Kyle Zelmer Named To 40 Under 40 Class Of 2023


Kyle Zelmer
Horizon Realty Group
What Does Your Company/Organization Do?
We’re a full-service real estate brokerage servicing West Michigan, residential and commercial. Committed to putting clients, agents, and the community first.
Elected official for Niles Community Schools Board of Education – President
Vice President of Buchanan Area Chamber of Commerce
Founded Horizon Realty Group, July 2022
2022 Young Professional of the Year by the Buchanan Area Chamber of Commerce
Congressional Recognition from Debbie Stabenow
Special Tribute from the State of Michigan signed by Representative, Brad Paquette, and Governor, Gretchen Whitmer
Three-year Platinum Producer by the Southwestern Michigan Association of Realtors®
2019 and 2021 Bronze Best Realtor by Leader Publications
2020 Gold Best Realtor by Leader Publications
Achievement in Continuing Education by Southwestern Michigan Association of Realtors®
Elected District Two Director for Southwestern Michigan Association of Realtors® Real Estate Designations/Certifications:
● ABR – Accredited Buyer’s Representative
● PSA – Pricing Strategy Advisor
● AHWD – At Home with Diversity
● RENE – Real Estate Negotiation Expert
● Peer Reputable Agent
What else do you hope to accomplish by the age of 40?
I plan to continue to grow my real estate brokerage by becoming licensed in Indiana as well and to open brick-and-mortar buildings in both Michigan and Indiana. I also want to grow my rental property operation. Lastly, want to continue to promote and build Niles Community Schools.
Master of Business Administration: Davenport University – 2021 Bachelor of Business Administration: Grand Valley State University – 2015 Associates of Arts: Lake Michigan College – 2013 High School Diploma: Buchanan High School – 2013
What Town Do You Reside In?
Niles, MI
Where were you born?
Niles, MI
What was your first job?
Pizza Maker: Massimo’s Pizzeria (Front Street Pizza Pub) – Niles
Best advice you ever got?
“This too shall pass, don’t think you can’t do it.”
Who inspires you most?
My parents and siblings
That one thing about you we’d be most surprised to learn.
I am one of the youngest elected officials in the State of Michigan to be elected to a school board and as President. I am also one of the youngest real estate principal brokers with their own practice in the State.
What do you love to do in your downtime?
Spending time with my family and friends. I also have two dogs that have lots of excitement, so going on walks is a must. Love to travel and explore new places as well.
What book are you reading now?
High Performance Habits by Brendon Burchard
Volunteer activity you love the most.
My favorite volunteer activity is serving on the Niles School Board. Giving back to kids is a very rewarding experience. It is rewarding to know that you are making a difference in so many kids lives, hoping to help develop them into future leaders as well.
What motivates you to give back to your community?
I was born and raised in Niles/Buchanan, and if it weren’t for the community, I wouldn’t be where I am. Growing up, I had so many different individuals as mentors, and I knew one day I wanted to give back like them.
What Superpower would you most love to have? (for example, the ability to fly or to be invisible, or incredible strength, etc)
To read minds
What would you like to leave behind as your legacy once you are gone?
I hope to leave behind a legacy that impacted people’s lives. I hope people remember me as a kind-hearted guy that helps and serves his community as well as a good business owner.
What does the  honor of being named to the 40 Under 40 most mean to you?
Receiving the honor of being named 40 under 40 reminds me of why I do, what I do, and why I love doing it. It also shows me that my hard work is paying off and that best is yet to come in my career. It’s very rewarding to know your hard work is noticed and to be recognized by Southwest Michigan is a huge honor.


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