Name: Martie Dewbre Hiner
Job: Sales Consultant at Portales Homes Supercenter
Age (and birth date): 43 (Feb. 18, 1961).
Hometown: Portales, raised in Morton, Texas.
Family: Husband, Eddy Hiner; Children, Matt Turney (23), Chance Turney (20), Lindsey Turney (20).
What do you think of Portales?
“I love living in Portales. The people in Portales are great. Portales has offered me a good living; two of my children attend college here. My best friend is my sister, Mickie Williams, who lives here and I met my husband here.”
What is your idea of a perfect day?
“My idea of a perfect day is warm day with no wind riding my motorcycle. It makes me kind of laugh inside. My kids could not believe that an old lady would get a motorcycle and start learning to ride it at 43 years old. I wish I had done it years ago!”
What is you fondest memory of Portales?
“My fondest memory involves my job at Portales Homes Supercenter. In 2003 Fleetwood Homes awarded me the No. 1 retail salesperson for the entire state of New Mexico. It was very exciting.”
What do you envision your life being in 10 years?
“I hope by the time I am 53 I have touched a few lives. Most of all I look forward to grandchildren.”
What is your greatest fear?
“Losing more loved ones.”
What is you greatest hope?
“There will be a cure for cancer. I have lost several family members to this disease.”
What is your favorite smell?
“Hazelnut coffee, Yankee candles and rain.”
What would you like printed on your gravestone?
“I would like to have my maiden name included because I am very proud of my family along with mom. Being a mother is the greatest gift God has given me.”
What is your favorite taste?
“Anything my sister cooks. She is a great cook! As for myself, I have the ‘Martha Who?’ sign in my kitchen. I have told her for years that when we are old and gray, we will move near a major hospital; and if she will cook I will clean house and mow the lawn.”
What do you like best about your job?
“Scott and Jane Christensen are great people to work for. I look forward to going to work everyday. It is so exciting when you sell someone their very first home. You make a lot of new friends in this business.”
Tell us about your parents:
“My wonderful parents, James and Marilyn Dewbre live in Morton, Texas. My dad is a retired banker and Marilyn is a retired art teacher.”
If you could do one thing and money were no object what would you do?
“I would take my sister to Paris, where she was born. She has always wanted to see her birthplace. I would love to give that gift to her.”
Who is your hero and why?
My dad is my hero. After the death of mine and Mickie’s mother in 1961, I was a newborn and Mickie was too. My dad (with the help of Granny and Papa) raised us and gave us an extremely good life. He was involved in everything we did.
Who or what in Portales has made an impression on you?
Ken Bedinger — I have been attending a class taught by Dr. Bedinger; he is one of the most knowledgeable, kind and patient men I have ever met.”
Do you have a mentor?
“My mentor is nine years younger than me. His name is Jody Bailey and he is my boss at Portales Homes. In 2000, he offered me a job selling manufactured homes. I held a position in banking for 13 years and I did not have a clue about the manufactured home business. With great patience this man has filled me with so much knowledge in sales. You would be very surprised how far knowing your product combined with honesty will get you.”