People in countless communities across the country need help every day, and REALTORS® are stepping up to fill the void. Whether it’s providing holiday meals to neighbors or giving a local high school band new instruments, REALTORS® are showing up for their communities. We spoke to two community development advocates, Maria Landmesser, managing broker of the RE/MAX Concepts office in Ankeny, Iowa, and Ryan Gable, CEO of StartingPoint Realty in Palatine, Ill., about how they got started in philanthropy, how others can get involved and why giving back can be good for business.
Landmesser is a managing broker of the RE/MAX Concepts office in Ankeny, Iowa, and executive director of the company’s Concepts Cares Foundation, a registered 501(c)3 organization. The foundation is made up of real estate professionals focused on making a positive impact on the communities where they live, work and play. Maria and her husband currently reside in Ankeny along with their two children.
Gable launched his brokerage StartingPoint Realty in 2004 with no prior real estate experience and started Bikes and Music, his local nonprofit, in 2021 with no prior nonprofit experience. He’s the recipient of multiple awards, including NAR’s Humanitarian of the Year and the Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Ethics. He currently lives in Palatine with his wife and their two children.