Coldwell Banker Welcomes Four New Affiliated Companies Under Inclusive Ownership Program

The Coldwell Banker brand furthers its commitment to increasing diversity and inclusion in real estate, bringing the number of affiliated companies that joined via the program to 14

MADISON, N.J. (May 11, 2021) – Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC, a Realogy (NYSE: RLGY) brand, announced today that four new brokerages joined the brand as part of the Inclusive Ownership program. This industry-first franchise approach, first announced in February 2020, was created to help increase representation of minority, women, LGBTQ+ and veteran entrepreneurs in the real estate industry.

Coldwell Banker Companies that Joined through the Inclusive Ownership Program

NEW! Coldwell Banker CK Mann RealtyMadison, Ala.Kathy Mann
NEW! Coldwell Banker Envision Real EstateNew Smyrna Beach, Fla.Evania Nichols
NEW! Coldwell Banker Splendor RealtyLauderhill, Fla.Sharon McLennon
NEW! Coldwell Banker Uplife RealtyKansas City, Mo.Meredith Vertreese
Coldwell Banker Action HoldingsGrand Island, Neb.Amber Schuppan
Coldwell Banker Commercial Global 1Snellville, Ga.Ray Mokhberi
Coldwell Banker Commercial NorthlandFlagstaff, Ariz.Becky McBride
Coldwell Banker EvenBay Real EstateBoardman, Ohio and
Warren, Ohio
Janice Stevens, Michael Stevens, Forrest Kobayashi
Coldwell Banker Hometown Real EstateLake Worth, Fla. Nancy Uhlman
Coldwell Banker Lewis & AssociatesSpringfield, Mo.Michelle Lewis and Jessie Gilliland
Coldwell Banker Omni GroupSanta Ana, Calif. Tina Marie and Rich Hernandez
Coldwell Banker Pickett Fences RealtyLand O’Lakes, Fla.Booker Pickett
Coldwell Banker SignatureOxford, Miss.Martin and Barbara Mesecke
Coldwell Banker Sneller Real EstateAllegan, Mich.Carol and Randy Sneller

As part of the program, each new eligible brokerage that affiliates with the Coldwell Banker brand will receive financial incentives to support diverse business owners in the critical first year of business as well as education and mentorship opportunities. Owners will receive membership and conference registration for an industry partner group of choice, such as the National Association of Real Estate Brokers, the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals, the Asian Real Estate Association of America, and the LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance.

The brand has welcomed 14 companies under this program, since launching it in February 2020. Some of the newly affiliated owners join the Coldwell Banker brand with many years of experience in their local communities as independent brokerage owners, others are starting fresh in the real estate industry altogether and are ready to guide clients home. This diverse group of affiliates encompasses Asian-American, African American, Hispanic, LGBTQ+ and women entrepreneurs who represent cities and towns of all sizes across the continental United States.

Learn more about the Inclusive Ownership program with Coldwell Banker by visiting


“When we unveiled this initiative a year ago, it couldn’t have launched at a more crucial time as a demand for equality of opportunity in the nation reached an all-time high. Ensuring that our entrepreneurs and affiliated agents feel represented, understood and supported is a top priority at Coldwell Banker, and we are proud to welcome the four newest brokerages. I look forward to the mutual learning and impact to come as these new affiliates enrich our network as much as our network enriches their businesses. Diverse ownership will change the industry for the better – and the change begins with us. We hope this program will set a standard for what the future will look like in real estate.”

  • Ryan Gorman, president and CEO of Coldwell Banker Real Estate

“The Inclusive Ownership program continues to expand with the addition of these inspiring new leaders! Representation at the owner level increases the knowledge, respect and understanding of needs in our business and client base. We look forward to bringing in more affiliates through this program and are hopeful that the strides we make to further Coldwell Banker’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion will reflect in the real estate industry in its entirety.”

  • Liz Gehringer, COO of Coldwell Banker Real Estate

“When I heard about the opportunity to join Coldwell Banker through the Inclusive Ownership program, I knew I had to go for it. I have been an independent broker since 2009 and as a busines owner, it would take a lot of time and money to build the tools that Coldwell Banker offers. I am especially drawn to the ethics and integrity of this brand, as well as the resources and mentorship it provides. There is a huge gap between African American and white homeownership. Education and representation at the broker level are important so more African Americans – and people from other diverse groups – can see themselves as homeowners, but also as real estate professionals.”

  • Kathy Mann, broker owner, Coldwell Banker CK Mann Realty


We are thrilled to welcome four new brokerages to the @ColdwellBanker family through the Inclusive Ownership program! Get to know the latest additions here:

About Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC

Powered by its network of over 96,000 affiliated sales professionals in approximately 2,900 offices across 40 countries and territories, the Coldwell Banker® organization is a leading provider of full-service residential and commercial real estate brokerage services. The Coldwell Banker brand prides itself on its history of expertise, honesty and an empowering culture of excellence since its beginnings in 1906. 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. The brand was named among the 2021 Women’s Choice Award® Most Recommended brands for customer experience and overall quality. Blue is bold and the integrity and values of Coldwell Banker give the Gen Blue network an unbeatable edge. 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

About Realogy Holdings Corp. 

Realogy (NYSE: RLGY) is moving the real estate industry to what’s next. As the leading and most integrated provider of U.S. residential real estate services encompassing franchise, brokerage, relocation, and title and settlement businesses as well as a mortgage joint venture, Realogy supported approximately 1.4 million home transactions in 2020. The company’s diverse brand portfolio includes some of the most recognized names in real estate: Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate, CENTURY 21®, Coldwell Banker®, Coldwell Banker Commercial®, Corcoran®, ERA®, and Sotheby’s International Realty®. Using innovative technology, data and marketing products, high-quality lead generation programs, and best-in-class learning and support services, Realogy fuels the productivity of its approximately 191,700 independent sales agents in the U.S. and more than 135,000 independent sales agents in 117 other countries and territories, helping them build stronger businesses and best serve today’s consumers. Recognized for ten consecutive years as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies, Realogy has also been designated a Great Place to Work three years in a row and is one of LinkedIn’s 2021 Top Companies in the U.S.


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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