• Michael Valdes

Ellie Johnson "Inspiration & Motivation are achieved through Action".

Updated: Jul 8, 2020

I have known Ellie Johnson, President of Berkshire Hathaway Homes Services New York, for over 15 years. She is a highly respected and accomplished professional in our industry, but much more than that. Her success has come from her uncanny ability to read people and her infinite knowledge of the industry.

Ellie started her career in WalnutCreek, CA, on a part-time basis to get out of the house while her young children were at school. She quickly realized she had a great talent for this and during her first year in the business was named "Rookie of the Year" for Coldwell Banker. When her husband's job moved them back to New York, she decided to open her brokerage firm in the Crown Building on 57th and 5th Ave and quickly grew her clientele. She always knew that you can differentiate yourself through service. Soon, the big firms took notice, and Sotheby's recruited her to run the New York office. Her success was meteoric, and that office became the number 1 office in the world under her leadership.

"We become successful when we do something we believe in.", she states. That was proven time and again by her motivation and inspiration of others, which she says can only be done through action. "When it comes to authenticity, treat everyone as an individual." Ellie stresses, "Allow people to be unique and celebrate that uniqueness. Only then can you bring unique individuals to be a successful team". Johnson says that the only way you can bring out the best in people is to invest in them. To know them both professionally and personally because the individual is made up of many parts.

Ellie was very candid in telling the story of the loss of her eldest daughter and how after her passing, she had to create a "new normal" and when she hears the phrase now about the pandemic, she feels as though she already had the lessons to be able to see on the other side of this and know that we will all be fine.

She cautions that sometimes we are more critical of ourselves than others and what we see as failures are simply mistakes which we have the gift of learning from and correcting every minute of the day.

Her closing thoughts was that she wanted her legacy to be:

"That I was a kind person and made a difference in someone's life for the better."

Ellie Johnson, as a dear friend in your life, I can say I think you have already achieved your legacy.

Michael Valdes

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