Marie Lynch is a self-described introvert, which probably comes as a surprise to those who know her.
“I really need time to myself,” she says, “to regenerate and refill my cup.” Which is understandable, given what she’s doing with the rest of her time.
Born in Cheyenne, Marie grew up in Lakewood, the eldest of five children. “I think that helped make me a perfectionist,” she says. “I was the assistant to our mom, caretaker of the younger kids, and always felt the need to be a role model. And with four younger siblings, I also knew from an early age that I wanted to be a mom, as well!”
Early on, she’d set her sights on studying business in college, but understood that with five kids in the family, money was going to be tight. So, at age 16, she got her first job, selling men’s shoes at the old Villa Italia shopping center, and later traded that for two other jobs, including an after school secretarial job for an insurance firm and she worked in a teenage clothing store in the evenings.
Following graduation, Marie got a position as both a loan processor and shipping supervisor for a mortgage company and then became an escrow officer for a title company in Boulder. Later she joined a small real estate firm there, and managed to sell 12 houses during her first year, which suggested she might be on the right career path.
Shortly after having their first child, she and her husband moved to Evergreen and Marie began working for Coldwell Banker. She’s been selling in Evergreen for 18 years, and with RE/MAX Alliance for the past 5. “My favorite thing is to get to know people and develop relationships as I help them find their perfect home and to realize their dreams,” she says. Marie recently received the Community Service Award from The Mountain Metro Association of Realtors. “I was shocked to win,” she reports, although the list of her community volunteer activities easily suggests why it came her way.
For the past five years, she has been the volunteer coordinator for Drive Smart, the Evergreen organization dedicated to preventing traffic related fatalities and injuries. “As the single mother of two teenaged sons who are both now driving, I’m passionate about our mission to keep people safe,” Marie says. She’s particularly committed to Drive Smart’s Child Passenger Safety Program and she has become a certified car seat technician.
She volunteered at Leadership Evergreen’s recent World’s Longest Picnic Table Event, and participates in the annual New Year’s Eve Skate the Lake program, the Revel Rockies Marathon and Half Marathon, and The Evergreen Animal Protective League’s annual Barks and Belts K9 5K. As a board member of the Mountain Metro Association of Realtors, she organized volunteers to serve wine at the Big Chili Cook Off in September.
This past New Year’s Day, Marie participated in The Evergreen Plunge, sponsored by Drive Smart, Evergreen Fire/Rescue, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, and Evergreen Park and Recreation District. It’s an event that raises money for Drive Smart and The Evergreen Park and Recreation District Special Needs Program. “I raised $800 from people who wanted to see me jump in the frozen lake,” she laughs.
So what does she do when she’s not selling real estate, being a full-time mom, and working with all of the above organizations? “I like working out,” she says. “I run and I hike, and I also love to read, particularly mysteries.”
It’s certainly no mystery why Marie was singled out for this year’s MMAR community service award.