The YPN Lounge blog is written by a team of young real estate professionals from across the country. Are you interested in joining our blogging team? Contact the blog’s editor, Erica Christoffer, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ANITA CLARK is a residential real estate agent with Coldwell Banker SSK, REALTORS®, in Houston County, Ga. She is from Coventry, England, is a retired military spouse, and has been assisting buyers, investors, and sellers in middle-Georgia since 2007. In addition to helping Georgia consumers with their real estate needs, Anita is quite active on social media, and regularly writes local and national interest real estate articles on her sellingwarnerrobins.com website. Connect with Anita on Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube.
MATT CLEMENTS, CEO of the Clements Group at The Agency in Beverly Hills, Calif., is a fourth generation real estate professional—leading a legacy started by his great-grandmother. He’s the author of the YPN Playbook and was chair of the California Association of REALTORS® (C.A.R.) YPN in 2016 when the group won the YPN State Network of the Year. Matt is currently on the Board of Directors for C.A.R. and is vice chair of the Business Technology Committee. He is also on the National Association of REALTORS® Board of Directors, and sits on NAR’s YPN Advisory Board. In addition, he’s the California-Hawaii-Guam representative for NAR Region 13, and is the 2018 president of the Orange County Association of REALTORS® (he is the board’s youngest president to-date). Matt, who graduated from the University of California—Irvine, was a professional surfer from 1994 through 2001. Connect with Matt at mattclements.com.
JEF CONN, CCIM, SIOR, is a commercial agent specializing in industrial, office, and investment properties with Coldwell Banker Commercial in Lubbock, Texas. Since beginning his career in 2007, Jef has helping thousands of clients and consistently ranks as the top industrial and office producer in his markets. Recognized for his work in commercial real estate, Jef won the 2015 William C. Jennings Texas Association of REALTORS® Transaction of the Year and the 2016 National Association of REALTORS® Commercial REALTOR® of the Year awards. He’s won the Coldwell Banker Commercial Global Award of Mentor/Protégé, once as a protégé and then again as a mentor in 2008 and 2012, respectively. Jef served as president of his local association in 2017 and currently serves as Region 1 vice president and executive board member for the Texas REALTORS®. Jef and his family reside in Lubbock, Texas, the home of food (beef), fuel (oil), and fiber (cotton) for the country. He is also a professional speaker on the topics of communication, leadership, and real estate. Connect with Jef on LinkedIn or via email: JConn@CBCWorldwide.com.
LEE DAVENPORT, Ph.D., is an experienced real estate broker based in Atlanta who trains real estate agents and brokerages on how to use today’s technology to work smarter. Lee offers a RE Tech Insider’s Club at no fee for real estate pros to keep up with the latest tech tools to help your sales business thrive. Learn more by visiting LearnWithLee.REALTOR. Also, follow Lee on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Google+. And if you are looking to transform your real estate sales game plan, check out Lee’s interactive workbook, Plan to Win!, available on Amazon.com. For more personalized insights, Lee trains in person, by phone, and by video (live and recorded). For more information, or to request Lee as a speaker or guest blogger, contact her at info@LearnWithLee.REALTOR.
REBECCA DONATELLI, ABR, SRS, is a residential agent and team lead of The Rebecca Donatelli Team with McDowell Homes Real Estate Services in Cleveland, Ohio. She was honored in REALTOR® Magazine’s 2019 class of 30 Under 30, and was voted a Top REALTOR® in Northeast Ohio by Cleveland Magazine in 2018 and 2019. In addition to running her team, Rebecca owns RCD Seminars & Consulting, a speaking and consulting company where she travels around the country to speak about utilizing social media for your Real Estate business. Rebecca sits on the Lake & Geauga Area Association of REALTORS® Board of Directors, and is the chair of their Young Professional Network Committee. She has been featured in a webinar hosted by realtor.com® as a top producer with a large following on Instagram, a “Real Estate Influencer” by The Residential Specialist, and was featured in an article for ReminderMedia as one of three agents crushing it on Instagram. In her free time, Rebecca enjoys watching the Cavs, running, and spending time with her husband and four pets. You can connect with her on Instagram, Facebook, or LinkedIn.
JASEN EDWARDS is a sought-after sales expert, performance coach, and motivational speaker with more than 25 years of real estate experience. In his production heyday, he was the youngest person ever listed on the Austin Business Journal’s Top 50 agents list and was featured on the cover of REALTOR® Magazine as a member of the 30 Under 30 class of 2002. Jasen’s first book, The Top Producer Life: How To Build The Real Estate Career Of Your Dreams In Any Economy, will be published in December 2020.
NEIL GORADIA (as written by associate Shaun Martin) is both a gentleman and a scholar. With an engineering background, a constant desire to learn, and a heart of gold, Neil is a fabulous human. He is thoughtful and kind. I am proud to call him a friend. Regarding real estate, he is the founder of Go Indy Real Estate in Indianapolis. His expertise is vast and includes experience in the following areas.
- Licensed real estate agent
- Home renovation and reselling consultant (fancy way of saying fix ‘n flips)
- Land developer (he loves this side of the industry—he probably played SIMS City as a kid—now that’s a throwback showing our age a little)
- Private lender
- Buy and hold investor
- 1031 investor
- IRA and roth investor
Neil’s ability to learn and provide practical guidelines is incredible. To throw in a quote…have you heard the one? “Jack of all trades, master of none?” Well, when I’m talking about Neil this is what I say: “Neil of all trades, master of all trades.” Thanks, Neil. You the man.
HEATHER HAASE serves as the upbeat and spunky training director for HER REALTORS®. She also is a residential agent for the Loxley Martin Team in the Dayton, Ohio region. She got into real estate because she wanted to meet new people, get involved in the community, and help others achieve their dreams. Real estate came with the added benefit of pursuing her passions of education, networking, and involvement. She serves as vice-chair for Ohio REALTORS® YPN and on the NAR YPN Advisory Board. Heather is also a Gem City ambassador, Dayton REALTORS® Leadership Academy member, Ohio REALTORS® director, and is C2EX endorsed. On top of that, Heather also runs Dayton REbar Camp. In her spare time, you can find her spending time with her daughter, traveling the country, singing karaoke, going to museums, and educating others in the industry on networking. There is no shortness of smiles or dresses with pockets with Heather. Connect with her on Instagram, Facebook, or through her website.
SAMANTHA JONES is an award-winning real estate broker with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in the Chicagoland area. Her specialty is residential real estate sales—everything from first-time buyers to down-sizers and every stage of life in between. You could say real estate is in her blood; Sam is a fourth-generation practitioner and works on a team with her mother. She jumped into real estate full-time back in 2014. Since then, Samantha has ranked as a top producer every year, was recognized as Coldwell Banker’s suburban Rookie of the Year in 2014, and is a member of Coldwell Banker’s Sterling Society. Sam feels blessed that real estate is both her passion and profession. Prior to taking the plunge into the field full time, Sam lived another dream: Making a difference as a journalist. She worked as an on-air TV news reporter and previously as a field producer behind the camera at a major Chicago television news station. She lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband and fur baby, Randy. You can connect with Samantha on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
KYLE MALNATI is the CEO and founder of Calibrate Real Estate, a Denver-based commercial real estate company specializing in apartment building brokerage services and investment sales. The firm is dedicated to serving clients who own apartment buildings in Denver with a focus on precision, excellence, and determination in the market. Kyle is a member of the 2012 class of 30 Under 30 and appeared on REALTOR® Magazine’s cover. In 2017, he was also named a 40 Under 40 by the Denver Business Journal. Kyle has also been recognized by the Denver Metro Commercial Association of REALTORS® as a top 10 “Heavy Hitter” several times since 2007. But above all else, Kyle is a husband and a father, married to his high school sweetheart, Courtney, and dad to their “Irish triplets,” Charlotte, 8, Amelia, 7, and Henry, 7. Check out Kyle’s Calibrate Real Estate podcast where twice a month he interviews real estate heavy-hitters.
CHIRAG SHAH, SFR, is the director of training and coaching in Westchester, N.Y., and Connecticut for Compass. An active agent for more than a decade, his speaking, coaching, and training career has been fueled by understanding and connecting with agents in a language that speaks to them. He has many awards, including being recognized in the 40 Under 40 rising stars by the Business Council in Westchester. Chirag is a recent graduate of the Leadership Westchester Program. He has been a featured speaker on the use of technology and social media at the Triple Play National Convention, National Association of REALTORS® Tech Edge, New York State Association of REALTORS® Fall Business Meetings, Long Island Multiple Listing Service Tech Fair, Hudson Gateway Association of REALTORS® Members Day, Stamford Board of REALTORS®, and Greater Rochester Association of REALTORS® Tech-Know-Palooza. Learn more at compass.com.