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CJ Vaughan

CJ Vaughan

Missouri Licensed Salesperson, Columbia Real Estate LLC; Head Track and Field Coach, Columbia Supreme

No Days Off, Till It Pays Off” — that is the motto CJ lives by. 

“I live by that each and every day because nothing is given to you, nor will anyone make life easy for you. I like to think of myself as a walking testament of hard work and dedication, and never let any obstacle stop you from achieving your dreams,” CJ says. The proof of that hard work is that CJ is a consistent multi-million-dollar salesperson in the central Missouri area.

“CJ is a model citizen and coach within the Columbia area,” says friend and colleague Anthony Johnson. “He serves as the head coach of the Columbia Supreme track and field team, head coach of the Supreme football team, and serves as a full-time realtor for the Columbia Real Estate team. All of his time is dedicated to his career and volunteer service to the many promising youths within the mid-Missouri area.”

But he isn’t stopping there. CJ continues to dream and has big goals for the future.

“My professional goals consist of helping a minimum of 12 new families and individuals find their forever home. I always set my sales dollar amount at $5 million in volume sold. My biggest goal I set for myself is to win the Columbia Real Estate ‘Multi-Million Producer,'” he says. In addition to that goal, CJ also takes the time to invest in at least one non-salesperson in helping them get the resources needed to pass their Missouri salesperson exam to become a licensed salesperson in Missouri. 

Apart from his day job, CJ dedicates countless hours to Columbia’s kids.

“I dedicate my free time to the 75-plus active youth members we have representing the Columbia Supreme name and now over 500 city of Columbia youth athletes for the Columbia Youth Football League (CYFL) as the 2023 board president,” he says. “I spent countless hours last year working hand and hand with our Supreme founder, Anthony Johnson, figuring out how to implement youth mentoring services, financial literacy courses, and different development strategies to help our kids become future leaders in the community.”

CJ stays motivated by an incredible support system that starts with his children. It is evident that his favorite role is being a father. CJ also credits many others who have helped him out along the way.

“I give all my credit to my right-hand man, my father Clarence Vaughan Jr., my amazing grandparents Clarence and Josephine Vaughan, and my life coach, my aunt Darsel Phauls. I couldn’t have asked for a better support system growing up,” CJ says.

Age: 31

Annoying Habit: I bite my nails and I don’t know why I can’t stop. I’ve observed every male in my family, and we all do it so it must be hereditary.

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