Celebrate Diversity – Pepine Realty

Why Celebrate Diversity?

At Pepine Realty, we believe everyone contributes to the team in a different way. People are defined by their lives; their circumstances make them unique. Our Realtors have strengths molded from their past experiences. They use those strengths to aid our community, buyers, and sellers.

You’ll find that what makes our Realtors unique and brings diversity to our team also helps bind us together. We create a balanced ecosystem that highlights everyone’s best assets. We create our own community that caters to every type of customer. Learn about our team and how they define diversity. You’ll see we all have subtle differences that have allowed us to grow into the reliable local real estate company we are today.

Betsy Pepine

Diversity in my life is…

“Being exposed to different people, beliefs, activities, experiences, and things on a regular basis.”

How Diversity In My Life Influences Me

“Oddly, being an identical twin shaped my uniqueness more than anything else in my life.  As a twin, people compare you even before your arrival on this planet so when you do arrive, you inherently want to fight for your uniqueness.  I have a quote on my wall that says ‘You can go your own way.’  It’s a main motto in my life and I constantly strive to push beyond the normal, the expected.”

 


Carol Oyenarte

Diversity in my life is…

“My Hispanic husband and two adopted bi-racial grandchildren.”

How Diversity In My Life Influences Me

“I am open minded to people of all ethnicities and genders.”

Heather Damron

Diversity in my life is…

“I am an older mom in a sea of young mothers. I am 10-15 years older than most mothers in my children’s cohorts.”

How Diversity In My Life Influences Me

“Having moved so many times and having parents that lived in multiple places at once shaped my thirst for adventure but also yearning for a desire to plant roots!”

 


Chris Bien

Diversity in my life is…

“Experiencing life with an open mind, heart, and soul. Understanding what makes someone or something different and learning to tolerate, accept, and celebrate those differences.”

How Diversity In My Life Influences Me

“My parents divorced when I was young. My sister and I grew up with multiple step parents and experienced different blended families and different socioeconomic statuses. It was a very humbling experience that taught me to be independent, empathetic, and to enjoy the now.  ”

 

Bennett Harrell

Diversity in my life is…

“Having a lot of different friend groups with a variety of different likes and activities we enjoy together.”

How Diversity In My Life Influences Me

“I am unique in that I am able to get along with anyone. My college experiences shaped me in this way.”

 

 


Lisa Atkinson

Diversity in my life is…

“For me, diversity is about expressing our true authentic selves, what makes us different and unique, and celebrating those differences. Diversity gives me an opportunity to learn new things and experience other people more holistically.”

How Diversity In My Life Influences Me

“Over the past 18 years I have assisted people with developmental disabilities, particularly children, to live their most healthy and productive lives. Talk about diversity – every race, creed, ethnic and socio-economic background. Helping parents with their challenging children has given me a real sense of just how dependent and connected we really are no matter how diverse our backgrounds. Children are children, and parenting is a joyous challenge no matter who we are.

 

Jen Figueroa

Diversity in my life is…

“Diversity in my life comes in many forms. I cherish that I have so many people in my life with different backgrounds, opinions, abilities, and talents. Diversity enriches me and ensures that I can continue to consider all perspectives and maintain an open mind and accepting heart.”

How Diversity In My Life Influences Me

“My most important life experience has been having a family and spouse who I admire as people. I was a collegiate rower and continue to compete at age 40. I caught the athlete bug at age 5 and staying fit provides a good health to me that allows me to work hard professionally. I just changed careers after 15 years of teaching high school science. Teaching had a positive impact on my life, and I have become quite good at dealing with all kinds of personalities while staying calm and positive.”

 

Peter Min

Diversity in my life is…

“The experience of various cultures, lifestyles and passions.”

How Diversity In My Life Influences Me

“My uniqueness come from my experiences through my Korean/Korean-American culture and my faith. Ultimately I find my identity in Christ and God’s love for me. Yet, I am also very thankful for my experiences of being raised by first generation Korean immigrants. Through this I have had a wide variety of cultural exposures from being Korean while born and raised in the US.”

Jenny Highlander

Diversity in my life is…

“Differences not only in skin color, but in personality, lifestyle and how we choose to live our lives. I like to surround myself with all kinds of people – married couples in a similar life stage are important to helping me cope with my current day to day but I like being around all ages and types of people to keep life interesting.”

How Diversity In My Life Influences Me

“Being a working mom has definitely shaped me – I spent 15 years in the corporate world balancing a successful career and being a mom of two small children. Ultimately I ended up leaving and moving into real estate to find the freedom I needed to raise my kids and have a meaningful career that I enjoyed.”

 


Jennifer Hay

Diversity in my life is…

“Finding and appreciating the differences in others.”

How Diversity In My Life Influences Me

“Growing up in Colorado and living in 5 states before settling in Florida exposed me to a lot of great and wonderful experiences in life. Also owning my own business for 20 years and practicing Real Estate for 9 has led me to meet and learn people from all over the world.”


Eric Ascher

Diversity in my life is…

“Background, upbringing, values, and life experiences that are unique to each person.”

How Diversity In My Life Influences Me

“Although I am not very religious, being Jewish is an important part of my identity.”

 


 

Jeff Johnson

Diversity in my life is…

“Diversity is having a variety of ethnicities, backgrounds, and experiences.”

How Diversity In My Life Influences Me

“Growing up on a farm in the Midwest instilled a self-reliance and a dedication to honoring commitments.”

 
 

 


Mustafa Lakadawala

Diversity in my life is…

“I think diversity is the difference in the ways people choose to live their life. This goes for everything from what they eat or do for a living, to the way they talk or act. Everyone has their own path in life and their past experiences will shape the perspective by which they chose to live it.”

How Diversity In My Life Influences Me

“I think my energy and passion for what I do makes me unique. From the time I was born, I have always stood out. With a name like Mustafa Lakadawala, it’s pretty hard not to! I also spent a lot of summers in my childhood traveling the globe. Traveling showed me how different the culture of each country is. It taught me that there is no single correct way to live and helped me embrace living life in my own unique way however I saw fit.”

 


Eric Warm

Diversity in my life is…

“Looking at many different perspectives and integrating with a diverse group of people.”

How Diversity In My Life Influences Me

“Looking at many different perspectives and integrating with a diverse group of people.”

Chirayu (Chip) Patel

 Diversity in my life is…

“Diversity can be in approaches to deal with situations.”

How Diversity In My Life Influences Me

“I am unique as a result of personal setbacks in past.”

 

 



Ellen Casile Kostewicz

Diversity in my life is…

“Having something unique and different about yourself to offer and share and at the same time being receptive to listen to and understand about another person’s uniqueness.”

How Diversity In My Life Influences Me

“I like to say that I am original… that it is hard to find someone else like me, not just because of who I am but of what I’ve done. I strive to always be different from others so that I am able to bring them a unique experience and they can learn something from me.  The three times I moved in my life have been big moves where weather, culture and languages were extremely different.  I understand about the need to adapt, fit in and find community.  These experiences are why I am an active member of society and a founding ‘mother’ of community groups– while in college, in a prior work position, and philanthropic in the non-profit sector.   I strive to be inclusive and try to bridge communities through different engagement opportunities.  I love the challenge of figuring out how to bring people together.”

 


Paul Curlings

Diversity in my life is…

“Diversity to me means being different than the person next to you. It could be race, lifestyle, backgrounds, and more.”

How Diversity In My Life Influences Me

“Moving constantly at a young age and living in different social classes has provided me the tools to connect with people on all levels. This has not only helped me in my personal life, but it has helped my real estate career be very successful. Having a strong work ethic and the ability to understand people, I am able to tailor my services to every individual and their specific needs.”

 


Katie Dale

Diversity in my life is…

“Diversity is an assortment of characteristics that contribute to the identity of an individual person or a community such as; ethnicity, culture, religion, age, education, etc.”

How Diversity In My Life Influences Me

“My mom was in a very unhealthy marriage for several years. She ended that relationship and completely turned her life around in order to support 3 children. This experience influenced me greatly and has allowed me to recognize that you create your own destiny and you can change the course of your life at any time. Self-awareness has always been something that is very important to me. I strive to recognize my mistakes and grow/learn from them.”

Gabe Oleksy

Diversity in my life is…

“Different experiences and different perspectives gained from learning about other people and other ways of life.”

How Diversity In My Life Influences Me

“I believe traveling has had a big impact on my life through seeing the way other people live from an early age and understanding that there are vastly different cultures all over the world.”

 


Mark Gajda

Diversity in my life is…

“I believe that diversity in my life is defined as the ultimate acceptance and respect/understanding that each individual is unique and recognizing that we all have our individual differences.  These differences can be that of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, politics, etc.  It is my everyday goal to strive to understand and learn about all my neighbors and friends by embracing and celebrating their origins, cultures and ideologies.”

How Diversity In My Life Influences Me

“My background and life experiences have made me unique and shaped me into the person I am today.  My desire to run long, long distances at any given time and life mission to help find a cure for blood related cancers make me indeed unique.  What normal person likes to run for hours on end and put their body through rigorous training and think that is considered fun?  The passing of my dad and aunt fueled my fire. I now run for life.  I run for them and for all of those who are going through similar trials and tribulations.  I run and therefore am unique and am proud of it.”

Kim Horner

Diversity in my life is…

“To me, diversity is people of different backgrounds working together for a common goal.”

How Diversity In My Life Influences Me

“My experience of living on my own since I was 17, learning to work hard to survive, has shaped my life.”


Kay Hoang

Diversity in my life is…

“I define diversity in my life as the appreciation of uniqueness of different background, religion, ethnicity, or paths of life.”

How Diversity In My Life Influences Me

“Growing up in a bi-cultural family certainly makes me unique and shaped who I am today.  My decisions are mostly influenced by my diverse backgrounds. It has given me a foundation for my strong work ethic, perseverance, and open mindset.”

 

Lynn Hughes

Diversity in my life is…

“Investing in all people.”

How Diversity In My Life Influences Me

“My age as I enter the business allows me to look at helping people with a different perspective. I am from a large family, self-made, and adopted so I understand a lot of living situations.”


Jill Schmitt

Diversity in my life is…

“Combining family dynamics and building strong trusting relationships.”

How Diversity In My Life Influences Me

“I am loyal to an extreme. My divorce gave me more self-esteem and the independence I needed in my life. It also showed my kids that Mom is strong and can be relied upon when needed. Life is about being calm and working through situations that come in front of us. Family first!”

Erin Gregoire

Diversity in my life is…

“Respecting other peoples perspectives, experiences, and decisions, whether they are similar to my own or not.”

How Diversity In My Life Influences Me

“I don’t think that I am particularly unique. Some life experiences that have changed who I am include playing team sports, my parents’ divorce, working in the customer service industry, living with people that are not my family, traveling to other countries, and reading a lot of books.”


 


 


Lindsay Woodward

Diversity in my life is…

“People with different backgrounds and different life experiences.”

How Diversity In My Life Influences Me

“Where I grew up and who I grew up with. Being an athlete. Making Olympics trials. Becoming  a professional athlete. Going to UF. Meeting and marrying my husband. Owning my own business with my husband.”

Now that you know a little bit more about our Realtors, call us at 352-226-8474 to learn how our diverse and talented team can help you with your real estate needs.

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