There isn’t a more suitable job for Carolynn. “I was hand-picked for this job. I appreciate that Mr. Liniger felt he had someone who had the qualities that would allow his vision and the programs to be successful. It’s such a natural fit for me.” As Community Affairs Director, Carolynn has helped oversee a relationship with Children’s Miracle Network. “My job is to set a turn of leadership, to be the spokesperson on behalf of those individual agents who are out there and to represent as well as I possibly can, with integrity, the values set forth in the group…caring for others, a sense of service, and all those things.”
Her work endeavors are in stride with Carolynn’s philosophy of life. “Many years ago I learned that I had a purpose in life and I learned it by prayer and meditation. My philosophy came when I asked myself the question, ‘What is it that I need most out of the world?’ And the answer was “grace.” There were so many times when I was younger that I was angry at the way I was treated or the way my family was treated and I was self-righteous about it. I knew that my purpose was to be a woman of ordinary grace, to treat others better than they deserved, because I was treated better than I deserved, not because I was any better than anybody else. I think I have had the privilege to grow in that concept, just in little increments because it is a very high standard to live by.
When Carolynn started in her position as Community Affairs Director, RE/MAX didn’t have a formalized program. “What has made my job very meaningful to me is that my fundamental values and beliefs have shaped the outcome of the job and the department. And that’s rare that you have that kind of opportunity. It’s been fun. Not only has it been fun, but it’s been an opportunity to know and understand that RE/MAX has leadership that cares and significant resources that can make a difference.”
Do you have a favorite childhood story? What is it? When my brother and I were children, my father took us to the top of Cheyenne Mountain. It was very foggy out and I had never seen fog. I asked my father what it was and he said, “Those are clouds, Carolynn.” I turned to my brother and said, ‘We should have brought a jar.’ I love this memory because it represents such wonder and awe.
What are your volunteer activities?
My biggest volunteer commitment is to my church choir. It is probably the most consistent volunteering I do. We put in about six 40 hour weeks a year. I have a lot of commitments on different boards. I’m on the national board of Children’s Miracle Network, Bonfil’s Blood Center Foundation, the Advisory Board for Alzeiheimers, and Anchor Center for Blind Children and the Susan B Komen national advisory board. .
What’s important in your life? My faith and my family
What’s in your future? Hope and happiness
Which social event is your favorite? I just couldn’t tell you. I go to too many to have a favorite. There are many to enjoy and so many different aspects. The golf events that we do at Sanctuary are among my favorite social places to be. It’s such a different format than anything else and it’s all to support non-profits. My very favorite social event though is when all of my family gathers together at Christmas and holidays.
Favorite restaurant? Yia, Yia’s. I like the food and the proximity to work and home
If your life were a movie, whom would you want to play your part? Halle Berry. Are you kidding?
Do you have any pets? No. I had two cocker spaniels, Deb and Peaches but they went to dog heaven.
When you move, what will your home tell its next owner about you? That there was happiness and peace shared by those who lived there.
What word describes you best? Generous to a fault
How would you like others to describe you? As a woman of grace
What was your first job? Babysitter
What trait do you most deplore in others? Ignorance
What is your greatest indulgence? A bath and a good book
What type of clothes do you like? Stylish
What’s the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning? Pray
What’s the last thing you do before bed? Pray
Favorite comfort food? Chocolate and ice cream
Tell me something about yourself that people would be surprised to know about you. My sense of humor is a little quirky
What is the best gift you have ever given? My children’s lives
What is the best gift you’ve received? My children’s futures
What or who is the greatest love in your life? Jesus Christ
What is your current state of mind? Positive
What do you consider your greatest achievement? To have helped my children to become adults
What is your most treasured possession? My health
What is the quality you most like in a man? Character as well as honesty, trustworthiness and kindness
What is the quality you most like in a woman? Loyalty
Favorite books/writers? Bible, I Know Why theCaged Bird Sings. Outlander series, Bel Canto, Ann Patchett, Maya Angelou, Dianna Gabaldon
What is the best advice you have ever received? Never give up
Do you have a motto? No
What’s the funniest thing that’s happened to you? Too, too many to tell
If you could come back in another lifetime, what/who would you like to be? And why? This life is enough, thank you.
What are your hobbies? Other interests? Exercise, golf, singing, playing the piano, entertaining, theater, geology, movies, skiing, ice skating, sewing and knitting
Who is your mentor? My grandmother
What would you most like to be remembered for? Leaving a footstep in the sand of time preceded by grace
If you could go anywhere and do anything, what would it be? Madrid and London to see my children
What do you like about the town you live in? The backdrop of the Rocky Mountains