On Saturday, March 9, the Atlanta REALTORS® Association (ARA) held their 60th annual Top Producers Gala at the Marriott Marquis in downtown Atlanta. Around 1,200 agents and their spouses, dressed to the nines, were in attendance in the grand, expansive ballroom. Blue and purple lights swirled across the paneled ceiling, the room bustling with activity and chatter. Presenters DeAnn Golden, REALTOR®, and ARA President Elect Jennifer Pino greeted the crowd and announced winners of various awards merited by sales volume, units sold, and number of years involved with the ARA. At the very end of the night the anticipation was high as they announced the last and most elite category, the individual Top Producers.
Buckhead REALTOR® Ben Hirsh was awarded first place for individual sales by volume with 2018 sales of $79.3M, coming in a whopping $15M more than the next closest competitor. An email from the ARA congratulating 2018 winners later confirmed the significance of Ben’s achievement; “The recognition of Ben Hirsh as the highest Individual Volume Top Producer also represents the highest level of production in that category in ARA history: $79.3M in 2018!”
“I am humbled and re-committed to providing my clients with highly personalized service and the most creative marketing possible,” said Ben Hirsh.
This prestigious award places Ben Hirsh in good company among notable past recipients such as Sam Massell Jr. who was a charter member and recipient of one of the first awards handed out in 1959 when he was an active REALTORⓇ. Massell later went on to become the Mayor of Atlanta and remains an active member of the Buckhead community today at 92.
After 15 years of living and working within the community, Ben has been recognized for his tireless work ethic and passion for Buckhead, culminating in this win at the 2019 ARA Gala. He was also awarded Realtor Magazine’s 30 Under 30 Top Real Estate Agents in North America, interviewed on NPR, Bloomberg News, CNBC, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Business Chronicle, the 500 Most Powerful Leaders in Atlanta by Atlanta Magazine, and has been featured on the cover of Realtor Magazine.
“Real estate is my calling, my passion, and hopefully the same thing I will be doing 30 years from now.”