Agent Spotlight MEET CYNTHIA PRESS Resilience, Determination, and a Commitment to Helping Others When I arrived in the Washington, DC, area in 2008, I started over. After serving as the sales and marketing director for several large-scale luxury developments in Florida, I knew that it would be an uphill climb to begin again without knowing anyone in this competitive market. However, with my two-year-old daughter in tow, I moved to Potomac, Maryland; brushed myself off; and created a plan. While my career in real estate had been successful for 15 years, my experience was solely working in real estate development. I lacked connections in DC, and many of my Florida developer friends had gone bankrupt. General real estate was my only option. But working in an office was not for me. I’m best when roaming. I was determined to make a life for us that included a strong commitment to helping others. Since making Potomac my home, I have learned some valuable lessons about the human spirit and what we are made of. The result of which is who I am today: the broker/owner of Irongate Realty in DC, Maryland, Virginia, and Florida (with affiliate agents in New York). HELPING OTHERS
While assisting a client in Tampa last spring, I removed hundreds of boxes of clothing, shoes, and other household items from a house of a hoarder. With the help of a friend, we located a family shelter and delivered the boxes, which the residents and staff received joyously. We spoke with the residents at the shelter, and it was clear that we were making a difference in these people’s lives. The response healed me and resonated so much that I searched out a similar shelter in Rockville. After touring Stepping Stones Shelter, I worked with the director to make a short-term plan for my involvement. I quickly stepped up my role and joined the board of directors. The relationship is very meaningful to my life, as I walked very closely to being in that position following the market crash during 2006–2008. It’s why I am living here and why I’ve worked so hard to build myself. Any amount of assistance and hope that I can provide helps me heal. Having a meaningful connection to a community increases our lives in every way. I’ve tried to find charities and causes that are deeply connected to my core values and experiences. I want to give back to those who shaped me. FOR MORE INFORMATION on Stepping Stones Shelter, please visit their website at http://steppingstonesshelter.org/ or email email@example.com.
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28 CAPITAL AREA REALTOR ® — Spring 2019
This issue features women in real estate and highlights from the GCAAR Recognition Awards.