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Real estate’s ‘lion’ king

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Bill Chee's career began inauspiciously. He cheerfully admits that he was thoroughly disenchanted by a youthful spin through the banking business. Then, with career choice No. 1 out of the way, he turned his attention back to real estate, which he had tried briefly in college -- though that option didn't bode particularly well, either. "I struggled along with it," he recalls. "I don't take well to sales." But if Chee wasn't a master of salesmanship, he was a self-described "analytic," who realized, in the dark ages of the early 1970s, the possibilities of technology and access to information. And he turned them to his advantage. Chee went on to co-found a successful real estate brokerage, to lead the National Association of Realtors, and -- most famously -- to send the industry into something of a dither when he publicly chastised it for being blind to competition from other quarters. The latter would come to be known as the "Lions Over ...