— J.D. Power
Born into a real estate family, Rita has been working in the industry for over 20 years. She started by answering phones and putting together listing packets after high school for her mother’s real estate brokerage in Baytown, Texas.
Rita got her real estate license in 2006, but soon transitioned to a staff role as marketing, training, and support for other real estate agents. At RE/MAX, Rita was lovingly knowns as the office’s “Chaos Coordinator” as she is responsible for agent training, agent retention, recruiting, and office management.
Her desire to join the mortgage business was due to the problem solving and customer service aspects of the field!
When making the switch to lending, Rita knew she wanted to join the Madge Rashell Team. Madge is not only Rita's family's loan officer, but she had previously worked alongside her as Madge had been the preferred lender in several of the RE/MAX offices Rita managed. She knew that she would learn from the best and has been so grateful for the opportunity to join this amazingly knowledgeable team and company ever since!
Rita was raised in East Houston/West Chambers County before heading off to college. She graduated from Texas A&M University in College Station with a Bachelors in Tourism Resource Management and from the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco with an Associates in Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts.
Rita met her husband, Steve, while in California and they were married in picturesque South Lake Tahoe. She brought that Cali Boy back to Texas and after 9 years in San Antonio, they now live in Mont Belvieu with their three kiddos. Cooper, Emily, and Molly Mae are very involved in extracurricular activities and sports which fill Rita’s evenings and weekends playing chauffeur.
There is not much Rita loves more than getting her “groove on” on the dance floor. She’ll pretty much always have music playing in her office, and most of the time it is from several decades before she was even born. A self-proclaimed “old soul,” Rita also enjoys baking, sewing, reading, and playing board games when she can find the time.
Rita proudly serves as Vice Chair on the West Chambers County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and will Chair the Board in 2022. One of her favorite things about her community is the harmonious partnerships between local business, big industry, the school districts, and the local government. Her participation in the Chamber has helped Rita make connections with so many wonderful business owners and leaders who all want to see Chambers County grow.
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