An active member of the greater Chicago area real estate industry since age 16, Dave Naso exemplifies the qualities of a consummate professional. Earning his license in 2009 while attending the University of Illinois at Chicago, Naso soon progressed from his dual roles as agent and administrator to growing his own business full time, quickly establishing himself as a diplomatic leader and dependable broker.
Initially working in the downtown and North Side rental markets before refocusing his attention on buyers and sellers, Naso built a referral-only client base, assisting his former first-time buyers when they became first-time sellers.
This year, after serving as both the managing broker and an active sales agent for Keller Williams’ recently opened Lincoln Park office, Naso transitioned into the managing broker role full time. “When our office first opened in January 2017, we joked that I was agent zero,” he says. “I had to be the first one to launch so that we could get all of our systems up and running. Within four weeks, we onboarded nearly 70 people, and our growth continued from there.” Naso explains that once they reached 175 agents last summer, the office and his business required restructuring. He was able to take a full-time leadership position in the office, and with the help of a new business partner, is still working with buyers and sellers and continuing to provide a high level of service and mentorship.
“When working with clients, I am all about setting expectations and making sure they know where we’re going in their transaction,” he says. “With my agents, I aim to be approachable and am willing to guide them through handling business and interpersonal challenges with tact.”
Naso was elected to Midwest Real Estate Data’s Category 2 Board of Managers this year, prioritizing taking an active role on MRED committees and in board meetings to expand the representation of large brokerages. He has also been a member of the Chicago Association of Realtors’ board of directors since 2015 and serves as chairman of the association’s Forms and Contracts Committee.