When Jan Triglione got the call that she had been selected as one of Banker & Tradesman’s 2016 Women of FIRE, it was complete pandemonium: she was in the middle of a home inspection and a steady stream of water had just begun to pour from the ceiling. “It was total chaos when I got the call,” she said, chuckling. “And I’m in tears, because I’m just so overwhelmed.”

Yet even in chaos, Triglione, broker/owner of Premier Realty Group Inc., is a total pro. With over 30 years of experience in real estate, she’s prepared to handle anything work – or life – throws at her.

The Wakefield native credits her parents for encouraging her to pursue education and help the less fortunate, but Triglione herself is no stranger to braving the odds; she was one of the first women admitted to the College of the Holy Cross, paving the way for future female students.

She later started a family, but found that staying at home did not suit her, and a career in real estate followed soon after. Triglione owned a RE/MAX franchise for a number of years, though she has since become an independent broker and now has 20 people working under her license at Premier Realty Group, a boutique firm. Working independently “really embodies the spirit of being a Realtor and being out there in the community,” she said. “My reputation is everything to me. I’ve worked really hard to establish myself and I set a pretty high standard.”

She has long been involved in groups like the Eastern Middlesex Association of Realtors, though she is careful to note that her proudest career moment was not a big sale, nor her ascension to the many prestigious positions she’s held. “I’m most proud, honestly, that I’m able to use my success in a way that I’m able to help other people,” she said.

Her biggest act of giving back has been through over 20 years of involvement with Mission of Deeds, a nonprofit that provides disadvantaged individuals with furniture and home goods. Triglione utilizes her real estate contacts to solicit furniture donations for the Reading-based group.

The Realtor community is particularly adept at handling this task because home sellers are often looking to unload furniture, “especially in the world of staging now, where people are taking the time to prep their homes and they’re doing the ‘pack and purge’ early on, not after they get an offer,” Triglione explains.

In addition to Mission of Deeds, Triglione and her husband also fund a program for underprivileged children interested in science, technology, engineering and math.

At the end of the day, it’s programs like these that keep Triglione motivated. “It’s not all about the work. I’m very dedicated to my clients and to my staff,” she acknowledged. “But … to have been able to take my success in one business and help to support another and to help people who really need some assistance – I can’t begin to tell you what that has meant to me.”

Janet Triglione

by Abby Patkin time to read: 2 min