Interview with Entrepreneur Jennifer Davis from “The Real Housewives of Dallas”
Jennifer Davis is a lifelong Texan, growing up in the Park Cities, graduating from Highland Park high school and attended college at SMU. She has built her career and community in the heart of Dallas. She was raised in a Christian household that fostered an innate sense of humility and helpfulness, a lesson that has informed much of her journey. Following a career as an international model in the 1990s, Davis attended and graduated from Hollins University.
To chase after her aspirations and make a name for herself, she moved across the country to Los Angeles, California, to start her first gig at Hill and Knowlton PR. During her tenure, she helped to manage the East to West coast expansion of Krispy Kreme. Additionally, she was part of the strategy team for many high-level accounts, including Tivo, Slim fast, Bella Dahl, among others. After transitioning to a technology firm, Lotus Interworks, and later working at Sotheby’s on the iconic Rodeo Drive, she decided to return to her roots in Texas.
Looking for a career change that would be more fulfilling and flexible, while also providing the opportunity to work with various clients, she decided to try her luck at real estate. Considering her father found success in this industry’s commercial sector, and her mother is a licensed contractor and interior designer, she knew it was in her blood. In fact, The smell of fresh paint, carpet samples, and wallpaper adhesive have always brought up fond memories for Davis.
Starting in 2004, she joined the Weitzman Group and Focus Service Group but quickly realized her passion wasn’t in commercial real estate, but in residential. After quick stints at Keller Williams Elite and Park Cities, she found her home at Bill Griffin, a local boutique firm. For three years in a row, she’s won the Best Realtor award from D magazine, thanks to her ability to connect with clients and help make their homeowner dreams come true.
Her booming career has inspired her to give back to others, and she uses her platform to be an ardent ally for the underdog. Her causes include, but are not limited to, abused or neglected children and/or animals, women battling addiction and/or chronic pain, victims of human trafficking, and United States Veterans in need of surgery.
Today, she’s a mother to a daughter, born in 2017. She hopes to inspire, spread joy, love, and light to her clients, fans, and her greater community.
Can you share with us your background and your career?
I am a sixth generation Texan with a background in international modeling. I was born in Beaumont,Texas and raised in Dallas. I have deep family roots in real estate, contracting, building and design. This upbringing made residential real estate a natural fit for me. Currently, I am the President of Jennifer Davis Luxury Real Estate Group at Bill Griffin Real Estate Brokerage in Dallas, Texas. I was honored to be named D Magazine’s Best Realtor three years in a row. To date, my most important job is being a mother to my amazing three year old daughter.
In addition to your career you are also involved in many philanthropist efforts. Can you tell us more about them?
I am the most passionate about and involved with, “Nexus Recovery Center“.
Nexus is a leader in women’s addiction treatment because they allow women to bring their children with them during their stay. The women and children are “in-patient” during treatment. As far as I know-in the entire state of Texas–this is the only women’s addiction treatment center that allows women to bring their children.
Addiction is a disease. A family disease. By not allowing women to take their children to treatment, most women won’t go unless forced by the judicial system. Children, most often are sent to foster care, etc. Usually women struggling with addiction do not have anyone they trust to leave their children with.
I will use my platform to let the world know that the current system of private and government funded women’s recovery centers is not sustainable. Women must be allowed to bring their children to treatment-otherwise the disease of addiction will win. Every year over 95,000 deaths in the US are caused by alcohol. That’s 261 deaths per day in the US. These deaths shorten the lives of those who die by an average of almost 29 years, for a total of 2.8 million years of potential life lost.
How has being on the Real Housewives of Dallas changed your life and career?
Being on The Real Housewives of Dallas has been the biggest blessing. I have a few creative projects as a direct result of the show. My real estate business and modeling career have both seen an increase in activity. I am happier and feel blessed to be a part of such a great group of ladies.
Are you working on any exciting new projects now?
I am!! Currently, I’m working on one very exciting partnership in the fashion world and I can’t wait to share with my friends. Also, I’m working on a few things in the beverage and skincare industries. 2021 is really starting to take shape!
Where do you see yourself and your career going in this new year and in the future?
I am so excited to have 2020 behind me and look to 2021 for new opportunities to help make the world a better place. I’m working on being the best realtor Dallas has seen, and of course, spending time enjoying all that life has to offer with my daughter. I’m going to say YES to opportunities that the universe sends my way. I can’t wait to watch new episodes of Real Housewives and hope to be invited back next season. I’m definitely buckled up and ready to ride-red head style.
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