BrokerageIndustry News

Young broker makes waves in Kansas

People in Real Estate: Scott DeNeve

Learn the New Luxury Playbook at Luxury Connect | October 18-19 at the Beverly Hills Hotel

Scott DeNeve is used to being the youngest businessman in the neighborhood. At 7, he tucked tomatoes from the family garden into paper bags and went door-to-door, selling them to neighbors. At 9, he was mowing lawns -- with a vengeance -- eventually earning enough from 16 regular customers to pay for his own riding mower, plus two go-karts and bicycles. At 24, he started his own real estate brokerage. That was five years ago. This month, Platinum Realty ranked 129th on Inc. magazine's list of the country's fastest-growing companies. His success, he said, is a natural extension of what he learned at a young age. "I was used to working for what I wanted," he said. "It gave me confidence. I could make anything happen with my own hands if I wanted to work for it." The magazine's list ranks Platinum, based in Overland, Kan., at No. 1 in its real estate category, with a three-year leap in growth of more than 2,000 percent, from $116,202 in revenue in 2006 ...