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Alain Pinel Realtors Names New Vice President of Training

September 16, 2015

Firm Continues Hiring Fresh Talent in Top Management Positions

Bard Williams
Alain Pinel Realtors (APR), the largest privately-owned residential real estate company in California, has named Dr. Bard Williams as their new Vice President of Training. Williams has a long history of creating, managing, and delivering successful, visionary professional development programs along with experience in marketing and sales for some of the largest technology companies in the world.
Williams began his career as a teacher while simultaneously developing sales and communication skills selling residential real estate. After more than 10 years as a professional educator and earning a doctorate from the University of Georgia, Williams was recruited by Apple to manage relationships with leaders in government and education, creating programs to help educators and administrators learn to teach with technology. Williams was later promoted to senior management where he managed marketing and training teams. Williams left Apple to start a successful education and technology marketing company, Techthree, working with companies including Adobe, Palm, and Hewlett-Packard, along with several universities. Just prior to joining APR, Williams spent five years as Director of Marketing at TiVo where he managed marketing relationships with key partners such as Netflix and Comcast, supported retail marketing worldwide, and managed a team of field trainers. Williams has published more than 14 books, mainly on the topic of teaching with technology.
“Bard’s background as an educator coupled with his expertise in teaching with technology makes him a valuable addition to the APR team,” said Rainy Hake, COO and Executive Vice President. “His visionary professional development programs will bolster and strengthen our ever-evolving technical, sales, and career development training – an already robust curriculum that sets our agents apart as the most educated in the field.”
Hake, the youngest COO of the top real estate companies in the nation, has also recently brought in new Vice Presidents of both Marketing and Technology to steer APR’s notable brand. In 2014, Hake hired Tom Flanagan from Rhode Island’s Residential Properties Ltd to oversee the firm’s changing technology, and earlier this year brought in Heidi Ditloff from Gloria Nilson & Co. Real Estate in New Jersey to apply her strategic insight and leadership to APR’s award-winning marketing.
“APR has a strong brand with a clear vision. I welcome the challenge to take an already excellent training and development program to the next level,” said Williams. “A demonstrated commitment to innovation coupled with bright, motivated agents and staff made this an easy decision. I look forward to helping the entire APR team continue on their learning journey with a keen eye on innovation and continuous improvement in their already exemplary customer service.”

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Jim Pojda of Alain Pinel Realtors Awarded “Mentor of the Year” by Buffini & Company

September 4, 2015

Local Director of Career Development Honored by Largest Real Estate Coaching Company


Jim Pojda, Regional Director of Career Development at Alain Pinel Realtors, was honored with Buffini & Company’s coveted 2015 “Mentor of the Year” award at their annual MasterMind Summit. Each year, the award honors one out of the 5,000+ Certified Mentors in the Buffini & Company Peak Producers Training Program for his or her high-level commitment to impacting and improving the lives of real estate agents. Buffini & Company is the largest real estate coaching and training company in North America.
“Agent success is the driving force that keeps me motivated each day and I’m grateful for all that they do to inspire me as I watch them develop and grow,” says Pojda, who has mentored over 100 agents through the Peak Producers program in the past four years. Peak Producers is a 16-week comprehensive business-coaching program to help agents prepare to be professional business owners and produce at a consistently high level.
“We believe one of the greatest things a person can do is to be a great role model and lift others up, helping them reach their full potential and create a truly great business,” says J’aime Nowak, Director of Corporate Development at Buffini & Company, “This is what Jim exemplifies and we are grateful for his tremendous advocacy and great service to his agents and our industry.”
As Regional Director of Career Development in the South Bay for APR, in addition to Pojda’s mentorship through the Peak Producers Program, he also coaches newly licensed agents through APR’s signature Master’s Success Program. Through the 1-year training program, Pojda has helped over 150 agents learn the skills to create successful businesses; totaling over 250 agents that he’s personally trained, coached and mentored between Peak Producers and the Master’s program since 2010.
“Jim has been a dedicated trainer, mentor, and inspiration to many of our agents and I’m not surprised to see his passion rewarded,” said Rainy Hake, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of APR. “We pride ourselves on providing superior training for our agents, and Jim has been an integral part of ensuring we have the highest caliber of agents with the tools necessary to provide exceptional service for our clients.”

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Newly Re-designed APR Academy Launches

November 28, 2012

The APR Academy, launched in early 2012, is a comprehensive learning system that helps our agents refine their skills and take their careers to the next level. With a recent re-design, the APR Academy is easier to use than ever before. If you’re in a hurry or just need to quickly look at an FAQ, the Academy provide an extensive library of tutorial guides. The Academy also allows you to access a complete online catalog of courses – for both online learning as well as hands-on, classroom style courses. Agents can sign up right there from within the APR Academy for any classroom style course held at one of our six APR training facilities. The online training platform allows you to learn at your own pace, your own style, and track your progress as you go.

Some additional highlights of the APR Academy:

  • Newly reorganized library of reference guides covering over 20 topics – including CMA’s, drip email campaigns, social media, and more!
  • An robust offering of online courses – allowing for learning at your leisure. Pause your courses and finish them at a later time.
  • Browse a course catalog, view a calendar, and sign-up for in-person, hands-on classroom-style courses all from one online platform.
  • New Learning categories including: Generational Marketing, Listings and Home Marketing, Personal Development, Powerful Presentations.
  • New courses and classes constantly being added and updated – including new courses on taking advantage of Luxury Portfolio.

At APR we believe in not only providing our agents with the best tools – but also the knowledge to effectively use them. As we constantly are introducing new tools, it is important to have a simple and complete learning system to help our agents leverage our offerings. From learning about agents websites, market reports, contact management systems, content libraries, mobile technologies and more – our APR Academy is a groundbreaking platform that supports multiple training formats to ensure our agents have everything they need to succeed.
To learn more about the APR Academy or any of the tools offered by APR, visit our Careers page or talk to an APR manager today.