When Cherie Nelson left her finance job to work at a small brokerage firm, she had every confidence that her MBA and years of business experience would help her rise quickly through the ranks of real estate. But she found that there wasn't a streamlined method for her to learn the ropes. She harnessed her natural acumen by flipping into high gear, switching firms, and undergoing rigorous training, all of which allowed her to rocket to the top of the pack at her new company. Cherie eventually opted to forward her know-how to the next generation of agents by opening the Professional Real Estate Training Institute, which focuses on proper, comprehensive training. Today, the Institute offers basic training for aspiring agents, continuing education for established pros, and an ongoing opportunity for people who just like hanging out in other people's houses.