A tennis partner set Jim Gillespie on the path to a successful real estate career 36 years ago. Gillespie, a 35-year industry veteran who since 2004 has served as CEO for Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC, oversees a global franchise network with about 3,200 offices and 97,000 agents. He will take the stage at the Real Estate Connect conference in New York City -- which runs from Jan. 12-14, 2011, at the Marriott Marquis Times Square hotel -- along with three other Realogy Corp. CEOs, to discuss their company and the industry. Inman News posed a set of questions to Gillespie: 1. What is the most important business lesson you've learned in the past year? I've learned that the owners and managers and sales associates in our great industry are survivors and continue to have a great, positive outlook on our business and the future of our business and of our country. 2. What inspired you to pursue your current career path? My tennis partner 36 years ago who thought I would be ...
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