Our 2011 recipient is a true Georgia Peach, beginning her career in real estate in Georgia as a sales agent then broker. She continued as an agent in Florida and then on to Texas where she became a broker not long after her move.

In 2007, our recipient  opened RE/MAX Realty Center in Cypress Texas and the rest is history.

In 2010 she opened her second office featuring a 1400 sq ft education center and a 1200 sq ft internet café. The addition of her second office saw RE/MAX Realty Center grow to 90+ agents in just 5 years of establishing her franchise. In 2010 she also opened Blue Steel management, which already manages over 100 properties.

Our recipient is committed to education, having completed the TAR teacher training and obtaining a providership with TREC to allow her to offer mce and sae to her agents. She is a graduate of the Texas REALTORS Leadership Academy, past Chairman of the Greater West/ Houston Association of REALTORS luncheon, and was elected to the Board of Directors for the Houston Association of REAltors in 2011. She  is an avid supporter of Women’s Council as a member of the Houston 1960 chapter and has gone above and beyond to support her agents as they serve in local and state offices with the council. Oh, and she can sing too!!

Our 2011 Entrepreneur of the Year  has been awarded the REMAX of Texas Broker Owner of the Year for 2008, The Charlie Bingham award in 2010 for exemplary character and community involvement, The 1960 chapter of Women’s Council of REALTORS Entrepreneur of the Year award for 2011 and Broker of the World awarded by her agents!

Her office is known for its community involvement. Our recipient instituted an annual breast screening day at her office, holds a quarterly blood drive, organized a Mask R Aide to benefit Children’s Miracle Network as well as actually volunteering at Texas Children’s hospital with her agents.

Our winner has been happily married to her high school sweetheart Rick for 36 years this March. They have 2 children and 3 grandchildren, which she  will be happy to tell you all about if you ask!

Gayla Skates