Waterfront Properties Among Best of Best at Spring 2012 Luxury Real Estate Conference

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Several agents from the South Florida firm networked with real-estate partners from New York, New Jersey, Spain and beyond.

Rob Thomson and Elizabeth Ann Stribling-Kivlan

The three-day conference drew nearly 200 real-estate professionals, including seven from Waterfront Properties and Club Communities.

Realtors from across the globe attended the impressive and insightful Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate 2012 Spring Retreat in New Orleans, where the organization celebrated its 26th year as the world’s No. 1 network of high-end brokers.

The three-day conference drew nearly 200 real-estate professionals, including seven from Waterfront Properties and Club Communities. It focused on marketing to upscale buyers, delivering unparalleled client experiences and learning how to become luxury-home leaders.

One of the first discussions of the conference came from the Award Winners Panel, comprised of five Realtors with more than 100 combined years of experience. Diane Turton, of Diane Turton, Realtors, in New Jersey, was among the panelists.

Turton, also an agent with Waterfront Properties and Club Communities, said she saw skyrocketing success in 2010, with a record $9.9 million home sale in the New Jersey show Spring Lake, N.J. In 2011, her staff of more than 300 agents helped increase the firm’s numbers by 40 percent.

“I like being the rainmaker,” said Turton, who opened her 15th office in the Garden State in 2012. “I love to beat the competition. I don’t know anyone who’s been able to do the same thing as me except Mr. Rob Thomson.”

Thomson is managing partner at Waterfront Properties, a company founded by him and his mother, Joan, more than 30 years ago in the northern Palm Beach County town of Jupiter. He and Turton have shared several referrals during the decades that have enabled both companies to excel.

“You don’t have a lot of people that open a real-estate company that are good in the field,” Turton said. “I like going on presentations. He’s good in sales. We think the same. We think out of the box.”

Another member of the Award Winners Panel, Antonio Ribes Bas, of Rimontgó, traveled from Spain to attend the conference in an effort to maintain friendships with Thomson and other Realtors.

“I come here to sit with my friends and speak with them and share expertise,” said Ribes Bas, whose firm has won more than one dozen international industry awards. “It’s worthwhile. You have to think long-term.”

The final member of the panel to speak was Elizabeth Ann Stribling-Kivlan, of Stribling & Associates, in New York City. Stribling-Kivlan imparted her marketing and social-media knowledge to the group and showed off her company’s masterfully redesigned Web site.

“Your Web site’s the most important thing you can do,” she said, emphasizing dynamic, storytelling photography. “Every property has the potential to be incredible.”

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