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Connecting with the Community

by | Apr 24, 2017


By Chris Umpierre


When the students at Miami’s Our Pride Academy see Christina Pappas, they smile and sprint as fast as they can to give her a hug.

“Christina loves the kids and they love her,” said Tania Paredes, a chairman of the Junior League of Miami, which conducts a bi-weekly visual arts class for Our Pride Academy, a school for students with developmental disabilities. “She paints with the kids and helps them finish their canvases. It’s really great to see such a young woman take on these community leadership roles because she is the next generation. Christina has so much on her plate, and she is still able to participate in such an active way.”

Junior League of Miami and Our Pride Academy are just two of the nonprofit organizations Pappas serves in her free time from being a successful Realtor at South Florida’s largest and oldest independent firm, Coral Gables-based Keyes Co. The 2015 Chairman of the Young Professionals Network of the MIAMI Association of REALTORS ® (MIAMI), the 29-year-old Pappas said her parents taught her about the importance of community service. The Pappas family regularly helped its local church, donated clothes and volunteered at Miami-based charities throughout Christina’s childhood.

“Connecting with the community is very important to me,” Pappas said. “It’s why I got involved with the MIAMI Association of REALTORS. I don’t feel fulfilled if I don’t give back to the community. I love giving back. I’ve been given a lot of gifts in real estate, so it’s important to give back.”

In addition to Our Pride Academy, Pappas also volunteers by giving career training at a program called Inn Transition, which provides shelter for abused women and children. She also helps the Dolphins Cycling Challenge for the University of Miami’s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. Pappas raised $2,800, and her company, Keyes, brought in more than $160,000 for cancer research.

A graduate of Cornell University, Pappas also hosts college fairs throughout South Florida. She is a member of Cornell Gives Back, which hosts community projects such as Green Miami and soup kitchen nights. Pappas was named a Cornell Gives Back Winner in 2012.

Pappas’s community and social networking skills has played a key role in helping MIAMI’s YPN membership grow to 447 members in two years. MIAMI YPN, which became a MIAMI council in 2013, strives to create a strong network of collaborative and career-focused professionals determined to improve the real estate industry through networking, education and community service.

MIAMI YPN’s leaders have focused on creating peer-to-peer connections. Social functions and social media outreach helped the group grow significantly, Pappas said.

Having a strong YPN base is integral for MIAMI as more millennials --- those between 18 and 34 years old --- buy homes. Millennials are entering the peak buying period and expected to soon surpass Baby Boomers in total population, according to the National Association of Realtors. Millennials are big on technology, and the latest advances have already transformed real estate.

“Realtors used to print these big MLS books,” said Pappas, whose father Mike Pappas is president of the family-owned Keyes Co. “I asked my dad: what did you do when you were late to a showing? He couldn’t text. He had to pull over to find a pay phone.

“Realtors have seen a lot of change, but it’s still a relationship business. No matter what type of technology you have, people still want to work with who they like. Buying and selling real estate is emotional. Millennials and all consumers need a Realtor to provide that market knowledge.”


PAPPAS BIO

nName: Christina Pappas

nBoard position: 2015 Young Professionals Network Chairman

nEmployment: Assistant Sales Manager and Realtor at The Keyes Co. in Coral Gables

nCollege: Cornell University

nAchievement: 2012 Keyes Company Rookie of the Year; 2013 Women’s Council of Realtors Rising Star

nDid you know? Christina’s grandfather, Ted Pappas, served as the president of the MIAMI Association of REALTORS in 1975.

Our “Getting to Know Our Leaders” series will feature each of the 2015 Leaders of the MIAMI Association of REALTORS: Chairman of the Board John Dohm, Commercial President Barbara Tria, Residential President Christopher Zoller, Broward President Christopher Tello and Young Professionals Network Chairman Christina Pappas.

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