Florida native Wynne Palermo moved to Colorado Springs during 1979. She experienced quick success as a real estate agent, and founded her own firm, Wynne Realty, six years later.
She serves on the board of the Colorado Association of Realtors, and has been locally recognized as the Realtor of the Year. Palermo is serving a second consecutive term as president of the Pikes Peak Association of Realtors.
A 1998 graduate of the Colorado Springs Leadership Institute, Palermo has held many leadership positions in the nonprofit community.
She recently took time to tell CSBJ about herself and her company.
Organization: Wynne Realty Ltd.
Hometown: Coral Gables, Fla.
How long have you lived in Colorado Springs: 30 years
Education: Associate degree from Miami-Dade
A few words about your company: I started Wynne Realty Ltd. during 1985 as the real estate market was going down.
We used the slow years to earn credentials and education from the National Association of Realtors. As the market came back, we had branded our focus and specialties.
It is known as a “boutique” company of real estate counseling and personalized service.
Recent accomplishments: Established an endowment fund at Goodwill Industries. I began a second consecutive term as president of the Pikes Peak Association of Realtors this year, the first person to be so honored. I am Southeast District vice president for the Colorado Association of Realtors, and I currently serve as a delegate to the National Association of Realtors.
Biggest career break: Clifton Kruse, a prominent local attorney, gave me an opportunity to work with him and earn his confidence early in my career. He was sufficiently impressed and satisfied with my performance to use my company as one of his business referrals.
The toughest part of your job: Leaving it at the office.
Someone you admire: University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak for her tenacity, class and kindness in doing a difficult job so well.
About your family: I have two incredibly wonderful children with spouses to match. My son, David, who graduated from Colorado School of Mines, lives in Lake Forest, Ill., with his wife and son. My daughter, Terri, is married to a land developer and entrepreneur. They live in Ocala, Fla., with their three children.
Something else you’d like to accomplish: If I knew the answer to that question, I’d just go do it! I’m working on it.
How your business will change during the next decade: Online business will continue to increase. Despite this, personal relationships will become even more important as corruption becomes more prevalent.
What book are you currently reading? “Turning Silver into Gold” by Dr. Mary Furlong.
What is the one thing you would change about Colorado Springs? We have a lack of political leadership and politeness. The erosion of doing what’s right for the community’s future is worrisome.
However, Colorado Springs is still the best city anywhere and I am proud to call it my home.