Rochelle LeCavalier of Boca Raton is executive director of luxury sales, sports and entertainment for Douglas Elliman Florida. Now she’s chairing the Monopoly fundraiser for Boca Helping Hands. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star
By Margie Plunkett
Rochelle LeCavalier has spent years working to add skills and credentials to strengthen her career in real estate, including earning her MBA. In the latest twist in the real estate game, she’ll be chairing a benefit centered on Monopoly.
LeCavalier, 43, has been named chairwoman of the 14th annual Monopoly Event & Casino Night at 6 p.m. April 18 at the Royal Palm Yacht and Country Club in Boca Raton.
“Monopoly is a classic. It’ll always be fun,” she said.
To be clear, LeCavalier’s real estate career has progressed far beyond Boardwalk and Park Place. She is a broker and the executive director of luxury sales, sports and entertainment for Douglas Elliman Florida, which describes her as “consistently ranked in the top 1% of local agents with sales in excess of $100 million.”
Her high net-worth clients include industry leaders, celebrities, professional athletes and heads of state in the United States, Europe, Russia, China and the UAE, she said. She also leads sales at the Residences at Mandarin Oriental in Boca Raton.
As chairwoman of the Monopoly event, she works with a dozen staffers. “I make my living by inspiring people to take action by phone,” LeCavalier says, and the chair position seems to fit her well.
In her business she is big on client experience and can apply that to the Monopoly event by analyzing areas like what event participants enjoy and whether sponsors get what they want. “How can we make the event available to more people and how do we make it more profitable?” she said. “It all builds on itself.”
LeCavalier, who lives in a house in Royal Palm Yacht and Country Club that she had built about five years ago, grew up in Oildale, an agricultural and oil town outside of Bakersfield, California. Her parents today split their time between Washington state and Canada.
She pursued her bachelor’s in business administration and her MBA at schools including Cal State, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and the University of Phoenix in Las Vegas.
Her real estate career began in Las Vegas, where LeCavalier worked in land development, construction management and new home sales. She then moved to residential real estate and mortgage lending.
She came to Florida in the early 2000s. “I fell in love with Boca Raton,” she said.
LeCavalier formed her company Pink Palm Properties here, and Douglas Elliman acquired it in 2018.
When she came to Boca Raton, LeCavalier didn’t know anyone. She decided to get involved with Boca Helping Hands because it is looking out for underserved children.
Because of Boca Raton’s affluence, people assume that the city does not have people in need, she said.
But “there are a number of people who struggle,” LeCavalier said, adding that Boca Helping Hands provides backpacks full of food for children who might not otherwise have meals at home. It also provides a pantry, classes such as English as a second language, computer training, and medical and dental clinics, among many other things.
Another charity favorite of LeCavalier is Impact 100, where she serves on the membership committee. The organization encourages women to get a group of at least 100 together, in which they each give $1,000 and then give grants of $100,000 to charities.
In LeCavalier’s spare time, she reads business books, plays golf and pursues fitness.
What’s most important to her right now? “If you measure in terms of what I spend time on, I’m very focused on my career at this point. I feel like I’m just scratching the surface in terms of my professional career.”
In both her business and charity interests, “it means a lot to me to connect with people in a real way.”
For people who might follow in her footsteps, she gives this advice: “It’s key to know yourself and be true to yourself. Professionally, personally, being civically involved, any of those things — if it’s not coming from a genuine place, it’s probably not going to be very satisfying. And what’s really the point?”
If You Go
What: 14th annual Monopoly Event & Casino Night
Benefits: Boca Helping Hands
When: 6 p.m. April 18
Where: Royal Palm Yacht and Country Club in Boca Raton, 2425 W. Maya Palm Drive, Boca Raton
Tickets: Start at $200
Info: 561-417-0913, ext. 202, or www.bocahelpinghands.org/monopoly