ERA Real Estate Announces 2017 Hall Of Fame Inductees
Honors Ervin Robertson for excellence in training, Kathy Wilhelm for innovation and expansion and ERA Dawson-Bradford for industry leadership
MADISON, N.J., March 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- ERA Real Estate, a global franchising leader, is proud to announce the induction of two individuals and one ERA® company into the brand's Hall of Fame, class of 2017. Established in 2013, the ERA Hall of Fame honors affiliated individuals and companies who have consistently earned high levels of recognition and have made contributions and lasting impact on the culture and history of the franchise system.
The ceremony took place this evening at the 2018 ERA International Business Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. The 2017 ERA Hall of Fame class includes:
- Ervin Robertson, ERA Real Estate Professionals, Ridgeland, Mississippi
- Kathy Wilhelm, ERA American Real Estate, Crestview, Florida
- ERA Dawson-Bradford Co., Brokers/Owners Jon and Nancy Dawson, Bangor, Maine
"This year's group of inductees is an exceptional group," said Sue Yannaccone, president and CEO of ERA Real Estate. "As champions for ERA, they have tirelessly worked toward the continued success of the brand, not just in the ways they are leveraging the products, services and technology tools the franchise offers, but in the ways they are deeply focused on preparing the next generation of ERA professionals for success in the industry."
Ervin Robertson, ERA Real Estate Professionals, Ridgeland, Mississippi
In 1985, Ervin Robertson came to Mississippi to try his hand at real estate. As a beginner, his brokerage didn't have any training programs to help him--until he met someone who would shape his career for more than three decades: a bank mortgage professional who decided to train Robertson. He joined ERA Lorden – now ERA Real Estate Professionals in Ridgeland, Mississippi – in the late 1980s as a trainer and hasn't looked back since. In his first two years, Robertson helped grow the agency from eight agents to 55, offering weekly training classes. In 1994, ERA Real Estate made sure those weekly training sessions turned into trainings all over the country, and in 2016, Ervin began training nationally for ERA Real Estate. Now decades later, brokers and agents often cite his classes as the best they've ever attended.
Kathy Wilhelm, ERA American Real Estate, Crestview, Florida
A 29-year veteran of the industry, Kathy Wilhelm came very close to spending her life after college studying the behavior of hermit crabs. Luckily, Kathy's father convinced her to follow him into real estate. Her parents decided to franchise with ERA Real Estate in 1986, and just three years later merged with ERA American Real Estate. Thanks in part to her success as an agent, Wilhelm's office in Crestview is the top performing office at ERA American Real Estate, closing $19.5M in business through 119 transactions last year.
ERA Dawson-Bradford Co., Brokers/Owners Jon and Nancy Dawson, Bangor, Maine
Forty-four years ago, under the leadership of Jon and Nancy Dawson, ERA Dawson-Bradford Co. opened its doors in Bangor, Maine. In the time between 1974 and now, the pair have franchised with ERA Real Estate, grown their agency into the top performing brokerage in Bangor, and had two daughters, Julie and Katie. It's no coincidence the Dawson's success in their modest market of Bangor – 36,000 people in the city and 100,000 in the surrounding area – coincided with their joining the ERA system. Within three years of joining, ERA Dawson Bradford Co. Realtors was top of its market, a position they have held for more than three decades, winning a Jim Jackson Memorial Award for 1st in Service along the way. Today, Jon and Nancy's daughter, Julie, and her husband, Brian, own and operate the company carrying on the family tradition of excellent customer service and results in their local market.
About ERA Real Estate
ERA Franchise Systems LLC (www.ERA.com) is a global leader in the residential real estate industry with more than 40 years of experience in developing consumer-oriented products and services, delivering value through innovation and collaboration. The ERA Real Estate network includes more than 39,000 affiliated brokers and independent sales associates and approximately 2,300 offices throughout the United States and 31 other countries and territories. Each office is independently owned and operated except offices owned and operated by NRT LLC. ERA Franchise Systems LLC, which operates the ERA Real Estate system, is a subsidiary of Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY), a global provider of real estate services. ERA Real Estate information is available at www.ExploreERA.com.