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2017 ORRA YPN "20 Under 40" Rising Stars In Real Estate Awards

Tuesday, November 7, 2017  
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Members of the YPN "20 Under 40" Rising Stars of Real Estate, Class of 2017, enjoy their moment during a reception in their honor

An outstanding group of up-and-comers has been identified as the Class of 2017, ORRA Young Professionals Network "20 Under 40" Rising Stars in Real Estate.

These notable young REALTORS® were selected by the ORRA Awards Committee for their demonstrated excellence in career and service to both community and the real estate industry. And, due to the exceptional nature of our many applicants, the ORRA Awards Committee had to expand the number of honorees to 21! Members of the class of 2017 celebrated their success at a special masquerade reception at the Dubsdread Golf Club in August.

2017 ORRA Young Professionals Network "20 Under 40: Rising Stars In Real Estate Awards Recipients

Nadia Anderson
Prestige Realty Consultants
Nadia has been practicing real estate since 2008, when she transitioned from a career in social services. As a professional, wife, and mother, she strives to balance work and family while always serving the needs of her clients. Nadia makes a point to travel the nation attending seminars and trainings to help her further her career in real estate.

Juliana Boselli Neves
Glasstone Group Inc
Juliana comes from a hospitality and leasing background. After realizing she had a love for real estate, and an appreciation for the flexibility it offers to parents, this speaker of four languages undertook a new journey and is now the broker of her own company. Juliana serves the REALTOR® organization as 2017 chairman of ORRA YPN, as an ORRA ambassador, and as a Florida REALTORS® director.

Jason Crane
Jason Crane Real Estate LLC
Jason made becoming a top broker his life goal after hearing favorite author Robert T. Kiyosaki. He is a voracious reader and consumes all the real estate publications he can find. Jason, an accomplished mountain climber, applies many of the sport’s principles to real estate: endurance and stamina are more important than speed, and you are not going to reach every summit just as you are not going to close every sale.

Chris Creegan
Creegan Property Group
Chris became interested in a real estate career as the result of pursuing his own investment opportunities. He describes himself as having a passion for helping others achieve homeownership and ensuring sellers are properly represented, all while providing the highest level of customer service. He makes a concerted effort to increase his own knowledge so he can be a leader in educating his agents.

Alberto Cruz
The Cruz Team at Lovera Realty
Growing up as a first-generation American, the American dream for Alberto was always associated with the right to own a piece of freedom. As a result, he knew that real estate was the path he would take in order to help families achieve financial independence and to serve his community. He has also spent time assisting others as a banker.

Monica Cuervo
Keller Williams Advantage 2 Realty
Monica believes that it is essential for REALTORS® to be fully involved in all components of the transaction, and that it is crucial for all sides to be engaged, communicative, and committed to a completed closing. She attributes success to having a team that is made up of members who both buy into her philosophies and are collectively capable of addressing any client need.

Amber Finch
RE/MAX Select
Amber holds bachelor’s degrees in finance and real estate and started her career with an REO broker. She maintains an open-door policy with her clients and welcomes all questions; through her experience in the construction industry Amber is even able to assist them with structural inquiries. She utilizes paperless transactions and reveals that most clients find this modern process to be a relief.

Hollie Gondera
Haus Real Estate
As the broker of her own business, Hollie insists that integrity is the top priority and values are not compromised. In addition, Hollie takes the approach that being selective and saying “no” to doing business in certain circumstances benefits her brokerage in the long run. Her service initiative, The HAUS Project, is deeply involved in local community efforts.

Daniel Goodman
Keller Williams Heritage Realty
Daniel has been in real estate for more than five years, and was attracted to the unlimited potential that it offers. He has a background in mortgage lending and credits his passion and work ethic to his success in real estate (including a $1.7 million transaction that holds a special place in his personal history).

Iordanka Karaivanova
Keller Williams Heritage Realty
Iordanka believes her creativity and artistic ability is what sets her apart. She applies creativity to everything she does, whether it is developing new-media marketing strategies, coming up with ways to save a deal, providing tips on home décor, or offering suggestions for making a room look bigger and brighter. She also embraces technology as a mechanism for making her business more efficient.

Justin LaManna
Homevest Realty
For Justin, honesty is the best policy – particularly when it’s difficult to tell people what they don’t necessarily want to hear. He believes that his success in real estate has come from being hardworking, aggressive-yet-polite, tenacious, and organized, plus paying attention to detail! Justin specializes in property management and serves as 2017 chairman of the ORRA Property Management Council.

Matthew Matin
Suzi Karr Realty
After working as an urban planner for 12 years, Matthew decided that he wanted a career that offered more control over his schedule and provided direct contact with customers. He now loves the freedom and flexibility of real estate, the pressure, and of course sharing with a client the joy that comes with a successful transaction. Matthew serves on the City of Winter Garden Planning and Zoning Board.

Abby Nelson
RE/MAX 200 Realty
Abby landed on a career in real estate as the best of both worlds: an office job that did not require her to always be in the office! She credits early mentoring by exceptional REALTORS® as the key to her current success, along with consistent attention to detail and establishing her own specialized and innovative tracking systems for data capture and marketing purposes.

Marilia Neri
Keller Williams at the Park
Marilia specializes in serving international clients and is 2017 chairman of the Global Real Estate Council of Orlando. She enjoys telling the story of her first transaction that was conducted solely via FaceTime, from showings to closing (the buyers loved the house even more in person). She cites learning to refer clients to other trusted agents as a critical skill that ensures the highest level of customer service for all.

Vanessa Pierce
Coldwell Banker Residential RE
Only a year into real estate, Vanessa already has the track record and vision of a veteran. To date, her proudest transaction is the sale of a condo during the challenging holiday season. Vanessa’s clients benefit from her previous experiences as a paralegal in the construction and real estate industries and a stint as a title processor. She takes continuing education seriously and has already earned the AHWD, GKC, GRI, and SRES designations.

Chris Sapp
Suzi Karr Realty
Chris became a REALTOR® during the real estate recession, and credits long hours, hard work, and guidance from industry long-timers with helping him survive. He learned that integrity and customer service were keys to coming out on top as the market rebounded. Chris believes that while embracing technology in all business aspects is important, old-school approaches such as in-person meetings are not only still relevant but invaluable.

Deborah Schroeder
Infinity Realty Group LLC
Deborah, a former educator, is often asked if she misses teaching. She responds that she teaches every day! Now her students are her customers, who learn about the market, valuation, the transaction, etc. Deborah applies her love of learning by taking continuing education classes to stay current with trends and policies. She also has a master’s degree in technology and incorporates tech into all aspects of her brokerage.

Lindsay Seibert
Coldwell Banker Residential RE
Lindsay makes every effort to reduce client stress and ensure that they experience a degree of fun during the process. She also seeks to shield clients from the stressful behind-the-scenes actions that she takes on their behalf, such as hours of difficult back-and-forth negotiations. Lindsay keeps her business running smoothly – and ensures life-work balance - by setting up processes and managing client expectations.

Kathryn Stelljes
Keller Williams At The Parks
When Kathyrn graduated from UCF with a degree in marketing, she already had a dream job in mind: one that allowed her to use her degree, create her own path, provided a variety of day-to-day activities, and offered endless opportunities. Real estate was it! Kathryn is also a keen designer who uses her skills daily to help sellers present their homes in the best light and to help buyers envision potential.

Michael Thomas
Century 21 Professional Group Inc
After working in residential construction for 10 years, Michael transitioned into real estate because he enjoyed interacting with clients and the euphoria that comes with owning a home. He admits that ushering a transaction can require patience, and credits his four daughters with providing him with ample opportunities for developing that skill. Michael is involved in his brokerage’s efforts on behalf of Easter Seals.

Matthew White
Sloane Realty, LLC
Matthew is not afraid of going outside of his comfort zone to help better himself or his business. Focus, technology, and education is what drives him to close the sale and gain referrals. His personal business strategy is very old school and believes that you must look out for what is best for your client and always have clear communication about the process.


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