EXIT Realty Corp. International hosted the first-of-its-kind leadership forum in Grapevine, Texas recently, bringing together professionals from all facets of the organization in a two-day summit focused on building individual leadership skill sets.  The Forum was dedicated to the memory of Vice President of Personal Development, Bill “The Bald Eagle” Nasby.

Keynote speakers included Dr. Mike Armour. With ten books to his credit, six in the field of leadership, Armour has been published in over a dozen languages worldwide. In 2001, he launched Strategic Leadership Development International Inc. based in Dallas, Texas and since then he has coached and trained thousands of executives and entrepreneurs. Also on the dais was internationally renowned speaker, Richard Flint.  Hailed as one of America’s top personal development speakers, Flint is an author and lifestyle coach to those seeking to stop repeating and start achieving.

The Leadership Forum was the brainchild of EXIT Realty Corp. International’s Director of Leadership, Bob McKinnon.   “When John Maxwell says, ‘Everything rises or falls on leadership’ he has offered a simple but powerful truth,” said McKinnon.  “At EXIT Realty, we believe that strong leadership accelerates growth and enriches lives.”

Individuals from the company’s corporate Executive team, Regional Owners, Broker/Owners and Agents gathered with a single goal; to learn practical tools to help raise their leadership lid.  Veteran Broker/Owners, Nick Libert from Illinois, Parise Cormier from New Brunswick, Jim Mazziotti from Oregon and Bernadette Cole from Maryland, spoke candidly about the development of their multi-award-winning brokerages.  Bill Pankonin, Regional Owner of EXIT Realty Upper Midwest who recently acquired the subfranchisor rights to Illinois, spoke on “Leading Effectively into the Future”.  U.S. Divisional President Craig Witt spoke on “It’s Not the Role, It’s the Goal”.  Five of EXIT’s John Maxwell Team-certified trainers including Mazziotti and Cole as well as Alex Cole from Maryland, Rick O’Neil from New York and Andre Malenfant from New Brunswick will lead attendees in focused mastermind sessions in the weeks to come.

Some of those in attendance commented:

It was the most important meeting I have ever been to.  I feel like I walked out with a suit of armor and I am a better person.
Kathy Hobbs, Broker/Owner of EXIT Realty Pinnacle Group, Quinlan TX

A few words that come to mind when thinking of our time together are, rich, deep, empowering, engaging and intimate.  To have the chance to sit at the feet of some of the giants in our industry and feed on the wisdom and knowledge that they have acquired over the years, felt as though a torch was being passed from one generation to another.  For me to be a recipient of that is truly a gift.  The topics were relevant and promote personal and professional growth and development.
Belinda Forrest, Broker of Record, EXIT Real Estate Solutions, Columbia SC

I am incredibly lucky to have been given the opportunity to listen and learn; this was a life changing event.
Nick Libert, Broker/Owner, EXIT Strategy Realty, Chicago IL

“Our entire focus is on building better people,” said Tami Bonnell, CEO, EXIT Realty Corp. International.  “By building better people we build a better company.”



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