As her clownish alter ego, “Trouble,” Realtor® Debbie Callahan has been visiting and entertaining terminally ill patients at Daytona Beach area hospitals for many years. She also promotes and raises funds for the local Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk and works with Children’s Medical Services in her community.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Real estate professional Debbie Callahan believes clowning around is key to dealing with life’s more serious woes.
Twenty-three years ago, armed with a bottle of whiskey and a carton of cigarettes, Debbie Callahan, a broker-associate with Adams, Cameron & Co. in Daytona Beach, braved the hospital to visit a friend who was dying of cancer.Read More »
Miami Realtor Nancy Barreto Hogan (third from left, seated) gets ready for a day in the office at Avatar Real Estate Services in South Miami with her team of sales associates, Britany Nicole Barreto, far left, Deborah Preston, and Laura Barreto, right.
MIAMI – When Nancy Barreto Hogan, general manager of Avatar Real Estate Services in South Miami believes in something, stand back. In 2005, then a manager of 180 sales associates at Coldwell Banker Coral Gables, Hogan recalls she “was getting concerned about seeing so many all-cash and cash-back-at-closing contracts. I did some research and told the sales associates I wasn’t accepting them.”Read More »
Realtor Richard van Zyl climbs Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa, with David, his guide for the six days up and two days down the volcano. Van Zyl and two other climbers were escorted by two guides, a cook and 12 porters in October 2009.
Photos courtesy of Florida Realtor magazine.
SEBASTIAN, Fla. – Reaching for the heights comes naturally for Richard van Zyl, a sales associate with RE/MAX Crown Realty in Sebastian. In his real estate career, he strives for the peak of professionalism. And, he knows how to climb to the top to achieve his personal aspirations, too.Read More »
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Spend a few minutes with Tony Macaluso, president of Portside Properties in Palm Beach Gardens, and you’re ready to conquer the world. He’s that passionate about what he does and how he does it. It’s this positive energy that propelled Macaluso from part-time real estate investor to full-time business owner.Read More »
LONGWOOD, Fla. – By reaching out to elementary schools, this local Realtor® and his wife found a way to mentor and feed homeless, displaced and poverty-stricken children.
Several years ago, Mark Santolin and his wife Rhonda went on a spiritual journey. “We attended some of our church’s programs and classes, and it set our hearts on fire,” says Mark, a sales associate with EXIT Real Estate Results in Longwood. He says the couple realized that in order to make their spiritual journey mean anything, they had to take action and do something to help others.Read More »
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Every year, Elizabeth “Liz” Paul, a broker-associate with RE/MAX Realty Group in Fort Myers, visits the offices of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Southwest Florida, a cause she’s been supporting since 1992. And, each visit moves her and inspires her to do more.Read More »
BOCA RATON, Fla. – Talk to Timothy M. Kinzler, CEO and team leader of Keller Williams Realty in Boca Raton, for just a few minutes and you’re ready to conquer the world. Kinzler has a unique energy that attracts others and gets them motivated to succeed.
“People need to know how much you care before they care how much you know,” says Kinzler. “I was always taught to be professional, personal, productive and profitable with passion.”Read More »
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – About 10 years ago, Rick Macdonald was just trying to get his elementary-school-age kids to appreciate all they had when he took them to Jacksonville’s Cleveland Arms Apartments, a low-income housing project in a dangerous part of town.Read More »
NAPLES, Fla. – Sarah Hardwig recently played tennis at her summer camp – a typical camp activity, right? Not for nine-year-old Hardwig who’s been legally blind since birth. The camp Hardwig attended is for visually impaired children, the only one of its kind in Collier County. The tennis? They use a sound ball so the kids can hear it coming at them.Read More »
Sarasota Realtor Sue Wolverton follows through on her goals in business and in life. While crossing items off her “bucket list,” she has ridden an elephant, piloted a plane, gone scuba-diving, been a mascot at a University of Oklahoma football game and learned to fly an aerial ballet at the Sarasota Circus.
SARASOTA, Fla. – Her bucket list is 100 items long, but about half of the items are already crossed off: That’s because Sue Wolverton, senior vice president, Southwest region, of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate LLC in Sarasota, says if she can dream it, she can do it.Read More »