Mark Gajda

Biography:

I was born and raised in Queens, NY and then moved to Titusville, FL, when my dad was called on to fulfill one of his dreams by working for NASA. After I completed high school, I moved to Gainesville to further my education at the University of Florida. I earned my Bachelors of Science degree in Journalism with a business minor and my Master's of Arts degree in Mass Communications with a specialization in Public Relations. After graduating from UF, I moved to Orlando, FL and began working for US Airways Vacations as the Internet Marketing Manager. I liked the Orlando area and my job, but my love for North Florida and the Gainesville community brought me back after being away for a few years. I moved back to Gainesville and began working for the University of Florida Athletic Association and spent the next 16 years there working in several roles, most recently overseeing all ticket sales and operations for athletic events. I enjoyed every day of my professional career at the UAA and working there has not only taught me how to effectively help customers with their questions, but has also taught me how to work with a high level of integrity, honesty and passion. After the birth of my daughter and working countless hours around the clock in athletics, life took on a new perspective and I decided to tap into another love of mine and obtain my real estate license. I have been involved in investing since a young age and I have spent my entire career in customer service, marketing, and sales roles, so combining these things in my life was apparent to me. I know the level of commitment it takes to work hard to make the customer's experience special and this is why I love working every day at Pepine Realty. My wife and best friend, Lauren, works as the Marketing Coordinator of Pediatrics for UF Health, and we have one energetic and beautiful daughter, Allie, who keeps us on our toes each and every day. My family and I love to travel, spend time with family and friends, and support our favorite sports teams. I am active in our community, having served as a Board Member and Chairman of the Board for the North Central Florida American Red Cross, as well as devoting my time to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Team in Training. I am an avid runner, having completed ten marathons, I love the outdoors, and more than anything. I wake up every day hoping to make some kind of positive impact in this world. My parents raised me to believe that we should always strive to help, care for, and treat people with the utmost respect, just as we expect to be treated. I have now lived in Gainesville for over 20 years and have great knowledge of the area. I look forward to meeting you and making your real estate experience as seamless and enjoyable as possible.