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David Romero

President and CEO, Century 21 Award

David Romero joined Century 21 in 1992 and has remained with the family business for more than 20 years. He is responsible for all aspects of operations, including sales and management. In the past 13 years, he has grown the company in Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside counties, expanding to 20 offices with nearly 1,500 agents. The Award franchise sells more real estate than any other Century 21 franchise in the world.

ALMA MATER: Sacramento State University

CHANGE IN PLANS: He started his career working for a U.S. Senator but soon returned to the family’s real estate practice.