written by takara swoopes
Huntsville, Alabama has always been a city of innovation. From its rich history in aerospace engineering to its most recent reign as the “Best Place to Live in the U.S” in 2022, Huntsville continues to stand out in the state of Alabama. In the midst of this rapid city growth and development, one woman has taken it upon herself to shine a light on Huntsville’s rapidly growing community of African-American real estate professionals and to empower her community through homeownership.
Lindsay Pruitt, Owner/Broker of 5 Star Real Estate, and the visionary behind Boss Brokers, a collaborative community of Huntsville-based African-American Owner/Brokers, is making waves in the industry and inspiring others to dream big.
Born and raised in Gadsden, Alabama, Lindsay has called Huntsville home for the past 16 years. As a mother and a determined entrepreneur, she understands the power of community support. “Growing up in a small town taught me how powerful community is. It also taught me how difficult it can be to progress without the right guidance and access to resources. So, I learned to think outside of the box, connect with my community, and to always reach back and pull others forward,” Pruitt shares.
This mindset has been the driving force behind her journey in the Huntsville real estate market. It was also the impetus for showcasing the progress of African-American real estate professionals in the greater Huntsville real estate market.
the inspiration behind boss brokers
Motivated by a lack of representation in the real estate industry, Pruitt assembled a cast of successful African-American real estate owners and brokers for an unforgettable photo located at Burritt on the Mountain. This momentous photoshoot brought together Broker/Owners who shared a common goal: promoting homeownership, building generational wealth, and empowering communities in North Alabama that were traditionally restricted to homeownership in certain areas (also known as redlining).
The moment was captured in May of 2022 by photographer and Huntsville Magazine photo editor, Dokk Savage, and was the perfect moment of celebration for Juneteenth.
Boss Brokers, a Collaborative Group in Huntsville, Alabama. Pictured from left to right, participants include:
- Harriet Jones: Civil Choice Realty
- Pamela Bass: Virtuous Realty
- Vanessa Blackwell: One Key Realty
- Regina Mitchell White: Regina Mitchell Real Estate
- Chris Fletcher: Welcome Home Realty HSV
- Lindsay Pruitt: 5 Star Real Estate
- Amanda Otieno: Design Realty Solutions
- Kelvin Kel Mitchell: Next Home Kel Mitchell
- Jessica Dudley : Design Realty Solutions
- Sharita Whitehead: Whitehead Realty
The impact of this moment of unity was profound. Pruitt witnessed the willingness, excitement, and support from each participant, which only deepened her passion for her purpose.
“Our coming together was wonderful and it served as a reminder that there is still a lot of work to be done in our communities,” explains Pruitt.
Longtime Madison, Alabama resident and broker, Dr. Christopher Fletcher of Welcome Home Realty Huntsville shares, “My initial reaction to the concept was ‘Wow, I’m honored to be contacted.’ I thought it was an excellent idea to showcase some of the top African-American brokers within the great city of Huntsville.”
“It’s important to show our community different ways of being successful, with the hopes of inspiring others to join this wonderful profession in real estate.”
Amanda Otieno, Broker/Owner of Design Realty Solutions explains, “When Lindsay approached me with the idea to collaborate with likeminded individuals and business owners in the community I was excited. I don’t underestimate the power of representation and being a part of a project that would showcase black and brown entrepreneurial excellence was an immediate yes for me.”
“It’s so bigger than the pretty picture or scripted video, it’s an opportunity for the next generation to see themselves, and be affirmed that they can break barriers and do hard things. I was honored and humbled to be part of this moment in time.”
what’s next for boss brokers
Looking to the future, Pruitt hopes to make an annual capture of African-American real estate success through the Boss Broker collaboration. By doing so, she hopes to inspire, encourage, and demonstrate that anything is possible for aspiring entrepreneurs. She believes that success can become a reality, regardless of one’s background.
With a strong sense of pride in her cultural heritage and a passion for promoting and supporting change, Pruitt invites readers to join her on her mission to create as many homeowners as possible.
In the vibrant city of Huntsville, Pruitt stands as a beacon of inspiration, breaking barriers and creating opportunities for her community. Her dedication to empowering individuals through homeownership is inspiring. With Boss Brokers, Pruitt is not only capturing excellence, but she’s also igniting a fire within the hearts of those who dare to dream.
Her message is clear, “With God, faith, and the unwavering support of a united community, anything is possible.”