[Note from editor: The “Mastermind Showcase” highlights companies and news from members of the GEM. Today’s showcase: Red Oak Realty.]

Founded 40 years ago in an Albany hot tub, Red Oak Realty is an independent real estate agency that has grown to more than 160 agents in the San Francisco East Bay Area. With 20 staff members supporting its agents at an agent to staff ratio of 8:1.

In 2010 Vanessa Bergmark took over ownership of the company and Red Oak has grown to become the second-largest in market share in the East Bay cities they serve. With over 20 years of experience in advertising and real estate marketing, COO Aman Daro helps agents and business leaders leverage data and consumer insights to innovate, build systems, and drive growth.

What do we like?: As one of the first registered real estate agents CO2-neutral and green certified, they care about the future of the Bay Area community of tomorrow, not just getting people into the community today.

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