About Curtis Leonard | Leonard Ryden Burr Real Estate

About

Curtis Leonard is a fixture in the Winston-Salem real estate market. He began his career in 1984 at Ferrell Realty Company under the leadership of Gam Bates and Rosena Ferrell Dillard. Both were instrumental in helping him understand and focus on what he wanted to do. From there he worked for some of the best firms in Winston-Salem including Helms-Parrish Properties and Graham & Boles Properties before co-founding Leonard Ryden Burr Real Estate in 2004. 

Leonard always had a love of architecture, which drove him into real estate in the first place. He attributes his success to his easy manner, depth of knowledge and encyclopedic memory for every house he ever sold. “I don’t why or how I remember so many details about all those houses, I just do”, he said.

In April of 2019 he took a big step with a new partner, Robert Gefaell to buy out partners Brooke Burr and Michael Ryden, who are remaining with the company in a sales and advisory capacity. He and Robert along with the company’s Broker-in-charge, Cathy Cottle, have been busy implementing new technology and agent training to further enhance the company’s top-drawer reputation without changing the culture or disrupting the agent’s livelihood. “It was very important to me that the transition in ownership not disrupt the agent’s ability to do their job. We wanted to remain an independently owned and managed real estate company in this world of franchises and out of state managed firms and our goal is to be the best place to work in Winston-Salem.” Leonard remarked.

Going forward, Curtis Leonard is enjoying his new role mentoring agents, directing business to them and helping them solve problems. “It’s very different from when I started in 1984. We had no cell phones, no fax machines or internet, no voice mail, drones or beautiful photography. Every transaction was done in person. I feel something has been lost with modern technology however I do understand how much easier it is to do business and we, as a company want to be on the cutting edge of technology and innovation. Robert Gefaell has been a great asset to LRB with his energetic personality, knowledge of finance, marketing and networking. He is moving us into the future and I love it!”, said Leonard.

Curtis Leonard is a native of the Forsyth County. He grew up in Kernersville and graduated from St. Andrews Presbyterian College in 1980. He worked for three years with R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company as a leaf-buyer trainee. He obtained his real estate license in 1983. He has been active in the Winston-Salem community, serving on the boards for the United Way of Forsyth County, the YMCA of NW North Carolina, Board Chair of the William G. White YMCA Branch,  the Riverrun Film Festival, Weatherspoon Art Gallery at UNCG, St. Andrews Presbyterian College  and in 2014 he was the President of the Winston-Salem Regional Association of Realtors, a board he also served on for six years. His is also a member of Reynolda Rotary Club and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

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