Salisbury finds volunteer niche in local museum

Susan SalisburyAbout 15 years ago, Evanston REALTOR® Susan Salisbury took a leap of faith that brought her great satisfaction and helped others, too. She began volunteering at the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian.

A friend, Reed Hagee, who was also one of the owners of the real estate firm she worked at (Mitchell Brothers Realtors) knew about Salisbury’s interest in native American art and kept encouraging Salisbury to become a volunteer. Hagee’s father (John Mitchell) started the museum by donating his own collection of native American art.

“I was interested in native American culture and art,” Salisbury said. “One time she asked, and I was ready. It has been a great experience.”

Salisbury joined the museum board and made her mark as chair of the resources and development committee, fundraising and later serving as president of the board. During that time, the museum collection continued to grow.

“The museum is an amazing hidden gem,” says Salisbury. “We have good leadership and very dedicated board members. We’re helping the museum fulfill its mission of promoting and sharing a deeper understanding of native American people.”

In addition to getting Salisbury involved with the museum, Hagee and husband Joe mentored her and encouraged her to switch from administrative assistant to real estate broker. Salisbury remained as a broker in the same real estate office, now known as Berkshire Hathaway HomeService KoenigRubloff Realty Group, even after the Hagees retired. She says the Hagees laid the foundation for a successful career. Salisbury is grateful that her career fit her talents and interests.

“What appeals to me most is finding the right home or finding the right buyers for a home,” she said. “I love it when I can help people achieve their goals and have a good experience, too.”

Salisbury is a member of the North Shore-Barrington Association of REALTORS®.

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