Category Archives: Top Producer Spotlights

Realty Executives Elite Announces Three Realtors® Certified as Accredited Commercial Practitioners

Realty Executives International is excited to announce that three Realtors from the Realty Executives Elite brokerage – Chris Budz, Jim Chipain and Maribel Salgado-Little – have recently been certified as an Accredited Commercial Practitioner (ACP) by the Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS®. The ACP certification is currently held by less than 100 brokers in the State of Illinois.

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Chad Arend: ‘An Executive is someone you can rely on’

As a former financial advisor, Chad Arend brings a unique skill set and background to the real estate market. He takes pride in his ability to work with data and contracts, and he enjoys the analytical and technological side of the job.

“I love being out in the field with buyers and talking marketing with sellers, but I also really enjoy putting together various systems to work with on an everyday basis so our team can be productive,” he explains.

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Bill Cole: ‘Like many of us who choose real estate, I wanted to be my own boss’

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Fourteen years ago, Bill Cole decided to  joined his wife Susan Cole in the real estate industry. He left behind a successful career as a corporate controller for a multi-national construction company.

“For me, it was a complete career change,” says Cole. “Like many of us who choose real estate, I wanted to be my own boss and to pursue the entrepreneurial spirit I always had. Our joint decision meant me giving up a good job with a company car, insurance and retirement benefits at the same time our two children were in their sophomore and junior years in college.”

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Laura Harbison: ‘I am constantly reinventing my business’

Laura Harbison saw the value of working within a real estate team before the idea became trendy.

“The brokerage that I was with prior to Realty Executives discouraged team structures, and Realty Executives was supportive of my ‘out of the box’ dreams and goals for my business,” she says.

Harbison hasn’t looked back since joining Realty Executives in 1997 and launching her winning team, which has taken home the Realty Executives Top Gun Award since 1999. The Top Gun Award recognizes the peak achievements of the top-performing team lead in the Realty Executives network, and Harbison is the epitome of that.

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Deneen Ruffolo voted Most Valuable Executive in Great Lakes Region

Deneen Rufollo voted Most Valuable Executive

Deneen Ruffolo walked away with the coveted Most Valuable Executive Award at the Realty Executives Great Lakes Region awards banquet last month. Voted on by over 250 Executives across the region (which includes Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan), the peer award honors outstanding staff members who are held in high esteem by their coworkers.

“I try to treat people the way I want to be treated, and be as supportive as I can,” says Ruffolo. “It only takes a moment to help someone, put a smile on their face, or just make them feel like they belong to a great office.”

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CAITLIN SUDDUTH: A YOUNG REALTY EXECUTIVES AGENT TO WATCH

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“I know that there is nothing stopping me from being the
best, and that’s what I strive for everyday.” ~ Caitlin Sudduth.

Caitlin Sudduth sold almost $2 million worth of real estate during her first year as an agent. At the time she was just 18 years old, going to college and also holding down a job at a bank.

“Making my first sale was incredibly hard. It took about five or six months. I worked open houses every weekend and followed up with every buyer,” reveals Sudduth, an Executive at Realty Executives Sudduth Realty in Augusta, KS.

“Eventually, I found a buyer for a small home with no central heating and air! It was a tough sell and very stressful putting it together, but I finally got it to closing and made my first paycheck, at which point I was hooked!”

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EXECUTIVE SPOTLIGHT: Chris Proctor, Realty Executives Devonshire Realty

Each year, Realty Executives International recognizes the leading Executives across our network through our annual awards program. As we celebrate 50 years of real estate excellence in 2015, we’re highlighting the achievements of some of our most successful agents (we call them Executives) sharing important keys to their incredible productivity in real estate, and honoring the many ways they make a difference in the lives of their clients.

Chris Proctor, Edmonton REALTOR, Realty Executives

REALTOR® Chris Proctor’s family has been in real estate since the early 1990s, spending more than 15 of those years at Realty Executives. So when it came time for him to join the family business, Realty Executives Devonshire Realty with Patti Proctor was a natural choice.

Areas served:
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada — all central Edmonton neighbourhoods

What are your specialties and designations?
Listing agent, buyer’s agent, accredited buyer’s representative®, and infill specialist

How many years have you been in the real estate industry? How many years with Realty Executives?
I’ve been in real estate for 6 years — all of them with Realty Executives. Continue reading

EXECUTIVE SPOTLIGHT: Dale’s Home Selling Team, Realty Executives Integrity

Each year, Realty Executives International recognizes the leading Executives across our network through our annual awards program. As we celebrate 50 years of real estate excellence in 2015, we’re highlighting the achievements of some of our most successful agents (we call them Executives) sharing important keys to their incredible productivity in real estate, and honoring the many ways they make a difference in the lives of their clients.

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Dale’s Home Selling Team of Realty Executives Integrity — Neil Miyashita, Nicole Brown, Vicky and Dale Schaechterle, Sarah Smart, Sharon Doyle, and Becky Wilde — offer first hand knowledge of the Lake Country, Wisconsin area where they live and serve clients and customers. We chatted with the team to talk about their decades of experience and how their agents stand out by providing three things better than the competition: real estate knowledge, earned trust and professional customer service.

Areas served:
Southeastern Wisconsin, specializing in the Lake Country area: Hartland, Delafield, Nashotah, Oconomowoc, Merton, Lisbon, Genesee, Dousman, Ottawa, Pewaukee, Chenequa, Okauchee, Wales, Sussex, Waukesha and surrounding communities.

Specialties and designations:
The members of Dale’s Team work with buyers and sellers of residential and investment property, including single family homes, new construction, lake homes, vacant land, condominiums, duplexes and multi-families.

How has your brokerage supported your success in 2014?
The support of Realty Executives Integrity has been incredible and we believe their support greatly attributed to our success. The leadership team is always there to support us in our business by providing the systems and tools we use on a daily basis.  Our front desk staff is professional and offers high-quality service to our team and our clients and customers. Continue reading

EXECUTIVE SPOTLIGHT: Scott Grigg & The Grigg’s Group, Realty Executives Phoenix

Each year, Realty Executives International recognizes the leading Executives across our network through our annual awards program. As we celebrate 50 years of real estate excellence in 2015, we’re highlighting the achievements of some of our most successful agents (we call them Executives) sharing important keys to their incredible productivity in real estate, and honoring the many ways they make a difference in the lives of their clients.

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A native Phoenician, Executive Scott Grigg of Realty Executives Phoenix worked his way up to become a top ranked REALTOR® in the Phoenix metro area before forming the Grigg’s Group in 2008, which consists of Grigg, Kevin Petruska, Nathan Niemira and Kimberly Johnson. In the years since, Grigg has built and maintained a reputation of providing exceptional service to a variety of clientele and cited referrals as key to his success: “I always believe in doing the best for our clients the first time and the referrals will come.”

Areas served:
Paradise Valley, Scottsdale, Biltmore and Arcadia

What are your specialties and designations?
Listing agent, buyer’s agent and builder representative

How many years have you been in the real estate industry?  How many years with Realty Executives?
I’ve been in the real estate industry 11 years; seven of those years have been with Realty Executives.

Did you have an “aha” moment in life – an experience that made it clear to you that real estate was the right career path for you?
When I realized that it is one of the few jobs that the more you work the more you can make. Your income level can go up as much as you want it to.

What led you to Realty Executives?
Realty Executives has the best opportunities as far as growth. I really liked that they have a satellite office program which fit well for my business. Continue reading

EXECUTIVE SPOTLIGHT: Lauren Ellington, Realty Executives Phoenix

Each year, Realty Executives International recognizes the leading Executives across our network through our annual awards program. As we celebrate 50 years of real estate excellence in 2015, we’re highlighting the achievements of some of our most successful agents (we call them Executives) sharing important keys to their incredible productivity in real estate, and honoring the many ways they make a difference in the lives of their clients.

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Real Estate Agent Lauren Ellington of Realty Executives Phoenix made the switch from a corporate career to real estate more than a decade ago when she made the leap from her home state of Texas to Phoenix, Arizona. Now, Lauren is sharing a little bit about how she’s learning life/work balance, why her broker answers her calls on his motorcycle and why NBA players love her style.

Areas served:
Paradise Valley, Scottsdale, Phoenix, Fountain Hills, Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa

How many years have you been in the real estate industry?  How many years with Realty Executives?
12 years in real estate and 12 years with Realty Executives

Did you have an “aha” moment in life – an experience that made it clear to you that real estate was the right career path for you?
Right out of college I worked in the corporate world. I wanted a career that didn’t have a cap on how much you could earn. I love people, houses, design and business so real estate was the perfect fit! Continue reading