30 Under 30 Honorees of 2008

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Bradley Veneklase
Associate broker, GRI
Parkland Realty Inc.
Parkland Properties Inc.,
600 Monroe Avenue NW
Grand Rapids, MI
United States

Learning from his builder father and sales associate mother, Veneklase can build a home from start to finish. He began investing in real estate at 19. As a sales associate, he hit the big time when he teamed with a large developer in Grand Rapids. “I was the first sales associate to talk him into paying a commission on a condo sale,” says Veneklase. Today, Veneklase is the developer’s exclusive sales associate, closing 262 transaction sides in 2007, totaling more than $50 million. 

ON HIS OWN: Veneklase hasn’t lost interest in construction and design. “The developer I work with has taken old buildings and saved them,” he says. “The fun part is that he lets me be a part of everything—from the design and construction to the marketing.” Veneklase is soaking it all in so that he can develop his own projects in five to 10 years.