We had the good fortune of connecting with Hayley Weinman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Hayley, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
I was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawai’i, which I feel has had a huge impact on who I am today as Hawai’i is a huge melting pot. I’m a mix of Portuguese, Chinese, and English, and had many different cultural traditions growing up. On top of that, being able to grow up with a tremendous amount of influence and understanding of both the rich culture and history of Hawai’i also helped shape many of my characteristics, such as showing aloha, being open minded, hospitable, and so many more. When I was younger, my grandparents would always bring a small gift with them to visit either friends or family, as that was their way of showing their appreciation and aloha. These little moments are just some of what helped inspire and shape me into who I am today. Hawai’i is also a huge vacation/tourist destination, so being exposed to hospitality and the “aloha spirit” at a young age taught me how to exude that in everything I did. I was in the restaurant industry for several years and even received a bachelor’s degree in Hotel & Restaurant Management. After leaving restaurant management, I changed career paths to pursue sales and soon realized that wasn’t who I was. Helping people was instilled in me at a young age whether it be through hospitality or, as I soon discovered, through real estate. The transition of my hospitality skills/aloha were seamless to becoming a real estate agent, which I feel was in large part due to my upbringing. However, regardless of personal or professional situations, kindness and aloha are some ways I aspire to live life every day.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
There are over 60,000 licensed real estate agents in Maricopa county alone, so setting myself apart from others is important to me. My real estate brand, AZ Piece of Paradise, is largely influenced by my upbringing in Hawai’i which is infamously known as a “paradise”. My goal as a real estate agent is to find that piece of paradise for my buyers in Arizona, and I’m so proud to have been able to do that for my clients over the past few years. That’s the biggest thing I’d want people to remember about my brand and my story, is that I understand that a home is more than just brick and mortar. I’ve learned a lot along the way including patience, perseverance, and understanding to name a few. The biggest lesson I’ve learned is to actually listen to your client’s wants and needs, and to dig to understand the reasoning behind these things to be fully aware of someone else’s situation and best interests.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
The amazing thing about Arizona is that there is so much to see within hours of each other. My favorite thing to do is to take people around the valley to places that you can’t find anywhere else! Personally, I love taking people to get great food and drinks, and some of my favorite places include Maple & Ash, Steak 44, The Henry, North, and Barrio Queen to name a few. If there’s time to do things across Arizona with someone visiting from out of town, I love doing a short day trip to Flagstaff and/or Sedona to really take in the vast beauty of nature in Arizona as well. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d like to dedicate this to my entire family: my parents, sister, grandparents, husband, and in-laws. Over the years, they’ve helped shape and inspire me throughout my young and adult life, and continue to support me daily through my highs and lows.