Maci Umbertis loved operating the deli she used to own, but she says selling it to focus on her real estate career was the best decision she ever made. “The first year I was full time, I closed over 30 sales,” she says. She credits the all-in work ethic she learned running a restaurant with her latest success, as well as the connections she made as a local business owner. Umbertis, 29, enjoys every aspect of real estate, and has served on the Atascadero Association of REALTORS®’ board—two years as a director and one year as the vice president. A testament to her skills and influence is that four of her past clients decided to get their real estate license after working with Umbertis for their home purchases—and then asked her to mentor them.