Congratulations to our bright, young superstars! This year’s group of accomplished talent includes Jordan Bennett, Bo Draughon, Ivan Estrada and Ginger Vereen.
Vereen also took the top prize as this year’s Web Choice Winner, receiving 3,014 votes thanks to your support!
Here, in their own words, the four winners share what makes up a hard-working young real estate professional and a 2014 “30 Under 30” winner!
“After working at one of the Big 4 accounting firms right out of school, I quickly learned that sitting behind a desk and crunching numbers was not for me. In real estate, I have found a career as opposed to simply a job. But through my corporate experience I gained a strong work ethic, a focus on people and a desire to bring value to everything I do. I have also leveraged my CPA background to work with a number of investors, both in buy-and-hold transactions as well as ‘flip’ transactions.”
Salesperson | Keller Williams | Laguna Hills, Calif. | JordanBennettOnline.com | Age: 29 |
2013 Individual Sales Volume: $24.5 million | 2013 Individual Sides: 45
“With great challenges come amazing opportunities. Because I learned the benefit of networking early on, I have enjoyed the opportunity to work with and be referred to many people in Birmingham who I would not have known otherwise. The personal and professional growth I’ve seen over the previous five years will help guide and motivate me to continue that over the next five years, where I’ll be looking to expand my sales team to over 200 agents in the Birmingham area.”
Team leader, Keller Williams Realty Trussville | Keller Williams Realty Birmingham-Trussville | Trussville, Ala. | Birmingham-Trussville.YourKWoffice.com | Age: 29 |
2013 Team Sales Volume: $52 million | 2013 Team Sides: 360
“I want to be the go-to guy for everyone’s real estate needs in my community. I started with periodic newsletters and then set up my monthly real estate show on YouTube. The production garnered a humble 400 to 500 views in the initial stages, but has now reached close to 30,000 views every month. It’s obvious that video is such an amazing way for people to get to know you without meeting you in person, but I realized that it was also necessary for reaching potential business out of state or even overseas.”
Salesperson | Keller Williams Realty-Sunset |
Los Angeles, Calif.| IvanEstradaProperties.com | Age: 29 |
2013 Individual Sales Volume: $7.1 million | 2013 Individual Sides: 11.5
“My business is 95 percent referral-based. I build my business by providing an extremely high level of service to my clients and making sure that they know how much their business means to me. Last year, I sent out over 700 handwritten notes to remind folks that I had a genuine interest in their lives. I offered myself as a resource for their questions and the real estate needs of their friends, families, and associates. Between my first and third years in real estate, my sales volume doubled, and I’ve set a goal of doubling that, yet again, in 2014.”
Salesperson | Keller Williams Preferred Realty | Raleigh, N.C. |GingerSellsTheTriangle.com | Age: 27
2013 Individual Sales Volume: $6.3 million | 2013 Individual Sides: 34