“Geraldine was a lion chaser, and a great one. For Ger, it did not matter if the lion ran into a den, she followed it right in and would come out victorious. ” Lori Greymont Geraldine Barry, founder of SJREI, and Lori Greymont, who followed her footsteps as the next President of the San Jose Real Estate Investors Association -- SJREI. When I first learned of Geraldine’s passing, it took at least a day to fully comprehend this enormous loss. Then, as her passing was shared with her community both here in the Bay Area, across the United States, and in Europe the outpouring of love has been nothing short of amazing. I personally have received too many stories to count from folks who just want to share how deeply Geraldine has impacted their lives. My one life goal which I carry with me always is to help so many people through my life’s work that when I am gone, my children will never want for a need. In her time on this earth, Geraldine has given that very gift to her children as everywhere Ger went and worked, she created a community of people who could, in ways small and large, in some way credit Ger for some of their success. Ger’s work as a catalyst and connector for investors has also meant that so many other people’s children will never want for a need. With the passing of someone like Geraldine, I have lost a great light in my life, the Bay Area has lost a light, the world of real estate investment has lost a light...and the world has lost a light. I have now spoken of the hole created by Ger’s passing...but now here is the challenge: It is up to each of us to 88 continue her work in paving the way for women in real estate investment and in traditionally maledominated fields: to truly honor her legacy, we must be brave when we need to be, build community when we can build it, mentor when others need it, make the introductions and connections even when awkward, and go boldly chasing those lions when we think they’re worth chasing. Personally, my challenge will be to honor her legacy in how I run SJREI with standards that demand nothing less than best and to always keep Geraldine as my role model in how to love the community of which I am apart.