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Coldwell Banker Celebrates 106th Birthday in Houston

HOUSTON, TX. (August 23, 2012) – Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS will host Coldwell Banker Real Estate Chief Executive Officer Jim Gillespie to celebrate the brand’s 106th birthday on August 28 at the Westchase Marriott.  Coldwell Banker, the nation’s oldest national real estate brand, was launched on August 27, 1906 in San Francisco in the aftermath of the great earthquake. 

 
Colbert Coldwell, and later Benjamin Arthur Banker, founded the company to bring ethics and integrity back to the San Francisco real estate community that had lost its way after the 1906 earthquake. The damage from the earthquake and fires, along with the loss of documents, allowed for unscrupulous behavior in the industry that Coldwell worked to eradicate.  Today, Coldwell Banker has approximately 83,000 agents working in 3,100 offices in 51 countries/territories.  
 
Coldwell Banker United is the largest Coldwell Banker affiliate in the world and was recently ranked as the sixth largest real estate company (in units) in the United States, according to REAL Trends and is a market leader in the Greater Houston area.
 
Gillespie will be joined by Realogy Chief Executive Officer Alex Perriello and Coldwell Banker Real Estate Chief Marketing Officer Michael Fischer in Houston and honor Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS for its efforts in Coldwell Banker Heroes, the brand’s charitable program. This will highlight the efforts of the management, staff and Sales Associates of the local broker on behalf of the American Cancer Society. Over the past 10 years, Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS has raised over $1,600,000.00 for the battle with breast cancer.
 
“Coldwell Banker has navigated the real estate industry during two World Wars, the Great Depression and most recently the challenging recession that has impacted all of us,” said Gillespie, who was recently named one of America’s most admired CEOs by careerbliss.com. “While the world and our industry are in a different place now than 106 years ago, the dream of homeownership is still alive and remains linked to lifestyle needs that never change. It is fitting that I have the opportunity to celebrate our 106th birthday in Houston with our largest affiliate.  I know all of the agents, staff and management team led by Richard Smith at Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS remain committed to impeccable service and dedication to the Houston community.”
 
“We believe Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS agents, as part of the greater Coldwell Banker brand, are the best in the real estate business and exemplify that strong heritage of ethics and integrity established by Coldwell and Banker,” said Steve Barnes, president and chief operating officer for the Houston region of Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS. “And while we do that, we are proud to give back to the community with our charitable efforts on behalf of the American Cancer Society’s breast cancer efforts, Habitat for Humanity and Candlelighters. This event will put a spotlight on those efforts, as well as other unique and generous personal stories by some in our family.”
 
As an innovative leader in real estate, Coldwell Banker has launched various new tools and apps over the past years that bring consumers fun and informative ways to engage in the home buying and selling process. Some of these include a new Real Estate App for iPad, On Location videos that provide a look into different neighborhoods from the comfort of home, as well as new tools for homebuyers in the properties section of coldwellbanker.com.  
 
For more information, or interview opportunities, please call Bob Alban, Director of Marketing and Communications, at 281.517.8414. 
 

About Coldwell Banker®

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.
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