ERA Team VP Real Estate Attends 2019 Fuel Conference in Las Vegas

 Mayville, NY – ERA Team VP Real Estate attended the 2019 Fuel ERA Real Estate Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada that was held March 19-22 at the MGM Grand Hotel. 

At Fuel ERA, (formally known as ERA International Business Conference) 16 ERA Team VP real estate and staff professionals, alongside other national and international ERA Real Estate affiliates, had the opportunity to attend a multitude of professional development classes, trainings, lectures, and sessions. Numerous speakers and guest lecturers were at this event, as well as several celebrity guests including the hosts of HGTV’s Property Brothers and actor, writer, producer, author, and director, Mindy Kaling.

ERA Team VP Real Estate was well represented at the Fuel conference. ERA Team VP Broker/Owner Bill Soffel served on a marketing panel, “Is it Time to Boost Your Marketing Efforts?” with leaders from other ERA brokerages nationwide. The panelists for this interactive session shared marketing techniques and programs that have had proven results for each company. Effective social media and PR strategies were also discussed in how to better reach and accommodate clients and potential customers. Additionally, team members Anne Walters and Jerod Zahn were finalists for national awards, the Office Coordinator of the Year Award and the Brenda W. Casserly Memorial Award for Top All-Around Sales Associate, respectively.

To kick off the conference, ERA Real Estate CEO, Simon Chen, spoke about the market and competitive landscape, new technology and programs and how ERA is strategically responding and utilizing all that’s happening in the industry. The second day of Fuel, known as RGX Day because of ERA’s collaboration with Realogy, commenced with Ryan Schnieder, President & CEO of Realogy. Schnieder explained the theme of the day “Realize” which was designed to help attendees fully realize the power of the Realogy network. Through leveraging the company’s scale, technology and data to help brokers and agents boost productivity, and to drive efficiency to ultimately become well versed and more successful with the real estate business. After another full day of learning sessions, the day closed with an exclusive concert from Imagine Dragons!

“ERA Real Estate offers so many resources that help our agents to be constantly informed, and ultimately put ERA a step ahead of the competition,” stated Bill Soffel, Broker/Owner of ERA Team VP Real Estate. “To have such a great representation of ERA Team VP Real Estate at this year’s conference is a reflection of our motivation to “be the best”, which is one of our team’s core values, shared not only as a company, but as individual agents and staff members as well.”  

For more information about ERA Team VP Real Estate  and Vacation Rentals  and the real estate/vacation rental  market in the Southern Tier of Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania visit  www.erateamvp.com  or call  their main office at 716.413.0200. 

ERA Real Estate Announces Two ERA Team VP Members as National Award Finalists

ERA Team VP celebrating at the International Business Conference in 2017

Mayville, NY – ERA Real Estate recently announced ERA Team VP Real Estate & Vacation Rentals team members Anne Walters and Jerod Zahn as 2018 Circle of Success Award Finalists.

ERA Real Estate, a global leader in real estate franchising, will be holding its annual international business conference in Las Vegas, Nevada March 19-22. At this conference, Anne Walters will be recognized as a finalist for the Office Coordinator of the Year award. Additionally, Jerod Zahn will be recognized as a finalist for the Brenda W. Casserly Memorial Award for Top All-Around Sales Associate. Winners will be announced throughout the conference. 

ERA Real Estate’s Office Coordinator of the Year Award honors an ERA professional who manages the local ERA company’s day-to-day business and sees that it coordinates year-round with the national ERA operations and goals. 

The Brenda W. Casserly Memorial Award for Top All-Around Sales Associate is the ERA brand’s highest honor for an independent sales associate. It is based on criteria such as: total units closed, usage of technology tools, participation in ERA Mortgage and ERA Select Services® Program, and customer satisfaction survey results.

“It is a great honor to have two team members from ERA Team VP be recognized for these national ERA awards,” commented William Soffel, Broker/Owner of ERA Team VP Real Estate and Vacation Rentals. “Both Annie and Jerod are essential team members that exemplify ERA Team VP’s commitment to our core values. To have their hard work recognized nationally is quite an honor for our entire company.” 

For more information about ERA Team VP Real Estate and Vacation Rentals  and the real estate/vacation rental  market in the Southern Tier of Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania visit  www.erateamvp.com  or call  their main office at 716.413.0200.

ERA Team VP Real Estate Launches Commercial Division

Jamestown, NY – ERA Team VP Real Estate, the leading residential and vacation properties brokerage in the Southern Tier of Western New York and Northwest Pennsylvania, has announced the addition of a Commercial Real Estate Division to be based in downtown Jamestown, NY.

According to ERA Team VP Broker/Owner William Soffel, “Over the past few years, we have been presented with more and more opportunities to represent commercial real estate transactions, and felt the timing was now right to diversify our offerings into the commercial arena.  Our entire team is looking forward to this opportunity, and we are especially excited about basing our commercial division in Jamestown and being a part of all the positive energy that continues to build downtown.”

Michael McVinney, Associate Broker, has been named the ERA Team VP Commercial Division Team Leader, and will oversee the division’s daily operations, sales efforts, and growth opportunities.  Prior to joining ERA, Mike gained commercial real estate experience with CBRE in Erie, Pa., and LRES in Jamestown.  Joining Mike on the commercial team are licensed sales associates Ted Bodgan, Heather Lynn, Amanda Saddler, Taylor Scott, and Tom Wight. 

“The commercial division addition of ERA Team VP is an exciting endeavor, and we are all thrilled to be a part of this new opportunity,” commented Michael McVinney, Associate Broker and ERA Team VP Commercial Division Team Leader. “With ERA’s main focus on innovation and technology, we are excited to be even more visible and accessible to our communities and the commercial real estate market.”  

For more information about ERA Team VP Real Estate  and Vacation Rentals  and the real estate/vacation rental  market in the Southern Tier of Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania visit  www.erateamvp.com  or call  their main office at 716.413.0200. 

ERA Team VP Serves as Silver Sponsor for 2019 Fire and Ice Celebration

Celeron, NY – ERA Team VP Real Estate and Vacation Rentals is proud to serve as a Silver Sponsor for the 2019 Fire and Ice Celebration at the Chautauqua Harbor Hotel taking place February 14-16. 

“ERA Team VP really values community involvement, and we are honored to serve as a sponsor for this new area event,” says Bill Soffel, Broker/Owner. “The Harbor Hotel has done this event in its other hotel locations, and we are very excited to have this celebration brought to Chautauqua County.”

This ticketed mid-winter celebration has a weekend packed with indoor and outdoor activities. Local restaurants, breweries, and wineries will be featured in the Pier Ballroom offering complimentary tastings. Outdoors will showcase over 25,000 pounds of ice intricately carved into sculptures, martini luges, and bars. Each evening will close out with a firework display featuring Chautauqua Lake as the backdrop. 

As a charity event, a portion of the 2019 Fire and Ice Celebration proceeds will be donated to the Child Advocacy Program of Chautauqua County. Admission for this event is $25, and drink tickets are purchased separately. To purchase tickets, visit brownpapertickets.com. For more information on the 2019 Fire and Ice Celebration, visit TheChautauquaHarborHotel.com or check out the event on Facebook. 

For more information about ERA Team VP Real Estate  and Vacation Rentals  and the real estate/vacation rental  market in the Southern Tier of Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania visit  www.erateamvp.com  or call  their main office at 716.413.0200. 

ERA Team VP Real Estate Agent Awards

ERA Team VP Real Estate of western New York and northwestern Pennsylvania recently presented awards for 2012 production at their annual Agent Awards Luncheon held in Ellicottville, New York.  Sales associates were recognized from all office locations, which include Chautauqua, Lakewood, Bemus Point, Fredonia, Ellicottville and Cuba in New York and Warren and Bradford in Pennsylvania.

Sales Associates received awards for their 2012 sales production and total number of closed transactions in comparison to their ERA Team VP Real Estate colleagues.  The following sales associates were recognized for their achievements.

Karen Goodell was #1 in sales production and tied for #3 in closed transactions in the Chautauqua Office, while she ranked #2 in sales production for the entire firm, which includes all office locations.  Jane Grice was #2 in both sales production and closed transactions for the Chautauqua Office, while she ranked #3 in sales production and #4 in closed transactions for the entire firm.  Dale Sandberg was #1 in closed transactions and #3 in sales production in the Chautauqua Office, while he ranked #2 in closed transactions and #5 in sales production for the entire firm.  Wayne Weaver tied for #3 in closed transactions for the Chautauqua Office.

Stacy Stalter was #1 in both sales production and closed transactions for the Fredonia Office.  William and Judy Anderson were #2 in sales production and #3 in closed transactions for the Fredonia Office.  Heidi Seddon was #3 in sales production and #2 in closed transactions for the Fredonia Office.

Cathy Pritchard was #1 in sales production and #3 in closed transactions in the Ellicottville Office, while she ranked #1 in sales production and #5 in closed transactions for the entire firm, which includes all office locations.  Tina Dillon was #1 in closed transactions and #2 in sales production in the Ellicottville Office, while she ranked #1 in closed transactions and #4 in sales production for the entire firm.  Ciji Riley was #2 in closed transactions in the Ellicottville Office, while she ranked #3 in closed transactions for the entire firm.  Melanie Pritchard was #3 in sales production in the Ellicottville Office.

Paul Conklin was #1 in both sales production and closed transactions for the Cuba Office.  Linda Simons was #2 in sales production and #3 in closed transactions for the Cuba Office.  Bill Shuler was #3 in sales production and #2 in closed transactions for the Cuba Office.

Joe Whipp was #1 in both sales production and closed transactions for the Warren, Pennsylvania Office.  Stephanie Mathyer was #2 in sales production for the Warren Office.  John McGarry was #3 in sales production and #2 in closed transactions for the Warren Office.  Lori Nuhfer was #3 in closed transactions for the Warren Office.

Jim Anderson was #1 in both sales production and closed transactions for the Bradford Office.  Tammy Bizzak was #2 in sales production for the Bradford Office.  Fred Pysher was #3 in sales production and #2 in closed transactions for the Bradford Office.  Mark Goebl was #3 in closed transactions for the Bradford Office.

The ERA Team VP Real Estate Rookie of the Year Award was received by Debbie Rowe, the highest producing agent new to ERA Team VP Real Estate in 2012.  Dale Sandberg and Ciji Riley were also recognized as the ERA Team VP Most Improved Agents for 2012.  Dale’s 2012 sales production was a 127% increase over his 2011 sales production.  Ciji’s 2012 sales production was a 292% increase over her 2011 sales production.

“Through their dedication, these professionals lead our local real estate market by providing each client the most comprehensive products and services,” remarked Bill Soffel, Broker/CEO of ERA Team VP Real Estate. “Our top producers truly embody the ERA core values of innovation, collaboration and superior service and exemplify ERA Team VP’s commitment to hard work and customer satisfaction.”

Since joining ERA in 2004, ERA Team VP has seen significant growth, both as a result of the agents’ use of ERA systems and tools, and through a series of mergers/acquisitions.

For more information about ERA Team VP Real Estate and the real estate market in the Southern Tier of Western New York visit www.erateamvp.com or call one of the main Western New York office locations: (716) 789-2600 Chautauqua; (716) 672-7990 Fredonia; (716) 699-4800 Ellicottville; (585) 968-2113 Cuba.

ERA Team VP Real Estate Announces Merger

Local real estate firm ERA Team VP Real Estate, based in Chautauqua County, NY, has announced its merger with Coldwell Banker Phil Mathyer Real Estate of Fredonia, NY, Jamestown, NY, Warren, PA,  and Bradford, PA; and ERA Larson Real Estate of Fredonia, N.Y. The combined firm will conduct business as ERA Team VP Real Estate with its Fredonia office located at 25 Day Street, Fredonia, NY and its Jamestown office located at 395 E Fairmount Avenue, Lakewood, NY.  ERA Team VP Real Estate’s Pennsylvania offices will operate in Bradford and Warren, PA.

[Pictured Above: Phil Mathyer, ERA Team VP Assoc. Broker; Bill Soffel, ERA Team VP Broker/CEO; David Bird, ERA Team VP Assoc. Broker; Melody Bohrer, ERA Franchise Senior VP of Broker Services; Theresa Hurt, ERA Franchise Director of Transitions; Mark Jeffers, ERA Franchise Executive Business Consultant]

According to Bill Soffel, ERA Team VP Presient/CEO, “This is a very natural strategic alliance as ERA Team VP has more than 25 years of experience in the Chautauqua Lake and Southern Chautauqua County markets; ERA Larson has more than 30 years of experience in the Fredonia and Northern Chautauqua County markets and Coldwell Banker Phil Mathyer Real Estate has more than 20 years of experience in the Northern Chautauqua County and northwestern Pennsylvania markets.  Clients and customers of all the firms will now benefit from a much broader marketing and networking reach, covering the entire Southern Tier of New York State as well as northwestern Pennsylvania.”  In addition, ERA Team VP Real Estate also operates in Ellicottville in Cattaraugus County and in Cuba in Allegany County.

“Attention to consumer needs has been a trademark of each of the merging companies,” added Soffel. “Now we will be able to deliver our commitment to service to our customers from 9 convenient office locations throughout southwestern New York State and northwestern Pennsylvania and fully leverage the ERA core values of innovation, collaboration and superior service.”

Brokers Bill Soffel, Phil Mathyer and David Bird all share a very similar outlook on the importance of professionalism and ethics within the real estate profession and have been very active within the real estate industry, at both the local and state level.

The transition from Coldwell Banker to ERA will be very smooth, as both national franchises are within the same parent organization, the Realogy Corporation, the world’s largest real estate franchise network.  Soffel points out “While Coldwell Banker and ERA share many of the same marketing and training tools, ERA’s main focus is on innovation and technology. With the real estate market continuing to shift toward web-based technologies, this focus will be a huge advantage to our clients and customers.”  As ERA Larson Real Estate has been part of the ERA Franchise Systems for more than 30 years, this transition will be seamless.

For more information about ERA Team VP Real Estate and the real estate market in the Southern Tier of Western New York and northwestern Pennsylvania visit www.myteamvp.com or call one of the main office locations: (716) 789-2600 Chautauqua; (716) 672-7990 Fredonia; (716) 763-2600 Lakewood; (716) 699-4800 Ellicottville; (585) 968-2113 Cuba.  Follow ERA Team VP on Facebook for regular Real Estate & local news.

ERA Team VP Real Estate Expands Ranks Ted Bogdan & Debbie Rowe Join Firm Focused on Growth

[CHAUTAUQUA, NY] (07/12/2012) — ERA Team VP Real Estate recently announced the addition of Ted Bogdan & Debbie Rowe to its team of real estate sales professionals serving consumers in the Chautauqua County area and Southern Tier of Western New York.

Ted began his real estate career in 1994 when he purchased a gas station in Jamestown, NY.  He has spent twenty-five years in the Retail and Petroleum Distribution business, holding positions from Salesman to Company President.  Ted has negotiated Leases and Transactions with Fortune 500 Companies, McDonald’s Corp. and Exxon Mobil.

Ted Bogdan

 

Ted has been involved in many aspects of his community including serving as a member of the Chautauqua County Planning Board, the Board of Directors and several committees with Lutheran Social Services, Inc., the Church Council of Holy Trinity Church, Former Director of Empire State Petroleum Distributors Assoc., Former Advisory Director of Pennzoil Products Company and Owner/President of Bogdan Properties, Inc.

Ted holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.  He resides in Jamestown, NY with his wife Tracy and two children, Will and Becca.

Debbie Rowe joins ERA Team VP Real Estate with over 5 years of real estate experience.  She is a full-time Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker specializing in Chautauqua Institution and the surrounding area.  In 2010 and 2011 Debbie Rowe earned the Silver Presidential Award from the Chautauqua County Board of Realtors for $2+ Million in sales each year.

Debbie Rowe

Debbie is a member of the Chautauqua Fire Department Auxiliary.  She holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Gannon University.  Debbie resides in Mayville, NY with her husband Dave.

“In today’s market, growth is the only option, and attracting top talent is a surefire way to achieve that goal,” said Bill Soffel, Broker/Owner. “We are thrilled to have professionals of Ted and Debbie’s caliber join our firm.”

“Unwavering commitment to clients has been critical to my success, and ERA Team VP’s culture of collaboration, innovation and knowledge sharing combined with its reputation for superior service will not only enhance my career, it will enhance the experience of my clients as well,” said Bogdan.

Debbie Rowe stated, “As part of ERA Team VP Real Estate, I can combine state-of-the-art tools and high standards of service to meet my clients’ real estate needs. Benefiting from top training and national resources, I am ready and eager to help anyone who may be thinking of buying or selling a home in the near future. My new skills will enable me to better serve my clients. My benefits will be my clients’ benefits!”

As a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson with ERA Team VP Real Estate, Ted Bogdan, as well as Debbie Rowe, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker, will be able to offer homebuyers and sellers, as well as commercial clients, a wide variety of innovative and market-relevant products and services.  These services include the ERA® Sellers Security® Plan and the ERA® Gold Star Property program, as well as robust online marketing programs, extensive listings distribution partners, and related services including mortgage, title and home warranty.

For more information about ERA Team VP Real Estate and the real estate market in the Southern Tier of Western New York visit www.myteamvp.com.  Call Ted Bogdan at (716) 665-1369; Debbie Rowe at (716) 640-6507; or one of the main office locations: (716) 789-2600 Chautauqua; (716) 699-4800 Ellicottville; (585) 968-2113 Cuba.

ERA Team VP Real Estate Honored with National Awards

Chautauqua, NY / Ellicottville,  NY (Grassroots Newswire) 4/17/2012 – 16 members of ERA Team VP Real Estate attended the 2012 ERA® International Business Conference (March 14-17, 2012) in New Orleans, La. While in attendance at the International Business Conference local real estate broker Bill Soffel was recognized as one of the nation’s top ERA® brokers by global real estate leader ERA Franchise Systems LLC. Soffel accepted the President’s Circle designation for superior performance on behalf of ERA Team VP Real Estate.

Some Members of ERA Team VP Real Estate in New Orleans

The President’s Circle is an elite group of ERA companies across the nation that rank among the Top 50 (“Gold Level”), Top 100 (“Silver Level”), or Top 200 (“Bronze Level”) in either number of residential sales completed or total amount of completed sales in the ERA network. These companies set the standard for both ERA Real Estate and the industry as a whole. ERA Team VP Real Estate was named to the Gold Level.

“This is an excellent example, for our brokers and the entire real estate industry, of what can be accomplished through innovative thinking and close attention to customers’ needs, regardless of market conditions,” said Charlie Young, president and chief executive officer, ERA Franchise Systems LLC. “Bill’s achievement is a testament to his unwavering commitment to ERA’s core values of innovation, collaboration and superior service as well as his impressive business acumen and deep knowledge of this market – all of which are invaluable assets to homebuyers and sellers in Western New York.”

Individual Associates of ERA Team VP Real Estate were honored as well. Tina Dillon and Cathy Pritchard of ERA Team VP Real Estate in Ellicottville, NY were each awarded a Leaders’ Circle designation by ERA Franchise Systems LLC. This designation recognizes the ERA network’s top producers for excellence in real estate sales.

Tina Dillon

Cathy Pritchard

To qualify for the Leaders’ Circle designation, ERA sales associates or selling-brokers must have achieved 65 total closed units or $200,000 in adjusted gross commission (AGC) in 2011.

Jane Grice and Karen Goodell of ERA Team VP Real Estate in Chautauqua, NY as well as Melanie Pritchard and Amy DeTine of ERA Team VP Real Estate in Ellicottville, NY were each awarded a Beyond Excellence designation by ERA Franchise Systems LLC. This designation also recognizes the ERA network’s top producers for excellence in real estate sales.

Jane Grice

 

Karen Goodell

 

Melanie Pritchard

 

Amy DeTine

 

To qualify for the Beyond Excellence designation, ERA sales associates or selling-brokers must have achieved 45 total closed units or $100,000 in adjusted gross commission (AGC) in 2011.

“An unparalleled commitment to service has clearly contributed to the successes of both Jane Grice and Karen Goodell and I am pleased to congratulate each of them on this impressive accomplishment,” said Charlie Young, president and chief executive officer of ERA Franchise Systems LLC.

ERA Team VP Real Estate’s Office Coordinator, Anne Walters, was also honored during the ERA International Business Conference.  Anne was named a top 3 finalist for the ERA Office Coordinator of the Year Award by ERA Franchise Systems LLC, in recognition of her local and national contributions. Bill Soffel, Broker/Owner of ERA Team VP Real Estate, nominated Anne Walters for this award because of the role she has played in the company’s success. “Anne has been with my organization since 2002, and has been instrumental in the successful coordination of our real estate sales division as we have navigated through both good and poor market conditions, through the rapid changes within the real estate industry, and most importantly, through all of the change and growth that is part and parcel to the transition from an independent company to a franchise company,” said Soffel.

Anne Walters

Since joining ERA in 2004, ERA Team VP has seen significant growth, both as a result of the agents’ use of ERA systems and tools, and through a series of mergers/acquisitions.

For more information about ERA Team VP Real Estate and the real estate market in the Southern Tier of Western New York visit www.myteamvp.com or call one of the main office locations: (716) 789-2600 Chautauqua; (716) 699-4800 Ellicottville; (585) 968-2113 Cuba.

Downtown Jamestown Holiday Parade

ERA Team VP Real Estate & Vacation Rentals participated in the downtown Jamestown Holiday Parade on Friday December 2nd, dressed as “Homes for the Holidays”. Hosted by the Downtown Jamestown Development Corporation and sponsored by the Resource Center, it was a great way to kick off the holiday season with local businesses and support our local community!

ERA Team VP's Happy Drivers!

Homes & Presents ready for the parade!

Lots of local businesses and organizations participated in the parade and it was great to see all the wonderful floats and costumes everyone had designed.  The theme of this year’s parade was “I’ll Be Home for Christmas – Parade of the Wooden Soldiers”.  Ashley Anderson, special events coordinator for the DJDC said, “With 2011 being the 10 year anniversary for 9/11, DJDC thought it would be a great time to honor all Military persons past and present.”

ERA Team VP was proud to take part in this fun event!  The “Team” danced through the parade dressed as houses and presents, followed by the ERA moving truck – to remind everyone “If you buy or sell with ERA Team VP, you can use our truck for free!”

ERA Team VP Real Estate Receives Award Nomination!

ERA Team VP Real Estate has been named 1 of 5 finalists for the 2010 Gene Francis Memorial Award.  This award, given by ERA Franchise Systems LLC, is named for the late ERA Real Estate co-founder and executive vice president Gene Francis.   The overall winner will be announced at the 2011 ERA International Business Conference this March in Las Vegas, NV.

As stated by ERA Franchise Systems, “This award recognizes the ERA company which best exemplifies excellence and integrity in our profession.  It is our system’s highest honor for companies, with its winner reflecting Gene’s standards of ethical conduct, strong business sense, consistent growth and a commitment to their community and the ERA brand.”

ERA also states the award requirements: “To be eligible for the Gene Francis Memorial Award, companies must be ERA system members for at least five years; other criteria include total performance and growth over past five years; participation in the ERA Select Services® programs; participation in ERA Mortgage; home warranty production through the ERA Home Protection Plan® and application of ERA system and tools. In addition, to emphasize the importance of community service to the ERA philosophy, MDA fundraising and/or community support is also a requirement for this award. One winner and four national finalists are chosen each year and honored at the International Business Conference, with the responsible broker also invited to join the influential ERA National Advisory Council.”

We are very proud of our entire team at ERA Team VP and all that we have accomplished together!  Many of our Realtors will be attending the 2011 ERA International Business Conference this March.  This will be a great opportunity for us to connect with ERA Realtors from all over the world, learn about great new innovative tools that ERA has to offer and learn from each other and other real estate experts so that we can apply it to our own market and help our company continue to help YOU!

You may have noticed that one of the requirements for this prestigious award is fundraising for MDA and community support.  Last year we held our first annual Agents of Hope Golf Tournament and were thrilled to raise over $15,000 for the ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) Division of MDA.  We are already planning for next year’s tournament, which will be held in August at the Chautauqua Golf Club.  Keep your eyes open – we’ll have more details coming soon! who is .