Bizzy Orr - Seizing Every Moment
By Kylea Bitoka
Photos by Joey Ambrose
If there is one thing Elizabeth “Bizzy” Orr has learned as a military spouse it's make the most of your time. “You learn to grow where you are planted. It opens your eyes to opportunity and teaches you to make the most of what is around you.”
That is exactly what Bizzy has done. She’s made the most of every opportunity as their family has moved around the United States and the world. Bizzy never expected to pursue a career in real estate or be in the top 1 percent of REALTOR®s in Tucson, however, 11 years into her career, she is still going strong with no plans of stopping. The awards and recognition for her achievements continue to add up. When you experience Bizzy’s can-do attitude, fun-loving spirit, and passion for helping people transition, it makes sense.
One of Bizzy’s first introductions to real estate was a foreclosure flip. “My husband and I have been buying and selling houses since 1999. Our first foreclosure was in Indiana; we remodeled it, then sold it. Both of us enjoyed what we could do with real estate, how we could improve homes and improve communities.” Before they got involved in buying and selling real estate, Bizzy and her husband, Jeff, were frequently on the move with his career in the Air Force. While they lived in Missouri, Mississippi and Arizona, Bizzy worked in promotions and marketing for TV stations. Then her husband got stationed at Misawa Airbase in Japan. Bizzy retired from the TV industry. “I did a lot of fun things in Japan. I worked in an art gallery, I taught English, and I volunteered. Our son, Erik, was born in Japan. It was great to be able to stay home with him.” Bizzy laughs as she shares a funny story about Erik. “For the longest time, he thought he was Asian American because he was born in Asia and he is American.”
While stationed in Misawa, Bizzy and her family savored all the sights and sounds of the area. “We were in the northern part of the main island; it’s a lot like Colorado or Oregon. There are mountains, rivers and hot springs. It’s very beautiful. We traveled a lot. We loved to go camping and skiing.” After 10 years as an active-duty pilot, Bizzy’s husband transitioned into the Air National Guard. It’s a move that allowed them to put down roots and opened the door for Bizzy’s real estate career. “When we moved to Tucson, we decided to invest more in real estate. The timing worked out for me to get my license in 2007. At first, I wasn’t sure if I would use the license. I just thought it would help us with our rentals and buying or selling different properties. But it ended up that I had this network of people that knew me and trusted me. One client at a time it turned into a career. I sort of accidentally became successful.”
In addition to becoming a licensed REALTOR®, Bizzy was a full- time mom, coordinator for her son’s swim team, and stroke and turn judge for swim competitions. Like Bizzy always does, she made the most of the opportunities that were in front of her, not missing a moment. “A lot of the swim families became clients of mine. Our family still shares a special bond over swimming. In fact, we just got back from Denver; we went to watch Erik’s last swim meet of the season. He’s on the Air Force men’s swim team.”
Jeff graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1992. Now Erik is following in his father’s footsteps – he will in graduate in 2021. It’s a proud moment for Bizzy and Jeff who both come from families with a strong tradition of military service. “I couldn’t be prouder. My dad is retired Navy. Jeff’s father is a former Army pilot. I’m really excited for Erik and the opportunities ahead of him.” It’s an Air Force tradition for the families of pilots to take a picture in front of the jet, this time both father and son were in flight suits, a truly special moment for their family.
Bizzy’s own experience in military moves has given her a passion for helping other military families relocate. “I’ve been where they are, and I can help them. It’s very rewarding.” Every year Bizzy helps many military families relocate to Tucson. Sometimes, it even reunites her with old friends. “In Japan, I worked with the wife of a military flight doctor. When he retired, they moved to Tucson, and we reconnected. I was able to help them buy a home.”
Even in their spare time, Bizzy and her family like to be active. “We love to get outside for hikes in Sabino Canyon and Tumamoc.” Whether it’s a triathlon or a CrossFit workout, Bizzy is always up for the challenge. Both Bizzy and Jeff have completed triathlons. Investing in fitness is a priority in her personal life as well as her business life. Bizzy’s real estate team shares her passion for an active, healthy lifestyle and is currently sponsoring the Tucson Tri Girls. Founded in 2003, Tucson Tri Girls is a nonprofit that provides support, training, and events for women triathletes of all levels and abilities.
For all the hard work she puts in, Bizzy also knows how to have fun. She’s found a creative outlet in modeling for a stock photography company in Tucson. The images are available for purchase and are used nationwide. Her photos have been spotted on greeting cards, ads, and gift bags in Hawaii, Illinois and Maine. “We did a '50s housewives series, and those photos have been very popular. They show up on social media all the time. One of my images was actually used by The Loft for selling popcorn. BRAVO TV even used one of my images on ‘Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen.’ You never know where they will turn up next.”
As far as the future goes, Bizzy and Jeff are getting ready for another adventure. Jeff is starting a new job as a pilot for Southwest Airlines. “Opportunity knocks; you’ve got to take advantage of the new things coming your way. As my husband starts flying, there will be more chances to travel. Being in the military, we have friends all over the States and all over the world; it’s a great opportunity to reconnect with these special people in our life. I can see in the next five years still having a great real estate team but me being more mobile.” It’s an exciting new chapter, and Bizzy is ready to seize every moment of it.