Resources Real Estate mourns loss of company founder


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Resources Real Estate announced the passing of founder and senior partner, Carolynn Diakon, at home among family on Jan. 27.

Diakon created Resources Real Estate to fill a need for an independent, non-corporate, agency. She opened her first location in 2000. The company was listed on “Inc.” magazine’s list of the fastest growing private companies in the U.S. — the Inc. 5000 — for three years running, as well as NJBiz250, which similarly recognizes the top private companies in New Jersey. The company has also received multiple awards for its marketing.

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Active in her local community, Diakon was a philanthropist and advocate for many causes. She worked and supported numerous local charities including Monmouth Historical Association, Mental Health Association of Monmouth County, Lunch Break and 180 Turning Lives Around, and was awarded the Clara Barton Corporate Humanitarian Award by the New Jersey Red Cross in 2013.

Diakon was a contributor to the “Huffington Post” and, a frequent recipient of the NJ Realtor Circle of Excellence award, a member of Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate, the Board of Regents of Luxury Real Estate and the Forbes Real Estate Council.

Both of Diakon’s adult children, Christopher Ozar and Gabrielle Diakon, are currently agents with the company and have expanded the company’s business into Hudson County. Her husband, Bob Diakon, has been an active participant in the company’s activities.


Along with partner Thomas McCormack, Diakon grew the company to more than 90 agents and staff with four sales locations including its new Shrewsbury office which opened in January. This past year the company opened a real estate school, NJ Real Estate Prep, a corporate management and marketing center and a title company, Resources Title.

Resources Real Estate has offices in Rumson, Monmouth Beach, Red Bank, Atlantic Highlands and Shrewsbury.

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