Meet the team

CEO, Frank Gay, And Founder, John Gafford, Discuss The Simply Group.

Gavin Ernstone

GAVIN ERNSTONE started selling real estate in London, England back in 1987. With economic changes in England in the late 80’s forcing interest rates to over 18%, it became very difficult to sell homes, hence, he made a move via the Caribbean to Las Vegas. Gavin quickly established a foothold in the Vegas market as one of the top luxury agents, with personal annual sales in excess of $150,000,000. In 2010, Simply Vegas was founded, and together with partner, John Gafford, they built the number one boutique luxury brokerage in Las Vegas, with sales in 2020 topping $1.4 billion. With the shift in brokerage models, the importance of verticalization for brokerages is greater than ever. In order to dramatically increase profitability, Simply Vegas entered the mortgage and escrow/title industries with their brands – Clear Title and Streamline Home Loans. Thus, The Simply Group was formed. The Simply Group currently has partnerships with other top brokerages that share their ethos in more than ten states. Gavin is also an established race car driver and team owner. He competes for Audi in IMSA’s Michelin Pilot Challenge Series.

John Gafford

John Gafford is one of the two founders of The Simply Group. The Simply Group consists of Simply Vegas, the largest boutique luxury real estate company in Nevada, Clear Title, an escrow and closing company, Savvy, an insurance aggregator, and Streamline Home Loans.

Simply Vegas boasts over 500 real estate agents and does 5,000 transactions annually, with a volume of nearly two billion dollars. Through vertical integration with Clear Title, Streamline, and Savvy, Simply Vegas was able to 5X their existing revenue.
The Simply Group has expanded nationwide through JV partnerships with large brokers across the country, facilitating vertical integration of their companies.

Prior to his career in real estate, John was a successful entrepreneur, building and exiting successful businesses in the hospitality, insurance, and tech spaces. This experience and success culminated in being selected over 1.8 million applicants by Donald Trump to compete on the third season of NBC’s The Apprentice.

John, a native Floridian, relocated to Las Vegas in 2006 and happily lives in Henderson with his wife and two children. He is a sought-after contributor, speaker, and consultant in the real estate space.

Frank Gay

FRANK GAY has been a Global Real Estate Executive for over twenty-five years, working across multiple facets in the real estate industry. As The Simply Group’s CEO, Frank’s primary objective is to build a network of premier real estate brokerage partners across North America, providing vertical integration in Mortgage, as well as in Title & Escrow. His mission for the company is to reimagine the real estate brokerage landscape by leading the industry with real growth solutions that will help companies offset their shrinking margins brought on by the downward pressure of company dollar and disruptive commission models. Frank has experienced just about every role that the industry could present. He began his career as top producing agent and quickly built a large, multi-office real estate brokerage, with offices in the US and abroad. Over the last decade, Frank has held senior executive leadership roles with some of the largest real estate organizations in North America, as well as the World. He is often requested to speak at industry events or participate in strategic think tanks surrounding the brokerage business.

Jonathan Jacobs

JONATHAN JACOBS is a founder and President of Streamline Home Loans. Under his leadership, the company has grown by more than 550% in the last twelve months and has expanded into 10 states, with more expansion on the horizon. In Nevada, Streamline Home Loans is projected to fund over $700,000,000 in 2021 and a staggering $1.5 Billion in 2022. Prior to Streamline, Mr. Jacobs successfully ran and operated other mortgage ventures and led them to similar growth. A fifteen-year veteran of the real estate industry, Mr. Jacobs founded, created, and currently operates the Jacobs Group – a high-volume real estate sales group at one of Nevada’s leading brokerages. He has been named a Top 40 Under 40 Agent in Las Vegas by Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors three times, thereby inducting him into the Hall of Fame, as well as multiple Top 250 Hispanic Agents awards in the Nation out of more than 50,000 agents by the NAHREP.