Virginia Markstein O'Hara has over 18 years of experience in client and customer service working in the nonprofit, investment management, hospitality and real estate sectors. Virginia attended college at Wheaton College in Norton, MA where she got her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. After college, she worked in both the nonprofit and financial sectors in Boston.
Virginia then moved to Washington, D.C. to pursue her MBA at The George Washington University. During her 2nd year of business school, Virginia launched her career in travel and hospitality at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC. While at The Ritz-Carlton, she worked on the Destination Club creating brand standards, mystery shop and operations reviews. Virginia also created a manager-in-training program specifically designed for The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club.
Virginia subsequently transferred to the Ritz-Carlton Spa division for which she developed and implemented Spa Strategy for Ritz-Carlton Spas by creating consistent vendor partnerships for all of the company's domestic spas. Most recently, she worked on property at The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown where she implemented corporate strategy and oversaw Front of House operations.
Virginia moved back to Birmingham in 2012 with her husband Dan, where she pursued a career at Brownell Travel, (where she also focused on advising clients and business development) before realizing her true passion for real estate. Virginia launched a new career at ARC Realty (A Relationship Company) as Director of Business Development.