RISMedia's Real Estate Magazine

DEC 2018

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In 2015, after taking a trip to Haiti and meet - ing families who lived in slums, BRETT HAGLER and his three colleagues launched New Story, a non-profit "working to create a world where no human being lives in sur- vival mode." Since its in- ception, the organization has funded the building of more than 1,300 homes for over 5,000 people in Haiti, El Salvador and Bo - livia. The New Story con- cept has struck a chord with many, as donations go to one very tangible result: a home for a fam- ily who has no shelter. The charity's "100% promise" means that 100 percent of donations go directly to hire local work- ers and buy local materi- als. The cause and model has resonated with many in the real estate indus- try who have joined forc- es with New Story, from the likes of large brands like Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate and Sotheby's International Realty to technology firms like DocuSign to many in- dividual agents trying to do their part. And Hagler continues to gain recogni- tion for his efforts. This year, he was named one of the Top 100 Most In- triguing Entrepreneurs by Goldman Sachs. ISATOU CEESAY immi- grated to the United States from Gambia, an impover- ished country in West Africa, in 2002. She began caring for adults with developmen- tal disabilities and helped people in her community find homes even before obtaining her real estate license. As a broker, Ceesay works hard to guide clients through the real estate process. While her first transaction was over a million dollars, she is also a staunch advocate for first- time homebuyers. She ex- plains options, such as HUD and other government assis- tance programs, to help them realize their goals. As a REALTORĀ® with RE- Search Concept in Southern California, CAROLINE HA- RABEDIAN will travel the state to make a client's ex - perience as smooth as pos- sible. She is committed to helping struggling homeown - ers, offering free services to help them understand the options for remaining in their homes. HASANI STEELE president of RE/MAX Premier Prop- erties, transforms dilapidat- ed properties in the Greater Chicago area into quality housing through Steele Con - sulting Group. His efforts have earned him more than 50 Good Neighbor Awards in the Bronzeville, Wood Lawn and Hyde Park areas. A leading Las Vegas luxury agent, CRAIG TANN , bro- ker/owner of Huntington & Ellis has received honors from the New York Times, CNN, and more. Currently, Tann serves on the board of directors for the Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth, dedicated to ending youth homelessness. CEDRIC BOBO is the co- founder of Project Destined, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that ad- ministers a real estate-based applied youth education pro- gram designed to promote financial literacy, leadership development and access to mentorship opportunities yielding an increased compet- itiveness among urban youth. Founder & CEO, Menkiti Group Bo Menkiti is the founder and CEO of the Menkiti Group, a real estate services enterprise dedicated to enhancing the fabric of life in America's urban neighborhoods through the strategic development, management and sale of residen- tial and commercial property. He also co-founded and became CEO of Keller Williams Capital Proper- ties, a network of brokerages in the Mid-Atlantic with 1,000 agents in eight offices. "We are a double bottom-line enterprise, working as socially-minded, for-profit compa- nies in a successful and sustain- able way so that we may invest in neighborhoods to transform them into vibrant communities." In 2015, he created the Capital Properties Menkiti Group Foundation to de- vote resources to housing, youth, education and entrepreneurship. BO MENKITI 2019 NEWSMAKERS RISMedia's REAL ESTATE December 2018 57

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