Claudine Claus very successful philanthropist and businesswoman

Claudine Claus very successful philanthropist and businesswoman

Claudine Claus

Claudine Claus is the perfect example of the apple not falling far from the tree. A very successful businesswoman, Claudine follows in the footsteps of her parents, Terry and Bunny Claus, both of whom were admired for their business acumen as well as for their generous spirit and community involvement.

Born in Pittsburg , Claudine was raised in Miami and graduated from Palmetto Senior High. She went to college majoring in accounting and finance.

As the owner of the largest independently owned and operated mortgage lender in South Florida, Claudine has taken the company to great heights after ultimately taking over following her parents’ passing. With 2013 annual gross revenue of $11.6 million, the company now is solely owned by Claudine Claus. Earlier this year, Home Financing Center won the REAL (real estate achievers) award from the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce in the Finance category.

A firm believer in giving back, in the 1990s, through Claudine’s leadership, Home Financing Center pledged $250,000 for the construction of the new basketball arena at the University of Miami. That philanthropy extended to major support for Doctors Hospital and Baptist Health South Florida. In October 2011, during Breast Cancer Awareness Month and in memory of Claudine’s mother Bunny Claus who died from breast cancer, Claudine became a Baptist Founders Society Member and participated in numerous breast cancer awareness activities.

She committed her company to co-sponsor ads and even sponsored a pink cupcake sale at Baptist Hospital. In fact, Home Financing also donates money to the Baptist Breast Center for every “fan” or “like” on its Facebook page.

Continuing this legacy of giving, in 2014, Claudine pledged $100,000 to the Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation, which named the staff lounge in honor of Home Financing Center. Claudine also is a big Miami Hurricanes fan and has been personally involved with the Golden Canes, the Ibis Society and the Citizens Board for more than 23 years.

On the professional front, in 2009 and 2010, Claudine volunteered her efforts to revitalize the Mortgage Bankers Association of South Florida (MBA), focusing on promoting best practices in the lending industry, promoting fair and ethical lending practices and educating the community at large. Claudine served as president of that association for two years and continues as a member of its board of directors.
She keeps the Claus tradition created by her dad as a trustee of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce. Home Financing Center, with a Claus at the helm, sponsors the annual holiday breakfast every year, in addition to supporting many other chamber programs as a chamber trustee.

Claudine lives in Coral Gables and has two children — Quentin, 15, and Natalia, 7.


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Gloria Burns
A graduate of the University of Florida with a major in Spanish, Burns has an extensive background in advertising, marketing and reciprocal trade, travel as well as non profit consulting and management. Burns' volunteer activities led her to become a columnist writing Gloria’s Gab, a column that focuses on the non-profit activity. Burns was Executive Director of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee for 6 years and then served as the first Executive Director of Coral Gables Community Foundation for 14 years after which she helped the emerging Community Foundation of Pinecrest. Active in many non profits, she received the 2015-16 President's Best Member Award from the GFWC Coral Gables Woman's Club, 2012-13 CGWC Leadership Award, 2012-2013 Rotarian of the Year Award as RCCG Public Relations Chair and Fund raising Co-Chair, 2011 Florida Federation of Women’s Club Volunteer of the Year for the District 11 and honored by the City of Doral as one of their first recipients for the Doralian Women's Award. Among her list of current responsibilities, Burns co-chairs two annual student recognition breakfasts for the Coral Gables Friends of Education; helps coordinate charity partners for the Westin Colonnade's Annual Give Kids the World Breakfast; serves on the board of directors of Doral Business Council; is Parliamentarian and serves on the board of the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club; serves the board of the Rotary Club of Coral Gables and is Publicity Chair; and is a member of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee. Gloria is also an active member of the Music Ministry at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church where sings sings in the choir. She can be reached at gloria@communitynewspapers.com

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