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Among her many admirable qualities, Pam Kiker is a champion of children and believes fiercely that all children deserve a loving, safe stable family. Pam is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Adoption Exchange. Pam joined the board five years ago and has been actively involved with the organization for over 15 years.

Pam is also one of the hardest working realtors in the Denver area today and has the reputation of being one of the most ethical, honest, and caring professionals in the business.

Even with all the responsibility Pam has of running a top real estate group like the Kiker Team, she has found room for another “family,” her commitment to The Adoption Exchange. Pam says, “I could find no better charity to provide my support to than one that involves connecting children and families together.”

Pam “walks the talk” in all ways possible when it comes to her dedication to The Adoption Exchange. As Executive Director of the Exchange, Dixie van de Flier Davis reflects about Pam: “She provides unparalleled leadership in guiding the Board of Directors to dream big in planning and achieving our future. Pam financially supports the organization personally and through corporate contributions from her company. She has introduced dozens of friends, family members and colleagues to the children who wait for families.”

Dixie goes on to talk about another way Pam’s charitable heart has directly affected someone: “Pam and her family give of their time and love to David Eaton, a young man who never found his forever family. Although David was a “Wednesday’s Child” and was placed in three different adoptive homes, every adoption placement disrupted. Perhaps it was David’s physical disability, cerebral palsy, that was hard on families. Maybe it was his difficult history of abuse and neglect. Whatever the cause, Pam took heart that a family never invited David into their family. David now 31 years old, is a part of The Adoption Exchange family, and also a part of the Kiker family.”

Pam tries to live life to the fullest. She is a mentor to many, and it would take a lot to bring this competent, graceful woman’s spirits down.

 

What’s the best advice you have for someone who wants to be a successful realtor? You have to treat real estate as having a business of your own - and treat it with passion. It’s a business where you relate to people with some of the most important selling and purchase decisions of their lifetime. We have to have a commitment to do what exactly needs to be taken care of for the client.

What will we find you doing on one of your days off? If that should ever happen, I would be sitting on my back patio with my husband and our two Westies. David’s the cook in the family. He loves it! We have lived in our home for 22 years. Even though we buy and sell homes for lots of people, I’m not into moving very much myself. We love our home, it’s very comfortable. We raised our kiddos there; and I’d be there much more if I could.

What three things are always in your refrigerator? Diet Coke, Diet Coke, & Diet Coke.

What is your favorite place in your house? My Patio.

If your house was up for sale, and a prospective buyer did a walk through, what would your home tell them about you? That it is very charming, warm, and comfortable; and anybody that comes to our house knows we truly want them there – it’s a very inviting atmosphere.

What social or charitable event is your favorite? Obviously any events for The Adoption Exchange which includes the “Fantasy Ball” and the Golf Tournament at the Sanctuary.

What fundraising activities are you involved in at this time? In addition to The Adoption Exchange, we have something called “KW Cares,” it’s a Keller Williams national organization. We are in the process of choosing two different charities to support. With The Adoption Exchange, we need to think of different ways that The Adoption Exchange can go into the next century, because we will continue to have 118,000, at least, of these kids who don’t have homes and who are still in the foster care system.

Who is your hero, and why? My Mom. She has raised five children, and she was dedicated to loving and caring for each one of us, no matter what our challenges were.

Who is your mentor? My Dad. He taught me to finish everything I started. That’s been very important in my business.

What is this wonderful “Thank You” gift we hear about that all of your clients receive at every successful closing? After giving every gift imaginable over the years, I looked within my loving family to find the “missing ingredient.” This is our way of thanking the clients we have so enjoyed working with. That ingredient is in the form of a little flour, an egg or two, and the most delicious cake you have ever tasted! “The Director of Closing Gifts” is my mom, Polly. Mom bakes chocolate cakes and presents them to our clients at the closing of their transactions – and the “secret family recipe” becomes no secret – Mom delivers the cake with a special thank you card with the recipe printed on it.

Also, tell me about the wonderful intern program you and your company sponsor? Right now we have these three handsome young guys from the Austin, Texas area who have an interest in real estate. They are in college, and we are teaching them about business in general, and the opportunities available in real estate. They have been to Business Planning classes today, which Keller Williams sponsors. They are learning a lot, and we want to help these kids get started in the right way. These boys are staying at my house – and they sure eat a lot! Every day, they are being exposed to different things. They are all going to be exceptional at what they do.

What makes your team concept work so well? The renowned coach, Vince Lombardi said, “Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” Within the Keller Williams structure, there is a philosophy that combines education with high support, in a team concept, to help each broker attain higher goals and successes. Each member has to be willing to set high goals and accept the responsibility for them.

What do you think is the greatest problem our country is facing today? I think that we are too complacent. We see so much complacency because people are afraid to get involved in things. Fear is by far our biggest problem. People are afraid the general public won’t accept their answers or opinions. Because of what’s happened in the world, particularly since 9-11, everybody is just plain afraid. So the complacency keeps us from allowing ourselves to have opinions and make commitments. If kids today could just go back to basics, and look at our priorities differently without fear.

What would you like our generation to leave behind for future generations? Peace, and a sense of honesty and integrity.

What is a favorite childhood memory? When I was able to ride the bus with my grandfather to go to his place of work, and when I got to travel with my aunt from Amarillo to Dallas to see Judy Garland at the State Fair.

When you were a little girl, what did you say you wanted to be when you grew up? Doctor.

What do you most value in your friends? Trust.

What is one thing nobody knows about you? I haven’t told for 57 years, why now….

What do you like most about yourself? My creativity, energy and enthusiasm.

What do you like least about yourself? I can be too dogmatic – very demanding of myself and others around me. Though, I don’t expect anything from anyone I wouldn’t expect from myself.

What makes you laugh? My grandchildren, my puppies, my real estate team. And laughing at myself. Laughter is an important part of each day.

What makes you cry? Not being able to get enough of the kids at The Adoption Exchange forever families.

What do you consider your proudest achievement? Raising four terrific children; being married for 34 years; and creating a real team that is successful for the internal team - and for all of our customers, clients and friends.

What is your advice for a happy marriage? A true commitment and concern for one another.

Who is the real Pam Kiker? What you see is what you get.

If there were one thing you could change about yourself, what would it be? I’d be 5’7”.

What is your pet peeve? People who do not tell the truth.

What are your hobbies or other interests? If I had the time: traveling, and more development work, and spending time with my grandchildren.

What is your most treasured possession? My wedding ring because of what it represents.

What is your current state of mind? Full and fabulous.

Is there somewhere other than Denver you would like to live? Maybe someday? Either in the mountains, by the ocean or wherever our grandchildren are.

What is something you would still like to learn to do – like play an instrument, learn a certain language – skydive? Play the piano and learn to speak French.

What might your epitaph read, or what would you like to be remembered for? My epitaph would be “Gotta GO!”- and I’d like to be remembered for always doing the right thing.

Awards/Recognitions: Platinum Award Winner for Keller Williams National both individual and team production for the past 13 years. Board of Directors for Ouray Sportswear; Advisory Board for the National Academy of Finance; Agent Leadership Council for Keller Williams Denver DTC; Past Board Member of the Denver Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau, Convention Services of the Year Award for the DMCVB. Numerous other Production awards and Marketing awards.