PAULINE POYNER - HERITAGE HOUSE SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY
January 11, 2017
For twelve years, Pauline Poyner has been awarded a Platinum gilded place in the pantheon of top producers in Monmouth County real estate, a status she’s earned by her client portfolio of listings and sales. Within her home base of Heritage House Sotheby’s International Realty, she was the top sales agent in 2015 for the whole company, ahead of more than 200 of her elite colleagues in the Rumson, Holmdel, Shrewsbury and Middletown offices. She’s busy. Very busy. So when she got a breast caner diagnosis from her doctor last year, (May 1, 2015 to be exact) she remembers seriously thinking, “Not me. That happens to other people. I’m too busy for cancer!” She smiles at the memory knowing what she knows now.
Today, she’s back in good health, training for half marathons again, and wiser for having survived what could have
been a knockout punch. For sure, she’s learned that nobody gets a free pass from serious set backs—or being scared
when they come—but, more than that, she’s come to appreciate the power those life-defining moments bring to
deepen insights and propel positive change. “To pay it forward, you need to do good things” has become an action plan, not just an adage, for Pauline.
Always a dedicated fundraiser, she has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the March of Dimes as the chairperson of their galas for years. After her own experience with cancer, Pauline joined the ranks of “Bras for a Cause,” a non-profit passionate about putting an end to breast and cervical cancers. In the spirit of the organization’s creative initiatives, she
and her husband Scott—her partner in business and life—decorated a bra that Scott willingly wore, along with a wig, to raise $10,000 at a recent fundraiser…with more appearances and monies to come.
Reaching out to help others is a good way to pay it forward; reaching in to spend time with loved-ones is another that came home with the birth of Payton, the newest of Pauline’s seven grand-children, who joined the family last year in the midst of Pauline’s medical crisis. “It felt like an angel came in,” is how she describes the arrival that added a sweet new busyness to her life.
“During the whole time I was dealing with the cancer,“ Pauline says, “I never questioned being a realtor or that I could do it. I just know that what I’ve learned from cancer and that experience has made me more understanding, more compassionate, and even better at doing a job I love.”