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Neil Solari

Chief Operating Officer


There is hardly a name that resonates more with longtime Napans than Solari. Beaulieu, Inglenook, Beringer, and the Solari family’s Larkmead comprised the Big Four of Napa wineries at a time when Napa Valley was just beginning its climb to global fame as a top global wine-producing region. Neil’s great grandfather immigrated to Sonoma County from near Lucca, Italy, in the early part of the 20th century. The elder Solari bought the family’s Calistoga vineyards in 1948. His oldest son – Neil’s great-uncle -inherited the family vineyard and wine-making operation. Neil’s side of what he proudly calls his “big, noisy Italian family” set out to carve its own path and found success in the halls of education. His grandfather and both of Neil’s parents were local educators, and his sisters are college professors today. But, Neil resisted the pull of either “family business,” instead earning a BA in Law and Political Science at UC-Santa Barbara. He began his career with Weyerhaeuser Realty Investors and soon discovered he had a knack for talent-spotting and development. He moved up in that field, serving for a number of years as a recruiter and leadership development executive at Robert Half International. He ultimately became Vice President at the prominent local recruiting firm Nelson and Associates and was Vice President/Global Talent Acquisition and Development at PRO Unlimited when his wife Nicole’s real estate brokerage took off. Neil is now Chief Operating Officer – and a licensed [email protected] – at Level Up Realty – The Solari Group. Among his other contributions there, his gift for talent spotting and development is proving invaluable. Noting that “you can’t put a price on smarts in the people you work with,” he says he’s always on the lookout for talent. He looks first for “people who are indispensable to their current employers, regardless of whether they’re in the real estate industry.” Then, he says, if that intelligent, indispensable person also brings high integrity and a relentless work ethic to their job, “you have the foundation of a great Level Up team member.”

In late 2018, Level Up Realty’s Solari Group joined Side, Inc., a real estate tech/back office firm funded by industry-leading Silicon Valley investors. With Side providing administrative, legal, and marketing support, Solari Group agents can focus on their clients and the details that make their sales or purchases easier and more rewarding to them, both personally and financially. This support enables quicker sales, higher closing prices, and matchless customer service. And it broadens this hyper-local agency’s network of support far beyond its Fairfield and downtown Napa offices. “Being part of this larger group gives us the advantages of scale while preserving our local focus,” Neil explains. “And our clients are the ultimate beneficiaries.”

Reach Neil at Phone: 707-486-9057 Email: [email protected]

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