Barbara O'Rourke joined Allen Tate Family of Companies as Regional Director of Professional Development with their expansion into the Triangle Region in February 2007. As a seasoned recruiting professional, Barbara utilizes her experience to attract and retain top talent to Allen Tate.
Her work in professional development began during her career in the men's apparel industry, where she helped top-tier companies such as; Liz Claiborne, The Arrow Shirt Company and Hathaway Industries manage executive placement and strategic planning and development. Her firm, Sayar-O'Rourke & Associates, was headquartered in New York.
Barbara's real estate focus began when she joined York Simpson Underwood Realty and served as Vice President of Career Development for over seven years. There she recruited, developed and trained new agents. She also served as the Director of the their School of Real Estate.
Active in the community, Barbara served on the selection committee for the Triangle Business Journals "40 under 40" Leadership Award. In addition, Barbara is a certified coach of the Ninja Selling and Coaching Program, a national real estate training program based on providing exceptional customer service while maintaining work-life balance.
A native New Yorker, Barbara moved to the Triangle in 1994 with her family. Outside the office Barbara's passions include entertaining, reading and cooking for her friends and family.