Filipina realtor recognized with 40 Under 40 Award by Denver Business Journal
Updated: Jun 16, 2021
On May 4, 2021, the Denver Business Journal honored 40 outstanding professionals under the age of 40 for their business success and invaluable contributions to the local community.
Among the awardees was Aurelia Grinstead, owner of AureliaGHomes LLC (formerly known as Fil-Am Property Connections) with Keller Williams Preferred Realty.
Aurelia was born and raised in the Philippines. Fatherless at the age of 14 and living in a third-world country, the odds were stacked against her. At an early age, she was already exposed to the harsh realities of life. But embodying the qualities of hard work and dedication, which she is known for, she persevered beyond the limits of her circumstances.
During her early years, Aurelia studied Hospitality at the Angeles University Foundation and then earned her associate’s degree from AMA Computer College. After graduating, she explored different fields, from doing research work for a local news organization, to working in a call center company. In 2009, she was able to immigrate to the US. Her first job was working as a “secret shopper” to help companies ensure quality of customer service in the food service industry. But it wasn’t until 2014 that Aurelia discovered her true vocation – real estate.
Since she started in the field of real estate, Aurelia and her team has sold more than $50 million worth in real estate. But it isn’t all about the money for her. For more than seven years, her team has been helping immigrants secure properties in local communities where they will feel increasingly comfortable and accepted. More than 100 families and individual lives have changed positively through home ownership and transitioned smoothly into a new home with her team’s help.
Aside from her successful career in real estate, Aurelia is also an active leader in the local business community. In 2015, she co-founded the Philippine American Chamber of Commerce of Colorado, which ensures that minorities, particularly Filipino Americans, are represented in local business sectors. She is also the current membership director of the Greater Denver Chapter of the Asian Real Estate Association of America. This organization advocates for policy positions that will reduce homeownership barriers at the national level for Asian American and Pacific Islanders, all while increasing their real estate business opportunities.
Even with all these engagements and responsibilities, Aurelia never forgets to give back. She is an active volunteer with Impact, a local Denver nonprofit that provides assistance to homeless families and individuals. Additionally, she is an advocate of Project Pearls and Global Seed Savers, nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving the quality of life for some of the poorest people in the world.
Aurelia’s involvement in the local Filipino-American civic groups in Colorado has encouraged more participation throughout the community in voting and exercising civil duties. Even during the height of the pandemic, she was heavily involved in translating COVID-19 public advisory documents for the federal government, materials for Denver special needs schools, and helping trauma patients communicate at Craig Hospital in Englewood. Furthermore, Aurelia has also spearheaded several successful fundraising efforts for victims of natural disasters in the Philippines and all over the world. One cannot deny the impact that she has made in her community.
With her continued pursuit of success and happiness, Aurelia aims to provide career opportunities for people in the Philippines. Determined to help reduce the carbon footprint and help people increase efficiency in their daily commutes, she founded Elevation Global Solutions (EGS), a virtual assistance company that provides back-end support to small business owners. Through this company, people can work from home, spend more time with family, reduce traffic, and earn a decent living. Learn more about EGS by visiting www.egsolutions.ph.
Above all, Aurelia Jareño Grinstead is a mother to three beautiful boys and a wife to a successful real estate professional. She is a leader and professional businesswoman, inspiring her community through her actions and service to others. From extremely humble beginnings among the poor in the Philippines to a successful Denver businesswoman, she exemplifies what it means to live and achieve the American Dream.
Contact Aurelia at 720-979-3049 or firstname.lastname@example.org