Meet Donna Andrews: Golfer, chauffeur, security officer, manicurist and more


By Joan D. Warren

Donna Andrews holds a real estate license in Rhode Island and Massachusetts and also holds the national designations of Accredited Buyer Representative and Graduate Realtor Institute, GREEN and e-PRO. She is certified as a negotiations, home marketing and new homes specialist. She is a member of the Rhode Island Association of Realtors and is the 2014 President Elect for the Greater Providence Board of Realtors.

As a lifelong resident of East Providence, Donna has come to know the entire East Bay area very well. A single mother of two daughters and two grandchildren, she spent 13 years in the banking industry, where she received many awards for excellent service. Donna was a manicurist for eight years, which she enjoyed, but due to arthritis in her hands, had to retire.

Other careers she has dabbled in include a stint as an officer for the Brown University Police & Security Department, an event planner, driving limousines (chauffeur license), catering, bartending (licensed), dispatching for AAA, customer service for homeowners and auto insurance, controller/office manager for two auto dealerships, medical claims approver, and photographer  — among others.

WHY DID YOU BECOME A REALTOR? "It was suggested to me as something that I may be good at when I needed to make a career change due to arthritis in my hands. I was a manicurist at the time. I had a client who was a broker and she said I would do well as a realtor."

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT REAL ESTATE? "I love the longlasting relationships that I have built with my clients. Geographically, I know the state of Rhode Island extremely well. I love to pound the pavement and find that perfect home for my clients."

ANY DISLIKES? "The misinformation on some of the websites that the consumers unfortunately sometimes swear by and believe."

FUNNIEST REAL ESTATE STORY: "Being chased by a pigeon 'inside' of a vacant property in Pawtucket (wasn't funny at the time)!"

DESCRIBE THE PERFECT DAY OFF: "Playing a round of golf. I am a newbie with the gGolf. My boyfriend and I have taken it up together, so I play in New York most of the time, but I have played in Warren (Windmill Hill) and also Cranston (Alpine). That or spending the day by the pool in the sun."


FAVORITE PLACE TO EAT: "22 Bowen's Wine Bar & Grille in Newport."

WHAT'S YOUR BEST CULINARY CREATION? "My homemade chocolate chip cookies (secret recipe, I can't give it out!)"

LAST MOVIE AT THE THEATER? " 'Frozen.' I saw it with my younger daughter. She is 18."

PASSIONS?  "I have a passion for singing. I started in my church choir and continued through junior and high schools and performed locally with a few bands."

VOLUNTEER WORK: "I am very proud to say that I am a volunteer for the Camp Street Community Ministries in Providence. I volunteer my time in the food pantry and the clothing area, and it is the greatest feeling to know that I can help someone less fortunate than myself. I donate on a regular basis and I have also hosted a toy drive for Christmas time and was very successful. I will continue that every year as long as I am able."

PLANS FOR FUTURE IN REAL ESTATE? "I plan to remain in the real estate industry until I decide to retire completely. It is my one and only profession, and I enjoy the people I am surrounded by. I plan to continue my strong involvement with the Association of Realtors and will continue at the local, state and national levels."


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