Meet the 2018 10 Under 40 honorees

The 2018 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: Jeff Krider, Megan Kelley, Sarah Miller, Dara Barker, Rob Riddle, Katie Crocco, Chris Davis, Rob Ellis, Justin Gwinn, and Molly Leach.

Jeff Krider, Fathom Realty

Originally from the Cleveland area, Jeff is a 2005 graduate of Ohio State University where he obtained his B.A. in Marketing and Communications. He has joyfully called Columbus his home ever since. After working in both professional jobs and skilled trades, Jeff discovered that real estate is the perfect way to help people reach their goals and hone his expertise in marketing, goal coaching and home repairs. He and his wife Stephanie love old homes, and he has gained significant experience in renovation, bringing them back to their original glory. That has naturally centered most of his work with clients in the Clintonville, Worthington, Westerville and downtown areas. Jeff's favorite part of the real estate process is educating his clients on the process so they feel well-informed on what to expect at every step. Jeff lives in Clintonville with his wife and three daughters, and is deeply involved in his church, Life Vineyard, where he uses his musical talents as a drummer and leads a life group. 

Dara Barker

Dara is a licensed Realtor & owner of The Barker Team at HER Realtors. She started her real estate career in 2007, and has a love for helping people with their real estate needs. Shortly after she began her real estate career her husband, Thad, joined her in the business. They were blessed to see their business grow by leaps and bounds even when the market was at a very low point. Several years into their real estate career, they began to expand their team to better serve their clients. Their team is comprised of like-minded agents who share the same values which include making clients the number one goal. She is thankful for all the relationships they have built over the years and the many great clients they have had the privilege of serving. Outside of real estate, she enjoys spending time with her family and being involved in the community. She and her husband have four beautiful, amazing children which include two girls and twin boys. They are very active in extra circular activities and in the county 4-H program. As a family they enjoy camping, swimming, fishing, hiking, watching football, hanging out their our pets, and their annual family vacation.  

Megan Kelley, Collective House Realty

Megan is a born and bred Johnstown Johnnie, and graduate of Otterbein University. Armed with a background in communications, Megan began her journey into real estate as a builder’s representative and leasing agent with Lifestyle Communities. During this time, Megan was introduced to her mentor who was influential in helping harness her knowledge and passion for sales. After this experience, Megan was ready to delve into the world of real estate. As a licensed Realtor, Megan, along with a small team of agents, began growing a new facet of LC, Lifestyle Communities Real Estate Services (LRES). Aimed to serve LC residents as they transition from renters to homeowners, LRES was only the beginning of Megan's journey. In 2015, Megan procured her Brokers license and transitioned from agent to agent/broker of LRES. Over the next few years, Megan continued to rise as a top agent while simultaneously leading a team of agents. Her accolades include 2015 OAR President's Sales Club Award in the Pinnacle of Performance, 2016 Award of Distinction and 2017 Award of Excellence as well as recipient of the $10 million dollar club award in 2016.  Megan has been recognized as on of Columbus's top 200 agents and was featured in the August 2016 issue of REAL Producers as a Columbus Rising Star. In 2017, having seen a need for evolution, Megan successfully transitioned LRES from an LC brokerage to a full fledged brand, Collective House Realty (CHR). This past year has been an absolute whirlwind for Megan. She kicked off the year adding a new pup to her brood, got engaged to her fiance Jimmy, purchased a house in her hometown of Johnstown, is expecting her first child, and was recently promoted as Lifestyle Communities Director of Sales. In her down time, Megan enjoys spending time with friends and family often dragging them to her favorite local karaoke spot to belt some tunes. In the summer, she looks forward to giving her time to the Muscular Dystrophy Association where she has been attending the summer camp as a counselor and leader since she was 16. 

Justin Gwinn, eMerge Real Estate

Justin began his real estate career immediately upon graduating from The Ohio State University with a degree in Real Estate & Urban Analysis in 2000. He comes from a football family having played football for the Buckeyes in 1997-98 and two of his brothers playing there from 1992-96. Being a Partner Agent, Justin has been heavily involved with the training and development of the agents at e-Merge Real Estate since they opened their doors in 2012. Justin has adopted a unique business model with all of his business coming by way of referral. Being in the business for nearly 18 years and having accumulated over $100 million in real estate sales, he is committed to taking on a more active role with Columbus REALTORS®. He currently serves on the Builder/Realtor Alliance Committee, Recognition and Sales Awards Committee and the Young Professionals Network. In the community, Justin plays a huge role in youth mentorship of young student-athletes. He presides and coaches the Columbus Bucks Youth Football Organization where his team won the Pro Football Hall of Fame Youth National Championship this past season with his son Jayden being a member of the team.

Sarah Miller, Keller Williams Capital Partners

Sarah Miller is a Bexley native and attended Ohio University where she studied Psychology. Her career began in the finance industry where she started as a teller and quickly worked her way up to working on the top investment team in the company. She later dabbled in mortgages and life insurance to have a fully rounded experience in the finance industry. Sarah realized that the standard 9 to 5 of the corporate world was no longer for her. She took a risk and obtained her real estate license in 2013, joining the Marsh Home Group as a full time REALTOR®.  Sarah has a strong passion for working with her clients by educating them on the home buying process so they aren’t overwhelmed or confused. She strives to make this process as smooth as possible for her clients and sprinkles in a little fun as well! Sarah has obtained her Certified Negotiations Expert and Accredited Buyer Representative designations and was also 2017 co-chair of YPN through Columbus REALTORS®.  She is currently a member of the 2017-2018 class in Leadership Academy and obtained her 2017 One Million Dollar sales award. Sarah has taken on the task of assisting with training new agents within Keller Williams and has mentored agents who are struggling to get their business to the next level.  She was also a participant in the 2017 Women’s Council Last Realtor Standing where her wit and humor were able to outweigh her nerves! Outside of real estate, Sarah enjoys spending time with her friends and family (and especially her new born niece!) and wearing out her puppy on walks and at parks. When possible, Sarah loves to travel and also keeps active by participating in sports leagues and running local races. Later this year, she will begin a volunteer program where she is able to mentor abused and neglected children and be an advocate for them in court proceedings.

Chris Davis, RE/MAX Town Center

Chris is the owner of RE/MAX Town Center and a life long Central Ohio resident. He attended Westerville schools until 1996 and then graduated from Columbus' Whetstone High School in 1998. After working a rewarding career in corporate America, Chris 'retired' in to real estate in 2006. Upon completing his first full year in real estate in 2007, he received recognition as the "Top Listing Agent" at his brokerage office. Chris joined RE/MAX Town Center in 2008, and in 2011, at 32 years of age, he purchased the brokerage. In order to focus on the growth and success of the agents at RE/MAX Town Center, Chris discontinued active sales while still remaining an active member of Columbus REALTORS®. The brokerage has continued to thrive under his leadership, consistently selling more than one hundred million dollars of real estate annually and recently relocated the office into a new 4,500 square foot office space in Easton Gateway. Chris is happy married to his high school sweetheart, Lisa, and lives on a 25 acre farm in Knox County with their four children. In his free time, Chris is an assistant Scoutmaster with Boy Scout troop #382 of Centerburg, volunteers weekly with the youth group at St. John Newman Catholic Church in Sunbury and is a member of the Columbus REALTORS® Foundation Fundraising Committee. 

Rob Ellis, Key Realty

Rob Ellis is a 2014 graduate of the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University. As a student, multiple alumni provided the opportunities that would gain him exposure in the real estate and finance industries. His passion for real estate and experiences helped shape what would eventually become The REllis Group at Key Realty, which specializes in commercial real estate with a focus on multifamily properties. As Team Lead and Owner, Rob and his real estate team share a vision to motivate and inspire people to create a better life through real estate. With a focus on new business daily and delivering a world-class client experience that continues to establish lasting relationship with clients, Rob and The REllis Group are helping to grow and shape the landscape of real estate in Ohio. 

Katie Crocco, RE/MAX Winners

Katie is a third generation real estate agent in the Union County area. After receiving a Bachelor's Degree in Real Estate and Urban Development at The Ohio State University, Katie joined the RE/MAX Winners team in 2002. The next year, Katie joined the family in-house mortgage company, 1st Monarch Mortgage, Ltd. where she processed loans for the next 10 years. In 2011 Katie obtained her Brokers license and took on the additional role of office manager of both Re/Max Winners and 1st Monarch Mortgage. Katie is the 2018 President of the Marysville Area Realty Association, a 2017-18 Columbus Realtors Board of Directors member and 2018 OAR Alternate Director. With more than 15 years of serving the industry and over 600 transactions, what Katie enjoys most about her job is that no situation is ever the same. Problem solving, helping clients, feeling productive; it never gets old. Outside of the real estate world Katie enjoys taking advantage of wherever her mood may lead her: reading a book, seeing a movie, a night out dancing, cooking up a storm or laying in front of the TV. There are no rules! 

Molly Leach, CBRE

Molly is an associate for CBRE specializing in healthcare, dental and office properties and has been working in the commercial real estate industry for 10 years. Molly represents clients such as Mount Carmel Health System, Central Ohio Primary Care, Ohio Gastroenterology Group, Physicians Realty Trust, OSU Internal Medicine, Mount Vernon Dental, and many independent practices within the Central Ohio Market. Her attention to detail, specialized knowledge of healthcare and construction and assertive deal negotiation techniques give her clients an edge when navigating the waters of commercial real estate. Prior to joining CBRE, Molly was a property manager at NAI Ohio Equities, and managed a portfolio of approximately 500,000 square feet of medical office space. She also worked on a property management team responsible for 1.7 million square feet of medical office properties. Additionally, Molly assisted tenants with their property management needs. Formerly, she served as Maintenance Coordinator for Colliers International and Marketing Specialist for Crawford Hoying. Molly is actively involved as a career counselor for Dress for Success, serves on the BOMA Columbus Legislative Committee and was a Pelotonia Lead Volunteer.

Rob Riddle, New Albany Realty

Rob is a lifetime resident of New Albany. He has a B.S. in Merchandising from the University of Kentucky, and moved home after college to begin a career in retail at Express. Shortly after his return to New Albany in 2012, Rob became a licensed Realtor. Rob quickly realized his passion for real estate and he stepped away from his corporate job in the fashion industry to fully devote himself to serving his clients. Having closed hundreds of transactions, Rob loves sharing his expertise with buyers, sellers.  He and his partners, Kate and Tony Thomas, are committed to developing their team of nine and helping them achieve their goals. A proud 2017 graduate of the Columbus Realtors Leadership Academy, Rob is Vice President of the New Albany Realty Association.  Rob also serves on the National Board of Directors for the University of Kentucky Alumni Association as well as the Board of Directors for the New Albany Walking Classic.  When not selling real estate, Rob and his wife, Johnna, enjoy restoring their 1800’s farmhouse with their four-legged apprentice, Ralph.  Johnna and Rob are expecting their first child, Stanley, this Spring.