Charfen Institute Honored as One of the Best Places to Work in Central Texas

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Business education company recognized for second straight year as model for company culture and employee engagement.

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"This award reconfirms our employee’s enthusiasm for the culture we’ve established,” Alex Charfen, CEO of Charfen Institute, said.

For the second year in a row, the Charfen Institute, a leading small business and real estate education company, has been named one of the “Best Places to Work in Central Texas” by the Austin Business Journal. This year, Charfen Institute placed fifth in the highly competitive medium business category, which includes companies with between 51 and 250 employees.

Each year, the Austin Business Journal receives applications for this award from hundreds of companies in Central Texas. Businesses are chosen based on confidential surveys of their employees, who are asked questions about the company’s culture, benefits and work environment.

“When my wife Cadey and I founded this company, it was our vision to create a stable and productive work environment that offered our employees limitless opportunity,” Alex Charfen, CEO of Charfen Institute, said. “This award reconfirms our employee’s enthusiasm for the culture we’ve established.”

Since moving its headquarters in 2009 to Austin, Texas, the Charfen Institute has grown from $500,000 to $10 million in annual revenue and added more than 70 jobs to the Austin economy – all during one of the worst recessions in U.S. history.

The company’s rapid growth and celebrated culture led to the creation of LEAD Experience, a three-day training event, where business leaders from across the country come to learn how to implement the proven systems and practices of Charfen Institute, and other fast-growth companies, into their own businesses.

In addition to being recognized among the “Best Places to Work in Central Texas” in 2010 and 2011, Charfen Institute and CEO Alex Charfen have been honored with additional accolades, including the 2011 Austin Under 40 Award for Real Estate, along with numerous Telly Awards, Omni Awards, and a 2010 Aegis Award.

About the Charfen Institute
The Charfen Institute provides training and resources to help small business owners and real estate professionals achieve tangible business results. The company produces more than 300 educational events each year through various divisions, including: Certified Distressed Property Expert® (CDPE) Designation (, Certified Investor Agent Specialist™ (CIAS) Designation (, STAR POWER Systems™ (, and LEAD Experience™ ( The company’s CDPE Designation is the fastest growing independent designation in real estate industry history, with more than 30,000 agents trained.

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