2013 North Florida Region Cultural Ambassadors…
Each year, Market Centers are asked to submit their nomination for Cultural Ambassador to the Region. Two candidates are then selected to represent each Region at the upcoming Cultural Summit held at the next Family Reunion. For 2013, the North Florida Region has selected two from among many outstanding candidates to represent our Region at the 2013 Cultural Summit – Jean Pressley Whittaker of the Englewood Market Center and Debbie Irons of the Orlando Lake Nona Market Center.
The criteria for Cultural Ambassador is:
- The associate is not necessarily a Mega Associate, but is a producing Associate.
- The candidate is NOT a TL, OP, or staff member.
- The candidate is focused on “Inside Culture” as it relates to a candidate’s behavior inside the market center and the KW Family!
- “Inside Culture” is the most important aspect of Culture to consider!
- The candidate demonstrates Culture daily among the KW Family.
- The candidate lives the Culture in business transactions and with the team.
M/C Name: ENGLEWOOD MARKET CENTER
Submitted for Year: 2013
Submitted By: Debbie Lattuga, TL
Jean Pressley Whittaker is an icon in our office and a long-time member of our local ALC and Core Group.
I started with Keller Williams in April of this year. At our first ALC meeting, I asked what everyone’s “Big Why” was. Her teary response was, “So I can spend more time with my husband”. Her husband had been diagnosed with terminal cancer.
Since that time Jean has juggled her personal and business life. Keller Williams means so much to both of them.
In between doctor appointments she would run in and teach a class, grab a bite and be off again. Jean is always willing to attend a Market Center or KWRI meeting locally, nationally or internationally. In addition, she professionally assists every client, as if they were the ONLY client.
While her husband’s health was slowly declining, they were both active in “Red Day”. Our office participates in something our OP started called “Operation Giveback”. For three month our office separated into teams, and had fundraisers for multiple charities. The team Jean was on raised money to assist the local veterans bring the Vietnam Wall to our town, which arrives at the end of this month. She has requested our office go together for that event, wearing red, of course.
Dick Whittaker husband passed away recently. Can I just tell you what she asked for in lieu of flowers? “Just do something nice for someone.” Talk about culture.
Jean is a consistent ambassador regarding the Keller Williams culture, seizing every opportunity to share our culture. When discussing challenges, she forever refers to the WI4C2TS.
When we spoke to others in the office about nominating Jean as Cultural Ambassador, EVERYONE agreed that there is no one more deserving. She constantly does little things, like remembering one’s birthday or just giving a card to brighten one’s day. In fact, one of the agents shared a touching story. He had found out that he had 4 blockages to his heart. He had no insurance. Jean took matters into her own hands, contacted the financial department at the local hospital, and he had his surgery. He credits her for saving her life.
As our MCA Lisa Rinconnes has said many times, “When I grow up I want to be like (our candidate)”; a strong, devoted, passionate, intelligent, caring woman.
CULTURAL AMBASSADOR – Debbie Irons
M/C Name: ORLANDO LAKE NONA MARKET CENTER
Submitted for Year: 2013
Submitted By: Richard Carpentieri, TL
A. Debbie Irons is a member of the ALC and has been for 2 years. She is a capper who has always been a leader and comes from curiosity since day one.
B. Debbie gives to KW Cares with every transaction and her personal goal as the KW Cares committee chairman is that we reach 100% participation. We have increased our Market Center KW Cares contributions over 60% since she has led the way.
C. As the Culture Committee Chair, Debbie organized a 2012 Real Estate Agent Scholarship which offers a full real estate scholarship to someone who exhibits the motivation and ability to become a real estate agent but is unable to handle the upfront costs of achieving their goal. Her committee has fully raised this money to make this possible. Recently, the committee picked their 1st winner of the scholarship.
D. Debbie is a remarkable single mother of 4 girls with the most
giving heart who was instrumental with the raising of funds
and getting volunteers to our Red Day Event for 2012 which
helped complete our 3 year make over for the Central Florida Children’s Home.
E. She participates in many charitable events with her local church, her children’s schools and any other event which she can use as a guideline so her children grow up by understanding the values which she holds so dear to her heart.
F. Debbie has also adopted one of her sibling’s children as one of her own due to unfortunate circumstances and loves this child unconditionally.