Broker of Record
Her inspirational journey in the Real Estate Industry has made Vivian Risi an icon for Canadian business success. Her Real Estate career began in 1974. It was not long before she achieved award-winning Associate Broker status while working with Canada Trust’s Real Estate Division.
Guided mainly by gut instinct and a very small investment budget, Vivian became the Broker/Owner of the 18 Realtor®, Richmond Hill office when it merged with Coldwell Banker. Her bold move quickly turned the company around during a recession, transforming the lagging office with a minimal market share into a powerhouse. Today, Your Community Realty offers over 900 Realtors®, 12 conveniently located offices and a support staff of over 60 to service the needs of its ever growing customer base. Your Community Realty has not only revolutionized York Region’s real estate market but has also set the standard for Real Estate Companies across the country.
In just 15 years Your Community Realty has become Canada’s largest independently-owned Royal LePage franchise, accounting for roughly 80% of Real Estate Sales within York Region, Canada’s largest and fastest growing municipality.
One of Vivian’s greatest gifts has been her role in a wide variety of charitable organizations. It is her deeply held conviction to give back to the community. She is supported in this belief not only by her family but by her Realtor® and employees as well.
Vivian contributes her time, energy and leadership to more than 30 charities a year. Whether its one of the local hospitals, shelters, schools or associations,; Vivian’s passion for giving back goes beyond financial contributions. Vivian is ongoing supporter and contributor to the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation, and in 2009, Vivian was recipient of the Shelter Foundation’s Philanthropist of the Year award, for her commitment to chairing the Second Shelter, Second Chances Capital Campaign for the Yellow Brick House; an agency providing shelter and outreach to abused women and children.
On November 26th , 2009 Vivian was awarded the prestigious YMCA Peace Medallion. The award recognizes Vivian as an exceptional community leader whose work both influences and inspires the lives of others by creating a more peaceful environment.
Vivian’s motto is her life-force: “People come first – and it shows!”
Michelle Risi, Broker
V.P. Business & Project Development
Real Estate AcademyTM Director
From her earliest years, Michelle’s environment was imbued by real estate and land development. Her entry into the real estate industry was, therefore, a natural one. She was born to it.
A consummate student, Michelle maintained a permanent seat on the Honour Roll and the Dean’s list while attending York University. She achieved several degrees and diplomas including Small Business Management, Early Childhood Education (ECE) and a pre-med Special Honours in Kinesiology. Her belief in education and self improvement is deeply rooted. She has accumulated many business and real estate certificates in an effort to maintain her competitive edge. It shows.
A licensed Real Estate Broker, Michelle’s 15 years of experience covers every facet of the real estate industry including bookkeeping, human resources, administration and sales with even a stint as a receptionist. Michelle knows the real estate business. She understands it.
Julie Risi-Careri, Broker
Director, Marketing and New Homes and Condo Corp.
With a passion for real estate that dates back to her formative years, Julie began her career in the family business as a receptionist while completing her studies in Business Marketing and Communications. A licensed Realtor in 1998, Julie’s interest lay in the new homes market where she achieved such designations as Sales Achievement and President’s Gold. Encouraged by these accreditations, Julie worked towards and achieved status as a Real Estate Broker. This has allowed Julie to view the industry and the company through a new set of eyes, and bring greater value to the organization, its realtors and clients.
With her academic training in marketing and 15 years of experience in new home development and sales, Julie ensures the complete development of end to end service’s that the New Home and Condo Corp has to offer as well as the development, implementation and execution of the company’s corporate marketing and communication strategies and initiatives.
“Developing our business is important to me and I put all of my skills to work on a daily basis to continue to keep Royal LePage Your Community Realty progressive and innovative.”