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Life & Work with Dianne Collins

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dianne Collins. Them and their team share their story with us below:

Dianne Collins has had an adventurous life traveling, cooking, and writing throughout her career. She is a trained chef, a Master Scuba Diving Instructor along with being the local host of a travel show in Guam. She received a Hotel Restaurant Management Degree and Culinary Arts Degree from Forest Park, St.Louis, one of the top 10 culinary institutes in the United States.

She trained in Fort Lauderdale, Florida at Pro Dive Scuba Diving school as a Master Scuba Diver Trainer. Dianne then traveled the world guiding scuba diving groups to over 40 cities internationally, exploring other cultures and learning about how food brings us all together.

Dianne brings a true vibrancy and positive energy to whatever her next adventure is and has a true passion for helping her friends and clients learn to cook, create community, build relationships, and bring people together through food. She has been featured on Fox 2 in the morning as the guest chef segment when she was the Executive Chef at Mama Campisi’s Italian Restaurant. In Guam, she wrote travel articles for the Stars & Stripes Newspaper and created a Youth Scuba Diving Camp.

You can find Dianne reviewing restaurants, building relationships with local Realtors, and helping her referral partners with her current position as the Co-Publisher of Real Producers. Building relationships in the community is the key to her success. The publications she oversees are the St.Louis  MO, Metro East IL and New Orleans, LA Real Producers.

Dianne has now published her first cookbook in 2020 as a combined work of art. Her book consists of her own family recipes, referral partner favorites, local Realtors, and friends who submitted personal recipes who share her passion for cooking. She already has thoughts of an international cookbook for her next project.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
No relocating back to St. Louis after being gone for 10 years on a tropical island was challenging. Fitting back into friends’ and families’ lives. Deciding which path to take; getting back in the restaurant scene or exploring something new. Building a professional career is difficult when you don’t know the community any longer.

Just fitting into the Midwest after living abroad and traveling was challenging. Not to mention the weather.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I work for Nick Najjar and he owns three publications: St Louis, Metro-East IL, and New Orleans Real Producers. These publications target the Top 500 or 300 Realtors in each of their areas along with the Realtor boards. We do that by sending out a monthly publication that showcases agents’ personal and professional life. We host exclusive events that bring the realtor community together with our Advertising Partners. Great food is always a must!

Along with the Realtors we target the top vendors in the Realtor world. We call them our Preferred Partners. These Partners must be recommended to us by the top agents so that we know that we are getting the best in the business.

These top Realtors are all making six-figure incomes and are the movers and shakers of the industry. When new residents move to the area, these Realtors are the best and most efficient referral partners one can have. However, we love and appreciate all Realtors in the community.

What would you say have been one of the most important lessons you’ve learned?
Listen to your clients. Our clients are the Advertising Partners. Under promise and overdeliver. We strive on creating true partnership. The relationships between ourselves, the Realtors, and our Partners is always our priority. We have created a wonderful work family and continue to grow and support each other each month.

Everyone has a story and we are a platform that let those stories be told.


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