30 Under 30 Class


A Class Like No Other

As advocates for their clients and the industry, the 30 Under 30 honorees of 2020 are rising to previously unimaginable challenges.

July - August

When 30 Under 30 applicants describe how they’ve triumphed over adversity—whether of a personal or professional sort—we notice. Those experiences are always an important consideration for the magazine’s staff judges, who assemble a stellar class of young, accomplished real estate professionals from a spirited and highly competitive selection process.

In this year, which marks the program’s 20th anniversary, these high achievers are facing a previously unthinkable set of obstacles stemming from a national crisis. The honorees’ career journeys will be shaped—if not fully defined—by their ability to adjust their business practices and safely serve clients in need during a pandemic that’s thrown everything in our world upside-down.

The coronavirus era has brought into vivid relief how important it is for people to have a place to live where they feel comfortable, safe, and, if they’re really lucky, able to keep working. As hard-driving, tech-savvy industry advocates, 30 Under 30 class members are doing what they can to support clients who want or need to buy or sell real estate now. Many are also moving into leadership roles, championing issues to keep the real estate industry and their community strong.

This group of go-getters was chosen early in the year, during “normal” times, based on a combination of factors: production numbers in 2019, innovative marketing practices, industry leadership, and dedicated community service. When the usual ways of doing business were upended, they—like so many of their peers—figured out how to sustain their business safely.

For clients who didn’t feel comfortable buying a home without setting foot in it, AD Adedapo in Upper Marlboro, Md., took the extra measures needed to enable in-person showings. He provided masks and gloves for buyers, waiting outside so he and the buyers could have a followup cell phone conversation from their respective cars. Emily Beutler says while some activity fell off, she continued to see lots of pending sales and closings in her Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, market. ”The buyers who are out looking are serious buyers in need of housing,” she says. New Orleans practitioner Kristen Boyd says she completed several transactions during the stay-at-home period, working with title companies to help clients close safely. Boyd says she has appreciated the benefits of mobile services and curbside signings. She foresees some of these adaptations becoming permanent options, offering greater flexibility in how sales are transacted into the future.

Learn more about these 30 high performers, who’ve worked hard and smart—and pushed through impediments—to earn recognition as the 30 Under 30 Class of 2020.


Emily Ackerman


Francesca Lampert
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
Menlo Park, Calif.


Adedoyin Adedapo
Keller Williams Preferred Properties

Upper Marlboro, Md.


Aubrey LaRue
Frank Trimble Homes—Keller Williams Greater Downtown

Chattanooga, Tenn.


Emily Beutler
Century 21 Beutler & Associates
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho


Sarah Maiga
Keller Williams Realty

Ann Arbor, Mich.


Madison Blau BenShimon
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices—Nevada Properties,
Las Vegas, Nev.


Sam Medvene
Century 21 Redwood Realty

Washington, D.C.


Nikolas Boone
Ascend Real Estate 

Bakersfield, Calif.


Kimberlee Meserve
Keller Williams Realty Chestnut Hill


Kristen Boyd
Delisha Boyd LLC
New Orleans


Cyrus Mohseni
U.S. Real Estate Services
Seal Beach, Calif.


Cole Cannon
Rolls Realty
Columbus, Ohio


Jordan Mott
Intero Real Estate Services
San Jose, Calif.


Jonathan Fayard
Diamond Realty & Associates
Bossier City, La.


Christine Nieva
Deausen Realty
Washington, D.C.


Logan Geddie
Coldwell Banker Advantage
Fayetteville, N.C.


Jordan Pyle
Keller Williams Realty

Chicago, Ill.


Victoria Hill
Keller Williams Realty
Huntington Beach, Calif.


Eduardo Reyes
John L. Scott

Clackamas, Ore.


Elliot Hoyte
Amherst Madison Real Estate Advisors
Boise, Idaho


Lauren Rogers
Kingsmill Realty

Williamsburg, Va.


Brad Inhulsen
Sears Real Estate
Greeley, Colo.


Keeyan Sabz
Intero Real Estate Services

Houston, TX


Joshua James
Keller Williams Realty Buffalo Northtowns
Buffalo, N.Y.


Rachel Scheid
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

Chicago, Ill.


Bita Kamoei
BBS Brokers Realty

Palm Desert, Calif.


Kevin Spivey
Spivey Realty Group

Grays Harbor, Wash.


Sarah Knauer
Amalfi Estates
Pacific Palisades, Calif.


Casey Sutherland
Rosemont Real Estate

Alexandria, Va.

Erica Christoffer
Product Manager

Erica Christoffer is the product manager for REALTOR® Magazine, driving growth and helping make data-driven decisions for the editorial products and programs that fall under the publication's umbrella. Erica also co-manages the magazine's 30 Under 30 program. During her tenure as an editor, she wrote and edited hundreds of articles for the magazine and launched the Broker to Broker section. Connect with Erica via email: echristoffer@nar.realtor.

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Nicole Slaughter Graham is an independent journalist and consulting editor with REALTOR® Magazine. She writes articles for the magazine, oversees the Broker to Broker content and manages the YPN Lounge. Additionally, Nicole's work has appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Times, Parents, CNN, Shondaland and more. Connect with her via email: ngraham@nar.realtor or on Twitter @nslaughtgraham.

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen is a freelance writer and editor from Minneapolis with more than 18 years of experience. Connect with Nathan at nathanrhansen@gmail.com.

Lee Nelson

Lee Nelson is a freelance journalist from Illinois. She writes for several state REALTOR® association magazines along with LawnStarter.com and Nurse.org. She has written for Yahoo! Homes, MyMortgageInsider.com, and TheMortgageReports. Contact Lee at leenelson77@yahoo.com.

Gina Rautenberg

Gina Rautenberg is a marketing consultant and writer who specializes in the real estate industry. Outside of her work with the National Association of REALTORS®, Gina has collaborated with T3 Sixty, Inman, realtor.com®, Edina Realty, HomeSpotter, RateMyAgent, and many brokers and associations. To get in touch, please email gina@findyourlingo.com.

Graham Wood
Executive Editor of Digital Media

Graham Wood is Executive Editor of Digital Media for REALTOR® Magazine. He can be reached at gwood@nar.realtor.