Congratulations Gary Keller, Cary Sylvester, Ben Kinney and Sue Adler, all with Keller Williams Realty International, for making the Inman News 100 Most Influential list!
The Inman 100 report, an annual list of the Most Influential Real Estate Leaders, recognizes those who embody leadership, ingenuity, strength, conviction, power, persistence, perseverance and progress — their voices and actions can move the industry toward change.
They include the industry’s brain trust, power brokers and deal makers, and those outside the industry who impact the business of buying and selling homes.
The prolific Sue Adler, who heads a Keller Williams office in Short Hills, N.J., has more than 25 years of real estate-selling experience. In December 2011, her co-founded conference, Hear it Direct, a full-day event designed for real estate professionals to hear consumers’ needs, complaints and desires directly, had its inaugural meeting. Adler has been the No. 1 Keller Williams agent in New Jersey for six years running, and in 2011 her team reached nearly $75 million in sales, averaging a sold house once almost every three days. She’s also a partner in the Keller Williams Short Hills, Summit, Chatham and Livingston offices.
Co-founder and chairman of the board Keller Williams Realty
Gary Keller co-founded Keller Williams in Austin, Texas, in 1983. The franchise company now has more than 80,000 real estate agents in about 690 offices across the United States and Canada. He has released three books, “The Millionaire Real Estate Agent,” “The Millionaire Real Estate Investor,” and “Shift: How Top Real Estate Agents Tackle Tough Times.”
CEO and president Home4Investment
Ben Kinney founded the Home4Investment real estate team in Bellingham, Washington after achieving success in marketing homes and helping buyers with his extensive knowledge of computers, websites, and aggressive search engine strategies. Now his real estate team ranges from the state of Washington to the Canadian border. He often speaks nationally to real estate agents looking for an extra edge and is featured in multiple publications including RIS Media’s “Power Team Report” and Realtor Magazine’s “30 under 30.”
Executive director of technology Keller Williams Realty International
Cary Sylvester, executive director of technology for Keller Williams Realty International, is responsible for the strategic vision for the massive franchise company’s software platform. Early in 2011 the Austin, Texas-based franchise — in partnership with Market Leader and DotLoop — rolled out a platform called eEdge that includes transaction management services and online documents and signing. Speaking at the July 2011 Real Estate Connect conference in San Francisco, Sylvester urged offices to “go paperless” to free agents up to provide what’s most important: better customer service and more “time to be that relationship-builder in … the business of real estate.” The eEdge platform was recognized by Inman News in its annual Innovator Awards this year as the Most Innovative Real Estate Website or Service in real estate.