A Day at Disney with the Sunshine Kids

By Melissa Kandel

It’s one thing to understand sunshine, know that it brightens darkness, signifies the start of a new day but it’s another to really experience it, warm and shiny in the early morning. You can feel it then as something real and almost tangible, and it’s so much more than just a nebulous thought in your mind, gone as quickly as it came.

That’s probably the best way I can describe my recent time spent with the Sunshine Kids at Disneyland and California Adventure Park, part of the California Fun-Time Fantasy trip that brings the children to various locales on the Golden State’s Southern Coast each year. I was volunteering as a representative from the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices corporate office, sent to take photos and document the day.

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Vote Deborah Berg to Win Realtor Magazine’s Good Neighbor Award!

Today is the final day! Please vote for Deborah Berg, agent with Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices HWWB, REALTORS® in Birmingham, MI, who is a finalist in Realtor Magazine’s prestigious Good Neighbor Awards! She runs “the country’s largest rummage sale,” which raises an impressive $225,000 each year to support people in need through 35 non-profit organizations. She manages a force of more than 700 volunteers during twice-annual, week-long sales. Throughout the rest of the year, she oversees the acquisition of furniture and high-value donations. Let’s support Deborah Berg, an amazing Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices sales professional and a testament to what it means to be Good to know™.

VOTE HERE before 5 p.m. CT: https://www.realtor.com/goodneighbor/ … and share this post so Deborah can win the award!

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff Realty Group’s Michigan Avenue Office Completes Backpack Project

As the start of a new school year approaches, Chicago-based Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff Realty Group is helping children in need prepare for a success. The brokerage’s Michigan Avenue office recently filled 475 backpacks with school essentials for the children at The Dvorak School of Excellence, a Chicago Public School located in the North Lawndale neighborhood of Chicago.

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Thoughts on Leadership: Wildly Important Goals

By Gino Blefari

This week my travels find me in St. Charles, MO at the Whitmoor Country Club for the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Alliance Real Estate Golf Tournament benefitting the Sunshine Kids. Before we hit the green, I met with the Alliance Real Estate team to talk about 8 principles of success and the 4 Disciplines of Execution (4DX). I’ve visited the brokerage many times before and each time I’m reminded that Alliance Real Estate has forward-thinking leaders at its helm: CEO/Owner Andrea Lawrence; President/Co-Owner Kevin Goffstein; and Executive Vice President/Co-Owner Bob Bax. It was evident from this meeting that the company is poised for even greater success in the St. Louis marketplace.

After our meeting it was off to a day of golf, and everyone—including actor and Sunshine Kids Executive Director G.W. Bailey who was in attendance for the event—had one goal in mind: Raise money for the Sunshine Kids.

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Thursday Thoughts on Leadership: Travel to Learn

By Gino Blefari

This week my travels find me in the city of St. Louis to meet with the team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties, an amazing group of real estate professionals who prove with crystal-clear assurance what you can achieve when you have a strong, vibrant culture at your brokerage business.

I have to tell you, being in St. Louis was really an eye-opening trip for me. I’ve long been a fan of the idea that new eyes see old things in new ways and sometimes, these “eyes” aren’t literal eyes but instead places, things and experiences that widen your perspective in ways you never thought possible. Travel, in this sense, is more than just going from one place to another but instead a complete mindset shift and a chance to learn what you otherwise would never have known. For instance, who knew that there’s an area of St. Louis called “The Hill,” home to baseball greats Yogi Berra and Joe Gargiola Sr., who spent their childhood living across the street from one another on Elizabeth Avenue?

“Not only was I not the best catcher in the Major Leagues,” Gargiola once famously said, “I wasn’t even the best catcher on my street!”

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