As owner of the largest woman-owned commercial real estate firm in Las Vegas, Cathy Jones, CPA, CCIM, a self-described “outdoor girl,” still finds time for equestrian horse jumping, hiking and quad riding. “I love to jump horses, but I only have so much time in a week to ride,” said Jones.

The Ohio native fled to the warmer climate of Las Vegas immediately after her graduation from Ohio State University and has lived in the Valley since 1981. “It was a stop in my life’s adventure,” said Jones, “Now it is home.”

Jones is the mother to two successful young adults. Her son, Michael, graduated from Yale University in 2012 in the top one percent of his class and Jones’ daughter, Katie, is finishing her senior year at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

A typical day for Jones begins at 4 a.m. with some early morning coffee and then she rolls into the office by 7:30 a.m., where the work is nonstop. “I am a deal junkie,” said Jones, “I love my job!”

Jones founded Sun Commercial Real Estate Inc. in 2006. Even through the economic recession, which sent many brokers running for cover, Sun Commercial is flourishing through exceptional customer service and camaraderie that transcends the workplace.

“I wanted to create a work environment where professional commercial real estate agents could work hard, learn, share information and have some laughs along the way,” said Jones, “We have that.”

Jones began her service on United Way’s board in 1985, serving in numerous positions including leading the board as chair.
“I am a huge fan of United Way,” said Jones, “United Way works towards results based on community assessments and partnerships. It is a great organization.” Along with Judy Kropid, Jones served as founding co-chair of United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council, which has now grown to over 100 members.

“I feel the women in Las Vegas have a tremendous amount to offer in the way of volunteer time and dollars,” said Jones, “I wanted to help reach out to this group and help organize this effort.”

Through the vision of the WLC, the group pioneered Family Engagement Resource Centers to help high school students graduate.
“My most memorable experience with WLC has been working with the women and the United Way staff to found the FERCs in five of our area high schools,” Jones said.

The FERCs serve more than 3,500 students in grades nine through 12. Teams of community volunteers, school staff and administration deliver services, support and guidance to students who are at risk of not graduating and their families.

Jones believes in creating change in the community through a commitment of time and finances. She has been a member of one of United Way’s most generous groups of contributors, the Tocqueville Society, for over 15 years.

“I made a decision to become a member of the United Way Tocqueville Society because it is the right thing to do,” said Jones, “I am in a position to give back to our community, which has given so much to me and my family.”