RISMedia's Real Estate Magazine

DEC 2018

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RISMedia's REAL ESTATE December 2018 121 RE/MAX Gold Leadership Team of RE/MAX Gold, and that's worked out well for us. We became the No. 1 RE/MAX in number of agents in California by a significant margin, and California's No. 1 RE/MAX in sales by a huge margin. In 2017, we had 13,267 transactions and were the No. 1 company in the state of California in transactions, per RISMedia's 2018 Power Broker Report. When I met Keith Myers 18 years ago, it occurred to me that it could benefit us if we worked to - gether. One of the things that really impressed me about him was his leadership. He always had innova - tive ideas, so we looked for all the areas where we could provide syn - ergies and better support and ser- vice to the agent population, and we took the step of partnering in July of this year. Keith Myers: I own RE/MAX Olson in Southern California, with six of - fices and 208 agents. My previ- ous partner Todd Olson started my company in 1987 and I became a partner in '96. I converted to RE/MAX in 2000, which is when I met James at a regional event in San Francisco. My former partner retired in 2015 and I bought him out, so James and I have been talking over the past few years about forming a relationship. I wanted to replicate RE/MAX Gold's expansion and work together to grow the total footprint. We have an alliance but run the bro - kerages separately. MP: What most aracted you to aligning with RE/MAX Gold? KM: Growth has always been in James' DNA. The Gold Nation up there probably got hit harder than anybody during the Great Reces - sion, and it bounced off the bottom and blew past everyone to achieve the largest productive agent count, and better productivity by every measure of success. James has al - ways wanted to grow this large ma- chine and scale it—not just for the sake of being large, but to attract like-minded individuals and do what they do best. That's what attracted me: a phenomenal system and a phenomenal management style. I decided it was much better to join forces than try to replicate that on my own. MP: So, what is your total office and agent count with the combined firms? JOB: We have a total of 67 offices, of which 39 are branch offices and 28 are satellite offices, in 21 coun - ties throughout California with a to- tal agent count of more than 1,450, which represents more than 20 per - cent of the agent count for RE/MAX in the state of California. MP: What has been your approach to growth over the years, and what are your current goals in terms of expansion? JOB: Our core values and company vision statement are written into ev - erything we've done over the years. We find the best, most productive, most ethical agents and put them in an environment where they can suc -

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