Melinda D. Kelly-Major of Reliant Realty & Homes for Heroes

What is your profession?

I am a REALTOR,with Reliant Realty ERA Powered, and a Real Estate Affiliate Specialist, with Homes for Heroes. I believe that everyone should have a professional, in their corner providing the information and tools needed, tomake informed and educated Real Estate decisions. When buying or selling a home, I want my clients to feel like they have a friend in the business.

Why did you choose it?

Real estate was a natural progression, which came about because my mother worked in the industry, and I enjoyed meeting new people and helping others. It brought together allthethings allowed me to use my education and talents in a combination that truly made a difference in the lives of others.

Who has influenced your career the most?

My mother and her work ethic have made me who I am today. She gave whatever she did her all and did it in a professional manner that she could be proud of.

What activity makes you lose track of time?

Being a lifelong learner, much of my downtime involves doing research and finding ways to further my knowledge base. Spending hours on a topic of interest is not something unusual for me.

What is the best advice you ever received?

The best advice I ever received was from my father, who reminded methat, at the end of the day, what is really important is that you loved your friends and family and that you loved them well.

What motto do you live by?

“Good Day, New Day.” Each day is a fresh start and a new opportunity, and the sky is the limit on what you can accomplish!

What advice would you give to someone just moving to Clarksville?

Get outdoors and meet your neighbors—explore our city has to offer and learn to love it like the locals do. Clarksville has a sense of community and comradery that is not seen in other parts of the country and that is truly something to be proud of!

What are your guilty pleasures?

The first is my love of all kinds of music. My second is Sweet Tea—Iamfrom the South!

Who are the most influential people in your life?

My grandparents, with their special love and willingness to share wisdom, that could be found nowhere else in life. They ensured that I always left with ‘more’ —in the form of a life lesson, better respect for something or information to make a hard decision about which path to take in life.

What are 5 things on your bucket list?

Tour Old Europe. Visit all 50 U.S. States. Run for Public Office. Create a Legacy Scholarship at AustinPeay. Live to be a 100 (how else am I going to accomplish all my goals?).