McConnaughay spotlights every day hero, Diane Anderson of Baird & Warner Real Estate
This week, Senator McConnaughay spotlights Diane Anderson, top-selling realtor at Baird & Warner and longtime active resident of Batavia.
For over 25 years, Anderson and her husband owned and worked at DIMARK INC, their construction company that builds, buys and flips properties, owns rental properties and offers high-end remodeling. After DIMARK and raising her family for 21 years, she decided to pursue her real estate career full-time, joining the team at Baird & Warner in 2009.
In just four short years, she rose to the title of number four top-selling realtor in the St. Charles office; and by 2015, she reached number one selling agent in the City of Batavia. While she draws from her construction experience often, she also attributes much of her success to her volunteer experience in community organizations and charities.
She has belonged to several organizations, her longest term being the Batavia Mothers’ Club, where she spent six years and worked her way up to President. The organization was especially fulfilling to Anderson because each dollar it raises is given to a deserving charity in Batavia—often one focused on children’s needs. In her time in the organization, she sat on the Ways and Means Committee and oversaw events including coat drives, dinner dances and craft shows.
Additionally, Anderson has used her gifts to organize several impactful local fundraisers including a rummage sale that raised $5,000 for CHIP IN Batavia and a large fashion show that raised nearly $16,000 for the Batavia Elderday Center. As a businesswoman and a member of female organizations, she believes in the importance of female involvement in the community and in leadership roles.
“There are so many strong women that have so much to give back, especially after our kids are raised,” said Anderson. “I’ve found through my experiences that women here really have a pulse for what’s going on with families and other people, and we should use that to better our community.”
Amidst her hard work in real estate and dedicated community service, she has faced severe challenges in her health. In 2016, Anderson was diagnosed with breast cancer and had to undergo chemotherapy. While in treatment, she continued to volunteer her time to the Batavia Elderday Center fundraiser, and was able to defeat the disease and receive a cancer-free diagnosis in December.
“Even aside from the incredible philanthropy Diane shows on a regular basis, her perseverance and talents are inspiring,” said McConnaughay. “Diane is at the top of her field, and she is dedicated to make Batavia a better place for those who need it most—and not even breast cancer could deter her. That’s character that should be celebrated.”
Prior to her own diagnosis, Anderson was already actively involved in breast cancer awareness campaigns in support of loved ones. She co-founded an annual event, Batavia Bunco for Breast Cancer, a game-style fundraiser to benefit breast cancer research—which had drawn as many as 300 attendees. She was also a top sponsor for a friend’s charity, Fox Valley Food for Health, which helps cancer patients access healthy food while being treated for chemotherapy.
“When I started Bunco for Breast Cancer, I had no idea about my diagnosis,” said Anderson. “It seems like it all came full circle—like that time I spent with Bunco and Food for Health came back to save my life too.”
Senator McConnaughay thanks Anderson for her being a role model for all women in business and in the community, and for her tremendous contributions to Batavia residents in need.