Hello! I’m Ann Hensley formerly Ann Turner. It’s funny, while thinking about how to introduce myself to you I realized that like many of you, I find it hard to “toot my own horn.” Yes, I’ve developed skills through my work history that have moved my career continually forward. Many of the activities that I do well, I didn’t even notice, even after they became second nature to perform. I love learning about my work, perfecting my skills, improving what I do. I’ve learned how to do my job well and make a difference for the people who work with me. But, it seems that telling you that alone is not enough.
So where do I begin? Helping people, graphic design, art, marketing, working with computers, the internet – these are all passions of mine. This is more than a job – it’s what I love to do. How can I communicate the depth of that? Well, I’ll tell you who I am in my own nut-shell format from the heart.
My real estate experience began in San Diego, California, in early 1990. I worked as a part-time receptionist for two sister offices and with an entrepreneurial spirit, I began looking for ways to supplement my income. Basically, an agent asked if I could create a property brochure for them… and voila! A graphic artist was born. That was the beginning of a long and well-loved career.
I’ve always loved art and am amazed by color – I’m not limited to specific styles or mediums because I see art everywhere and in everything! But, at the core, I guess I would call myself an artsy, crafty, calligrapher whose favorite medium is print.
This will probably sound a bit odd, but I love paper! I’ve had an affinity with paper all my life -- the textures, the smells, the colors – paper is awesome. I love seeing things in print, especially things I’ve created. It makes my day to see something come together on paper that is both inspiring and motivational. Graphic design and marketing are an ideal venue for my artistic expression. I get to be creative and work with paper, a win-win in my book.
After finding that graphic design woke me up in the morning thrilled to go to work, I decided that this would be the direction I’d take my career. In the early 90s, I worked as a production artist for Chicago Title Company. Working with over 1,000 Real Estate Agents and Title Insurance Representatives was amazing to say the least. I created what I called my masterpieces every day that increased business and promoted the services for the agents who worked with me. It was so much fun!
Since then, my marketing experience has taken off. I’ve learned how to encourage people to act through promotional materials, how to research and find customers, internet marketing, target market, advertising, budgeting, planning, how to be more effective in business, etc. Marketing is a collection of many activities -- each equally important and all require attention. For over 17 years, I’ve focused on being creative and learning, learning and re-learning my craft. What I did know, I’d share. What I didn’t know, I’d find out. I still operate the same way.
A couple of my favorite highlights from my history: I built a marketing department from scratch for one of San Diego County’s top selling offices, One Source Realty/GMAC Real Estate, and helped 350+ agents get results and move their businesses forward. As the Marketing Director for Prudential California Realty – South San Diego, I developed the promotional materials for a new auction division as well as supported the marketing directives of the 300+ agents and management team.
In truth though, this is just a tidbit of history – my business experience spans 30+ years. What is the most important aspect of marketing and graphic design for me? Serving my customers and giving them the tools they need to be successful. Helping small business people find their success! That is the core of what I do. I help people! The art, marketing, playing with computers all day, are fringe benefits to providing the best customer service I can offer.
This website is in many ways an expression of my experience – versus a resume of activities. I want to help people be successful and contribute to their livelihood. The best way I can do that is to provide quality content to as many people as possible – thus the internet. Here I can give you many of the tools necessary to work with a marketing professional of any kind. The more you know about how your business works the more success you’ll have in marketing regardless of who you’re working with.
Recently, I decided to open my own Marketing and Graphic Design business in order to help more people and expand my entrepreneurial opportunities. Outside of the standard employment box, I can make a bigger difference.
Although the majority of my marketing history involves the real estate industry, I am not limited to working within that industry exclusively. Marketing any small business requires research and an intuitive sense of how to reach customers and with what tools. These are also a few of skills I’ve developed over the years and I would be happy to share what I know.
It was nice to share a bit about me with you and I look forward to hearing from you.
Have a wonderful day!
P.S. This website is a work in progress. I have a lot of information I’d like to share. I’m writing as quickly as I can to get information on my site. In the meantime, if you have questions that are not addressed yet, please call me and ask. If you need information about some aspect of your business and I can provide you with support, I would like to try to answer your question. Odds are, I may even be writing about it right now.
Call me, Ann Hensley, at 619-261-7556.
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