By: Rebecca S. Jones
HOUSTON – Born and raised in Houston, to Roy and Patricia Hilliard is the intelligent, accomplished and delightful-spirited Andrea Hilliard Cooksey. Her parents were graduates of Phillis Wheatley High School in the heart of Fifth Ward, who encouraged her to obtain a valued education and to always maintain a spiritual relationship with the Almighty God.
After graduating from Jack Yates High School, Andrea determined very early in life her career path. She was adamant about her career choice and knew exactly what direction and industry she wanted to work in. She attended the University of Houston. In 1978, she started as a construction sales supervisor with Quality Homes of Texas, Inc.. While there, she developed communities on the North side of Houston, sold over 150 new homes and commercial properties which included hotels. However, that brief introduction into the industry of real estate was only a mere beginning to an exceptional career. She later received her Brokers License in 1985.
Since that time, Andrea has dedicated over 30 years of her life to the real estate industry! She has been diligent in working hard to provide equal housing opportunities in the inner city of Houston and surrounding areas. She has always had a strong commitment to community development and educating the Black community about the importance of home ownership. This is obvious in the many accolades and offices that she has held nationally, regionally and locally. Amidst Cooksey’s extensive resume is the accommodation of having served as Chaplain and Vice Chair of The National Association of Real Estate Brokers, also known as NAREB. Just this month she was elected at the national convention in Denver, Colorado to serve as Chairman of the Board of NAREB. This entitlement lists Cooksey as the highest ranking officer’s position in the nation to be held by a woman. Accordingly, she is the second woman that has had this esteemed honor since the organization was first established. The National Association of Real Estate Brokers is an organization that was formed in 1947 by African-American real estate professionals. It was established out of a need to secure the right to equal housing opportunities, regardless of race, creed or color.
Since its operation begun, it has participated in meaningful legal challenges and has supported a plethora of legislative initiatives that ensure the availability of fair and affordable housing for all Americans. Since Cooksey’s operation in the industry of real estate, she has maintained activity above her peer average, affording her with the privilege to be ranked in the 66th percentile of her peers. As a result, she has completed at least 15 transactions with an average sale price of $145K; and an impressing history of closing transactions ranging from $42K to $750K in value.
In 2007, Mrs. Andrea Hilliard Cooksey along with Eddie Parker, joined forces to form Quality Properties 360. Quality Properties 360 is a full service real estate firm that specializes in property management. The company offers: free property market reports, development consultant and project management. She has established a brokerage record within Quality Properties 360 where she serves sellers with single & multifamily properties in Houston and surrounding areas inclusive with areas such as: Pearland, Summerwood, Fall Creek, Kingwood, OST- South Union, Sunnyside, Greater Third and Fifth Wards, Clear Lake, League City, Humble, East Houston, Trinity – Houston Gardens, Eastex-Jensen, East Little York – Homestead, Ellington, Downtown and Greater Heights areas, just to list a few. To date, the company has seen much success and Cooksey & Parker are determined to continue with providing individuals with quality and affordable housing opportunities.
Amongst Cooksey’s affiliations are a variety of community and national organizations. She is the Board Chairman for United Developer’s Council (UDC). UDC is a national community-based 501(c)(3) organization that focuses on, transforming communities through partnerships with various: municipalities, local universities, community development groups, faith-based organizations, lending institutions and community development financial institutions. Additionally, she is an active member of the Acres Home Chamber for Business and Economic Development, Inc., member of Northeast Beyond 2000, Northeast Education First, Northeast Environmental Justice Association (NEEJA), Greater Houston Foreclosure Task Force and Branch Manager for NID Housing Counseling Agency a HUD Approved Organization. Cooksey is also a committed supporter of both Texas and National Realtors Political Action Committees. Her most recent accolades include, 2011 Texas Realtors “Hero Award,” and 2012 “Realtists of the Year,” awarded by the National Association of Real Estate Brokers.
Mrs. Cooksey’s approach to life is guided by the great teaching ministry of New Light Christian Center under the leadership of Dr. I.V. Hilliard. Over the years, she has subscribed to a scripture of which she has used as a guideline for her life and motivation for her accomplishments. “I can do all things through Christ which strengthened me” – Philippians 4:13. During an interview, Mrs. Andrea Hilliard Cooksey expressed that, “I have lived and had a blessed life; I have the privilege of having both of my parents Roy and Patricia Hilliard, who are still alive and live right here in the city.” She has been married to Mr. Jeffery Cooksey for 30 years and together they have a beautiful daughter, Ashley. Cooksey stated that she is proud of her daughter, Ashley who is a recent graduate of Spellman College.
Especially considering that African-Americans were not allowed to be licensed realtors before 1970; African-American News & Issues salutes Mrs. Andrea Hilliard Cooksey for the many strides that she has made over the years and would like to encourage her along her journey in the area of real estate.
Photo Credit: Rebecca S. Jones