October 24, 2014 // Franchising.com // MADISON, N.J. - Coldwell Banker Real Estate announced the winners of the brand's most prestigious awards during the company's annual conference, the 2014 Generation Blue Experience. The Chandler Barton Spirit, Preserving the Trust, and Coldwell Banker Hero of the Year awards recognize the sales associate, manager, and broker/owner affiliated with the Coldwell Banker® brand who best exemplify generosity, leadership and excellence. The winners were nominated by their peers and selected from approximately 85,000 Coldwell Banker professionals worldwide.
"These passionate and inspiring brokers and agents affiliated with the Coldwell Banker system had monumental success in 2014, and we're thrilled to honor their achievements," said Budge Huskey, president and chief executive officer of Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. "Their dedication, leadership and excellence not only strengthen the Coldwell Banker brand but also play an integral role in improving their local and global communities."
The winners of the company's most prestigious awards for 2014 are:
Laurent Demeure, president and CEO of Coldwell Banker France & Monaco
Named after Chandler Barton, president of Coldwell Banker Real Estate from 1989 to 1996, this accolade honors a "can do" attitude and ongoing legacy that leaves a lasting impression on the Coldwell Banker system through leadership, vision and engaging personality.
Demeure earned the award for his unwavering commitment to his sales team, staff and consumers while persevering through the housing market and economic uncertainty in Europe. Demeure's business expertise turned economic challenges into opportunities for growth as he managed to make the Coldwell Banker brand one of the fastest growing real estate organizations in France in 2013.
Richard Smith, owner of Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS in Texas, Florida and the Carolinas
The Preserving the Trust Award honors a member of the Coldwell Banker network who has consistently and successfully exemplified the heritage of high standards, trust, loyalty and customer service throughout their affiliation with Coldwell Banker.
With more than 40 years of experience in the real estate industry, Smith received the award for his tireless efforts moving forward the cause of homeownership while focusing on honesty and ethics, thereby creating customers for life. Smith established Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS in 1986 and continued its growth across the southern region of Texas, Florida and the Carolinas over the next two decades. Smith's extensive work also includes raising more than $2 million for the American Cancer Society during the past 13 years.
William and Kathryn "Tiki" McIntyre, sales associates with Coldwell Banker TEC Realtors in New Orleans, Louisiana
William and Tiki McIntyre were awarded the Hero of the Year Award for their ongoing dedication and support in strengthening communities through charitable efforts. They created "NOLA Loves the Philippines," a disaster relief fundraiser event for the victims of Super-Typhoon Haiyan. Their activities raised $75,000, which was used to buy 100 fishing boats and create a boat co-op for the residents of Estancia in the Philippines.
System-wide, brokers, sales associates and staff affiliated with the Coldwell Banker Heroes program, the Coldwell Banker brand's charitable recognition program, raised nearly $5.1 million and 18,000 hours to philanthropic causes worldwide in 2013.
Since 1906, the Coldwell Banker® organization has been a premier provider of full-service residential and commercial real estate. Coldwell Banker is the oldest national real estate brand in the United States and today has a network of approximately 83,000 sales agents working in approximately 3,100 offices in 50 countries and territories. The Coldwell Banker brand is known for creating innovative consumer services as recently seen by being the first national real estate brand to create an iPad application and the first to fully harness the power of video in real estate listings, news and information through its Coldwell Banker On LocationSM YouTube channel. The Coldwell Banker system is a leader in specialty markets such as resort, new homes and luxury properties through its Coldwell Banker Previews International® marketing program. Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. Each office is independently owned and operated.
SOURCE Coldwell Banker®