Arlene Kirkland is a native New Yorker but has lived more than half her life as a Texan. Although she may still love New York sports teams, her soul is deep in the heart of Texas.
Before joining the Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty team, Arlene was the manager of marketing and branding for a local senior living community, where she developed collateral, videos, digital content and ads to support multiple lines of business. Arlene’s calling has always been to work with the elderly and that led to her career at the senior living community. One of her favorite quotes is from a resident who when asked how he was, replied, “Well, I am glad to be on this side of the dirt today!” She feels that senior citizens live life to the fullest and are a great wealth of knowledge.
Arlene and husband raised their four boys in Dallas. One has graduated from The University of Texas at Austin and now lives in New York City. Their sons have gone to both public and private schools in the area and she has a deep knowledge of the pros and cons for each. Supporting her children and the schools they attend has always been paramount for Arlene. She has held various roles at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School (President of STA Mother’s Association, Parents Association Board, Carnival Committee Chair, Auction Committee Chair) and Mockingbird Elementary (Auction Chair, PTA Board member and Yearbook Editor). Her greatest volunteer accomplishment was raising $1 Million for the Jesuit College Preparatory School auction. Other notable positions held at Jesuit CP are Parents Executive Board, Jesuit Woman’s Auxiliary Board as Historian, Social Chair, Christmas Bazaar Chair, Raffle Chair and member of Mom’s in Prayer.
Arlene loves playing tennis, going to her kids sporting events, and cooking. Arlene had a catering company for several years and believes the real joy in cooking comes from cooking for others. Arlene claims, “The biggest compliment I can ever get is an empty plate!”