Logan Gratz – 2018 Ones to Watch
Story by Heather Feeler | Jan 01, 2018
Photography by Keith Borgmeyer
Real Estate Agent and Auctioneer with Gratz Real Estate & Auctioneering
Logan Gratz never seems to run out of steam. At only 21 years old, he is a trusted real estate agent and auctioneer, a full-time college student on the cusp of graduation, and an active member in numerous community organizations. He gives generously, both with his time and his talent, but it is his heart for helping others that shines the brightest.
Gratz, who lost his mom to cancer when he was 10 years old, saw firsthand how a generous and loving community could change a life — it changed his drastically. It’s a legacy his family has continued to pay forward over the years.
“I was raised to give back,” Gratz says. “There are circumstances that people come across in their lives where they need the extra help. I wouldn’t be here today without this community helping me through the good and the bad.”
Gratz donates his time auctioneering local benefit auctions to raise money for kids and families dealing with life-threatening illnesses and insurmountable medical bills. Laura Kliethermes, who was one of several people that nominated Gratz for the Ones to Watch honor, shared how he auctioneered a benefit auction for her 7-year-old nephew, who was diagnosed with leukemia. Kliethermes wrote that Gratz showed tremendous grace, charisma, and compassion for their struggling family.
“In many ways, Logan Gratz is my hero,” she writes. “I believe Logan feels a personal obligation to do what is in his power to combat the struggles of others due to his personal journey through life during his mother’s fight against cancer and after her passing.”
While Gratz continues to give generously through auctioneering, he also makes time to stay active in several professional organizations, such as Jefferson City Board of Realtors and Jefferson City Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals. He keeps pushing forward on his professional goals as well, including growing the real estate business for his grandparents, Bill and Nancy Gratz.
“My biggest goal is to grow the real estate side of the business, not just auctioneering,” Logan says. “I want to build the knowledge of the areas we serve, including expanding our market share and customer base.”
In May, Gratz will add another honor to his resume — college graduate. He will be graduating with a degree in business administration from Lincoln University. It’s one more step forward in his journey and a testament to his strong work ethic, something that stands out to Stephanie Johnson, who works at the Boys & Girls Club of Jefferson City, where Gratz is a frequent volunteer.
Johnson says: “We aren’t born with a strong work ethic. It is a learned behavior. Values such as hard work, commitment, and loyalty are passed from generation to generation. The Gratz family has been a long-standing leader in Mid-Missouri, and Logan has stepped up to carry on that family tradition.”
Favorite way to spend a weekend afternoon:
A round of golf with friends and a little whisky.
Benefit auctions for Samaritan Center, Boys and Girls Club, Tom Henke Benefit, West Side Business Association, Heart Ball, 4-H Steer and Swine Auction, 4-H Ham Breakfast Auction, Mizzou Tigers Quarterback Club Benefit, Blair Oaks Movie Theater Benefit, Blair Oaks Football Benefit, and St. Stanislaus Quilt Auction
Assisted at St. Stanislaus Technology Auction, Ducks Unlimited Benefit, Osage Bend Parish Quilt Auction, and more.
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