Personal note: I had the opportunity to come out and train the core group of agents on eEdge technology in January, 2014. What a smart, motivated group of agents and the leadership/ownership at the office/regional level is amazing. They will have tremendous success in helping their clients and achieving their personal/office goals. I look forward to coming out and training again in the near future.
Article from Bill Cresenzo
Keller Williams Realty is opening a full-service franchise in Honolulu this week, with Kevin Miyama, the immediate past president of the Honolulu Board of Realtors, leading a group of 140 agents he and co-leader Colette Ching have been quietly recruiting for the past eight months.
Miyama and Ching, a Hawaii native who started her career here and has spent more than 25 years in California with Coldwell Banker and Keller Williams, will open a 7,000-square- foot office at 1347 Kapiolani Blvd., on Wednesday.
"We kept it on the down low for quite some time," Ching said. "We basically do all of our reruiting before we open our offices."
Miyama has has spent the past two-and-a-half years with Prudential Locations, where he was a business coach. Before that, he spent nine years at Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties as an assistant area office manager.
Miyama said that his former boss, Prudential Locations CEO Bill Chee, knew about his plans to leave, but Miyama said that he did not recruit from Prudential because of a non-compete clause.
"I just respected Bill and what he had done for me, and I stayed within the confines of my non-compete clause," Miyama said.
Keller Williams already has an office on Maui. It had a satellite office on Oahu that closed last August, Miyama said, adding the new office is the company's first full-service franchise on Oahu.
The franchise now has 114 listings. About 35 of its agents are newly licensed, Ching said.
Bill Cresenzo covers residential real estate and transportation issues for Pacific Business News.