provided to The Santiva Chronicle
The Charitable Foundation of the Islands (CFI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Eric Pfeifer to the Board. Eric and his family have been full-time Sanibel residents since 2001.
Eric grew up in Baltimore, Md., where he attended the Gilman School for Boys and later graduated from Vanderbilt University with a degree in civil engineering. Eric worked as an engineer and project manager in Georgia and Florida, building bridges, wharves, and beltways. He later joined his two older brothers in a family business in which they grew their company rapidly, earning recognition from the Inc. 500 for two consecutive years as one of the fastest-growing companies in the United States.
As a business owner managing over 80 employees, Eric found family vacations to Sanibel were always too short and too infrequent. After the birth of their second child in 1998, Eric and his wife decided that Sanibel could no longer be just a dream put off for retirement but a home for their family year-round. The family moved to Sanibel full-time in 2001.
Sanibel’s lack of demand for professional engineers prompted Pfeifer to launch a new career in real estate. He was quickly recognized as Sanibel & Captiva’s “Real Estate Rookie Realtor of the Year” by fellow Realtors in 2002 and went on to open his own brokerage, Pfeifer Realty Group, in 2008.
As a seven-time recipient of the Sanibel Captiva Community Service Award and former Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year, Eric continues to set the bar high for every team member, fostering a culture of service and community support. Pfeifer is currently the Vice-Chair of the Sanibel Planning Commission, President of Shell Harbor’s HOA, and has served on the Sanibel Captiva Kiwanis Club Board for 21 years.
“We are thrilled to have Eric as a new member of the CFI board. His experience and longstanding work in the community make him an invaluable part of the team,” said Chip Roach, chair of the CFI Board.
“Eric’s knowledge and involvement with the local real estate community will help guide the mission and goals of CFI and move us into a viable position to serve the community we all care about,” said John Morse, chair of the CFI Nominating Committee.