Local Broker-In-Charge Diane Boyd is excited. Her children and grandchildren are coming home for an extended visit. She and husband Alton haven’t seen them since the COVID-19 shutdown. The visit will also mark a milestone in Boyd’s career. She is officially retiring from her family-owned business which served the community’s real estate needs for 52 years.
In 1968, Diane’s father Art Gilman opened the business (thus the name, Gilman and Associates Real Estate LLC). Two years later he handed it over to wife Pat who would become the first female realtor in the county and most likely beyond.
Diane has had her license since 1984 but was a teacher and counselor when she switched places with her mother in 2004. She immediately settled in and has enjoyed every minute. “It has been amazing,” said Boyd who has forged many relationships with buyers and sellers. “So much goodness has come from it. It was meant to be.”
Throughout the years, the family was involved with many local boards such as Lake City/Kingstree Housing Authority, Williamsburg HomeTown Chamber, Architectural Review Board, Forestry Commission, Planning Commission, and the Preservation Trust Committee, to name a few.
As she prepares to retire, Gilman will finally have the time to do what she wants. She has a gorgeous yard and pool that Alton meticulously maintains but her plans to travel have been put on hold until the pandemic is over. “I don’t want to sit around and eat bon-bons all day,” she said with a grin. “Not all day.”
Gilman could take up hunting like her husband but that doesn’t seem to be a direction she’s willing to take. “That might make him miserable,” she said bursting out in laughter. “I’ve thought about that but after 44 years of marriage, I don’t think he’d like that.” Gilman believes there’s a purpose out there for her and closing the business was part of the change. “It’s bittersweet that I close the doors but I know something else is on store.”