When she was 16, Hemi "Christine" Lee started her first of many online businesses, a video distribution service that served 16 countries. While earning a degree in computer information systems at the University of North Florida, she handled Web marketing for a real estate appraisal company. That work led her into the real estate industry. She earned a master's degree in real estate and founded her own mortgage and real estate companies. She doubled her business from 2008 to 2009 and is aiming for an ambitious $40 million in sales this year.
Lee says her edge comes from having a commanding knowledge in what she calls "the trifecta" of success: technology, marketing, and real estate. She also believes in delegation. "If you get the right talent," she says, "they'll take off with [a task] and take things off your plate."
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"I identified and secured great mentors, veterans in the industry," Lee says. "Their helpfulness and willingness to share with me has saved me a lot of time and money. What can make the difference is finding that coach or role model that can give you direction and advice."