Visionary & CEO

The Jarboe Group Real Estate Team & The Jarboe Foundation, Inc., Worcester

Residence: Worcester

Birthplace: New Britain, Conn.

Education: Left institutional college to pursue private education

Jarboe was a firefighter for eight years, retiring as a lieutenant before moving into a career in real estate. Jarboe started the Jarboe Group in 2015, increasing business from 2017 to 2018 to surpass $15 million in volume last year, with clients ranging from Sturbridge to Leominster to Ashland. The firm is part of Keller Williams, a national franchising group, giving it the resources of a larger company while staying a small local firm, a mix helping the Jarboe Group become one of only six to be named a top producer this year by the Realtors Association of Central Massachusetts. The nonprofit arm, the Jarboe Foundation, has fundraisers like a mini-golf tournament, group painting nights and a Thanksgiving donation drive to help families enjoy a holiday meal, going into its seventh year. Last year’s Thanksgiving event helped more than 250 people, and charitable work has earned Jarboe a plaque of appreciation from the Worcester Police Department Police Athletic League and commemoration from the Boys & Girls Club. Charity extends to the office, as the Jarboe Group participates in Keller Williams’ Red Day, when offices close to allow employees to work on local charitable projects. – Profile written by Grant Welker

Who is most responsible for your success? My wife Alicia has been with me when times were difficult and has celebrated when in times of growth and prosperity, although Dave Ramsey's teachings would be a close second, as they helped us dig our way out of $150,000 in debt when we lost our house to foreclosure six years ago and were sued by the bank for the deficiency.