Connor Wilkerson has always liked sales, and he knew early on that the 9-to-5 grind was not for him. After college, WIlkerson’s friend and kindred spirit Jeff Rawls offered him the chance to help run and grow Rawls’ relocation service instead. That put Wilkerson on the path to flexible work that would allow him to control how much he earned. Throw in an interest in real estate, and his current position as principal broker at Wilkerson Real Estate Co. in Monticello is an ideal fit. One misconception about the work of an agent that Wilkerson is eager to correct is that agents do not work many hours. “I can promise, any successful Realtor is working a ton of hours for their clients,” he said.

 

Occupation:

Real estate broker; Wilkerson Real Estate Co.

Hometown:

Hermitage

 

FAVORITES:

Beverage:

Sweet tea

Restaurant:

Wilkerson Cafe in Hermitage — not biased, of course

Food:

Ribeye steak

TV show:

Peaky Blinders

Quote:

“If you don’t ask, the answer is always no.”

Sport:

Baseball. I played four years at the University of Arkansas at Monticello — go Weevils.

What did you want your job to be when you were a kid?

Growing up, my dream was to become a professional baseball player, just like any kid.

What is the most underrated secret ingredient to success?

I don’t think that it’s a secret what is required to succeed, but I think there are very few people willing to do what is required to succeed. The most important part is to take the chance.

What is your favorite thing you own?

The piece of land I bought where I will build my forever home. I was young, worked hard to buy it, and it’s something that you can take pride in owning and developing into a home for your family.

What would you like to accomplish before the year is over?

I have a ton of ideas, but the one I’m really pushing for is to break ground on my very first real estate development. It’s something I’ve worked for since I started selling real estate.

What is something that you wish you could experience again?

Hearing both of my grandmothers’ stories from when they were growing up. It truly was a different world back then and the stories portrayed through their eyes were so interesting.

Is there anything else we should know about you?

My hero is my daughter. She was born premature with a list of health problems and one failing kidney. She’s had multiple surgeries, and my wife takes her to dialysis treatments at [Arkansas] Children’s Hospital [in Little Rock] three times a week. She is a shining light everywhere she goes and is the toughest person I know. She is a walking testimony for what prayer and trust in the Lord can do. She and my family are why I work as hard as I do, and I couldn’t ask for anything else.

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