Meet D'Ann Harper, Our Founder

D'Ann Harper and Leesa Harper Rispoli


Originally from Whitsett, Texas, D’Ann Harper grew up on a ranch with her parents and older sister branding cattle and bailing hay. After graduating from Three Rivers High School, she attended business school in San Antonio and soon married the love of her life, Herbert E. Harper Jr. Together, they raised two daughters while building one of the most successful, full-service real estate companies in Texas. Today, you can find D’Ann still running cattle at the ranch, encouraging her grandchildren and great grandchildren to achieve their best, and giving back to a community she has spent a lifetime serving. Licensed in 1978, D’Ann Harper began her real estate career with Bob Jones Realty in San Antonio, Texas. In 1986, she opened her first small brokerage, which grew steadily for the next several years. Then, in 1989, D’Ann partnered with Coldwell Banker and purchased two local offices in San Antonio with 18 Sales Agents. Through the years, the company has grown steadily and now operates with over 425 Sales Agents located in eight markets. Those include Bandera, Boerne, Fredericksburg, Kerrville, New Braunfels, San Antonio, San Marcos and Universal City. The company now services roughly 7,500 square miles of the central Texas real estate market.

Leesa Harper-Rispoli joined Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® in 2008. Leaving a successful career in school administration she joined the organization as Vice President of Property Management and Human Resources. A San Antonio native, Leesa has lived here her entire life, growing up on the family ranch raising cattle and riding horses. Prior to her time at Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®, Leesa achieved extensive training and education. She has spent the last 10 years working with D’Ann and the entire Senior Management Team to help grow the company successfully. In January 2016, Leesa was among the first graduating class of the Ascend Executive Leadership Program. This program is available exclusively to Realogy brand-affiliated brokerage owners who are in the process of grooming a successor to lead their company into the future. On the heels of her graduation, D’Ann Harper announced Leesa’s promotion to the position of President, Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® in April of 2016. D’Ann said of the promotion, “In this new role, Leesa will become one more person I have tasked to carry out my vision to continue to be the leader in our marketplace. Additionally, she will be charged with the responsibility of acquisitions for both the residential and property management divisions. As a 2nd generation Harper, who else could be more suited to ensure that my vision continues – to improve on our principles of Innovation, Trust, and Partnership.”

D’Ann is the CEO for CBHarper and remains active in the company. While the day-to-day operations are now Leesa’s responsibility as the President and Broker/Owner of CBHarper, D’Ann does remain involved in various ways and continues to inject her leadership and vision in to the company’s culture. Leesa recently spoke about points of pride as a licensed Realtor and in the as a whole company by saying, “Our training program, innovative marketing and technology tools. I truly believe we have world-class support tools and systems that help our Sales Agents compete and win every day. Also, D’Ann and I make it a point to get to know each new hire as they go through the training program. We sit down with each and every class to have lunch with them, while offering them the chance to ask us any questions about the industry, life or family. By starting that conversation and preparing them with the best tools, programs and technology support, we empower them with the strategies to succeed… what I enjoy most about this business - all the friends and folks I’ve been able to meet along the way and the memories we’ve built in the real estate world.”

About Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®: Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® is the leading residential real estate brokerage in the South Texas and San Antonio area with 9 offices and more than 425 Sales Agents serving the local communities. Everyday Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® properties are broadcast to nearly 8 million buyers on hundreds of websites in addition to 12 high-volume websites. Worldwide the Coldwell Banker network includes over 3,000 offices with nearly 92,000 Sales Agents. Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® has been part of the has been an affiliate of the Coldwell Banker Franchise System for over 30 years.

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