Tamara Ellis '95 Tyrbouslu
Certified lnternational Property Specialist
Tyrbouslu International Group
Las Vegas, NV
Majors: International Affairs and Women's Studies
Study Abroad: France
After graduating from UNH in 1995 with a dual major in International Affairs (IA) and Women’s Studies, I spent time traveling cross-country, exploring the many landscapes of the United States. Settling into the Las Vegas valley in 1998, I enjoyed meeting people from around the world as they came to Las Vegas for business and holiday. I began my study and practice of Feng Shui, taking classes in San Diego and corresponding with the Buddhist Temple in Berkeley, CA. Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese art of placement based on the environmental observations revealed in the I Ching, a book I was introduced to through my IA coursework at UNH.
In 2001, I expanded my practice to the field of real estate and soon discovered the National Association of Realtors’ designation of Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS). Much like the International Affairs program at UNH, to become a CIPS designee, an agent has to fulfill educational as well as “in the field” practical experience. An agent also must be affiliated with international professional organizations and complete an extensive application process in order to be considered. Only 1,500 realtors hold this highly-esteemed designation. I contribute monthly to Elegant Properties and Lifestyles, reporting on international market trends and emerging markets. Working through an ever-growing network of cooperating agents of the highest skill and integrity around the world, I feature luxury properties worldwide alongside the climate for foreign investment as well as the cultural context for doing business.
Still promoting women, I currently serve as secretary on the governing board for the Las Vegas Chapter of the Women’s Council of Realtors. Recently, I joined forces with Asia’s leading financial consultant, Roger Hamilton, to magnify his concept of World Wide Wealth throughout the United States, starting with Las Vegas. Through Roger’s XL Results Foundation, which is an international network of philanthropic entrepreneurs, members learn how to synergistically create more wealth in order to contribute more. XL’s 2020 Vision was inspired by the United Nations’ mission to end world poverty. The principles of XL, which stands for extraordinary lives, are also based on the ancient wisdom of the I Ching.
Often people joke that you never end up doing what you went to school for. The reality from my perspective is twofold: (1) “school” transcends our degree, it is our daily life (2) we end up being what we go to school for; in other words, what we focus our daily life on. We do not escape the story we create – be it our individual or our collective story. We must learn to learn from the stories of those who have gone before us, because we are becoming of them. If I only knew then--sitting in the IA classroom--what I know now, I would have asked more questions, better questions!
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