Peterborough, O.N. (June 2022) – CENTURY 21 United Realty Inc. owner Vanessa Oake Hogan was named to the 2022 Junior Achievement Hall of Fame of Northern and Eastern Ontario Business. The 7th annual ceremony recognized Peterborough’s exceptional business leaders, and with many successful years as a Broker under her belt, Oake Hogan is the perfect addition.
“When I was attending University I would come home to Peterborough for the summer months and work at the office doing reception. I always loved coming to the office. I enjoyed learning about the business, working with dad and meeting all of the agents. It was such a fun group of people.” Oake Hogan says. Carl Oake began the brokerage (which was one of the first CENTURY 21 Canada franchises) in 1977, and in 2016 he began the process of passing the torch to his eldest daughter. Vanessa Oake Hogan acquired her real estate license in 2013, and after waiting a few years for the timing to be right for her family, she felt ready to follow in his footsteps
“Once my kids were a little more independent, the time was right and it was an opportunity I just couldn’t pass up,” Oake Hogan says of her decision to take the reigns of CENTURY 21 United Realty Inc. “This was my father’s business that I grew up around, I was really attached to it. I wanted to carry on what he already started.” Oake Hogan says her father passed on his drive to succeed and she has continued a legacy of excellence, consistently placing on annual rankings within the Century 21 Global system, most recently as the #14 Office in Canada by production, and the #20 Office on the GLOBAL 21 list by the same metrics for 2021. Additionally, Carl Oake was inducted into the Junior Achievement Hall of Fame in 2018, and with Oake Hogan joining him, it marks the first time a father-daughter duo has received the distinction.
But it’s not just her business’s accolades that have earned Oake Hogan a spot in the Hall of Fame, community initiatives are also a large focus. The Carl Oake Rotary Swim is an annual fixture at the Peterborough YMCA, a day when teams and individuals dress in their wildest costumes and swim laps in support of CENTURY 21 Canada’s charitable partner Easter Seals, as well as other local causes. Oake Hogan currently co-chair’s the event and brought it back to the YMCA this year, surpassing their initial fundraising goal for a grand total of $50,000.
Not one to rest on her laurels, Oake Hogan is looking to the future of her company and its agents. “Providing valuable services and support to our agents is our first priority. We are also working on growing our team with both new and experienced agents. The official awards ceremony for the Junior Achievement of Northern and Eastern Ontario Hall of Fame took place on May 26th.