When Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers opened in 1979, it consisted of a small team of agents crammed into a single location. Today, the company encompasses more than 1,800 sales associates spread across 25 offices. The extraordinary growth is thanks in no small part to the work of Kevin Levent. Crowned CEO in the mid '90s, he completely revamped BHGRE Metro Brokers’ image, starting in the office. Italian light fixtures, contemporary artwork and furniture, exposed rafters, and coffee bars transform drab spaces into loft-like oases. Kevin also moved Metro Brokers under the umbrella of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, making its many services more accessible without having sandwich-boarded employees go door-to-door interrupting dinner parties. Today, their agents tackle everything from handling residential and commercial real estate to scoping out the lowest insurance and mortgage rates for clients. They also take time to train a new fleet of agents at BHGRE’s real-estate academy, which prepares students to ace the Georgia state exam.