The years away from real estate took Shirlee as a National Trainer for Fortune 500 companies. She was certified in many National training programs and was selected to write curriculum.Training & taking care of her clients is truly her passion.
From Shirlee's perspective, experience does matter. With thirty plus years with experience regarding the real estate industry, she has gained knowledge with up and down markets in regards to commercial, residential, luxury gulf front condos and raw land/lots. With that kind of experience, she has chosen not to treat this business like “an order taker” who gets in when times are good and bails at the first down turn. She stays in for the long haul.
When returning to the Alabama Gulf Coast after her mom, Imogene Carney (founder/broker of Carney Realty, Inc.) passed away in 2002, Shirlee gave the company a make over
She was born in a small town in Alabama. However, she has lived/traveled all over the country and, out of the country. Her careers have been with United Air Lines, and many other Fortune 500 companies, including Radio Oz.
All companies have given Shirlee the experience to work with others in an efficient and professional manner.
Hobbies include: reading biographies, riding bikes, listening to great music, dancing and boating. She ran in 10Ks and plans are to get back into running. When not running her business, she prefers to spend time with her husband, children and grandchildren. And traveling with her husband back to his family in Greece completed one on her bucket list. We are told when she writes/publishes her first book, it will be titled: I just wanna be a YaiYai (Greek for Grandmother).
Her Pride and Joy
She is very proud of her children who have amazing careers. Their son, Stefan Poulos, who worked for Discovery Chanel for many years, has his own marketing company in Washington,DC and has two children, Sophie & Theo; Tiffany, their daughter had her own Chiropractic Clinic for many years and then needed to be with her children and became a virtual assistant for Shirlee with her Grandmother's company and contracts today for many Chiropractors while also,coming back to work at her grandmother's company, Carney Realty, Inc. Shirlee is proud to have her back. Tiffany has the integrity & work ethics, that Jean Carney wanted for anyone working for her company.
Note: Camp Roberts and his family also have that integrity.
Keep humor in everything you do in life. Also, don’t get greedy in real estate and don’t fall in love with it either. As her mom would say, “leave something on the table for the next person”. Don’t get so big you forget your roots. Shirlee doesn't believe that having "bodies" with her company is necessary. What is critical, is to have Realtors who are professional and know the industry and don't have to make a sale. She made that mistake once with an agent and she won't make that mistake again.
Too many companies bring on anyone and want them to get out there and sale, not matter what. That's not how we do business. And, never will.
Shirlee has designations in GRI, ABR, CRS; NAR; CLIPPED WINGS, WCR, CE Instructor for Avoiding Violations and Risk Management, all of which uphold a strict code of ethics and some of the organizations require their members to be up to date on the latest marketing techniques and legislation affecting the real estate industry. Since Shirlee was a national trainer, she believes in training and staying professional with the process this industry holds as law.
Shirlee has been a member of Impact 100 since 2011. A women's organization that supports all non-profits in Baldwin County. Shirlee's passion is making sure kids are fed and taken care of in a healthy safe home.
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