Riezl Baker Recognized as a 2023 Real Estate Newsmaker at CEO Leadership Meeting in Washington DC

Riezl Baker Recognized as a 2023 Real Estate Newsmaker at CEO Leadership Meeting in Washington DC

  • Riezl Baker
  • 09/14/23

Riezl Baker Recognized as a 2023 Real Estate Newsmaker at CEO Leadership Meeting in Washington DC


*Washington DC, September 14, 2023* – In a distinguished gathering of industry leaders and veterans, 22-year-old real estate luminary Riezl Baker stood out as a shining example of success and dedication in the world of real estate. The event took place at the historic Mayflower Hotel in Washington DC, where over 100 industry stalwarts converged. 

Riezl Baker was honored in the "Achiever" category, a testament to her outstanding journey in the real estate sector. With more than two decades of experience as a realtor in Lake Oconee, Riezl's career trajectory has been nothing short of remarkable. She started her real estate journey over 20 years ago, quickly rising to become one of the lake area’s top producers, a position she has consistently held year after year.
In 2020, amidst the pandemic,Riezl and her husband, Ted, took the bold step of launching their own luxury brokerage, Luxury Lake Oconee. In just three years, they have catapulted it to the pinnacle of luxury real estate brokerage in the area, producing over $180 million in sales this past year. 
“While some may argue that we were fortunate due to the influx of people that migrated here because of Covid, it's crucial to understand that luck alone cannot sustain a business over the long term,” said Riezl. “Our decades of experience and the ability to navigate through many previous tough cycles had equipped us with the skills and determination needed to weather the storm, “ she added. Despite this year’s market shift, the small brokerage has produced over $100 million in closed and pending transactions to date. 
What sets Riezl apart is not just her professional success but also her unwavering commitment to philanthropic endeavors. She played a pivotal role as part of the original foundation board that steered the opening of the hospital in the Lake Oconee area in 2013. In 2010, she and her husband, Ted, established the Lake Oconee Food and Wine Festival, dedicated to supporting education. Riezl has also been an active member of the Oconee Performing Arts Society and currently serves on its board of directors.
Remarkably, Riezl embarked on her real estate career before becoming a parent and successfully raised her two children, now aged 21 and 17, with her husband in Lake Oconee. Her ability to balance a demanding career and family life serves as an inspiration to many.
Reflecting on her journey, Riezl Baker stated, "There is no such thing as balance. Of course, there were moments when I felt guilty about working too much, but my kids turned out well. Watching me work gave them a lot of confidence and taught them the value of hard work,” she stated. Her eldest child currently attends Yale University, while her daughter is enrolled at the Interlochen Performing Arts Academy.
Riezl attributes much of her success to her dedicated support team. She emphasizes, "We are fortunate to have a good support team. They understand that our mission is to serve our clients as professionals. Real estate is a demanding profession. To be successful, you have to be available at all times, but I love what I do even after 22 years,” she added. 
Riezl has been invited recently to share her insights and speak at conferences and webinars, including a national empowerment conference in Las Vegas. There, she addressed an audience of over 500 attendees, sharing her wisdom on successful entrepreneurship. Her journey serves as an inspiration to budding and seasoned professionals, highlighting the importance of hard work, dedication, and resilience. “You have to learn how to pivot when situations and markets change. That's the secret to longevity”, said Riezl.
Riezl Baker

Riezl Baker

Realtor® | Founding Principal

About The Author

Riezl Baker is an award-winning real estate agent with 22 years of real estate experience at Lake Oconee, Georgia. A resident since 1997, she is well-known for her business accomplishments and extensive community involvement. In 2020, she and her husband Ted co-founded Luxury Lake Oconee Real Estate Group to combine their over 40 years of experience in the Lake Oconee market and with a mission to provide the highest level of service to clients.
In 2022, Riezl closed over $131 million in sales and was recognized as “Top Luxury Real Estate Leader'' by The Atlantan magazine and “Real Estate Newsmaker & Achiever'' by RIS Media. She was recognized as a 2021 Top Producer after closing over 70 transactions totaling $115 million and was awarded the Crystal Phoenix Award by the Lake Country Board of REALTORS®. 
She is passionate about her community and has been involved on a leadership level for many different organizations. She is the Past Chairman of the St. Mary's Good Samaritan Hospital Board and was part of the original founding Board that steered the opening of the hospital in 2013. She co-chaired the successful 2023 Heart & Soul Gala at The Ritz-Carlton, Reynolds Lake Oconee which raised over $450,000 for the local hospital. In 2010, she and her husband co-founded the Lake Oconee Food & Wine Festival to benefit local education, which has evolved into a three-day destination event at The Ritz-Carlton. An advocate for the arts, Riezl is a Board Director for the Oconee Performing Arts Society (OPAS). She was the President of the Lake Country Board of Realtors® in 2016. The Atlantan magazine awarded her "Expert in Second and Vacation Homes" for 2020 and 2021. She was recognized as a "2021 Top Luxury Real Estate Industry Leader" and was also nominated as "Best Bilingual" and "Best Community Impact" in Georgia.
Riezl holds a Bachelor's degree in Hotel and Restaurant Administration and joined the Hyatt Hotels as a Corporate Management Trainee. She worked for the company for seven years in Operations Management and Hospitality Sales in Houston and Atlanta. She served as a Board Director for Meeting Professionals International (MPI), the largest meeting and event industry association, and was the Editor-in-Chief of Breakout, Georgia MPI's monthly publication that is distributed to thousands of members.
As the Director of Athens (Ga.) Convention and Visitors Bureau, Riezl developed strategic plans to attract conventions to the city. In 2000, she obtained her real estate license and worked for Reynolds Lake Oconee Properties where she was a top producer for 20 years. 
Riezl is a public speaker and has spoken at several national real estate conferences and webinars. She was an invited speaker at a National Empowerment Conference in Las Vegas in 2022 where she spoke about “Successful Entrepreneurship in America.” She was also featured in a 2022 episode of Fox Business Network’s prime-time real estate show Mansion Global. 
She and her husband have been married for 26 years and have two children, Stuart, who is a junior at Yale University, and Remi, who attends Interlochen Performing Arts Academy.

Community Footprints

  • Co-Founder, LEAD Lake Oconee
  • Board Member, Oconee Performing Arts Society.
  • Board Member, St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation Board.
  • Past Chairman, St. Mary Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation Board, 2017-2019.
  • Past President, Lake Country Board of REALTORS®, 2016.
  • Co-Founder, Lake Oconee Food and Wine Festival.
  • Three-Year Chair, Heart and Soul Gala Benefit, Ritz Carlton Lake Oconee.
  • Co-Chair, Heart and Soul Benefit Gala, 2022

Work With Riezl

A consistent top producer in the Lake Oconee area, Riezl has been recognized with numerous awards for her business accomplishments and community involvement. Contact Riezl today if you are thinking of selling or buying, or both.

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