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Rick O'Neil will speak at Real Estate Connect July 28-30 in San Francisco. Rick O'Neil, president of Help-U-Sell Real Estate in Syosset, Long Island, N.Y., is a father, grandfather, amateur photographer, baseball fan, self-described workaholic and 32-year veteran of the real estate business. He began his career as a traditional real estate broker with Gallery of Homes in a sales and management position and eventually supervised 300 people in six offices. He joined Century 21 in the late 1970s and later became VP/regional director for the Northeast region. He joined Help-U-Sell in his current position in 1999. Help-U-Sell is known for its fee-for-service concept of real estate brokerage. The organization today has some 500 franchisees. O'Neil intends to expand that network 1,800 franchises nationwide by 2008. Help-U-Sell's new consumer-centric Web site is part of the package for home sellers who want to maintain control of the sales process while they work with a Help-U-Sell office in...