Cece Given

Cece Given

Cece Given

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Show Date: May 9th, 2018

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Christine “Cece” Given
President of the Board
Animal Defense League of Texas



After the first half of her professional career and raising two boys, Cece was able to bring her business knowledge and relationships to the non-profit sector.

Cece is currently serving as President of the Board of Animal Defense League. After leaving full time employment and becoming an empty nester, she was eager to serve the community and use her business and fundraising experience. A life-long animal lover, she is happy to serve in this capacity to assist ADL’s mission to help San Antonio’s homeless animals.

Cece also serves on the Board of Young Presidents Organization, Gold as the Spouse/Forum Officer and is a member of Alpha Sigma Alpha’s Alumni Group.

Her most recent job was serving as the Business Manager for Buckner Fanning Christian School and the Buckner Fanning Evangelistic Foundation. She worked as a liaison to the three non-profit organizations sharing the Stone Oak campus. She gained valuable experience working with the Board of Directors reporting financials and offering solutions to their business challenges.

*Cece always found time for service work related to her kids activities. Some of the organizations include PTA – Fundraising, Treasurer, Communities in Schools, Smithson Valley Booster Club Board and Gala Chair.

Cece graduated from The University of Texas at San Antonio with a BBA in Human Resources. She was active on campus including serving as President of Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority and a member of the first Homecoming Court. She received numerous awards for leadership and service. She married her high school sweetheart, Brent, and they have two boys, Blake and Cord.

About the author:

I took early retirement in 1995 from Kodak and I have been in the real estate business since then. During my Kodak career my family lived in six states and we owned thirteen homes. I held positions as Food Trade Manager, Attractions Manager for Florida, Director of Sales Promotion, National Account Manager to HEB Grocery Company and National Sales Manager – US Military – Worldwide. In the twelve years since I retired from Kodak, I’ve been in the real estate business. My entry into the business was through two major agencies; one a local upscale boutique company and the other a very large local operation of a national franchise. I found both (plus most others in the business) to be more oriented towards gross sales and less towards taking care of the needs of the consumer. As a result, I formed my own company. I have three agents besides myself in the company and two staff personnel. Approximately ninety percent of our business comes from direct referrals plus we represent all of the relocating employees for three corporations. Each week I host the area real estate show, Real Estate Focus, on NewsTalk 930 KLUP, Saturdays at 11:00am. The show also streams live on my web site , http://www.HeartofTexasRealty.com and on http://www.KLUP.com. In addition, Bjorn Dybdahl, owner of Bjorn’s Home Entertainment, http://www.Bjorns.com and I host the San Antonio Movers and Shakers Show that airs at 10:00 am each Saturday from the same station and web sites. The real estate show deals with area real estate information and the SA Movers and Shakers show honors the education, business, civic, and public leaders who keep the entrepreneurial spirit alive in our city.

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