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Our Agents Honored in LABJ’s 2023 Leaders of Influence: Thriving in Their 40s

by | Dec 18, 2023

The forties are fabulous, and we’ve got the awards to prove it. We’re excited to announce that two of The Agency’s own have been named to Los Angeles Business Journal’s 2023 Leaders of Influence: Thriving in Their 40s; congratulations Gina Michelle and Santiago Arana!

Both honorees were named among the region’s most impressive professionals across several key categories, including real estate, law, education, health care, philanthropy, finance and technology. This is Gina’s first time on LABJ’s prestigious annual list and for Santiago, this year marks his third, having been honored in 2021 and 2022.  

Read the article with a full list of honorees in the December 18th print edition of the publication. 


About Gina Michelle 

A top-producing broker, seasoned designer and trained negotiator, Gina Michelle has achieved over $1 billion in career sales. Gina brings 18 years of real estate experience and a reputation for integrity and transparency to The Agency. 

In 2009, Gina founded the Gina Michelle Project, an acclaimed design and real estate firm. Alongside her client service, Gina excels in home renovations and design. She takes a unique approach to how real estate is bought and sold, driven by the belief that every property can—and should—be sold as a renovated property. 

Ranked for four consecutive years among the top 1% of Agents nationwide, The Agency’s Top 5% 2022 Chairman Award Recipient, Leader of Influence among residential real estate brokers by L.A. Business Journal in 2022, and named one of L.A. Magazine’s 2023 Real Estate All-Stars. She was also named one of the Top 100 Most Influential Real Estate Agents in Southern California, a Nationwide Leading Lady in Real Estate. Gina was a previous Member of and contributing writer for the Forbes Real Estate Council.


About Santiago Arana 

Ranked the #6 real estate agent in the country,  Santiago Arana has closed billions of dollars of real estate across Los Angeles, taking his place among the most distinguished professionals in the industry.

Santiago joined The Agency in 2014 as Principal and Partner, specializing in high-end residential real estate and new construction across the region’s most coveted neighborhoods. Santiago spearheaded the company’s Westside expansion as Managing Partner of the Brentwood and Pacific Palisades offices. To date, he has closed over $4.6 billion in real estate, netting nearly $2.5 billion in sales volume from 2017-2021.

For twelve consecutive years, Santiago has placed among the Top 250 Realtors in the United States in the annual REAL Trends Inc. ranking, featured in The Wall Street Journal. In 2020, he represented the top half percent of more than one million REALTORS® nationwide, ranking #6 in the country, #3 in California and #1 west of the 405 freeway. For the second year in a row, Santiago ranked #1 in the country for sales volume by the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals® Latino Agent Award. Santiago has also been featured for six consecutive years in the Los Angeles Business Journal’s Most Influential People in Real Estate in Los Angeles.

We’re so proud of our team members and their accomplishments—congratulations again to Gina and Santiago!

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