Director of Market Development - Fleming Island/Oakleaf/Avondale
In a sense, Mona Gardella has been in real estate for most of her life. She has resided in a total of eight states ranging from Michigan to Hawaii, and has lived in a total of seven homes in the Jacksonville-area alone. Being a wife to a (now retired) career Naval Officer, she has experienced first-hand the physical, mental and emotional strain associated with packing up her loved ones and all of their belongings. Thus, she realizes the inherent value of a great real estate professional.
She entered the real estate industry as a second career to elementary education during a time that many agents were leaving. She was warned that it wasn't a good time to start. In response to this challenge and due to her tremendous work ethic, she sold $3.5 million in real estate her first year and was named "Rookie of the Year." Nearly a decade later, Gardella still loves the business and excels as a member of the Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty management team. Success in this industry is contingent on hard work, and she has always prided herself on going the extra mile.
Now, as Director of Market Development for Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty's Fleming Island, Oakleaf and Avondale locations, Gardella uses her expertise and passion for real estate to mentor new agents in their careers and also help seasoned agents stay relative and expand upon their previous success. She is proud to be part of a brokerage that makes its agents’ success the primary business objective. She truly believes a leader must also be a servant and is honored to serve the agents in her care.
In addition, serving the community means more to Gardella than helping people buy and sell real estate. She loves her community and enjoys spending her extra time giving back to it. She is president of CBV Cares, a nonprofit organization founded by CBV agents, served on the School Advisory Council for Thunderbolt Elementary and Green Cove Junior High School, is on the Board of Trustees at Orange Park United Methodist Church, is a proud Rotarian, and has served on steering committees for Tennis 4 Cancer and Clay County Strides Against Breast Cancer. She also is an appointed member of the Clay County Utility Authority Board of Supervisors and is a graduate of Leadership Clay. Each of these roles allow Gardella to stay connected with her community and give back to others.