The 2017 10 Under 40 honorees are innovative, industrious, and committed to raising the bar in real estate. This group of select individuals are leaders in the central Ohio real estate community under the age of 40 who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of sales, leadership and community involvement. Congratulations are in order to this year's honorees: Meghan Martin, Alissa Pugh Clark, Katie Twining, Taylor Kolon, Eric Cliffel, Daniel Dunsmoor, Sarah Martie, Jesse Shkolnik, Lory Kim and Kate Crager Tobin.
Jesse Shkolnik, Equity
Jesse is a Commercial REALTOR® Associate with Equity. Through his career in real estate, he has worked with local, regional and national clients. Jesse joined Equity in 2014 after starting in commercial real estate at LGR Realty/Plaza Properties first as a college intern and, after graduation, as a licensed agent. He is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and a proud graduate of Ohio University. Jesse has been heavily involved with Columbus REALTORS® since starting as a full time REALTOR® in 2009. He has served on the Commercial Education and Commercial Standard Forms committees, in addition to serving as past chair of the Young Professionals Network, REALTOR® Care Day and Commercial Recognition committees. He is the current chair of the Scholarship Committee and of the Commercial Advisory Board. Additionally, he has been appointed to the Columbus Realtors Board of Directors and the Ohio Association of Realtors Board of Directors and Strategic Planning Committee. Jesse was awarded with the Columbus REALTORS® Commercial/Investment Rookie of the Year Award in 2011.
Kate Crager-Tobin, Crager Real Estate
Kate is a second generation REALTOR® and native of Central Ohio, following in her Mom’s footsteps, who started in the industry in 1987. She grew up on a farm in London, Ohio where she and her mother started Crager Real Estate in 2001, of which they are both co-broker/co-owner. Kate received her real estate license in 2001 at 18. She used her license while in college in the field of property management as well as sales until after receiving her degree in business management in which she went full time into real estate sales. She obtained her broker’s license in 2008. She served in 2016 as the vice president of the Madison County Area Realty Association and as the Madison county representative to the Columbus REALTORS® MLS committee. In 2016 she obtained her $5 million club sales award. Kate is currently serving in 2017 as the president of the Madison County Area Realty Association and the Madison County Representative to the Columbus REALTORS® Board of Directors. Kate is also a 3 year winner of the Five Star Professional Award, and a two year winner of the OAR President’s Club Award of Distinction. Kate has been married to her wonderful husband, Clarke, who is a Columbus Police Officer as well as REALTOR®, for 11 years and they have two amazing daughters, Eliah, 5, & Elisha, 1. Kate is a loyal Buckeye fan and she enjoys spending time with her family at their Choctaw Lake home in London and vacationing with them whenever possible.
Lory Kim, RE/MAX
As the daughter of two immigrant parents she was raised to have a strong work ethic, dedication to her career, and kindness in her heart. Through her real estate business she tries to embody all three of these characteristics. She has been practicing real estate since 1998, in a variety of aspects. From starting as an unlicensed assistant, to an account manager, new builds, and now running her own company, she has seen every aspect of this business. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her three beautiful children, Grace, Metodi, and Vaughn, and her husband Rob. In addition, she enjoys dedicating her time to the American Brain Cancer Association and raising money for the continued research against brain cancer. She also likes to volunteer with Ronald McDonald House Charities and teaching her kids about the importance of giving back. When she's not working or volunteering, you can find her visiting with family members. Family and friends are what she most cherishes and tries to spend as much time as possible with them. She is thankful for her career, family, and life and is grateful to be in the Columbus area.
Meghan Martin, Keller Williams
Meghan Martin has called Columbus home for most her life. She attended Bishop Watterson High School and graduated from The Ohio State University majoring in Education. Her love for real estate started at a young age when her mother would take her to open houses after church! She loved seeing the homes, layouts, and how they were used for space and decorations. This sparked her interest and was something that always fascinated her. After her daughter was born she knew she needed to find a career that she looked forward to everyday so she decided to take a leap of faith and get her real estate license. She has had her real estate license since 2012 and thoroughly enjoys helping clients through the transaction, as well as building and nurturing relationships with them and helping them find their home! She works with passionate individuals on the Make It Home Group who emphasize technology, fostering relationships and strong communication. She has received the One Million Dollar Sales Award in 2015 and the Five Million Dollar Sales Award in 2016.
Taylor Kolon, Keller Williams
Upon an introduction to Taylor Kolon, you will immediately sense his personable communication style, the positive manner in which he engages with others, his passion for family and the pride he exudes in assisting first-time home buyers find their new home. As a seven year Ohio resident, Taylor’s family has resided in Clintonville for the past five years. Graduating from Central Michigan University enabled Taylor to earn a Bachelors in Commercial Recreation along with a Minor in Physical Education. The combination of Taylor’s entrepreneurial spirit with his collaborate mindset results in an enjoyable and efficient experience with Pure Equity Group. An affiliation with Keller Williams Capital Partners allows Pure Equity Group to offer professional, prompt and courteous service, coupled with cutting edge 3-D technology. As an active member of The North Columbus Real Estate Association, Columbus Young Professionals and Synergy National, Taylor cultivates relationships and his network in order to be a better resource for his clients. Taylor’s passion for children and helping others carries through to his support for numerous non-profits including: Gallant Few, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, No Kid Hungry and Pelotonia. At the heart of Taylor Kolon is a commitment to serving his clients and a focus on being the best Realtor he can be. Taylor’s only regret….that he didn’t discover his purpose sooner!
, Colliers International
Dan is recognized as a leader in the Columbus, Ohio commercial real estate market, specializing in the lease and sale of Class A and B office properties. Dan has been involved in over 400 transactions valued in excess of $400,000,000 and accounting for over 3,000,000 SF of space. A few of his professional accomplishments include: Colliers International Greater Columbus Region’s Brokerage Associate of the year (2014 and 2015), Colliers International Greater Columbus Region “Top 10” Producers (2014, 2015 and 2016), Largest Lease Transaction Completed in Downtown Columbus (2014), and Columbus Business First’s “20 People to Know in Commercial Real Estate.
, Keller Williams
Eric Cliffel is a Dublin native and a graduate of The Ohio State University class of 2003. He began practicing Real Estate in 2004. He received his Accredited Buyers Representative (ABR) designation in 2007. The Eric Cliffel Team has a focus in most central Ohio neighborhoods including: Downtown Columbus, Mid-town, Dublin, Hilliard, and Columbus's other surrounding suburbs. In addition to his dedication to his clients, Eric is an avid runner, exercise enthusiast and traveler. With this passion Eric coached Track and Field and Cross Country for a number of years, but has since dedicated his life to being a husband, father of two young children, and Team lead of The Eric Cliffel Team.
Alissa Pugh Clark, Rise Realty & Management Co.
Alissa Pugh-Clark has been in the real estate industry since 2006. Alissa has since grown her business into a thriving team with her own branch office Alissa Clark & Associates- Rise Realty & Mgmt Co. Her team operates with integrity, authenticity and continual contribution back to their communities. Along with growing her team she has brought the YPN to the Lancaster Board of Realtors. She is one of the Co-founders of The Key to Giving, a local 501(c)3 non-profit that inspires others to create their own passion projects. Alissa is the founder of Pb & Joy, a local food program for children that is in its third year and has delivered over 20,000 lbs of food. She enjoys yoga, being a foodie and spending time with her husband and daughter. Her moto is HUSTLE, PRAY and REPEAT!!
Katie Twining, Berkshire Hathaway Calhoon Company
Katie joined Ferrari Realty with Berkshire Hathaway Calhoon Company in 2015 and is an asset to both buyers & sellers. As a full-time Realtor, she loves being a part of the exciting journey of helping her clients buy and/or sell their homes. She especially enjoys working with homes that need a little extra love and advising her clients how they can achieve the functionality that they desire. She can see beyond the walls and furniture and envision the various possibilities the home can provide. Katie is honored to be name Top 10 REALTOR® under 40 for 2017. She has received the Gold President Club Award and Caliber Club Award for Berkshire Hathaway Calhoon Company and is a Certified Relocation Specialist and Luxury Collection Specialist. A native of Upper Arlington, Katie obtained dual-degrees in Communications and Psychology at Syracuse University. After bearing the cold winters in Syracuse she spent her formative years experiencing the sites and sounds of Chicago and New York City, where she worked in the marketing and events industry. In 2011 she moved back to Columbus where she lived in German Village until she and her husband Nick decided to start a family, prompting a move back to Upper Arlington. Her free time is spent chasing her twin 4-year-old boys Max and Beck around the house and building Lego towers. She is an active member of the Childhood League, helping support and raise money for the Childhood League Center, which educates preschool aged children with developmental delays.
Sarah Martie, RE/MAX
Sarah is a 2010 graduate of Capital University where she obtained her B.A. in Marketing. After graduation Sarah worked as a business and consumer banker for JPMorgan Chase where she developed her knowledge of the mortgage and real estate industries. In December 2014 she capitalized on that experience and made the transition to real estate. Sarah's knowledge of the mortgage process coupled with her desire to go the extra mile for her customers and entrepreneurial spirit have helped her achieve lofty goals in a short time. Sarah is currently serving a three year appointment on the Sales Recognition and Awards Committee and is a member of the Women's Council of Realtors where she serves on the Communication Committee. She is also a member of the YPN, the Gahanna Area Realty Association and the New Albany Realty Association. Sarah lives in Reynoldsburg with her husband Kyle, their five year old daughter Payton and two year old son Mack.