30 Under 30 Honorees of 2011

Pick another year

Leo Pareja
Keller Williams Realty
Keller Williams Realty,
11700 Plaza America Drive Suite 150
Reston, VA
United States
Team volume: 
$118 million
Team sides: 

He was Keller Williams’ top producer for group sales volume in 2010 and now teaches agents around the country how to run large REO operations.

This native Columbian, a graduate of George Mason University, got his license in order to invest but soon discovered a passion for real estate sales. Pareja has invested four times the cost of his bachelor’s degree in real estate and personal growth training, he says, and the investment has paid off handsomely. Still, his career hasn’t been all wine and roses: After he changed companies, he faced a lawsuit alleging he had violated a noncompete agreement and lost almost everything. "The path back to stability was a humbling experience in self-discovery," he says. His advice: Seek balance. His comes from family and friends and from his commitment to Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America.