Ed Smith Jr. has talked policy with Congress. He's considered an expert witness for finance law. He has been on YMCA boards and been president of the California Association of Mortgage Brokers, one of the largest trade organizations in California. He's seriously considering running for president of the national Association of Mortgage Brokers after he's helped hundreds of people buy homes during the past 27 years.
And he did it without ever obtaining a bachelor's degree.
"The real estate business allows people to pursue the true American Dream," he said. "You don't have to be a brain surgeon to do well, but if you have the passion and the drive, even someone with a high school education can make something of themselves.
"This business gives you opportunity based on your efforts, and that drives me every day."