A hundred years ago, the landowner and family patriarch Ion Toma worked the rich Transylvanian soil in the Kingdom of Romania. Unfortunately, after World War II the communists were successful in banishing King Michael I and seizing all private property, including the Toma family estate. Decades Later, Ion's grandson, Cornel followed in his grandfather's footsteps by working the land and becoming the manager of a large agricultural community. However, because of the tyranny of the communist regime, Cornel and his wife fled their homeland for freedom in the United States. Today, Cornel's two sons carry on the family tradition in real estate through Toma Partners.
The Inspiration for Toma Partners came to me while I was having lunch with my friend and older brother, Ben. As he described the common practices of brokerages, I began to realize how privileged I was to be the brother of a Realtor I could trust. I thought to myself, “There should be a company that treats everyone like a member of the family.” Shortly thereafter, we founded the only family-owned, luxury real estate company in Arizona. – Mihai Toma
Since the inception of Toma Partners, Benjamin and Ana have always worked together, establishing the business, growing their marriage, and raising their five lovely girls. In 2015, Ana took on a more consistent role as the Chief Operating Officer of the brokerage. Ana has a background in Graphic Design, Commercial Advertising, and Interior Design, and her Addy Award-winning designs still only come second to her love for coaching, team-building and accountability. This training and discipline comes primarily from raising her daughters with grit and tenacity. She is also a certified Mentor/Coach. Through her passion and drive for building up the agents, Century 21 Toma Partners has seen their production more than double – and it continues to rise year over year. Ana also leads the Women’s Ministry at her local church and is involved in both global and local charities, such as the Benita International Organization and Phoenix Inner-City Kids.
Erica Morell, Administrative Assistant
Erica is a fourth generation native to our beautiful state of Arizona, and has lived throughout the valley of the sun. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from Arizona State University, and also obtained a license in massage therapy. With over a decade of experience as an office manager and gymnastics coach, as well as a self-starter to her own massage therapy practice in Scottsdale, Erica’s multi-tasking and detail-oriented abilities shine through her work. She brings her talents and skill set to the Toma team and enhances the efficiency and workflow of our day-to-day operations. She always serves with a smile and joyful attitude, and truly applies her passion and attention-to-detail to each task at hand. While she loves her work, her family and home are her priority. Erica and her husband Michael are proud parents to two beautiful children, and they love to travel and treasure special moments along the way.
Lavinia Bercea earned a concurrent degree in Accountancy and Business, Communications from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. She has been a part of the CENTURY 21 Toma Partners family since 2013, and she has been applying her unique skill set to her position as Finance Manager. Lavinia is honest, dependable, well-organized, detail-oriented and a hard worker. She oversees all incoming and outgoing financial transactions within the company, and conducts internal audits of the accounting system in order to maintain accuracy and integrity. She is passionate about what she does, and enjoys serving and supporting the company and its clients. Lavinia and her husband Paul live in Phoenix, Arizona, where they serve in their local church. These are the words she lives and works by: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord.” – Colossians 3:23
Toma Partners in the News
New York Times
Toma Partners Designated Broker Ben Toma is consulted because of his short sale expertise.
Toma Partners 3.70 million dollar listing is the highest sale in the whole state.
CENTURY 21 Toma Partners… A family real estate company