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Dave Liniger
Chairman and Co-Founder
RE/MAX, LLC

Responsibilities:
Dave Liniger is the visionary leader of the Denver-based global real estate franchise he co-founded with his wife, Gail, in 1973. Dave is well respected internationally for his vast knowledge of the real estate industry and influence on housing policy. At the height of the recession, Dave pushed for governmental housing reform policies that would help speed the housing recovery; many of his recommendations were adopted. He is widely credited with improving conditions for real estate agents by creating a unique business model combining the maximum commission concept with a host of support services. Dave is a major advocate of advanced training and education – and, as a result, RE/MAX agents are the most productive in the industry.

Dave spent much of 2012 recovering from a life-threatening infection that surfaced in late January. After multiple surgeries, weeks in intensive care, and months in the hospital, he returned to RE/MAX World Headquarters in July. He chronicled his ordeal and recovery in an inspirational New York Times Best Seller, “My Next Step: An Extraordinary Journey of Healing and Hope.”

RE/MAX career:
Forty years ago, Dave revolutionized the real estate industry when he created the RE/MAX business model, which combines a maximum commission concept with world-class support services. The name “RE/MAX” was coined from the words “real estate” and “maximums.” The model continues to attract experienced, top-producing agents who lead the industry in individual sales and professional education. The RE/MAX Balloon is one of the most recognized corporate images in the world and has become a symbol of the leading real estate network.

In 2011, Dave was named the Inman News “People’s Choice” Most Influential Real Estate Leader. In 2010, he was included in Bloomberg BusinessWeek’s profiles of the 50 Most Powerful People in Real Estate. Dave has been featured in Entrepreneur, Forbes, Fortune, Inc., Success and other leading publications and media outlets across the globe. He received the Warren Bennis Award for Leadership Excellence from the Global Institute for Leadership Development and has been inducted into the International Franchise Hall of Fame, the Council of Real Estate Brokerage Managers (CRB) Hall of Leaders, the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council (ABR) Hall of Fame, and has earned the Council of Residential Specialists (CRS) Special Achievement Award.

Community Involvement:
Dave has set a tone of philanthropy since the early days of RE/MAX. The culture of giving attracts professionals who care about making a difference in their communities. Since 1992, RE/MAX has been the official real estate sponsor of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. RE/MAX has been a sponsor of Susan G. Komen for the Cure since 2002. In that same year, Dave co-founded a Denver-area conservation center, The Wildlife Experience, dedicated to fostering appreciation and understanding of wildlife, its conservation, and the many forms of wildlife art. He and Gail also own the acclaimed Sanctuary Golf Course in Sedalia, Colo. Devoted primarily to charity golf tournaments, the private course has raised more than $60 million for hundreds of organizations since opening in 1997. In 2011, Dave and Gail accepted the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Founder’s Award on behalf of the RE/MAX network, which has raised more than $115 million for local children’s hospitals.

Roots:
Dave was born and raised in the small town of Marion, Ind. Prior to starting his real estate career, Dave served in the Air Force and served in Vietnam. He first became interested in real estate after successfully buying and selling properties to supplement his income while stationed in Phoenix, Ariz. After working for both a 100-percent commission company and a traditional brokerage, he co-founded RE/MAX in 1973.

Personal:
He and Gail reside in Castle Pines, Colo., and love to visit Scottsdale, Ariz., as often as possible. They enjoy a number of outdoor activities, including golf and hunting. They also breed Arabian horses.

Articles

Splitting image via Shutterstock. Re/Max Prestige rebrands as Laer Realty Partners

Re/Max Prestige rebrands as Laer Realty Partners

The owners of a large Boston-based brokerage, Re/Max Prestige, have abruptly ended the firm’s affiliation with franchisor Re/Max Holdings, rebranding their 14 offices and 280 agents as Laer Realty Partners. Announced today, the launch of the ne
By Paul Hagey | Monday, April 14, 2014
Dave Liniger talks to Inman News Publisher Brad Inman at Real Estate Connect. Re/Max founder Dave Liniger’s advice for entrepreneurs: ‘Go live your dream’

Re/Max founder Dave Liniger’s advice for entrepreneurs: ‘Go live your dream’

NEW YORK — Re/Max LLC co-founder and Chairman Dave Liniger — who documented his recovery from a harrowing illness in a best-selling memoir, “My Next Step: An Extraordinary Journey of Healing and Hope” — has these words o
By Inman News | Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Dave Liniger Dave Liniger: ‘Follow your passion’

Dave Liniger: ‘Follow your passion’

NEW YORK — Real estate icon Dave Liniger, the co-founder and chairman of franchise giant Re/Max LLC, has simple advice for entrepreneurs looking to make a splash in the industry: “Follow your passion.” Liniger, who led Re/Max to an
By Paul Hagey | Wednesday, January 15, 2014
REMAX_Logo Re/Max files preliminary papers for IPO

Re/Max files preliminary papers for IPO

Global real estate franchisor Re/Max LLC, which has more than 90,000 agents in 6,300 offices and 90 countries, is prepping for an initial public offering. The Denver-based firm filed an S-1 registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange
By Paul Hagey | Monday, August 19, 2013
Students walking inside a partially inflated Re/Max hot air balloon. Credit: Re/Max Re/Max’s mile-high marketing strategy

Re/Max’s mile-high marketing strategy

In a scene that will be repeated thousands of times around the world this year, next week 300 students at Edward Jenner Elementary Academy of the Arts in Chicago will crawl into the belly of a 75-foot-tall, 57-foot-wide hot air ...
By Paul Hagey | Thursday, May 30, 2013