Local entrepreneur focuses on both business and public health
by Joycelyne Fadojutimi/ipmag
Daren and Trina Griffith became college sweethearts almost 40 years ago as students at Stephen F. Austin University. These two former Lumberjacks are still deeply in love, and have been blessed with sons Darnen, 27, and Dax, 16. Two years ago they welcomed their first grandchild. For them family is paramount as they keep moving forward as friends, partners and a team.
These two native East Texans have called Longview home since 1986. Trina commenced her real estate career in 1994 after four years as programs and staff director for the Longview Chamber of Commerce. This followed her five-year stint in banking. Through it all, for her there was real estate
“I have been in real estate going on 25 years in 2019,” she says. “I love it and have earned my broker’s license, and greatly have enjoyed owning my own real estate company, Trina Griffith and Company, with a wonderful team of agents whom I am so blessed to call ‘friends and family’.”
Still, work is not her sole passion. Her family has a tradition of community involvement. Early in Trina’s career her caring labors drew attention as the Longview News Journal made her the topic of a Making a Difference segment. She figures making her city of residence a better place for all its people will be as big a blessing for her as to them. She learned this golden rule from her parents.
“They taught me things I value so much today…love, friendship, values and, number one, love for God,” she says. “We were always very involved in church, community events and school. I was involved in academics, sports, fundraising, cheerleading, etc.”
Trina loves both people and the homes they need to live comfortable fulfilled lives. Making it possible for them to achieve the American dream of home ownership delights her now as much as it did 25 years ago. She savors the entertaining nature of a vocation in which no two days are alike. They all bring new and satisfying challenges and learning experiences. The work she does with worthy causes is even more of a blessing for those around her and beyond.
She has helped the Go Red committee with marketing, and toiled with numerous friends, co-workers and other realtors as she chaired the Circle of Red. For her, it is more than her love for others, it is personal. Heart disease killed her mother and a 56-year-old cousin. Early diagnosis and treatment of a serious heart problem saved Trina’s aunt from an early death.
“I am passionate about standardized testing being implemented for women to find heart disease just as we are tested with mammograms for breast cancer,” she says. “Hopefully we will all beat these statistics and find the cures.”
When not working to help others achieve their real estate dreams, and when not working to fight cardiovascular illness, Trina and Daren worship Our Lord at Grace Creek Church. She has yet other avenues for her selfless, even spiritual, endeavors.
She lost her father and grandfather to Alzheimer’s Disease. It is now afflicting her mother-in-law. Trina contributes faithfully to Alzheimer’s research.
“I pray for you all in this capacity to help find the answers, the cures and to save lives,” she says.
With her around, lives are not only saved, but enriched.