Since Sheila Rice and Virginia Cook founded the company 16 years ago, education has been an integral part of our corporate culture.
But in 2016, the company ramped it up even more to ensure that our sales associates, and ultimately our clients, benefit from advanced professional development in all areas of real estate, including technology, marketing, contracts, ethics and risk management.
The first step we took was welcoming industry leader Denaige Pizzutello into our business family as Senior Vice President of Professional Development. With broad based support from our awesome management team and agents, she has implemented many new programs including KickStart, a comprehensive five-day training program featuring leaders from within Virginia Cook, Realtors® and the local industry as instructors.
Our third KickStart program of the year was presented last week, and we want to give a shout to the 20+ associates who attended from Virginia Cook, Realtors® and David Griffin & Company, Realtors®. We had a few veteran agents audit the program, which illustrates the value of KickStart.
Highlights included sessions on How to Build Your Business by 2015 Top Producer Simone Jeanes; Negotiations - by David Griffin, President of the David Griffin Division; Listing Presentations by another Top Producer, Kim Cocotos of our North Dallas office; and Technology, Marketing and Social Media sessions by our Tech and Marketing staff members.
Also included were many hands-on sessions covering those critical tools likeDocuSign; zipForm Plus®; and Realist NTREIS Tax. All were presented by Denaige and included anywhere from 1 to 4 hours of CE credit! Talk about a big bang for your time!
Now the Virginia Cook and David Griffin gang likes food, too. So another big thank you goes out to our fabulous advertisers who served up yummy lunches each day and also shared with the group the invaluable role their respective company plays in a real estate transaction:
Kay Wilkinson, Caliber Home Loans
Julie Jones, Nations Home-Warranty
Joe Davis, MBR Guaranteed Foundation Repair
Janet Allen, Republic Title
Beth Foster, xpressdocs