This year at its “Generation Blue Experience” event, Coldwell Banker professionals will converge on the New Orleans Convention Center from Feb. 29 to March 3, 2012 to exchange ideas, enjoy primetime entertainment and take time to recognize outstanding accomplishments among their colleagues.
Housing Town Hall
This Coldwell Banker event will feature a “Housing Town Hall,” headlined by renowned former presidential advisors Karl Rove ® and Robert Gibbs (D), who will share their unique experiences from the White House inner circle. Rove and Gibbs will go head-to-head in a politically charged discussion on critical issues shaping the 2012 election, including housing.
“With 2012 being an election year, it is the perfect time for us to bring together two recent presidential advisers from each side of the political aisle to go head-to-head and discuss the extent to which they believe that real estate will be on the minds of the candidates and the American people,” said Budge Huskey, president and chief operating officer, Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. “Our brokers and agents are in for a treat.”
Generation Blue’s Got Talent…The Silhouettes!
Millions of Americans fell in love with The Rocky Mountain Silhouettes during their recent stint on “America’s Got Talent,” and their primetime, shadow-casting skills will be on display at the Generation Blue Experience. Their inspiring act features more than 20 children who possess a unique blend of talents in acting, singing and dancing.
Finalists Revealed for Top Awards
Coldwell Banker (coldwellbanker.com) will present its highest honors at the Generation Blue Experience:
• The Chandler Barton Spirit Award, which honors this past Coldwell Banker brand leader (from 1989 to 1996), is given annually to recognize an outstanding individual who exemplifies a can-do attitude and holds firmly to a business purpose through innovation, creativity and the drive to preserve despite obstacles or setbacks. The finalists for the 2011 Chandler Barton Spirit Award are:
o Bob and Molly Hamrick, who head Coldwell Banker Premier Realty in Las Vegas, Nevada, personify positivity in the face of adversity. In a market that has witnessed a $200,000 drop in average home sales price and in which 75% of residents owe more than their home is worth, this power couple has spread information and encouragement. They started the “Neighborhood Awareness Campaign,” in which agents go door-to-door, to start conversations with and inform the public about the current real estate market. They also encourage agents to wear “Ask Me About Short Sale” buttons, underscoring their intensive training in this specialized area.
o Brian Madeiros, Coldwell Banker Bermuda Realty Island Affiliates in Hamilton, Bermuda, was instrumental in facilitating the merger between two highly respected real estate firms, resulting in the creation of Coldwell Banker Bermuda Realty, which has been named to the prestigious Chairman’s Circle for four years in a row as one of the Coldwell Banker brands top-performing brokerage companies. His personal achievements include: being designated as a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the Coldwell Banker Black Diamond Society and the Coldwell Banker International President’s Circle. He has also been awarded the Coldwell Banker International President’s Elite Status.
o Ken Schmidt, Coldwell Banker Schmidt Realtors in Traverse City, Michigan, is known for his steadfast professional demeanor and tenacity, which helped his company persevere during challenging years in the Michigan marketplace. For instance, his team successfully navigated multiple consolidations, mergers and acquisitions. As a result of Ken’s relentless pursuit of growth, Ken merged several offices into his locations and retained a competitive edge in his market. His leadership ensured his company’s profitability in both 2010 and 2011, and his firm has even been able to reduce operating expenses while expanding its marketplace presence.
• The Preserving the Trust Award is presented to an outstanding individual within the Coldwell Banker system who has championed the cause of equal opportunity and independence for those in need of housing assistance or expertise. The finalists for the 2011 Preserving the Trust Award are:
o Robin Bahr, Coldwell Banker Riviera Realty in Bayville, New Jersey, has been a long-time participant in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. She and her daughter launched “Patti’s Prom Project” and have collected more than 4,000 donated formal dresses and prom services for those in need during prom season, in exchange for a $20 donation to support cancer patients. Her work in this area earned her an “Honorable Mention” in Realtor magazine’s 2011 “Good Neighbor Awards.
o Janice McGlashan, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in La Canada Flintridge, California, divides her time among many local charities. She has been involved with Habitat for Humanity for more than 10 years, in which she and her husband have organized youth trips to Mississippi to build homes for families in need. She also serves on the board of directors and is treasurer of Discover the World, a Christian charity seeking grants, donations and sponsorship’s for children’s homes in Africa.
o Melissa Rivers, Coldwell Banker All-Points Festival Realty in Goderich, Ontario, Canada, is the president and founder of All-Points Festival Realty, Brokerage Charitable Fund, which provides relief to the sick by granting a wish to children or parents with a life-threatening illness. The Fund also provides financial assistance to needy persons with a life-threatening illness for medicine, treatment, food, housing, travel or other necessities.
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