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
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,