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Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® concluded its inaugural MAESTRO™ Leadership Certification program last week, graduating 25 real estate branch sales managers from top brokerages around the country. The program was created to address the critical industry need to develop talented and highly effective real estate leaders for the future.

Based on proprietary and validated research conducted by LeadingRE with 300 sales managers, the rigorous MAESTRO™ program encompasses three pillars of great office leadership, as determined by the research. It is the first program of its kind in the industry, with the goal of using science and art to establish and practice leadership mastery.

Open only to members of LeadingRE, the program has been designed by a lead faculty comprised of Mike Staver of The Staver Group and practicing real estate leaders Rosey Koberlein, CEO of Long Realty, and Phyllis Brookshire, president of Allen Tate Realtors, along with a number of other subject matter experts from within the industry and beyond it.

Participants, who applied to be accepted into the program, attended three live sessions held at LeadingRE’s Chicago headquarters that included lectures and interactive workshops incorporating ‘real life’ exercises, role-play, case studies and group activities. Ongoing support from staff and fellow participants ensures continued engagement and measurable results from the program.

“We created MAESTRO to develop and enhance the leadership and coaching skills of managers within LeadingRE brokerages to further equip them to take their agents and offices to even higher performance levels with increased confidence and proven methodology,” says LeadingRE President/CEO Pam O’Connor. “The response to our inaugural program was incredibly positive, and we look forward to offering it twice in 2016.”

Inaugural graduates include: Michele Early and Diane Wolfe, Allen Tate REALTORS®; Thomas Williams and Billy Rodgers, Crye-Leike REALTORS®s; Judd Sampson, Edina Realty; Sara Rotter and Tony Oakley, Halstead Property; Brian Levine, Sandy Strohm, and David H. Haffenreffer, Houlihan Lawrence Real Estate; Julie Frank, Dave Conord and Jackie Sellers, Long & Foster Real Estate; Chris LeBlanc, Max Broock REALTORS®; Roger Morris, Debbie Judge and Linda Formella, Michael Saunders & Company; Gary DeGrandchamp, Real Estate One; Sha Fister, Rector Hayden Realtors; Barry Kreft and Rick Fedor, Shorewest REALTORS®; Ben Schreiber and Rob Mahoney, Sibcy Cline REALTORS®; and Robin Skaggs and Donna Overman, Watson Realty Corp.

Graduates will be recognized at the upcoming Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® Sales Manager SUMMIT taking place February 22-24 at the Fountainebleau Miami Beach.

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