Renee Frank is the founder and team leader for The Smart Living Team at Keller Williams Realty in Las Cruces. A real estate professional since 2006, she has focused on understanding green building technology, and about living better with energy efficiency, solar power, water conservation, and clean indoor air. In 2007 she became the first certified EcoBroker® in Southern New Mexico. As an EcoBroker®, Renee helps her clients save money and live more comfortably through energy efficiency, renewable energy, and better indoor quality.

Renee is a founding member and past President of the Las Cruces Green Chamber of Commerce. She has also served past President of the Las Cruces Association of Realtors and has served on numerous other boards including the United Way of Southern New Mexico.

She is a strong advocate of local business, local art, and local food. Renee is a developing “foodie”, and loves spending time with her family and friends, bicycling, hiking, reading, and playing with her dogs.

    Renee Frank – Real Estate Professional  – Las Cruces, NM

    The moment you knew you wanted to be in the Real Estate World?

    I knew I wanted to be in real estate about 6 months after I got in! I discovered how important homes are to people’s well-being, and how important homeownership is to assuring their financial well-being. After studying about sustainability in homes to become certified as an EcoBroker, I got excited to share with people how much potential there is to improve people’s homes for better health, comfort, and financial security. 

    Has the COVID19 pandemic affected your business?

    COVID 19 has not really affected my business but has definitely affected the way I do business. I do much more virtual business than before, and in-person meetings and showings are done with masks and gloves, and social distancing. Business has been amazingly good even during the pandemic! I am so grateful that our community is doing well!

    Tell me about a project or accomplishment that you’d like to mention or brag about? 

    I was involved with an amazing organizational transformation when working in administration at Thomason Hospital (now University Medical Center), in El Paso, TX, during which we turned our patient satisfaction ratings around from being in the 5th percentile for hospitals similar to ours across the country (bottom 5%), all the way to the 98th percentile (top 2%) after 2 and a half years of dedicated and focused leadership training and teamwork.

      University Medical Center of El Paso is a non-profit public hospital in El Paso, Texas. University Medical Center is licensed by the State of Texas and accredited by the Joint Commission.

      Which philanthropic organizations have you been connected to? 

      I served on the board of the United Way of Southern New Mexico.

        United Way improves lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good.

          Are you a night owl or a morning person? 

          Definitely a morning person, after 2 cups of coffee!

          What kitchen utensil do you use most frequently? Chef’s knife – my daughters are both accomplished cooks and they taught me how to use a knife.

            EUNA 8″ Kitchen Knife Elegant White of Marble Texture Chef’s Knife Lightweight & Ultra Sharp Cutting Knives 

            Describe your perfect pizza? Mediterranean Pizza – Crumbled goat cheese, artichoke hearts, kalamata olives on a gluten-free crust. 

              Who is your secret celebrity crush? 

              Hugh Grant.

              Love his boyish grin.
                Hugh John Mungo Grant is an English actor and film producer. Grant has received a Golden Globe, a BAFTA, and an Honorary César for his work. As of 2018, his films have grossed a total of nearly US$3 billion worldwide from 29 theatrical releases.

                If there were a movie made about your life, who would play you?

                Meryl Streep

                  Mary Louise “Meryl” Streep is an American actress. Often described as the “best actress of her generation”, Streep is particularly known for her versatility and accents. Nominated for a record 21 Academy Awards, she has won three.

                  Which languages do you speak? English and passable Spanish

                  Do you follow astrology? Not too much What is your zodiac sign?  Leo

                  Is there a magazine or periodical that you subscribe to? I subscribe to a newsletter put out by the Shelton Group, a company that does research into the public’s attitudes and behaviors regarding green products and sustainability. It is heartening to learn that more than 2 thirds of Americans understand that climate change is real and that we all have a responsibility to do something about it. 

                    What is your “go-to” fashion brand? Lately that would be Cabi, a company that provides in-home shopping with a local stylist who helps put the styles together and show how they can be mixed or matched. Of course now everything is on line, and it still offers a nice shopping experience. 

                      At the heart of cabi is our Stylists—entrepreneurs, confidence-builders, world-changers—empowered to build businesses they love, on their own terms.
                        girl boss: career wardrobe capsule

                        If we were to peek in your closet, the dominant color would be? Blue

                          What is your present state of mind? Resolved to get through this year’s challenges safely and with great hope for a better world. There are lessons for us humans to learn if we will only pay attention and be willing to move forward.

                          It’s 6 pm at your favorite bar or restaurant, what drink do you order? Usually wine. Or a top shelf Margarita

                            Do you awake with or without an alarm? I always put the alarm on but usually wake up before it goes off.
                            What’s your favorite social media outlet? I use Facebook most often. I’m becoming less and less a fan of social media.

                              What song is ready to play on your playlist? No single song. I love classic jazz and all types of Latin music

                                What is the last photo you took with your cell phone? A photo of my little herb seedlings that I planted – cilantro, basil, parsley, thyme, and sage. I’m definitely not a gardener, but I’m excited about my little herb garden! 

                                One of the best lessons my parents taught me is to . . .? Enjoy the world around me but take care of it  – leave places better than I found them

                                What is your favorite work of art? Georgia O’Keeffe’s Ladder to the Moon

                                  In 1958, O’Keeffe painted Ladder to the Moon. The painting shows a handmade wooden ladder suspended in the turquoise sky. In the background is Mount Perdernal and a half-moon. This painting was very similar to a picture taken of O’Keeffe and her surroundings at Ghost Ranch.

                                  What is your favorite architectural structure in New Mexico? There is so much amazing architecture in New Mexico. If I had to choose one it would be the Taos Pueblo – a community of multi-story adobe buildings over 1000 years old. It isn’t just a structure, it is this community and its culture that has given it life for over 1000 years!

                                    The Taos Pueblo is the oldest continually inhibited dwellings in New Mexico – built between A.D. 1300 and 1450.

                                      Rio Hamilton

                                      Rio Hamilton is a business development professional with vast marketing and sales experience.He specializes in brand promotion for the luxury interior design and lifestyle industries. Rio works with companies, individuals and groups on concentrated brand identity and elevation. He has a popular website that chronicles "the who's who" at design and fashion events throughout greater New York.

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