Celebrating Titans in the Real Estate Industry

Chris Heller HeadshotChris Heller, Licensed AgentApril 7, 2022

Pensive,Experienced,Ceo,Reading,News,Searching,Information,On,Websites,UsingThe real estate industry can often be a revolving door for new agents, but there are many professionals who have stayed with it, becoming role models for those just starting out. Through the years, they’ve become top producers, listers, and sellers. They’ve all found a way to master client communication, building relationships as their careers started taking off.

There are so many of these amazing titans working in the real estate industry, and they deserve a bit of praise for what they do. So, we are going to start by shining a spotlight on these titans who have been in the industry for 10+ years, and have managed to climb their way to the top. 

Yawar Charlie

One of the titans who’s proved he has the right product knowledge, reputation, and communication skills to gain a client’s trust is Yawar Charlie. He is a first-time homebuyer/single family home expert with over 12-years of real estate experience.

He has worked on over 83% more single-family homes than the average Los Angeles agent. Yawar sells properties fast and selling 65% quicker than the average Los Angeles agent. He came to Los Angeles for acting but transitioned to a successful career in real estate after he bought his first home and realized that he could have made his own experience better and while helping friends who were asking with their home searches Yawar realized real estate is something he is passionate about.

He has received countless awards and recognitions, among which are:

  • Series Regular, “Listing Impossible”- CNBC/NBC (2020-Present)
  • Aaron Kirman Group- Top Sales Team in California Volume 2019 (587 Million Sales)
  • Voted Top 10 Realtors in Los Angeles 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012
  • Engel & Volkers Ruby award winner for 2014, 2015 and 2016


Lisa Maysonet

Another titan in the industry is Lisa Maysonet, who leads the Lisa Maysonet Team at Sotheby’s International Realty As a real estate broker, owner, and investor for 40 years, her team members follow suit in experience, talent, and dedication. Their commitment to results comes with an exceptional approach to servicing buyers, sellers, and developers.

To date, she has negotiated properties valued at over one billion dollars in the New York City metropolitan area. In addition to being an established top producer in the NYC market, her breadth of knowledge on real estate markets has expanded to include clientele from around the world. As a leading expert in global luxury properties, Lisa has presented at conferences in Canada, Hong Kong, and Russia.

Whatever the goal is, it’s undeniable that Lisa is a true professional and one of the most inspiring titans in real estate.


Loy Carlos

For over three decades, Loy Carlos has been the trusted lifestyle, real estate and marketing advisor of a global clientele. Together with Kenneth J. Moore, he co-founded Classiques Modernes Lifestyle & Estates, which provides home and investment management services, private brokerage, marketing & lifestyle consultancy.

Considered among New York City’s most sought-after entrepreneurs and mentors, Loy marries his methodical approach to business, his creative vision, with his seasoned ability to deliver exemplary results for clients from different background and industries. Through the years, he has led several groundbreaking development projects and marketing initiatives. As Creative Director of Classiques Modernes, he also collaborated with Pratt Institute to create the school’s Fashion New Media Design Program. Loy’s breadth and depth of experience has made him influential before there were influencers.

He’s known for his willingness to go above and beyond for every client, in every transaction.


Suzanne Pope

suzanne-pope (1)Suzanne has been a real estate professional since 2007, and got her Texas real estate license in 2010.  She has worked for both clients and investors who are buying and/or selling a home.  She has been a part of over 500 transactions on behalf of her clients.

She credits her family and her Texas upbringing with the success of her career.  As the youngest of four children in a military family in Central Texas, she attended Texas A&M where she earned her degree in sociology.  This education has empowered her to understand people and their needs.

She has lived in both Dallas and Houston, and knows both housing markets well, but claims Dallas as her home.   She believes that being front and center for her client, good communication, and excellent negotiation skills are at the heart of any good transaction.

Today, Suzanne is the COO of the DFW based apartment locator service, Whiterock Locators. This amazing industry titan is excited to see where her career takes her and she can’t wait to see what the future holds!


Jake Tasharski

If you look at his numbers, it’s no surprise Jake Tasharski is a titan in the Illinois real estate industry. He started his career as a luxury apartment locator in downtown Chicago connecting renters to premier Class-A apartment communities. After a few years, several of his clients began expressing interest in homebuying and he knew it was time to get his broker’s license in Illinois to help them navigate their next chapter. Today he helps buyers, sellers, renters, landlords, and investors navigate the market.

He finds the job rewarding in many ways. He especially enjoys helping others navigate the nuances of making moves and investing in real estate. Jake has always loved architecture, city planning and the excitement you feel when discovering different neighborhoods and local hot spots. Chicago offers a diverse range of cultures that give the city a truly unique pulse. He has helped over 1,000 clients with a career volume of over $55,000,000.

He’s also received countless awards and recognition, including: CAR Top Producer designations in 2018/2019 and 5 Star Agent Recognition in 2019 and 2020.


Ryan Wright

Ryan has been a prolific fix & flip entrepreneur since 2002 and has mentored thousands of new real estate investors during that time. He first started in real estate as an agent, along with his wife, almost 20 years ago. The success came quickly. The Salt Lake Board of Realtors named him “Real Estate Rookie of the Year” and his company won “Best of State” as well. Despite these successes, he never truly experienced the time & money freedom he though would come with that career.

He noticed that many of his clients were real estate investors, purchasing and flipping homes for massive profit. While Ryan as the agent would earn a decent profit of the sale, the investors were making life-changing income, and even better, their schedules weren’t subject to the their clients.

He decided to give it a shot, and soon became a massively successful fix & flipper, relying on hard work, determination, and his legendary work ethic. One of his favorites stories from the early days involves using two landlines at the same time so that he could cold call faster.

Several hundred profitable flips later, Ryan decided to take on a slightly different challenge – to help new investors get funding quickly from reputable sources. The result was DoHardMoney.com, a hard money lender that Ryan founded and still runs today.


John Gorden

There’s no doubt about it, John is one of the most prominent real estate agents in Arizona. He has a specialized knowledge of the diverse communities in the greater Prescott area which has lead him to develop a comprehensive tour of Prescott Subdivision and Neighborhoods that suit his client’s lifestyle and budget.

The reviews make it clear, he’s here to help his clients find their dream home:

“John is the go to if you’re seeking to purchase a house in Prescott. He has deep knowledge of the area, and was a valuable resource for my wife and I during the process from relocating from Ohio. I was especially impressed with how much he remained in contact with us throughout, with at least weekly update emails. Also John will be very honest with his assessment of a house during a walk-through. This was especially refreshing. He was not there to sell a house, but help you find a home.”

“We have been married 45 1/2 yrs and have moved about 20 times, in different states.  We have said many times to each other that of all the realtors we have had, and with my husbands health issues adding to the complexity of buying a home, he is the BEST REALTOR we have ever had. IF we were to move again, we’d chose him in a heartbeat. There is nothing that he could improve on. They usually say one should save room for improvement. Well, there’s no room for improvement where our interaction with John Gorden is concerned, a truly caring, knowledgeable realtor. We have been fortunate to have him as our realtor. In fact he is selling our home also for us. We recommend him to anyone looking for a Great Realtor.”


Sean Lieb

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Another titan who’s proved he’s at the top of his game is Sean Lieb. Sean is the Vice President at SRS Real Estate Partners in Phoenix . He has a decade of Arizona real estate experience in project leasing, sales, and tenant representation.

Prior to joining SRS, Sean worked for Cushman & Wakefield/DTZ, where he successfully leased up Target anchored and grocery anchored shopping centers, neighborhood strip centers, represented owner-users for purchase requirements to national tenant site selection, and assisted in investment opportunities from single-tenant net leased assets to value add investments. Completing a total of over 80 lease and sale transactions in the last 3 years. Sean has experience working on various types of retail property across Arizona with his primary focus being collaborating with property owners on project analysis & valuations, marketing strategy, and lease negotiations, to maximize value on behalf of his clients.

He is known for sharing his advice, insight, and updates on retail and commercial acquisitions to the masses. Real estate success is also in his blood, as he is a third-generation Lieb in Phoenix.

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About the Author

Chris Heller brings 27 years of experience in real estate. Chris serves on the AgentAdvice Editorial Board and is the Chief Real Estate Officer at OJO Labs. Chris brings deep expertise having held influential industry positions including CEO of mellohome and former CEO of Keller Williams Realty International.

Last Updated: 4/7/2022



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