Tara Kreider and Russ Wallace Complete Coldwell Banker Commercial® Emerging Broker Training

Kreider and Wallace Receive Top National Ranks

[USPRwire, Fri Jan 15 2010] Brian Farmer, President of Advisory Services at Coldwell Banker Commercial TradeMark Properties (www.cbctmp.com), is proud to announce that Tara Kreider and Russ Wallace have both been recently honored as graduates of the Coldwell Banker Commercial® Emerging Broker Training (EBT) program. Kreider and Wallace ranked #1 and #2 respectively in the EBT program in competition with real estate brokers from around the nation. As part of this national industry recognition, each will receive a CCIM scholarship.

The Emerging Broker Training (EBT) is a four-month, comprehensive training program targeted for CBC professionals with one year or less experience in commercial sales/leasing. The program covers the key components of the commercial real estate industry and is a blend of traditional classroom training followed by live internet classes, self-paced learning, and structured participation of a mentor in the home office.

Tara Kreider is a Commercial Real Estate Advisor at TradeMark Properties, responsible for assisting landlords and tenants with the sale or lease of retail and office properties, land acquisition/ disposition and assisting lenders with REO property valuation and disposition strategies. Prior to joining TradeMark Properties in March 2009, Kreider was a commercial real estate broker and an 18-year marketing and new business development veteran, having worked for communications agencies as well as managing her own consulting business. Her professional affiliations include the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), the REALTORS® Commercial Alliance, the North Carolina Association of REALTORS® (NCAR), the Triangle Commercial Association of REALTORS® (TCAR), the North Carolina Chapter of the Certified Commercial Investment Member Institute, the International Council of Shopping Centers and the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce. She lives in Raleigh.

Russ Wallace is an Investment Advisor at TradeMark Properties, and specializes in buyer and seller representation for multi-family, industrial and other income producing properties. He has more than 30 years of experience in sales and marketing, having worked as a home improvements contractor, manufacturers’ representative, mortgage loan originator and residential real estate broker before joining TradeMark Properties in March 2009. His professional affiliations include the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) North Carolina Association of REALTORS® (NCAR) Triangle Commercial Association of REALTORS® (TCAR) and the North Carolina Chapter of CCIM. He is also a member of the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce. Wallace currently resides in Holly Springs, N.C.

In October 2009, Kreider and Wallace co-authored a popular article for Carolina Newswire titled “Once Lucrative Commercial Real Estate Industry Faces 50% Job Cuts Nationally.” The feature article is now available online at: http://carolinanewswire.com/news/News.cgi?database=columns.db&command=viewone&id=571

“On behalf of everyone at Coldwell Banker Commercial TradeMark Properties, I would like to congratulate Tara and Russ for receiving this outstanding industry achievement,” said Farmer. “It is this type of effort and shaped expertise that helps TradeMark Properties remain competitive globally with other CBC affiliates as well as rank number one among all commercial real estate firms in the Triangle market.

Rick Davidson, President and COO of Coldwell Banker Commercial Affiliates Inc., notes, “I am very proud of all the recent graduates of the Emerging Broker Training program for having completed a rigorous curriculum to enhance their knowledge of such a complex and dynamic business. These individuals are on the path to becoming the future leaders of commercial real estate.”

"The Emerging Broker Training program is without a doubt the best vocational training I have attended in all of my 30 years in business,” said Wallace. “It is a timely and intensive regimen of study that lays a strong foundation for success in perhaps the most challenging commercial real estate market in 20 years."

"I feel fortunate to have had the chance to take advantage of this caliber of training,” said Kreider. “In this economy, anything we can do to further educate ourselves and improve our career skills will help to ensure our competitiveness and success in the future."

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About Coldwell Banker Commercial Affiliates, Inc.:
Coldwell Banker Commercial Affiliates is one of the leading franchisors of commercial real estate services through the Coldwell Banker Commercial® brand. Coldwell Banker Commercial is a registered trademark licensed to Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. Through its independently owned and operated offices, the Coldwell Banker Commercial network is a premier provider of real estate services and is a leader in the commercial real estate industry. The Coldwell Banker Commercial network of brokers serves the needs of owners and occupiers in the leasing, acquisition, disposition, structured finance and management of all property types. The Coldwell Banker® network of commercial brokers can be found in 41 countries in North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corporation is a subsidiary of Realogy Corporation, the world’s largest real estate franchisor. For additional information on Coldwell Banker Commercial, visit the company’s Web site at www.coldwellbankercommercial.com, or contact us at (800) 222-2162.

Coldwell Banker Commercial TradeMark Properties offers a full range of real estate and investment advisory services. From acquisition evaluation and due diligence tasks, through value enhancement and disposition strategies, TradeMark guides its clients through every phase of real estate investment opportunities. Partnering with strategic alliances, TradeMark offers coordination of services such as equity development, financing, credit management, architectural and engineering services, development or project management oversight and relocation services.

TradeMark is organized around advisory services — sales and leasing, asset management including facility management services and maintenance services — performed by in-house personnel. Its advisors are market experts in their areas of industry specialization, which include commercial, residential, retail, forestry and investment property sales. The executive management team of Coldwell Banker Commercial TradeMark Properties has more than 200 years of combined real estate experience. The Triangle Business Journal named the firm Best Place to Work in 2004 and for the past three years the publication has ranked the firm as the No.1 Commercial Real Estate Company in the Triangle. TradeMark is also recognized as one of the Top 25 Women Owned Businesses in North Carolina. For more information, please call (919) 782-5552 or visit www.cbctmp.com.

Michelle Fowler
MMI Public Relations
(919) 233-6600


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