life that took time?

“This is a tough question being that I am at a place in my life that I never dreamed I would be in. And that is to be a divorced woman after 24 years of marriage.  It’s a very tender and tenuous place to be at this stage of my life.  But what I am beginning to realize and truly accept is that it is OK to be in this ‘place.’  I am trying to learn to put myself first.  Because the most harsh and cruel aspect of a life change like this is LOSS.  I have not only experienced the loss of my partner, but the loss of many friends. And the biggest loss of all was having to find new homes for my two dogs, my babies that I raised for seven years.  Writing about this right now is bringing tears to my eyes and crying is one thing I have learned to do this past year.  Another difficult aspect of my new separation is learning that there is life after divorce…but I must create it for myself.  No one else will.  All I have is me (and of course my very supportive family)!  I have found peace in my life and that is priceless.  And I have made MANY new and wonderful friends who I never would have known if I was ‘stuck’ in that old place. I have also learned to create a new ‘business life’ for myself in order to survive and now I am a multi-faceted entrepreneur—and very proud of it.  I always knew I was a ‘survivor’ but now I'm feeling more like a ‘thriver!’”

2. What do you appreciate the most in your life?

Reflecting on how lucky I have been…that up until now…I have had very little LOSS in my life (I was a 50 year old woman with a grandma who lived until 98)! I truly appreciate my family—my brother, sister, and parents who have been so supportive and there for me during this past year. They have shown me the love and loyalty I needed to create a new life for myself.  And my 21 year old daughter, Hayley, who is graduating from Indiana University in two weeks…makes me proud!  She is a beautiful person in many ways, and I admire her independence and sense of self. Maybe the fact that she is an only child has something to do with that!”

3. What is one of your most rewarding achievements in life?

“One of the most wonderful experiences I have had so far occurred many years ago when I graduated from the University of Maryland in 1977.  I embarked on a four-month journey to Europe with a backpack and a friend. We spent two months in Israel and two months in Europe.  The journey of traveling and living within other cultures was such an eye opener for me. Being able to live and feel the lifestyle of others halfway around the world was so rewarding and enlightening. Those four months shaped my life, and I am forever grateful that I had the desire, drive, and guts to take on that adventure!”

4. What is your not-so-perfect way?

“This is also a tough question.  I probably have many ‘not-so-perfect ways’ but the one that comes to mind lately is falling into old patterns.  Interestingly enough, on my new path of life I have discovered characteristics about ‘me’ that were buried for a very long time. Some of which I love and the introspection and renewal of self discovery is enlightening, but along with that comes the old patterns and habits which have also resurfaced.  Learning how to deal with these aspects objectively, like an outsider looking in, is what I need to perfect so I don't repeat the same mistakes of yesterday!”

5. How would you complete the phrase “I Love My…”?

“I love my…desire to stay fit and healthy.  More than anything, what has gotten me through this new chapter in my life is realizing that the best life insurance I have is to eat healthy and stay in shape. I have found that having a good, healthy body within creates a good healthy body and mind!  It's also good for the soul and self image. There is nothing more refreshing and invigorating for me than to be outside running and walking hills knowing that I am doing something good for my mind, body, and soul. And of course, rediscovering my former dance teacher in NYC, who I am now dancing with again, is the best therapy ever! He is an example that staying fit keeps you young and healthy.  Ned is now 81 years young and hasn't aged a day since I met him 30 years ago!”

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