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ERA Real Estate recently named ERA Key Realty Services of Whitinsville, Mass., as its national company of the year. The Gene Francis Memorial Award, given annually by ERA Real Estate to its top all-around company, was presented at the ERA® 2015 International Business Conference, held Feb. 15-18 in Washington, D.C.

The award, named after ERA Real Estate co-founder Gene Francis, is the highest honor given to an ERA company, and reflects the qualities most respected throughout the global ERA system and the real estate industry. Known for his forward-thinking business acumen as well as his philanthropic spirit, Francis established a defining culture of service to which all ERA companies aspire. Factored into the award selection are: high customer satisfaction ratings, strong brand engagement and use of ERA resources, and sales and company growth.

“Since joining the ERA franchise system in 1993, ERA Key Realty Services has continuously been one of our top-performing brokerage companies, leveraging the many innovative enhancements we have introduced to our members over the years to fuel growth and amplify the brand’s value to consumers,” says Charlie Young, president and CEO of ERA Real Estate. “The firm’s strong focus on growing organically through training and coaching, as well as their impressive acquisition strategy, are just a few of the things that have helped them achieve their status as a true market leader and a model ERA company.”

Serving Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Rhode Island, ERA Key Realty Services is comprised of 17 offices and more than 350 agents.

“Our 22-year affiliation with ERA Real Estate has proved critical to distinguishing our firm in the marketplace, and all of us at ERA Key Realty Services are deeply honored to be earn ERA’s highest award,” says Bruce Taylor, president of ERA Key Realty Services, who owns the brokerage along with his wife Cheryl, Mike Seaver and Nelson Zide. “Through ERA’s industry-leading technology, innovative marketing tools, proven training platforms and most importantly the highly collaborative ERA network, we’ve been able grown into one of the largest brokerages in Massachusetts and become a first-choice firm for top agents in the region.”

ERA Key Realty Services has a history of maintaining high personal and ethical standards, demonstrating a strong business sense and modeling a commitment to ERA Real Estate and its community – all while driving measurable growth in transactions, sales volume, per person productivity and sales rate.

Finalists for the Gene Francis Memorial Award include:

  • ERA Davis & Linn of Jacksonville, Fla. – Owners Carole Davis and Jim Linn are widely known their disciplined adherence to business planning and maintaining a company culture committed to service excellence.
  • ERA Real Solutions Realty of Cincinnati/Columbus, OhioUnder the leadership of Jeremy Raby, the firm has significantly expanded its service area through strategic merger and acquisitions. Since joining the ERA system in 2011, the brokerage has doubled its agent count and tripled its revenue.
  • ERA Team VP Real Estate of Chautauqua, N.Y. – President and owner Bill Soffel’s unique approach to business planning and a history of strategic mergers and acquisitions have fueled significant growth for the firm.  In addition, a strong focus on maintaining a collaborative company culture creates a highly engaged team that contributes to the firm’s success.
  • ERA Wilder Realty of Columbia, S.C. – Under the leadership of Eddie Wilder, the firm is a consistent leader in a competitive market, leveraging savvy lead management tactics to fuel agent productivity and support recruiting and retention.

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