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Mary Schulze, GRI, SRES

Realtor, Intero Real Estate Services
Founder, Mt. Diablo Business Women

Mary Schulze founded MDBW in 1994 to help local businesswomen build business relationships, referral networks, and partners. Mary credits the group with helping businesses grow and succeed through the sharing of knowledge, referrals, and partnerships.  Today the organization’s members represent a variety of business sectors. Mary remains active in the group. She serves on the Board of Directors as program chair, and is responsible for bringing speakers on business and personal development topics to the group’s monthly events. 

 

Mary’s vast network of contacts has helped her to be a successful real estate consultant with Intero Real Estate Services, serving Contra Costa and El Dorado counties. She helps clients sell their houses, and buy a dream home in what is now a very competitive market. She enjoys finding the right home for each buyer, whether they are a first-time homebuyer or a senior who is downsizing. 

Clients benefit from Mary’s almost 20 years of experience in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Sacramento region, as well as her negotiating experience, which provides clients with the fair price on purchases and closing the deal. As a realtor with Intero Real Estate Services, clients can have worldwide and local exposure and marketing, all of which can result in swift action on multiple offers. 
 

The best referrals for Mary are new business lenders, insurance agents, contractors, handyman services, divorce attorneys and CPAs.  She also receives many referrals through word-of-mouth from happy clients, along with the many friends and business contacts she has met through her years as the founder and member of MDBW.

In addition to her work as a realtor, Mary is active in the community. She contributes a portion of her transactions to a non-profit focused on serving children and the elderly in the community. She is also a member of the Assistance League of the Sierra Foothills, a non-profit that has helped to support over 1,500 children and adults in the community. 

When she’s not working, Mary enjoys cooking, playing the piano, learning to speak Italian, playing with her dog, Maxx, a giant schnoodle, and being with family and friends. 

Visit Mary’s website to learn more about her. 
 

Featured Member

Amy Golan’s inspiration and vision for starting Planet Renu began when she started to look at her carbon footprint and realized that she could make many improvements related to her buying decisions and reliance on plastic. She began researching plastic alternatives and found great eco-friendly products that she not only started using, but also wanted to offer to other consumers. The brainstorm for Planet Renu happened while Amy was traveling (and had free time), and she officially launched her online store in 2018. Today, Amy has physical stores in Walnut Creek and on the UC Berkeley campus.

Planet Renu offers a myriad of plastic alternatives as well as high quality organic refills. The products help consumers reduce their reliance and purchases of single-use plastics or products housed in plastics. These changes in buying behavior have a positive exponential effect on our environment and eco-systems. 

In addition to the stores, Planet Renu offers its private label products wholesale, has an online store and works with schools and businesses providing education on how to live more sustainably. Some of its efforts include working with schools on zero-waste lunch programs, providing farmer’s markets with reusable produce bags, and offering eco-friendly promotional products to corporations. Amy says she “loves educating people and watching them make changes that are geared more towards a sustainable, less-wasteful lifestyle.”

As a member of Mt. Diablo Business Women, Amy says that she has enjoyed learning more about fellow female entrepreneurs and looks forward to getting to know everyone better now that the group is meeting in person. 

A good referral for Amy is any business interested in sustainability or individuals wanting to purchase better, more sustainable products.

When not in one of her stores or managing Planet Renu’s online presence, Amy enjoys volunteering at homeless shelters and food kitchens as well as at the Walnut Creek schools her children attend.  She also enjoys yoga, spending time hiking, dancing, traveling and spending time with family and friends.

To learn more about Amy, visit Planet Renu’s website , or follow Amy on LinkedIn, or @planetrenu on Instagram
 

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Amy Golan

Owner & Founder, Planet Renu