Meet D'Ann Harper, Our Founder

D'Ann Harper and Leesa Harper Rispoli


Born in Whitsett, Texas, D’Ann Harper spent her early years on a ranch, where she and her family branded cattle and harvested hay. After graduating from Three Rivers High School, she pursued business studies in San Antonio, where she met and married her life partner, Herbert E. Harper Jr. Together, they nurtured their two daughters while simultaneously establishing one of Texas's most thriving and comprehensive real estate enterprises. Even today, D’Ann remains actively engaged in cattle ranching, motivating her grandchildren and great-grandchildren to strive for excellence, and giving back to the community she has dedicated her lifetime to serving.

D’Ann Harper embarked on her real estate journey in 1978 when she commenced her career with Bob Jones Realty in San Antonio, Texas. In 1986, she took the bold step of opening her first modest brokerage, which steadily expanded over the following years. In 1989, D’Ann forged a partnership with Coldwell Banker, acquiring two local offices in San Antonio, which housed 18 Sales Agents. Over time, the company flourished and currently boasts more than 550 Sales Agents operating across multiple markets, including Bandera, Boerne, Fredericksburg, Kerrville, Laredo, New Braunfels, San Antonio, San Marcos, Spring Branch, and Victoria.

Leesa Harper-Rispoli, a native of San Antonio, transitioned to Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS in 2008 after a prosperous career in school administration. Joining the organization as Vice President of Property Management and Human Resources, Leesa's roots were deeply embedded in ranch life, where she raised cattle and rode horses. Before her tenure at Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS, Leesa dedicated herself to extensive training and education. Over the past decade, she collaborated closely with D’Ann and the Senior Management Team to contribute to the company's successful growth. In January 2016, Leesa became part of the inaugural graduating class of the Ascend Executive Leadership Program, an exclusive initiative available to Realogy brand-affiliated brokerage owners preparing successors to lead their companies into the future. Following her graduation, D’Ann Harper announced Leesa's promotion to the role of President at Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS in April 2016. D’Ann expressed, "In this new capacity, Leesa will join the ranks of individuals entrusted with executing my vision to maintain our leadership in the marketplace. Moreover, she will oversee acquisitions for both the residential and property management divisions. As a second-generation Harper, who better to ensure the continued realization of my vision—to enhance our core values of Innovation, Trust, and Partnership."

While D’Ann remains the CEO of Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS, she actively participates in the company's activities. Leesa now shoulders the day-to-day operations as President and Broker/Owner of Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS, with D’Ann contributing her leadership and visionary insights to the company's culture in various capacities. Leesa recently highlighted points of pride in her role as a licensed REALTOR and in the company as a whole, stating, "Our training program, innovative marketing strategies, and cutting-edge technology tools are sources of immense pride. I genuinely believe we offer world-class resources and systems that empower our Sales Agents to compete and excel daily. Furthermore, D’Ann and I make it a priority to personally connect with every new hire during their training. We sit down with each class, sharing a meal and offering them the opportunity to ask us anything about the industry, life, or family. By initiating these conversations and equipping them with the best tools, programs, and technology available, we arm them with the strategies for success... what I cherish most about this profession are the friends and individuals I've encountered along the way and the lasting memories we've created in the realm of real estate."

About Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS

Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS stands as the preeminent residential real estate brokerage in Central and South Texas, boasting a formidable presence with multiple strategically located offices and a dedicated team of over 550 Sales Agents committed to serving their local communities. Each day, Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS showcases its impressive portfolio of properties to a vast audience, reaching nearly 8 million prospective buyers through an extensive network of hundreds of websites, including 12 high-traffic platforms.

This esteemed real estate firm is part of the larger Coldwell Banker network, which spans the globe with over 3,000 offices and nearly 100,000 Sales Agents. A testament to its enduring success, Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS has maintained a fruitful affiliation with the Coldwell Banker Franchise System for nearly four decades.

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