Bay Area real estate veteran Rick Geha has died
A respected team leader and speaker, Geha worked with giants Gino Blefari, Gary Keller and Glenn Sanford during his four-decade career.
Longtime Bay Area agent, eXp team leader and professional coach Rick Geha passed away on Oct. 10. He was 66 years old.
Geha, who began his career in real estate more than 40 years ago, was well known within the San Francisco agent community and admired by his eXp colleagues.
Last week, Geha presented at eXp's annual conference, EXPCON, in Las Vegas, where he discussed the theme of growing a real estate business through building relationships within one's community.
In a statement shared with Real Estate News, eXp CEO Glenn Sanford described Geha as an "engaging, loving and best dressed man who lit up every room he walked into."
"I count myself lucky to have seen Rick last week at our annual EXPCON event," Sanford said. "As always, he brought his best to the event, sharing his passion for eXp, the industry and our community. From the stage, he shared the great wisdom to 'find your community or communities, make them organized and systemized so that people will never forget your contribution.'"
Prior to joining eXp, Geha was associated with Keller Williams as both an agent and a franchise owner between 2001 and 2015. According to Geha's LinkedIn profile, he was involved with six franchises across northern and central California as either an investor or an owner/operator.
During the 1990s, Geha held leadership and recruiting positions with a number of different companies, including a stint working under Gino Blefari at Intero, who Geha described as "a great boss" during a livestream interview with eXp agent Stacie Koroly.
In the same interview, Geha also noted that he had originally planned to use his biology degree and attend dental school. It was only after being rejected by 13 dental schools that he decided to follow an uncle into the real estate sales business.
In March 2020, Geha shared publicly that he had contracted Covid-19 early in the pandemic. In the emotional video, Geha, who said he had acted "arrogant" and "bulletproof" and likely contracted the virus while traveling, described the humbling experience and a takeaway from it.
"It's very important in a time like this that we remember we're all connected by one thing, and that's humanity."