Pro Builder Reveals Its 40 Under 40 Class of 2021, Including Alexander Akel, President of Akel Homes
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Pro Builder unveiled its annual 40 Under 40 list of rising stars in the home building industry and Alexander Akel, President, of Akel Homes is among the honorees profiled in its March/April 2021 issue. Winners are honored for accomplishments achieved before the age of 40, and this year’s class of 19 women and 21 men were selected from more than 100 nominations submitted from all regions of the United States. Akel Homes, a semi-custom homebuilder based in South Florida, is actively building Villamar at Toscana Isles, a single-family home development centrally located in Palm Beach County.
One trait this year’s honorees demonstrated was the ability to pivot during the pandemic. Their accomplishments included generating record sales volume using a variety of tactics: launching an all-virtual home shopping experience, doubling leads by creating and growing online sales teams, building a digital platform that targets buyer groups, and training staff in how to engage prospects during an online buying journey.
Many “firsts” were also achieved by this group of the industry’s next generation of leaders, featuring women who became their company’s first CEO; first vice president of purchasing; or senior manager for a national builder. A number of this year’s awardees rose from modest stations, such as the greeter who learned how to sell homes by watching how the sales team operated, going on to become a top sales producer, division manager, and ultimately developing her company’s training regimen for new salespeople. This year’s class also includes a company vice president who started as a new home technician and a project director who worked his way up from entry-level draftsman.
Alexander Akel has taken the real estate industry by storm through the implementation of innovative technology and procedures to streamline the homebuying process for the Akel Homes’ customers. He continuously strives to create a unique customer experience for his buyers by actively listening to their ever-growing needs. With over 4,000 homes underneath their belt, Akel Homes has sought out to meet the demand by specializing in intricately designing homes with superior quality materials, open floorplan concepts, chef-inspired kitchens, and expansive living areas.
In addition, the honorees are very active in giving back to their communities. Among their off-the-clock activities are building and remodeling homes for single mothers, needy families and veterans, volunteering at food pantries, fundraising for charities and nonprofits, and coaching youth sports.
Despite all of the challenges posed by 2020’s pandemic, our 2021 class rose to the occasion, developing new processes and procedures and helping to ensure their companies continued to be dynamic and successful, says Executive Editor Denise Dersin. Their achievements, both at work and in their communities, are remarkable and inspiring.— Executive Editor Denise Dersin,
To learn more about the Pro Builder’s extraordinary 40 Under 40 Class of 2021, see their profiles online at ProBuilder.com.
Villamar at Toscana Isles is situated at 7208 Montereal Path, Lake Worth, FL 33463 at the intersection of Hypoluxo and Haverhill roads. It’s just minutes away from South Florida’s finest entertainment, dining, and shopping plazas. For more information on the exquisite elevations and Villamar’s entire home collection, please call 561-220-6320 or visit https://akelhomes.com/villamar/
About Akel Homes
Akel Homes is a boutique semi-custom homebuilder based in South Florida. At Akel Homes, we build exceptional homes and amenity-rich communities that cater to all lifestyles. Akel Homes utilizes the highest quality building materials, innovative construction methods and forward-thinking architectural designs to create unparalleled single-family residences, townhomes and multifamily apartments in resort-style master-planned communities. Since 1986, the principals of Akel Homes have built over 4,000 residences and many of South Florida’s most renowned communities. For more information, visit https://akelhomes.com.