Your Name: Desiree Patno
Business Name: Desiree Patno Enterprises, a real estate company
Type of Business: Other — Real Estate
Business Location: Irvine, California, United States
Reason for starting
I started my own brokerage so I could be in control of my own destiny and be a women business owner in real estate.
How do you define success?
Enjoying what you do and being able to provide for your family and yourself.
Starting a national association (NAWRB) with the proceeds from DPE. Being able to empower women — share my knowledge and experiences.
What is your top challenge and how have you addressed it?
Empowering women, becoming an advocate on their behalf.
Who is your most important role model?
My parents, Dolores Violet Patno and Eugene Warren Patno. My mother believed she could do anything and my parents worked endless hours to achieve her dreams. She built her own Hearst Castle with little money.