It’s all in the family at Keller Williams
Last week I attended the 2011 Keller Williams Family Reunion, representing the National Association of REALTORS(R) and sat in on some of really interesting commercial sessions. While the weather in Anaheim was downright chilly – the mood and atmosphere was been warm and energetic! I met some fantastic REALTORS(R) – including Steven Tobias (a new commercial committee member at the Salt Lake Board of REALTORS® ), Scott Raines (Twitter contact that I got to meet in person!) and John Ziemba (really good knowledge of technology and social media). These members, along with many other KW Commercial agents and brokers I met have an obvious passion for their business and the industry. There is also a predominant feeling of family and teamwork amongst these agents, brokers and team leaders, which makes sense since they call their annual event a “family reunion”. But you can definitely feel that is more than just in words alone.
Buddy Norman and his team presented KW Commercial’s 2011 Initiatives; including a strong focus on education and networking through their Regional Masterminds and coaching program. It’s true that small group networking and collaboration is a great way to strengthen your own professional skills, but also to create a support system – a “family” in business, and KW Commercial has systems in place to create just that.
Commercial sessions were well attended, with 200-300 participants in each on average – sessions included 1031 Exchanges, Social Media for the Commercial Broker and a Commercial Property Exchange, featuring “pitches” by brokers. KW is also creating a new International division – to focus on the expanding amount of foreign investment money flowing to the U.S into real estate. There was a true aura of optimism, creativity and networking through the events of the week. Witnessing complete strangers from opposite sides of the country meet each other and exchange contact information for the purpose of encouragment and team building, as well as handing out red REALTOR(R) “R” pins to commercial real estate professionals were two of my personal highlights.
It was stated that KW Commercial has set sights on being the fastest growing commercial real estate company in North America – with a goal to add 1,000 new brokers to their ranks this year. Now that would be an expanding family.