Ida Petkus is a REALTOR® with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty and founder of the Domestic Violence Advocacy Center, a nonprofit that utilizes Zoom to connect victims of domestic violence abuse with legal counsel and resources.
Petkus has been recognized for her advocacy work to ensure everyone has a right to live safely in their homes, including counseling victims of domestic violence, and educating them about open shelters and how to leave an abuser safely.
Laurie Thiel realized at a young age that she enjoyed working with the public, especially the customer service aspect. Her mother-in-law was an agent in the Portland metro real estate market, and she was drawn to the idea of being an independent business owner in charge of her own destiny.
A quarter century later, she serves as the first woman president and co-owner of RE/MAX Equity Group in Beaverton, Oregon, a firm she first started at in 1982.