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Live by the Golden Rule
by Garrett Valenzuela
Oct 31, 2012 | 4152 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by Garrett Valenzuela - Former Nevada women's basketball coach Ada Gee thrives in new business
Tribune photo by Garrett Valenzuela - Former Nevada women's basketball coach Ada Gee thrives in new business
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SPARKS — Ada Gee summed up her transition from coaching collegiate women's basketball to becoming a realtor in Sparks and Reno as being "truly blessed."

The passion she felt as she helped develop young female athletes is the same dedication she strives for in the real estate business. For Gee, being out in the community and interacting with people becomes an even trade.

"I have been truly blessed to have two careers that I really love and really have a passion for," Gee said. "I have a real passion for helping people and, in turn, I try to learn as much as I can from other people."

Gee was the head coach for the University of Nevada, Reno women's basketball team from 1993 to 2003 after spending 10 prior years at universities such as Vanderbilt and University of Southern California as an assistant coach. Gee recorded more than 100 wins with the Wolf Pack and said the university's inviting atmosphere made it an easy place to stay.

"I really always felt there was tremendous synergy on campus. It was a wonderful place to be for 10 years," she said. "I felt the administrators were very supportive of what we were doing in athletics, and vice-versa. I loved knowing that a student-athlete was going to have an opportunity to have a wonderful education."

In the spring of 2003, Gee retired as head coach and began contemplating whether to remain involved in the sport she had been a part of for more than 20 years. She said offers to stay on as an assistant or commentator, but she had other ideas.

"After coaching I wasn't really sure what I wanted to do," Gee said. "I decided if I was going to use this opportunity to transition, I was going to transition into something new. I have always been a person who really believes in serving people, particularly in serving people the way I like to be served. I really like to make a difference in people's lives in a positive way."

By the time October rolled around, Gee had acquired her real estate license and eventually her broker license. She is now living in Sparks with her husband Jim deProsse and is a realtor at Ferrari-Lund Real Estate, a career which has given her an opportunity to meet new people within the community.

"Once I got into (real estate), I was really blessed because I was fortunate to know a lot of people in the community, and I feel that people trust me and know I have a high level of integrity and that had boded very well for me in my business," Gee said.

Gee said being a realtor allows her flexibility in a "24-7 job." Being a mother of two married children and one seventh grade child, she said much of her free time is put into her family. Attending events in Sparks and Reno, for charity and for pleasure, are family outings that can always be found on her schedule.

"I think Sparks has some of the premier events and Reno has fabulous events as well. From the Balloon Races to the Rib Cook-Off to the Italian Festival, we try to really take advantage of those and really enjoy them," she said adding that being involved at UNR encouraged her to attend charity events as well. "At UNR there were a lot of events I attended and I think the university has a tremendous number of events that are really important. I think now with Marc Johnson as president, he is trying to emphasize building a wonderful camaraderie with the community."

Since moving to Sparks from southwest Reno in 1998, Gee said she has enjoyed being involved in and getting to know the Rail City community. She feels the attitude toward Sparks has changed significantly than when she moved to Nevada.

"I love Sparks. Sparks truly has some memorable events and a great sense of community," she said. "I think people in Reno sometimes have a misconception about people in Sparks sometimes, not so much as when I first moved here, but I think it is a wonderful place to live. I think we have got a lot to offer."

Gee is now fully invested in her real estate business and continues to provide community support to the region. She said she deals with people from Sparks and Reno and operates under the same principles her mother taught her years ago.

"My philosophy, which goes back to my mother, is to live by the Golden Rule. I want to treat others how I want to be treated and I have a very service-driven mind in my work," Gee said, "And I think that is what motivates me and what I try to instill in my clients, my family and everybody I meet."

Favorites:

- Food: Rouladen, Spatzle and Blaukraut

- Book: Grapes of Wrath

- Pro Sports team: Denver Broncos

- Movie: Chariots of Fire

- Hobby: Traveling, skiing

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