Coldwell Banker Real Estate Announces 2018 Leadership Award Winners

The awards recognize Coldwell Banker affiliated real estate professionals who exemplify the core values of the organization

MADISON, N.J. (March 19, 2019)- Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC has announced the 2018 winners of the Chandler Barton Spirit Award, the Preserving the Trust Award and the Hero of the Year Award at the annual Generation Blue Experience® in Las Vegas.


“The awards presented at our Gen Blue® conference have a special significance to Coldwell Banker Real Estate because they allow us to honor the agents who exemplify the legacy and values of our brand,” said Charlie Young, president and chief executive officer of Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. “Over the past 112 years, I’m proud that we’ve become an organization that mentors others, embodies leadership, and gives back to communities. Our network continues to inspire us with their actions, and the accomplishments of these award winners highlight the passion that drives the Coldwell Banker brand every day.”

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Listed below are the winners for each award.

Coldwell Banker Chandler Barton Spirit Award

The late Jerry McMahan, owner of Coldwell Banker McMahan

Named after Chandler Barton, former president and chief executive officer of Coldwell Banker Real Estate from 1989 to 1996, this accolade honors a sales associate, manager, broker or owner who exemplifies the legendary “can do” attitude of Chandler Barton. Barton passed away in 2017, but his ongoing legacy leaves a lasting impression on the Coldwell Banker network, inspiring them to overcome obstacles and achieve goals.

McMahan chose to affiliate with Coldwell Banker Real Estate 27 years ago and grew his Kentucky and Southern Indiana “Chairman’s Circle” company into nine offices with over 220 agents across the two states. McMahan loved the real estate industry and helping his agents succeed. He passed away in April of 2018 following a short battle with cancer. McMahan demonstrated a profound sense of professionalism and never hesitated to give his agents the tools they needed to succeed. He created a program at his company where a portion of every closed transaction would be given to charity and his agents have vowed to preserve this practice in his name. McMahan embodied true leadership – his family continues his legacy and the business he worked to build.

Coldwell Banker Preserving the Trust Award

Bruce Zipf, Executive Advisor, Realogy Holdings Corp.

The Preserving the Trust Award honors a member of the Coldwell Banker network who has consistently and successfully exemplified the heritage of high standards, trust, loyalty and customer service throughout his or her affiliation with the Coldwell Banker brand.

Zipf was the president and CEO of NRT from 2005 to 2017 and supported over 45,500 Coldwell Banker affiliated sales professionals by the time of his departure. He enhanced a culture of superior service by leading unification efforts and development programs for agents. Through a financial recession, he helped maintain the strength of the Coldwell Banker brand and earned the trust of those who looked to him for guidance. Zipf cares deeply about his colleagues and his leadership has left a lasting impact on the company. In his current role as an advisor, he continues to bring the excellence and expertise that earned him this award.

Coldwell Banker Hero of the Year Award

Michelle McLean, Coldwell Banker Bain

The Coldwell Banker brand is known worldwide for its charitable efforts. The brand and network support the efforts of a seemingly limitless number of diverse organizations ranging from, Habitat for Humanity, Toys for Tots and hundreds of localized programs. The Coldwell Banker Hero of the Year award honors one individual, office, or company who takes great pride in giving back and ensuring that those in need have a trusted advocate for a brighter future.

Before McLean began her career in real estate, she ran Peace Out, a local non-profit in Tacoma, Washington that taught teens the importance of philanthropy and connected individuals with community causes that ignited their passions. She looked for ways to continue collaborating with her community when she joined Coldwell Banker Bain. McLean became involved with the Billy Ray Shirley Foundation, My Purple Umbrella, Tacoma Narrows Rotary and Northwest Furniture Bank. But her work didn’t stop there. When she met a family of two grandparents and seven grandchildren who were in need of massive home repairs, McLean mobilized over 500 people to completely remodel the home and help the family achieve their dream home. McLean’s coordination and compassion inspired her colleagues, and she truly serves as a hero in her community.

About Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC

Powered by its network of over 92,000 affiliated sales professionals in 3,000 offices across 44 countries and territories, the Coldwell Banker® organization is a leading provider of full-service residential and commercial real estate brokerage services. The brand’s mission is to empower their people to leave their mark on the world of real estate. The Coldwell Banker brand prides itself on its history of expertise and honesty since its beginnings in 1906. The brand embraces four core values: home, awesomeness, ingenuity and excellence. Coldwell Banker Real Estate is committed to providing its network of sales professionals with the tools and insights needed to excel in today’s marketplace and is known for its bold leadership and dedication to driving the industry forward with big data and smart home expertise. Coldwell Banker Real Estate was the first real estate brand to harness the power of big data; the CBx Technology Suite uses predictive analytics and machine learning to analyze markets, target buyers and sellers and provide agents with a simple platform to create unique and effective marketing plans for each listing. The brand was named among the 2018 and 2019 Women’s Choice Award® Most Recommended brands for customer experience and overall quality. Blue is bold and the integrity and values of Coldwell Banker Real Estate give the Gen Blue® network an unbeatable edge. Coldwell Banker®, the Coldwell Banker logo, Gen Blue® and the Gen Blue Experience® are registered services marks owned by Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. Each office is independently owned and operated. To join Coldwell Banker Real Estate and unlock the possibilities of Gen Blue, please visit

Senior Manager, Public Relations & Giving for Coldwell Banker. Grew up in Sarasota and attended college at Western Carolina University. Athena wanted to wake up in that city that doesn’t sleep so headed to Madison Avenue to start her marketing career. She has been with this awesome brand for more than 15 years and can be found generating buzz about CB in every way possible. Athena helps to grow the brand’s position as the most storied real estate company within the industry and has led many high-profile endeavors; she was at the forefront of the brand’s pioneering smart home campaign, raised $6 million in two years to build 130 Habitat for Humanity homes, and led the Homes for Dogs program in partnership with that resulted in tens-of-thousands of dogs finding their furever home. She currently leads the CB Supports St. Jude program, which encourages the Coldwell Banker network’s 96,000+ real estate agents to make donations to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital for every real estate transaction they represent. In her spare time, you can find her either digging up a new area in her yard for another flower bed or planning her next travel adventure. She's the proud mom of three cats Jolene, Ziggy and Lucy.

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