MY FAMILY LEGACY
A pioneer amongst women in the real estate and home building industry, my grandmother, Lois Latina built some of the most prestigious Westlake neighborhoods such as Capel Vale, Cobblestone, Royal Woods, Lake Forest, Settler's Reserve, and Wood Path. She then expanded West to Red Tail Golf Club in Avon and later reached as far as Strongsville.
In the early 1950s, her passion for hard work started when she was a child shadowing her father, Rocco Puzzitiello senior, cleaning properties. She did whatever she could to wedge herself into the family business. By the 1990s Latina and Latina Builders had become the gold standard of home building.
Lois Latina was a loving mother and grandmother to now eight grandchildren. I spent my entire childhood admiring and learning from her. Aside from the dozens of family vacations, she took each individual grandchild on their own trips of choice. My favorite one was when she took me across the world to St. Petersburg, Russia to see the knights at the Hermitage Museum that had me so mesmerized. Our luggage home was filled with treasures of medieval times.
Everything she did, she gave it 150%. When she got sick with cancer it never slowed her down. Only at the end could you tell she was ill. She would come to work decked out every single day. She fought the good fight for 16 years. "I don't have time to be sick", she used to say.
Her fierce enchantment with the real estate market and fiery work ethic did not end with her. She passed it onto me like a torch that burns inside of me and cannot be extinguished.
Now a little about me;
I was born and raised in Westlake. I attended St. Edward High School and graduated with a 3.8 GPA and a 29 on my ACT. I received a full ride to attend the Loyola of Chicago School of Business.
I decided not to go at all. Instead, I saved $2,000 dollars and went to Hondros College in Independence and got my real estate license in 3 weeks. I never looked back. It was the best decision I ever made.
College is not for everyone. I am a text book example of that.
I hit the ground running and sold $6,000,000.00 in real estate my first 10 months. I love my job.
It is the most electrifying feeling giving the house keys to a new homeowner. When people move, new chapters begin in their lives.