Keller Williams Realty CEO Mark Willis to Present at Charfen Institute’s Real Estate Breakthrough Conference

CEO of the third largest real estate company in the United States to address top-producing agents at 1st annual industry event.

Austin, TX (PRWEB) May 01, 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 will include Mark Willis, chief executive officer of Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

In its inaugural year, Charfen Institute’s Breakthrough Conference presents an unprecedented networking and production-boosting opportunity for real estate agents. For the first time ever, it will bring together STAR POWER® Stars, Certified Distressed Property Experts® (CDPE), Certified Investor Agent Specialists® (CIAS), and other real estate professionals, all of whom are among the top-producing agents in the industry and on the front lines of the housing market recovery.

“As leader of one of the fastest-growing real estate franchises in the country, Mark has helped Keller Williams defy the odds during one of the most turbulent times in real estate industry history,” said Charfen. “We’re excited that he’s agreed to share his vision for the future with Breakthrough Conference attendees.”

Willis stepped up to the role of CEO in 2005, having served as president for the previous three years. His tenure at the top ranks of Keller Williams Realty has coincided with one of the most tumultuous markets in the history of real estate — during which time he consistently urged market center leadership to seize the downturn as an opportunity for growth. As a result, Keller Williams Realty now ranks as the third largest real estate company in the United States.

“Charfen Institute has done a tremendous job of helping agents stay relevant in today’s market through their development of both the Certified Distressed Property Expert and Certified Investor Agent Specialist designations,” said Willis. “I look forward to addressing their membership and examining our role as real estate professionals in helping to improve the housing market, and in turn the overall U.S. economy.”

For more information about Charfen Institute’s Breakthrough Conference and the complete lineup of more than 45 speakers, visit:

About Charfen Institute

The Charfen Institute educates and trains real estate professionals and small business owners to find opportunities in chaos – either by providing 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 Certified Distressed Property Expert® (CDPE) Designation, the Certified Investor Agent Specialist® (CIAS) Designation, LEAD Experience™, and its annual Breakthrough Conference. The CDPE Designation is the fastest growing independent designation in real estate industry history, with more than 39,500 agents trained since 2008. In 2011, the Charfen Institute ranked No. 21 on the Inc. 500 List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies.

About Keller Williams Realty

Keller Williams Realty Inc. is the second-largest real estate franchise operation in the United States, with almost 700 offices and more than 75,000 associates in the United States and Canada. The company has grown exponentially since the opening of the first Keller Williams Realty office in 1983, and continues to cultivate its agent-centric culture that emphasizes access to leading-edge education and promotes an economic model that rewards associates as stakeholders. The company also provides specialized agents in luxury homes and commercial real estate properties. For more information, or to search for homes for sale visit Keller Williams Realty online at ( For more information about KW Worldwide, visit (


Justin LeVrier
Charfen Institute



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