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40 Under 40: A commercial real estate broker who also coaches

Photo / Tim Greenway As founder and president of Maine Realty Advisors in Portland, Josh Soley was named a CoStar Power Broker in 2021 for topping the industry in sales in Maine.
Josh Soley, 28  President, Maine Realty Advisors Click here to see all 40 Under 40 honorees.
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Significant professional accomplishment: Founder and sole owner of Maine’ largest full-service commercial real estate firm. MRA assists its clients in sales, leasing, consulting, asset management, property management, development, syndication oversight, and entitlement services. In 2021, CoStar, the world’s largest CRE database, named Soley a Power Broker for topping the industry in sales in Maine.

Passion project: Coaching basketball at Waynflete School in Portland. I’m about to begin my eighth season as the varsity team’s assistant coach.

Audacious goal: Expanding MRA beyond Maine. We’ve begun coordinating trans- actions out-of-state, but have not yet opened sales or management offices yet. In doing so, we may need to consider a rebranding of the company.

Favorite quote: “Speak softly and carry a big stick.” — Teddy Roosevelt

Influential book: Having absolutely nothing to do with business or real estate, I am a massive fan of the late Vince Flynn’s “Mitch Rapp series” (which has been continued by Kyle Mills). The series provides a phenomenal escape into the world of global politics and espionage. I am a strong believer in trial by fire and education through experience. Books provide knowledge, but wisdom comes from experience.

Favorite TV show: “Friday Night Lights” is the greatest show of all time. Coach Taylor, the main character, is a maker of men. His motto — “Clear eyes, full heart, can’t lose” — are words to live by.

How do you recharge: International travel. I briefly lived in Morocco and have developed tremendous appreciation for the various cultures around the Mediterranean Sea.

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