Re/Max Chairman of the Board and co-founder Dave Liniger — who on Jan. 1 is set to assume the title of CEO of the company he and his wife, Gail, founded four decades ago — will explain why he is returning to Re/Max as CEO during Real Estate Connect NYC 2015, Jan. 27-30, at the Marriott Marquis.

“Dave Liniger is the ‘comeback kid’ in more ways than one,” said Inman Publisher Brad Inman. “We look forward to welcoming him back to the Real Estate Connect NYC stage and finding out what’s next for Dave and for Re/Max.”

The Linigers founded Re/Max in 1973 and built it into one of real estate’s premier franchise organizations by combining a maximum commission concept with world-class support services. Today, 97,000 agents in 95 countries display the familiar Re/Max balloon.

In October 2013, Re/Max raised $225 million in an IPO with proceeds used to buy out a large shareholder and reacquire master franchise regions. On Dec. 11, 2014, the company announced that Margaret Kelly would retire as CEO, a position she had held since 2005, and resign from the board of directors, effective Dec. 31. The Re/Max board subsequently elected Liniger, who already held the position of board chairman, to the position of CEO.

Dave Liniger spent much of 2012 recovering from a life-threatening infection that required several surgeries, weeks in intensive care and months in the hospital — a story he detailed in the book “My Next Step: An Extraordinary Journey of Healing and Hope.”

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