History of Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper Realtors®
Originally from Whitsett, Texas, D’Ann Harper grew up on a ranch with her parents and older sister branding cattle and bailing hay. After graduating from Three Rivers High School, she attended business school in San Antonio and soon married the love of her life, Herbert E. Harper Jr. Together, they raised two daughters while building one of the most successful, full-service real estate companies in Texas. Licensed in 1978, D’Ann Harper began her real estate career with Bob Jones Realty in San Antonio, Texas. In 1986, she opened her first small brokerage, which grew steadily for the next several years. Then, in 1989, D’Ann partnered with Coldwell Banker and purchased two local offices in San Antonio with 18 Sales Agents.
Leesa Harper-Rispoli joined Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® in 2008. Leaving a successful career in school administration, she joined the organization as Vice President of Property Management and Human Resources. She has spent the last 10 years working with D’Ann and the entire Senior Management team to help grow the company successfully. In January 2016, Leesa was among the first graduating class of the Ascend Executive Leadership Program. This program is available exclusively to Realogy brand-affiliated brokerage owners who are in the process of grooming a successor to lead their company into the future.
On the heels of her graduation, D’Ann Harper announced Leesa’s promotion to the position of President, Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® in April of 2016. Leesa Harper Rispoli is now the visionary leader and President of Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®. As an affiliate of Coldwell Banker for over 30 years, CBHarper leverages the power and resources of the 112-year-old, iconic brand. It was in May of 2018 that the brand was recognized as a “9 out of 10 Consumer Recommended Real Estate Agency” by Women’s Choice Award®. Regionally there are nine offices that serve the Greater San Antonio and surrounding Hill Country area, which consists of over 450 Real Estate agents and 100 employees. Leesa’s passion for education and coaching has led the effort of bringing the very best tools and services to her company. As of September 2018, the number of education classes offered at “CBHarper” (Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®) totaled 486 for the cyclical year. This translates to nearly 2 classes per day, which range in subject from marketing and technology to business building and everything in between.
Before working as the President of one of the largest real estate brokerages in South Texas, Leesa was a devoted leader in the field of education. She began her career as a teacher, but went on to be an administrator, and ultimately an Academic Dean for Northeast Independent School District (NEISD). The strong work ethic, grit, and determination that was instilled in Leesa from a very early age and still carries her through a number of strategic initiatives at CBHarper. Aside from being an effective educator in the industry, Leesa energizes those around her through her actions and dynamic charisma.
Nationally, one of Leesa’s nine CBHarper offices was recognized for the second year in a row as the Top Producing Coldwell Banker office in the state of Texas for 2017. That same year, in September of 2018, Leesa was awarded and built the first Coldwell Banker Global Luxury Office nationwide.
Most noteworthy was Leesa’s recognition by The San Antonio Business Journal as one of 18 women who received the prestigious San Antonio Business Journal 2018 Women’s Leadership Award. D’Ann Harper received the award herself in 2011 and presented it to Leesa in the official ceremony. Then in December of 2018, Leesa was named Broker of the Year by Platinum Top 50 San Antonio. This honored and respected award is presented each year for extraordinary accomplishments, a history of service, positive influence on the real estate industry, and dedication to real estate agents.
Leesa continues to receive national recognition for being one of the top 5 percent affiliated companies in the Coldwell Banker network. To date she has invested nearly half a million dollars in technological and marketing support for her agents. In addition to being a wife, mother, and grandmother, Leesa works tirelessly to improve the lives of her agents and employees by listening to their needs and collaboratively make positive changes
“I firmly believe that our greatest assets are our agents and support staff. I will continue to invest in them,” says Leesa. “Our agents continually say, ‘I’m proud to be at Coldwell Banker and that this is the right company to be with for the right reasons.’ — we care about family. That’s my legacy.”
About Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®: Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® is the leading residential real estate brokerage in the South Texas and San Antonio area with 9 offices and more than 450 Sales Agents serving the local communities. Everyday Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® properties are broadcast to nearly 8 million buyers on hundreds of websites in addition to 12 high-volume websites. Worldwide the Coldwell Banker network includes over 3,000 offices with nearly 92,000 Sales Agents. Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® has been an affiliate of the Coldwell Banker Franchise System for over 30 years.
Links & References:
- Leesa Harper Rispoli of Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® Graduates Ascend Executive Leadership Program
- San Antonio Pet Adoption and Hurricane Harvey Relief
- LEESA HARPER RISPOLI,San Antonio Woman Connect
- Leesa Harper Rispoli of Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper, REALTORS® Graduates Ascend Executive Leadership Program, RENewsSource.com
- Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® Honored as Number One Office in Texas Again in 2017
- Seeking Fine Living in San Antonio, Coldwell Banker Luxury
- Business Vine Magazine: Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper Realtors, A standup company
- Business Insider: Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper, REALTORS® Reemphasizes Luxury Without Borders in the Alamo City
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- Good Ole Girls Club: How to Market Your Female-Owned Business, ColdwellBanker.com
- Leesa Harper Rispoli: Advancing a Texas Real Estate Legacy, RISMedia
- 2018 Women's Leadership Awards: Leesa Harper Rispoli, San Antonio Business Journal
- Leesa Rispoli on Family Culture, ColdwellBanker.com
- Leesa Harper Rispoli of Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper, Named Platinum Top 50 Broker of the Year, Yahoo Finance
- Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper serving USAA
- San Antonio Broker Of The Year Shares Leadership Insights, RealTrends.com