RE/MAX CEO Margaret Kelly to Address Charfen Institute’s July Breakthrough Conference

The real estate industry's most prominent players are converging at the real estate industry's most prestigious and production-boosting event of 2012.

Austin, Texas (PRWEB) February 16, 2012 - Alex Charfen, CEO of the Charfen Institute, announced today that the company’s lineup of speakers for its July 15-18, 2012 Breakthrough Conference in Las Vegas now includes Margaret Kelly, CEO of RE/MAX.

“This year’s Breakthrough Conference will be an unprecedented networking and production-boosting opportunity, bringing together STAR POWER® stars, as well as the Certified Distressed Property Experts® (CDPE) and Certified Investor Agent Specialists® (CIAS) who are on the front lines of the housing recovery,” Charfen said.

“We’re thrilled that Margaret will join this annual gathering of the real estate industry’s top echelon of talent,” Charfen added. “Having served in leadership positions with RE/MAX for nearly 25 years, she has the perspective to guide agents through both up and down markets.”

Leveraging her leadership role, Kelly has significant visibility as an industry spokeswoman, with a passion for helping both consumers and real estate agents navigate today’s challenging marketplace.

“The future of our industry is in the hands of agents who seek out the best training and consistently improve their skills,” Kelly said. “RE/MAX has always emphasized education, and our long-standing support of STAR POWER®, the Certified Distressed Property Expert® and Certified Investor Agent Specialist™ (CIAS) designations, reflects our commitment to cutting edge training that empowers RE/MAX agents with a clear competitive edge.”

About the Charfen Institute

The Charfen Institute educates and trains real estate professionals and small business owners how to find opportunities in chaos – whether it be solutions to the foreclosure crisis or empowering entrepreneurs with strategies to embrace their companies’ full potential. The company produces more than 300 educational events each year through various divisions, including: The Distressed Property Institute’s Certified Distressed Property Expert® (CDPE) Designation (, the Certified Investor Agent Specialist™ (CIAS) Designation (, and LEAD Experience™ ( The CDPE Designation is the fastest growing independent designation in real estate industry history, with 35,000 agents trained. Recent awards for Alex Charfen and the Charfen Institute include: The fastest growing private, small business in Central Texas in 2011, No. 21 on the 2011 Inc. 500 List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies; Best Places to Work in Central Texas 2010 and 2011; Alex Charfen for Austin’s Fittest CEO and the Austin Under 40 Award for Real Estate; numerous Telly and Omni Awards, and the 2010 Aegis Award.

About the RE/MAX Network

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 $120 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. For more information about RE/MAX, please visit or


Lisa Wahlgren
Charfen Institute




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