October 21, 2011 // Franchising.com // Edwardsville, Illinois - RE/MAX Vice Chairman of the Board and Co-Founder Gail Liniger has been inducted into the Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville (SIUE) Alumni Hall of Fame, joining an exclusive group of accomplished graduates who have excelled in their professions. Liniger is one of 15 graduates in the 2011 Hall of Fame class that also includes a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and a Bronze Star veteran who served in Iraq.
“I'm surprised and honored to be recognized with such an accomplished group of professionals," said Liniger. "Each one has not only enjoyed success in their chosen field, they’ve also given something back to their communities. And that’s a very important part of doing business."
Liniger graduated with a degree in Business in 1968 and moved to Denver five years later, becoming the first employee to join RE/MAX. In the years since, she has helped build the company into a worldwide real estate leader, focused not only on business, but on community citizenship. This month, Gail and Dave Liniger, RE/MAX Chairman and Co-Founder, will be recognized by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals for the company’s dedication to children. The Linigers will be presented with the 2011 Founder’s Award, honoring the commitment made by RE/MAX offices around the world, which have raised more than $100 million in contributions for the nonprofit organization.
Gail Liniger has earned many accolades throughout her career. She was recognized as one of the top ten U.S. women for her outstanding achievements in business, the arts and public service and as "Entrepreneur of the Year" in the state of Colorado by Ernst and Young and Inc. Magazine. In 2006, she was inducted into the Colorado Business Hall of Fame and the International Franchise Association Hall of Fame. Liniger is also the recipient of the 2007 Joy S. Burns Women of Enterprise Award.
In her personal life, Liniger has overcome many challenges, including a small plane crash in 1983 that put her in the hospital for more than four months. Despite being told she would not walk again, through intensive physical therapy and strong determination, she proved the predictions wrong. The inspirational leader of RE/MAX remains deeply involved in the company’s daily operations. Liniger is an avid and competitive golfer and is co-owner of the Sanctuary Golf Course, recognized as one of the most unique courses in the nation. She has recorded a hole in one on one of the course’s most demanding holes. Each year, Sanctuary hosts dozens of charity tournaments that have raised millions of dollars for community organizations.
As a licensed Colorado real estate broker, Liniger holds several designations, including Certified Real Estate Broker (CRB), Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR), and Quality Service Certification (QSC).
RE/MAX was founded in 1973 by Dave and Gail Liniger, real estate industry visionaries who still lead the Denver-based global franchisor today. RE/MAX is recognized as one of the leading real estate franchise companies with the most productive sales force in the industry and a global reach of more than 80 countries. With a passion for the communities in which its agents live and work, RE/MAX is proud to have raised more than $100 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Susan G. Komen for the Cure® and other charities. Nobody in the world sells more real estate than RE/MAX. Please visit www.remax.com or www.joinremax.com.