Formerly the owner of his own full service real estate brokerage firm in Cincinnati, Ohio, Al has also served as Senior Vice President of The Prudential Real Estate Affiliates. Most recently, as Senior Vice President of Fred Sands REALTOR® which was the fifth largest independent brokerage company in the United States.
Al is past President and Chairman of the Board of the REALTORS NATIONAL MARKETING INSTITUTE and past President of the Real Estate Brokerage Manager’s Council, as well as past member of the RNMI Board of Directors and Management Team. Al is past President of the Cincinnati Board of REALTORS® and has chaired or served on almost all the committees on the local and state level. He is a past chairman of numerous NAR committees and has served on the Executive Committee, as well as being a NAR Director.
Al has been honored as both Cincinnati and Ohio Associate and REALTOR® of the Year. He has been honored as the Instructor of the Year for large states by the National Association of REALTORS® and, subsequently, as the Educator of the Year by NAR. He was also presented with the first Golden Eagle Award for being outstanding instructor of the CRB faculty.
Al holds Master Instructor status on The Managers Council faculty. He was technical advisor for the book Real Estate Office Management; People Functions and Systems and editor of the book Readings In Management For The Real Estate Executive. He has spoken in all 50 states, as well as foreign countries, including being the key note speaker at three FIABCI (international real estate) conferences, and has served as a consultant and a coach to real estate firms throughout the world.
Mark Martin has been selling real estate since 1999, when he acquired his license in Florida. Preceding his real estate career, he spent 17 years in senior level management positions in several Fortune 500 companies.
In 2000, Mark and his family moved to Austin, TX and he began his quest to become a household name in Austin real estate. In his first year in the business, he closed over $10.0 Million in production, and was named Rookie of the Year for Coldwell Banker. After 2 years with Coldwell Banker, he transitioned to RE/MAX, and has been affiliated with RE/MAX ever since. He is a RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement and Hall of Fame member, and has held numerous awards throughout the years, including 100% club, Platinum Club, Chairman’s Club and most recently, Diamond Club.
It has not all been a bed of roses however, in 2007 the real estate market plummeted, and Mark had to resort to outside employment to continue to put food on the table. In January of 2011, with nothing, and at rock bottom, he started over in real estate. Going back to the basics of cold calling, door knocking, and open houses, he was able to close over $10 Million again in production. In 2012, he began building a team, and together they closed $18 Million in production, and in 2013 he hired Dirk Zeller with Real Estate Champions to help coach his team to even higher levels of production.
In 2013, the team closed $32 Million in production, and generated just shy of $1.0 Million in GCI. The team consisted of 2 buyer’s agents, and Mark’s business partner, Russell Martinez.
Mark moved to Phoenix in 2014, with his 17 year old son who was pursuing his dream of playing college baseball and potentially a career in the MLB. Mark ran his team in Austin virtually for 6 months, continuing to lead generate, close transactions, and oversee daily operations from afar. The team’s production dipped slightly to just over $800,000 in GCI without Mark physically being in Austin. As the saying goes, “while the cat’s away…”.
Mark’s son was successful in being offered a college baseball opportunity and Mark moved back to Austin in late 2014. 2015 Production exceeded $35 Million and over $1.0 Million in GCI. Mark’s team now consists of 3 Buyer’s Agents, 1 full time licensed assistant who handles transaction and listing management and 1 listing specialist. 2016 and 2017 saw steady growth to north of $40MM in production and $1.25MM in GCI and in the 4th Quarter of 2017, Mark launched a National Referral Network that uses Zillow leads to power referral opportunities in over 25 Markets across the U.S. The Referral Network, knows as “Mark Martin & Co.” has closed over $20MM in the first 6 months and has just over 30 member agents who must hit strict production targets in order to stay in the group.
Mark prides himself on being able to work 20 hours a week, not work Friday, Saturday, or Sundays, take 2 months a year off from the business and still generate the high income levels that he enjoys.
Mark was named the President of Real Estate Champions in April of 2017 and oversees the Sales Team, and works closely with Dirk Zeller to continuously provide up to date and relevant content and resources for their coaching clients.
Brett Baker was born and raised in Southern California and currently resides in Tri-Cities Washington. Growing up in a family where real estate was spoken around the dinner table, he soaked up knowledge about the industry for almost 25 years. Watching his Dad, a successful real estate broker, own and manage multiple franchises had Brett hooked on real estate; he just didn’t know it until he was older. Swearing that he wouldn’t follow in his dad’s footsteps, Brett paved his own path in the aviation community. He’s a type rated pilot in airplanes, helicopters, and hot air balloons, and was an Air Traffic Controller at a few of the busiest airports in the United States.
Brett is a serial entrepreneur with a background in web and print marketing. His success comes from utilizing technology to develop systems and build processes. He took the jump into the world of real estate because he felt that the Real Estate industry was stale, boring, and lacking true creativity. He built an incredibly successful team in Washington State, and coined the phrase “Boldly Different” because he wanted to set the new standard for agents.
Brett is a marketing guru and excels at creating extremely effective and valuable marketing campaigns that get noticed. He took the real estate industry by storm with his pink branding and his guerilla marketing tactics, garnering national attention in the real estate industry. He is the DEFINITION of cutting edge in real estate; utilizing tools, systems, and methods that are not available to anyone but his team. In fact, he has been the beta tester for more than 100 real estate products that are not even released to the public.
Outside of real estate, Brett is an extreme sports addict. Ironman Triathlons, big mountain skiing, rock climbing, open water long distance swimming, and waterskiing are just a couple of the many ways Brett spends his “free time.” He is also the owner of a whole flock of dogs and is currently banned from the local rescue shelter because he has adopted the limit of canine companions.
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