Leo and Mayda Gordon have been Parkland residents since 2004. All five of their children are active in sports and education in our community. An assortment of pets rounds out the family. Luisana, 23, graduated UCF in December of 2020 with a degree in Political Science and History. Her favorite subject is History. She has since jumped right into working in the family business. Gabby, 14, is graduating from Westglades this year and will be attending Stoneman Douglas in the fall. Her favorite subject is Math. Anneliese, 15, is a sophomore at Stoneman Douglas, and her favorite subject is History. Leo IV, 7, is in the 2nd grade at Mary Help of Christians. His favorite subject is Science. Emma, 5, is in Kindergarten at Eagle Ridge Elementary. Her favorite subject is Reading time. She will be attending Heron Heights in the fall.
The kids are involved in Parkland Little League, Parkland Softball, Challenger Baseball, Martial Arts, Surfing, and a Think and Grow Rich Book Club.
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Mayda is also a licensed realtor and loves helping people find their dream homes. She also enjoys exercising and volunteering for the children’s school events.
Leo III (Dad) is the head coach for little Leo’s baseball team. He is also on the Advisory Board for the City of Parkland Parks and Recreation Department, a Board member for the Parkland Chamber of Commerce as well as the chairperson of the Ambassador Committee. “We are very passionate about giving back to the community and plan on staying involved in local business growth and government for many years to come,” Leo tells us. “We truly enjoy fundraising events. MVP has partnered with Parkland Buddy Sports, and we enjoy working with and meeting people through our support of many local charities. We love to show our children the impact that local organizations have within the community.”
Together, the Gordons enjoy doing new things, especially anything travel related. Mayda says, “We can’t forget about the Florida theme parks. We have been to Disney and Universal many times and recently went to Busch Gardens. Florida has so much to offer, and we plan on visiting as many areas in the State as possible!”
Happy to be part of our tightknit community, Leo says, “We enjoy the small town feel and the amazing connections we have made with our neighbors throughout both cities (Coral Springs and Parkland). We also enjoy how convenient everything is and between the two cities we pretty much have everything we need.”
When discussing the positive aspects of pandemic life, Mayda shares, “We enjoyed the opportunity to slow down and in doing so realized what is important. We also went outside of our comfort level and spent more time outdoors, including camping and visiting multiple springs throughout Florida.”
She continues, “Another positive result was the progress we were able to make with our youngest daughter, Emma. She turned 5 this year and is an amazing little girl. Emma was born at 26 weeks and spent many months in the NICU. Since that time, she has been working tirelessly to develop her motor skills and her speech. She is still developmentally delayed, but being home and learning from her older siblings has really added an extra step to her progress. We are so thankful to have a large family and she is a blessing.”
In honor of Father’s Day, we asked Leo what he’s most looking forward to. He tells us, “I always make a joke with my kids that all I want for the holidays and especially Father’s Day is “the biggest hug ever.” I am blessed with amazing children to share my heart with, and I look forward to just being with them and sharing lots of laughter. Since the summer is just kicking off around Father’s Day, we usually spend a day in the pool and have a nice BBQ with friends and family.”
The Gordons attend services at Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church.