Heidi Rickerd-Rizzo owned a property management and investment firm in Marin, one she started with a partner at the age of 21, and oversaw its growth for more than 20 years until she sold it in 2002.
Soon though, she and a partner seized a new opportunity — launching a real estate brokerage firm.
It was “in the worst recession and real estate landscape ever experienced,” she said.
The firm now has 55 employees and 10 offices. So it is no wonder that “entrepreneur” is a label that fits her work life quite nicely.
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PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND: I have over 38 years of real estate experience specializing in residential, multi-family investment, property management and exchanges. I owned one of Marin County’s leading property management/investment brokerage business for over 20 years (Bayside Management, with up to 3,000 units under management) and prior to co-founding Terra Firma Global Partners in 2010, I was senior vice president and regional manager for Pacific Union Real Estate and responsible for the firm’s expansion and growth in the Napa/Sonoma Valley Offices during the height of the recession, managing over 60 associates and staff.
I also has extensive tax, landlord-tenant and construction/staging experience, which brings a strong expanded skill set to the marketing and transactional components for real estate.
I received both Realtor of the Year and Distinguished Service Awards from the Marin Association of Realtors, and hold the title “Honorary Director for Life” for the California Association of Realtors. This designation is only given to a handful of the over 1,200-member directors for service and leadership to the organization.
I served as director of the Ecumenical Association for Housing in Marin County. I was a member of the Board of Supervisors special “blue ribbon” task force to address child discrimination and helped draft a local ordinance. I served on Marin County’s Traffic Systems Management and 101 Corridor Action Committee. I was a former member of the Marin Housing Authority’s Rental Deposit Guarantee Program Advisory Committee, the Willow Creek Charter School Board of Directors and the St. Hilary Parent Guide and School Advisory Board. For more than 30 years I have participated in chambers of commerce and Rotary clubs in Mill Valley, Sausalito, Napa and St. Helena.
EDUCATION: Studied English, psychology, anthropology and film studies at the College of Marin in Kentfield and Rocklin Junior College in Rocklin. Earned a teaching certificate in the CEC program at Rocklin Junior College in 1978.
I also attended Sacramento State College, completing the two-year program for real estate studies. I achieved a real estate associate license in 1978 and the broker license in 1984 from the California Department of Real Estate.
Founded in 2010 by real estate veterans Bill Facendini and Heidi Rickerd-Rizzo, Terra Firma Global Partners is one of the preeminent residential brokerages in the North Bay serving Marin, Sonoma and Napa counties.
Our emphasis is on small, local offices that reflect the communities we serve with 10 offices throughout the Region to serve our clients. Through collaboration rather than competition and quality not quantity, our associates are focused on achieving the greatest success for their clients.
Terra Firma Global Partners extends far beyond what a conventional brokerage firm offers. We envision ourselves as both a lifestyle company committed to informing and connecting global communities, and as well as a creative company offering design, marketing and sales solutions for buyers, sellers, developers and investors alike.
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Terra Firma Global Partners
1405 Second St., Napa CA 94559