Keller-Williams Realty celebrates 10th Anniversary

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Posted 9/24/17

Cleveland and Bradley County’s largest real estate firm is planning a number of events to celebrate the firm’s first 10 years of operation in the community.

In 2007 a group of five local …

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Keller-Williams Realty celebrates 10th Anniversary


Cleveland and Bradley County’s largest real estate firm is planning a number of events to celebrate the firm’s first 10 years of operation in the community.

In 2007 a group of five local agents decided to launch out on their own to partner with Keller-Williams (KW), a nationally-known and established real estate firm with headquarters in Austin, Texas. At the time, the nearest KW office was in Chattanooga.

Steve Black, an agent with ReMax, left that firm in January 2007 and was joined by Sharon Norsworthy, Rhonda Vest McClure, Stephanie Tatum, Robert Prater and Judy Digennaro with the desire to launch a KW franchise in Cleveland. The group, called “investing agents” and led by Black, began an “incubation” period under the supervision of Chattanooga KW agent Robbin Mathews.

“From the beginning I was impressed by the training that takes place with Keller-Williams,” Black stated. “It’s all about the agent and how much they can pour into them. I think this is what sets (KW) apart from other firms and it shows by the growth we have experienced in our first ten years.”

Dubbing KW’s first ten years, the “Decade of Destiny,” Black said in that period the local KW firm has grown to be the largest in the area, from 25 agents on staff on opening day to 71 today. Monthly home closures have more than tripled, making KW the #1 local firm in closures. In addition, Keller Williams regularly gives back to the community. Last year the agents pooled donations to install a flag plaza in Greenway Park and the firm participates in “Red Day,” a nationwide KW emphasis in May where local recipients of donations and volunteer hours have been the Boys and Girls Club, Habitat for Humanity, and the Caring Place.

“KWRI (national) gave $40 million this past year,” Black stated. “Earlier this month I was in Austin, Texas for a corporate meeting and KW chartered 125 busses for Hurricane Harvey relief. The corporate goal for both Harvey and Irma relief alone is $20 million. This is just one example of the culture that makes up KW nationwide.”

To commemorate their first ten years, KW is planning an open house “blitz” on Sunday, October 1 where agents will be manning between 25-50 open house receptions. On Wednesday, October 4, Keller Williams will be hosting an open house from 11:30 1:00 at their local affiliate, located in the Santek Building on 25th Street. Everyone is invited to enjoy refreshments and fellowship and learn more about Keller Williams and their agents.

“We want to take this occasion to show our appreciation to this great community,” Black concluded. “We are thankful for the community support and want the opportunity to prove our agents are the best in town, not just in training, but in excellence and friendliness.”


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