RISMEDIA, March 15, 2007-Century 21 Real Estate LLC announced the recipients of its annual CENTURY 21 Technology Award at its international convention held at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Established in 2003, the Century 21 Technology Awards are presented to the Century 21 company and sales associate or sales team that embraces technology and innovation as a means of better managing and growing their business. This year's winners are:
Company Technology Award: Century 21 Affiliated, Madison, Wisconsin.
Producer Technology Award: Connie Webb, Century 21 Bell Real Estate, Cheyenne, Wyoming.
"The Century 21 Technology Awards recognize those companies and individual producers that have not just incorporated new technology into their businesses simply for technology's sake, but rather have found innovative ways to integrate technology into their core service offerings," said Tom Kunz, president and CEO of Century 21 Real Estate LLC.
Century 21 Affiliated – Winner, Company Technology Award
Led by broker/owner Bill Kessler, Century 21 Affiliated consists of nearly 30 independently owned and operated brokerage offices located throughout Southern and Central Wisconsin. Challenged to keep his network of more than 380 sales associates connected with each other, company management and, most importantly, clients, Kessler remains a strong proponent of identifying emerging technology and incorporating it into his organization when appropriate.
"It's an honor to be recognized with the Century 21 Technology Award among such a progressive and innovative group of real estate companies," said Kessler. "This is an exciting time to be in real estate and it is our duty as professionals to embrace technology and manage the different mediums of communication that it affords."
Century 21 Affiliated was one of the first companies within the Century 21 System to incorporate the Century 21 LeadRouterSM and Century 21 SearchRouterSM applications into its business operations.
The Century 21 LeadRouter system converts Internet-generated consumer inquiries into voice calls that are delivered to sales associates' cell phones, allowing sales associates to respond to consumers within minutes of receiving the request. With Century 21 SearchRouter, visitors to www.c21affiliated.com can view all of the listings of every real estate brokerage participating in and posting properties to the local Multiple Listing Service.
Connie Webb, GRI, CRS, e-Pro – Winner, Producer Technology Award
With nearly 20 years of real estate sales experience, Connie Webb, associate broker with Century 21 Bell Real Estate, Cheyenne, Wyo., understands the heightened levels of efficiency and responsiveness technology affords her in making her clients' real estate transactions as smooth and stress-free as possible.
In an effort to leverage the power of the Internet in marketing herself and her listings, Webb maintains five Web sites and utilizes three virtual office assistants who serve numerous functions for her, including those of a transaction coordinator and a Web site specialist.
"When I first started in this business, contracts were one-page documents with carbon paper on the back," said Webb. "Today my real estate practice reflects the demands of today's technology-savvy consumers. As a REALTOR® from a small town in Wyoming, I am truly humbled by this award and will continue to seek out ways that technology can help me grow my business."
Webb's commitment to leveraging technology has proven worth the investment as 2006 marked the fifth consecutive year that she has earned the Century 21 System's Century ® Award for outstanding sales production.
For more information, visit www.century21.com.