“Global Business Excellence Awards” winner, Charikleia G. Stouka founded “ALMA” Real Estate Hellas in 2001 in Athens, Greece. Over the years, she has built a solid reputation as one of the foremost real estate professionals in the country, delivering world-class personalised services. Most recently, Charikleia G. Stouka Stouka was named “Most Influential leader in Real Estate 2021” – (Greece) at the “Corporate Excellence Awards” 2021, and was the winner in the “Outstanding Public Relations”, “Outstanding Entrepreneur”, and “Outstanding Customer Service Initiative” categories at the “Global Business Awards 2020”. She has appeared in several magazines including “Who’s Who” Women Leaders, “Business Partners”, “CIO Look”, “Corporate Vision”, “Prime View.” She was also featured in the 2019-2020 and 2021 editions of the “Who is Who Women Leaders” compendium of prominent Greek businesswomen and leaders.
From a small operation run out of a corner of her parent’s living room to renown as a leading figure in her field in Greece, Charikleia G. Stouka has made a name for herself by insisting on a handful of key principles: truly customer-centric thinking, outstanding personalised service, and a commitment to lifelong learning and always keeping up-to-date with developments in her field. It’s these principles that have seen Charikleia and her company, ALMA Real Estate Hellas, win awards, recognition and, most importantly, customer loyalty.
“It’s our international recognition and our way of thinking that separates us from the competition,” points out Stouka, one of just 20 certified Realtors® working in Athens. “For us, the customer always comes first. The real estate market can be intimidating, and our job is to take the stress out of play so that our customers can enjoy the process and make good decisions. When we look back on our careers, we want to know that we have made a difference in people’s lives and in the life of the community.”
She’s a firm believer that dedication to outstanding quality pays off—not only because of all the satisfied customers but also because pushing for excellence builds expertise and knowhow which in turn build confidence which attracts better quality clients.
The ongoing and growing success of Stouka and ALMA Real Estate Hellas often prompt questions about her secret to making it in such a competitive business. The answer, tellingly, focuses on commitment. “My advice to young people starting in the business, in any business, is to always strive to finish what they start before moving on to the next thing, and in the process strive to do it well,” she points out, reiterating the link between effort, results and confidence. “You must always be willing to learn and to take initiative-opportunities are not handed to you; they must be seized! Real estate is a tough business, so you have to have drive and vision and the will to do go above and beyond. You have to stop asking yourself whether you can do something, and just find ways to do it.”
Looking inward to the principles and behaviours that drove her own success, she underlines the importance of always putting the customer front and centre. “Our business is all about building relationships. About acting fast and leading by example. About finding ways to make things happen for people,” Charikleia G. Stouka says. “You have to ask yourself, what kind of difference do you want to make in people’s lives?”
Some of her recent accolades include:
Named Most Influential leader in Real Estate 2021 (Greece) at the Corporate Excellence Awards 2021 winner in the Outstanding Public Relations, Outstanding Entrepreneur, and Outstanding Customer Service Initiative categories at the Global Business Awards 2020
Business Partners magazine: central interview in the magazine’s 100th anniversary issue (January-February 2019)
CIO Look magazines: featured in “The 10 Most Innovative Business Leaders Revamping the Future 2021” and “The Most Admired Women in Business 2021”
Corporate Vision magazine: “The Minds Behind Customer Facing Greek Real Estate”
Prime View magazine: featured in “The 10 Most Innovative Business Leaders Making a Difference in 2021”
Who is Who Women Leaders: featured in this annual, luxury edition, collectible encyclopedia of prominent Greek women in both the 2019-2020 and 2021 editions