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July 25, 2016 40 Under Forty 2016

Jonathan Gineo

Jonathan Gineo Jonathan Gineo
Paddle surfing is just one of Jonathan Gineo's watery passions.
Jonathan Gineo takes part in a 2016 Rebuilding Together Day in Hartford.

Age: 33

Company: Nutmeg Properties

Title: Broker and Principal

Town where I live: New Britain

Town where I work: Wethersfield, Bethel

College: Southern Connecticut State University and University of Maryland, Baltimore County


What do you do and what are your goals in your current job? I run a company that is both a startup real estate brokerage and a real estate investment firm. My goals are to help make real estate brokerage more transparent and way more customer friendly than it has historically been, especially in Connecticut.

What are your goals for your community involvement? As a real estate brokerage 100 percent of what we earn comes directly from the communities that we work in and the people who live in those communities, so my goal is to be able to give back not just a percentage of what we earn but also our time to help better the communities we work in and support the people that live there.

What are your future aspirations? My future aspirations are to force a change in the way real estate brokerage is done to a way that is truly a customer-first approach and not self-serving for the brokerages and agents. There is a better way to do business and I want to show the other brokerages out there that it can be mutually beneficial for both our customers and our companies.

What will Hartford be like in 10 years? I feel like Hartford is at a major crossroads right now. In one direction it has a very bright future ahead with a renewed interest from people wanting to be a part of what is happening downtown. In another direction we are still struggling because there are just not enough desirable jobs being created. That alone can be hugely damaging especially with Boston and New York being so close and really drawing in both businesses and Millennials to help build the employee base in both places. I feel like Hartford is just on the cusp and if we can keep it moving in the right direction it can be an amazing place to work, live and play in the next decade.

List four reasons why you deserve to be a 40 Under Forty

Was No. 1 in New England as a Realtor three years in a row and No. 2 nationally in 2014 for one of the largest franchises in the country.

I have bought, sold and brokered over 750 properties so far in my career.

I have been involved in numerous community-centric organizations and events in Hartford County.

I have been selected as a NAHREP top 250 broker three years in a row and have come in the top 50 each year and this year came in at No. 17 out of brokers nationally for sales volume.

Time Tested:

What personal possession in your life has withstood the test of time? Definitely my beach chair: I am a beach bum at heart.

What hobby did you develop at a young age that you still enjoy today? I have played hockey since just after I could walk and still play today.

Twenty years ago, what did you envision as your future profession? Twenty years ago I honestly never thought my career would have gone the direction it has. I can't really remember but I probably wanted to be a pro hockey player, skier, surfer or something like that.

See the complete list of Forty Under 40 Winners for 2016! 

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