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Broward Events & Classes

  • JTHS-MIAMI Golf Tournament to Benefit Veterans Organization on 9/11

    Aug 10, 2017
    The Jupiter-Tequesta-Hobe Sound Council of the MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (JTHS-MIAMI) will host its 32nd annual JTHS-MIAMI Golf Tournament on Monday, Sept. 11 at the PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens. Partial proceeds will benefit the Renewal Coalition, a Jupiter-based organization that assists wounded veterans and their families.
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  • JTHS-MIAMI Realtors Collect 240 Pounds of Food for Needy Palm Beach Residents

    May 16, 2017
    The Jupiter-Tequesta-Hobe Sound Council of the MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (JTHS-MIAMI) collected 240 pounds of non-perishable food for the Palm Beach County Food Bank in April as part of the JTHS-MIAMI Leadership Academy’s “Move for Hunger” Food Drive.
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  • JTHS-MIAMI Rock the Market Attracts Top Experts, Panels

    Mar 09, 2017
    Palm Beach County real estate will continue outperforming the national average because of continued population gains, a growing economy and spectacular amenities, South Florida top brokers and real estate analysts said at the Jupiter-Tequesta-Hobe Sound Council of the MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (JTHS-MIAMI) Rock the Market conference on Feb. 28 in Jupiter.
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  • JTHS-MIAMI Realtors to Host Rock the Market in Jupiter

    Feb 27, 2017
    The Jupiter-Tequesta-Hobe Sound Council of the MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (JTHS-MIAMI) will host JTHS-MIAMI Rock the Market on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at the Wyndham Grand Jupiter at Harbourside Place. The conference is designed to equip local Realtors with the latest market information, services and trends so they can better serve their clients.
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  • Lynne Rifkin Elected 2017 JTHS President of the MIAMI Association of REALTORS

    Feb 10, 2017
    The MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI) has elected Lynne Rifkin, Broker Associate, ABR, MRP, PMN, SRES as the 2017 President of the Jupiter-Tequesta-Hobe Sound Association of Realtors (JTHS) Council. She and the entire 2017 JTHS Board of Governors were installed Dec. 2 at Frenchman’s Creek Beach & Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens.
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  • JTHS Realtors Collect More than 500 Holiday Toys for Local Children

    Jan 09, 2017
    The Jupiter Tequesta Hobe Sound (JTHS) Council of the MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI) collected more than 500 toys for local families in need this holiday season during its first JTHS Young Professionals Network Toy Drive on December 15.
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  • JTHS Realtors to Host Educational Breakfast with Palm Beach Schools Superintendent

    Jan 09, 2017
    The Jupiter Tequesta Hobe Sound (JTHS) Council of the MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI) will host a “Make a Connection” Breakfast with Palm Beach County Schools Superintendent Dr. Robert Avossa as the featured speaker on Wednesday, Jan. 18 at the Eastpointe Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens.
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  • YOUR July Minute with the JTHS President

    Jul 29, 2016
    Announcing Important Upcoming Events
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  • Jupiter Broker Patti Fitzgerald Appointed to Florida Real Estate Commission

    Mar 03, 2016
    The MIAMI Association of REALTORS® is honored to have one of its members, Patti Fitzgerald, named to the Florida Real Estate Commission, which administers and enforces real estate license law. Fitzgerald is a past president of the statewide Florida Realtors association and is currently a real estate broker associate and manager for Illustrated Properties in Hobe Sound.
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  • YOUR February Minute with the JTHS President

    Feb 18, 2016
    We are halfway through February. Time goes by so quickly. Our JTHS Leaders continue to focus on goals to maximize our Member's strengths. Our Professional staff continue to make enhancements to products and service offerings.
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  • Sue Gaieski Elected 2016 JTHS Council President of the MIAMI Association of REALTORS

    Feb 18, 2016
    The MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI) has elected Sue Gaieski, e-PRO, SFR as the 2016 President of the Jupiter-Tequesta-Hobe Sound Association of Realtors (JTHS) Council. She and the entire 2016 JTHS Board of Governors were installed Dec. 11 at Frenchman’s Creek Beach & Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens.
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From Nicaragua to Miami: A Coral Gables Realtor’s Journey to CRE Success

by | May 10, 2016


By Chris Umpierre/

MIAMI Staff

Whether it’s leaving her family, friends and everything she knew during her native Nicaragua’s civil war to study in the United States or it’s working in a male-dominated commercial real estate field, Maria Juncadella knows about beating the odds.

A successful Miami CRE practitioner, Juncadella is constantly working to help her industry attract more female leaders. Women — once viewed as unfit to sell office, retail and industrial buildings — are slowly garnering leadership positions in the industry.

Only 15 percent of women hold leadership roles in commercial real estate, according to the national Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) organization. As co-principal and co-broker at Coral Gables-based Fairchild Partners, former CREW-Miami president and 2016 MIAMI commercial president, Juncadella is working to close the gender gap. CREW-Miami runs high school and college level career programs for young women.

“We’re still in the battle of getting equal representation,” Juncadella said. “Eleven of CREW-Miami’s 25 past presidents are still actively involved. That shows you how passionate we are.”

Juncadella, who helped found Fairchild Partners with her husband in 2005, said she has never faced prejudice but she has noticed a difference in how men and women are treated. It’s subtle. Some commercial events, for instance, have featured all males as experts.

“At CREW and in the industry, we all know Fairchild Partners is a success because of Maria working with, not for, Jose,” said Margaret Nee, the vice president of development for Coconut Grove-based Sabal Hill and a past CREW-Miami president. “Maria continues to lead the industry as she continues to advocate for the best person to do the job – male or female.”

Leaving Nicaragua for a New Life

Juncadella working to close the commercial gender gap shouldn’t come as a surprise when you analyze her career arc.

Flash back to the late 1970s when Juncadella left Nicaragua at the height of the country’s civil war to study on a full scholarship at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa. The then-17-year-old Juncadella left on the same runway and day as fleeing Nicaragua President Anastasio Somoza Debayle. Somoza, who left two hours after Juncadella, was later assassinated while in exile in Paraguay.

Juncadella remembers landing in Philadelphia, taking a train to Harrisburg and a bus to Carlisle. Harrisburg was the epicenter of the infamous Three Mile Island accident, a nuclear meltdown on March 28, 1979.

“My mother said, ‘You went from Nicaragua’s civil war to a nuclear accident,’” Juncadella said. “She said to call her if my hair started to frizz. All joking aside, these were challenging times.”

After two years of studies at Dickinson, in 1981, Juncadella earned a full-ride scholarship to the University of Miami. The transfer brought her closer to her mother, who had moved to Miami.

Juncadella arrived in Miami with only a suitcase in tow. She earned a bachelor’s degree magna cum laude in 1983 from the University of Miami in anthropology and psychology. She was elected Phi Beta Kappa. Last year, Juncadella returned to UM and obtained an MBA with honors.

Juncadella’s Journey to Commercial Real Estate

Working in commercial real estate wasn’t Juncadella’s childhood dream.

“You’re not 6 years old and say I want to grow up to be a commercial real estate broker,” Juncadella said. “Typically, you’re related to somebody in the field or you’re introduced to it.”

Juncadella’s husband introduced her to the industry. With more than 30 years of commercial real estate brokerage experience and over $2.5 billion in sales and leasing volume, Jose Juncadella is one of South Florida’s top commercial real estate professionals. Recently, he was awarded the 2015 Innovator of the Year by the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR), and inducted into the Florida International University Hall of Fame.

The couple jointly founded Fairchild Partners in 2005. Maria Juncadella laughed when asked how it feels to work side by side with her husband.

“We’re both mobile,” she said. “If you’re not showing spaces, you’re not doing your job.”

Family Affair

Two of the couple’s children are in the family business. Their 29-year-old daughter, Sofia Ruzo, is Fairchild’s chief marketing officer and holds more than five years’ experience as an independent marketing consultant and brand strategist. One of their sons, 26-year-old Sebastian Juncadella, is a licensed commercial sales and leasing associate who specializes in office and industrial transactions.

Maria’s and Jose’s youngest child, 24-year-old Diego Juncadella, works in digital strategy for a company in Broward County.

The Changing CRE Mindset

Because of the work exhibited by her children and other millennials, Maria Juncadella believes commercial real estate’s longtime stereotypical views could be changing. She believes millennials, unlike previous generations, are more aware of the need to be inclusive. They believe in diversity.

Through the work exhibited by CREW Network, CREW-Miami and other organizations, Juncadella believes the number of female commercial executives will spike in the coming decade. Encouraging more women into CRE will only help the industry, Juncadella believes.

“Women bring a different skill set to the table,” Juncadella said. “We tend to be more detail oriented. Women bring adept communication and service skills to the commercial transaction.”

JUNCADELLA BIO

Name: Maria G. Juncadella

Board position: 2016 MIAMI Commercial President

Employment: Principal at Fairchild Partners

Achievements: Maria manages her firm’s day-to-day operations as co-broker and co-principal. She is a member of the brokerage team at Downtown Doral, in charge of close to one million square feet of office space. She leads the brokerage team of Kendall Summit, a 173,000 square foot office complex in addition to handling multiple other office, retail and industrial properties in the Miami area. The 2012 President of CREW-Miami. CREW-Miami’s Star Award and Outstanding Mover & Shaker winner.

Education: Received an MBA with honors from the University of Miami in December 2015. Juncadella earned a bachelor’s degree magna cum laude in 1983 from the University of Miami in anthropology and psychology. Juncadella was elected Phi Beta Kappa.

Family: She has been married to her husband, Jose, for 30 years. The couple has three children: Sofia Ruzo, 29, Sebastian Juncadella, 26, and Diego Juncadella, 24.

Did you know? Juncadella grew up in Nicaragua and Costa Rica. She left Nicaragua during the country’s civil war to study on a full scholarship at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania.

ABOUT THE PROJECT

Getting to Know MIAMI Leaders highlights the 2016 presidents and chairmen of the MIAMI Association of REALTORS®. The leaders are: Chairman of the Board Mark Sadek, Residential President Carlos Gutierrez, Commercial President Maria G. Juncadella, Broward President Donna Reid, Young Professionals Network Chairman Jorge Guerra Jr. and JTHS President Susan Gaieski.