The WildCats held a three-point lead over top-seeded Virginia Wesleyan with just over a minute left in the 2011 Old Dominion Athletic Conference Tournament semifinals. Just as the shot clock was about to expire, Caleb Pearson ’11 swished a 40-foot jump shot from mid-court that secured a Randolph win and the program’s first appearance in the ODAC championship game.
That same competitive spirit, clutch decision-making, and other attributes Pearson honed while at Randolph have since helped him become one of the top real estate agents in South Carolina and in the nation.
Since beginning his career with RE/MAX Alliance in 2012, Pearson has sold more than 300 homes in the Charleston, South Carolina area. He was recently named Mount Pleasant’s 2015 Realtor of the Year, and the Caleb Pearson Team was recognized as Real Estate Team of the Year.
A business major at Randolph, Pearson learned real world, life experiences in his classes through case studies about actual companies that started from nothing and grew into multimillion dollar corporations. He also researched various business models, and wrote his senior paper about Coca-Cola.
But he learned even more about self-discipline and the importance of teamwork by playing for Clay Nunley, who was head coach of the men’s basketball team.
“Going through the Randolph College experience, you learn a lot more about the real world,” Pearson said. “My experience playing for Coach Nunley helped my business career immensely because he’s nononsense and pays extreme attention to detail.”
Nunley, who led the men’s basketball program to three ODAC Tournament championship game appearances, recognized Pearson’s leadership qualities and named him team captain his senior season. Pearson believes that experience gave him the skills he needed to build and effectively lead the talented team of real estate agents he now oversees.
“Caleb is one of many examples of how fortunate I’ve been to coach some great young men who are doing tremendous things with their lives,” Nunley said. “He’s outgoing, inquisitive, interested in others, has a good sense of humor, and likes to talk. He set a good example each day in practice, was a strong student, and was a team-first guy, so it made him a logical choice to be a captain.”
Betty Gales, co-owner of RE/ MAX Alliance and leader of The Gales Group, became another of Pearson’s mentors in the real estate business.
“He has an amazing work ethic and is very timely in responding to requests, which are both great sales skills,” Gales said. “He’s quick on his feet and most everyone that meets him likes him right away. He’s a natural talent and also works hard, which is an unbeatable combination.”
Though he jokes that he “stumbled into real estate,” Pearson’s business continues to grow, and he’s happy he gave it a shot. His advice to Randolph graduates is to keep an open mind when searching for career opportunities.
“You can’t close your mind off to any opportunities or shut any doors,” Pearson said. “There are a lot of opportunities out there and some aren’t going to be exactly what you were hoping for, but don’t quit. Persistence is key.”