Name: Georgia Bailey Usry
Family: One daughter, Carolyn Usry, 22. She is a senior at the University of Georgia graduating from Terry College of Business in May.
Years in the Golden Isles: Officially 3 years. Unofficially 56. I spent summers from adolescence to adulthood in the Golden Isles before making it my permanent home.
School: UGA School of Public and International Affairs. After interning in Washington, D.C., my plan was to go back to UGA for Law School. Instead, I went to work for an investment firm and spent 20 years in sales and trading for an investment bank. Great training for my future real estate career!
Occupation: Realtor with DeLoach Sotheby’s International Realty
Favorite landmark in the Golden Isles: The St. Simons Lighthouse. I have always been intrigued by her long and storied history, how she has guided so many to shore as well as served as a beacon of hope to all of the Golden Isles.
How would you describe your perfect Saturday in the Golden Isles? A sunrise walk on the beach is the perfect start to any day, but especially a Saturday. Working or not, Saturdays and Sundays feel different. If time allows, I love to spend a little time on the beach reading. I like to round out a Saturday at a casual restaurant for dinner with friends.
Tell us about how you started your career as a Realtor: I had ended my career in investment banking to raise my daughter. I chose the top-producing real estate agent in Baltimore to sell my home. After our transaction was complete, she asked me to join her team. I was ready to go back to work and start a new career learning from the best. With her guidance, I became a top producer with Sotheby’s in Baltimore, honing my previous career’s skills and habits. After nearly 10 years of selling real estate in Baltimore, I was fortunate to transfer to DeLoach Sotheby’s on St. Simons Island. A move personally and professionally I will never regret. I love what I do and where I live.
What is some of the best advice you have received over the years? Treat every individual as you would like to be treated and think of them as your family. Every person’s home purchase is as important to them as yours is to you!!!
Give us your elevator pitch for someone looking to move to the Golden Isles: I have lived in 10 different cities in my lifetime. The Golden Isles by far has been the most welcoming, friendly, comfortable and safest place to live. I felt immediately at “home.” I believe home is a feeling and not a place!