MADISON, N.J. (March 19, 2017) – ERA Real Estate, a global franchising leader, is proud to announce the induction of four individuals and one ERA® company into the brand’s Hall of Fame, class of 2016. 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 impacts on the culture and history of the franchise system.
The ceremony took place this evening at the 2017 ERA International Business Conference in Dallas, Texas. The 2016 ERA Hall of Fame class includes:
- Ann Davis, ERA Central Realty Group, Cream Ridge, New Jersey
- Janice Miller, ERA First Advantage Realty, Inc., Newburgh, Indiana
- Sherry McGrath, ERA Priority Real Estate, Gillette, Wyoming
- Steve Simmons, ERA Fernandina Beach Realty, Fernandina Beach, Florida
- ERA Preferred Properties Real Estate, Broker/Owner Bill Shanbarger, Hanover, Pennsylvania
“Working tirelessly to shape the future of the ERA brand and drive positive change in the industry for many years, our 2016 Hall of Fame inductees have greatly contributed to the huge momentum the ERA brand is experiencing,” said Sue Yannaccone, president and CEO of ERA Real Estate. “As champions for the brand, they have increased ERA’s visibility and with a relentless focus on innovation, they have helped transform the way we do business. We are grateful and extremely fortunate to have their expertise within our network of ERA brokers and companies.”
Ann Davis, ERA Central Realty Group, Cream Ridge, New Jersey
A trailblazer, Ann Davis opened the doors to ERA Ann Davis & Associates in 1986 with three affiliated real estate sales associates. The firm was owned and managed entirely by women in a time when real estate was still dominated by men. Davis had a unique vision that by fostering a culture of teamwork, education and shared expertise, she could guarantee success for her growing organization of real estate professionals. Never losing sight of that intent, Davis, with the help of her daughter, Stephanie Bellanova, grew the company, now known as ERA Central Realty Group, to include more than 150 affiliated sales professionals. Davis and Bellanova continue to utilize ERA innovation and tools to expand their presence in the marketplace.
Janice Miller, ERA First Advantage Realty, Newburgh, Indiana
A 32-year veteran affiliated with the ERA brand, Janice Miller catapulted her real estate career by joining the ERA network as a sales associate in 1985 and then becoming the owner of ERA First Advantage Realty in 1995 which soon became a Top 50 ERA affiliated company. Nationally recognized as a top 100 REALTOR®, Miller has sold more homes than any other REALTOR in her MLS. Her guidance, knowledge and use of ERA programs and resources – especially the ERA Sellers Security Plan – have made her a great ambassador for the brand ambassador and sought-after collaborator within the ERA network of brokers. The recipient of numerous awards, Miller’s company most notably won the brand’s top honor, the Gene Francis Memorial Award for All-Around Top Company, in 2011 and has been named to the prestigious ERA Leaders’ Circle every year since 1999.
Sherry McGrath, ERA Priority Real Estate, Gillette, Wyoming
Celebrating her 42nd year in real estate, broker/owner Sherry McGrath of ERA Priority Real Estate in Gillette, Wyoming, began her journey with ERA Real Estate in 1981 when she joined ERA Homestead Realty which later evolved into ERA Boardwalk Real Estate. McGrath has always been involved with the local real estate, local community and national brand, and in 1987, she purchased the company and served as owner/operator, managing broker, relocation manager and a listing and selling agent until 2014 when her son, Josh McGrath, bought the company known today as ERA Priority Real Estate. McGrath played an integral role in helping shape the future of ERA Real Estate and continues to do so as an active affiliated independent sales associate.
Steve Simmons, ERA Fernandina Beach Realty, Fernandina Beach, Florida
In 1975, Steve Simmons opened ERA Fernandina Beach Realty, the first franchised real estate office on Amelia Island, Florida with eight independent sales professionals. A true ambassador for the brand, Simmons helped to expand ERA’s footprint by encouraging other real estate brokers to affiliate with ERA. His commitment to the brand’s growth assisted in the addition of 28 ERA offices in the mid-1970s and early 1980s. Additionally, Simmons opened real estate offices in Augusta and Savannah, Georgia, while also leading learning programs and monthly sales meeting rallies within his territory comprised of Georgia and a large area of South Carolina. After much success in that role, Simmons returned to his company on Amelia Island and continues to operate as an ERA broker today.
ERA Preferred Properties Real Estate, Inc., Hanover, Pennsylvania
Thirty years ago, under the leadership of broker/owner Bill Shanbarger, ERA Preferred Properties Real Estate, Inc. opened its doors in Hanover, Pennsylvania. Just three years in, ERA Preferred Properties Real Estate won the coveted Gene Francis Memorial Award for ERA’s All-Around Top Company – the first of many national and local honors. Built on trust and loyalty, ERA Preferred Properties Real Estate, Inc. boasts a number of team members with more than 25 years of service who share the firm’s strong commitment to collaboration and community service.
About ERA Real Estate
ERA Real Estate is an innovative franchising leader in the residential real estate industry with nearly 45 years of experience in developing consumer-oriented products and services. The ERA network includes approximately 37,000 affiliated brokers and sales associates and more than 2,300 offices throughout the United States and 30 countries and territories. Each office is independently owned and operated. ERA Real Estate is a subsidiary of Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY), a global provider of real estate services. ERA Real Estate information is available at: ExploreERA.com.