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MAY 2016

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58 May 2016 RISMedia's REAL ESTATE {Broker Spotlight} Barbara Pronin: Why don't we be- gin with a brief synopsis of your career path, Art, and how you and Neil came to co-found Sellstate Realty. Art Darmanin: Together, Neil and I have a total of more than 60 years of experience in the real estate in- dustry, much of it in Canada's sec- ond largest real estate company, where we each rose to some promi- nence and frst joined forces some years ago. My background is pri- marily managerial, building highly successful brokerages and regions from the ground up. Neil's sales career soared early, quickly making him one of Canada's leading real estate agents and brokers, so it seemed only natural for us to put our skills together and partner in a new venture, frst in Canada and I t isn't easy to successfully challenge a traditional business model—even when your proposed alternative may bring about better returns. But for Arthur (Art) Darmanin and Neil Cresswell, who founded Sellstate Realty Systems Network, Inc. in Fort Myers, Fla., in 2002, that was both the goal and the vision: a national real estate franchise with the tools and programs to attract an elite corps of brokers and agents, and to provide these exceptional few with a better way to take their business to the next level. "Our plan was to draw a select corps of motivated real estate professionals," says Darmanin, Sellstate co-founder and CEO. "We were looking for highly qualifed brokers and agents to put our value proposition to the test." Operating in nine states today, with two more on the horizon, the Sellstate model continues to march to the beat of its own drum—achieving growth by design with a dedicated team committed to its innovative business model. In this exclusive interview, Darmanin shares the company's vision and strategies, and the positive impact the company is having on both agents and consumers. The World's First Complete Real Estate System Sellstate Realty by Barbara Pronin

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