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February 26, 2015

Showcase Realty Congratulates Broker Leigh Anne Forlidas

Showcase Realty Congratulates Broker Leigh Anne Forlidas

SHOWCASE AGENT SELECTED FOR LEADERSHIP ACADEMY

Showcase Realty is proud to announce Broker Leigh Anne Forlidas’ selection as one of 14 participants of the 2015 Charlotte Regional Realtor Association Leadership Academy. The CRRA Leadership Academy is an intense nine-month, five-stage program that focuses on goal setting, communication, business relationships, meeting management and time management.

“I am thrilled and proud of Leigh Anne and I know she will be an awesome addition to the group,” says Nancy Braun, Owner and Broker-In-Charge of Showcase Realty. “She is extremely passionate about real estate. She puts her all into every client and every transaction.”

Broker Leigh Anne Forlidas

Broker Leigh Anne Forlidas

A graduate of Charlotte Latin School and Queens College with a degree in Mathematics, Leigh Anne is a born and bred Charlottean.  Real Estate found this former Sprint Global Markets group sales executive whose personality is a natural fit for meeting new people.

“I’m truly honored and grateful to be included in the Leadership Academy,” says Leigh Anne. “I’m not only excited about the new opportunities this will give me to challenge myself; I also look forward to meeting new people and learning about ways to contribute to the program in the future.”

In addition to being the Showcase Realty agent recruiter and trainer, Leigh Anne is a licensed broker in both North and South Carolina and works tirelessly to provide her clients with the level of service that everyone buying or selling a home deserves.

The Leadership Academy identifies, inspires and mentors emerging leaders. This leadership development program is designed to guide each participant through their own self-discovery process and to teach the necessary skills to become a more positive influence within the community and the industry.

Leadership Academy participants will attend training and development retreats that focus on how to lead in a variety of situations. After the retreats are completed participants prepare for graduation where they meet as a group to reflect on their personal growth and development.

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December 9, 2014

Rising Star Featured in Observer

Courtesy of the Charlotte Observer home|design
Saturday, December 6, 2014
Showcase Broker Julius Green Rising Star

 

JULIUS GREEN
BROKER, SHOWCASE REALTY
Julius@showcaserealty.net
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Julius Green, a Kansas City, Mo., native, studied business management at Longview community College, which led to a position as an assistant manager and a five-year partnership with a prominent Fortune 500 company. The role allowed him to expand his expertise in public service and eventually transition into a real estate career. As a dedicated real estate agent with showcase Realty, Green specializes in first-time homebuyers, investment properties, condominium sales and residential properties in the Charlotte market.

Green is a family man with a devotion to God, his beautiful wife and two children. He enjoys long walks in the park, reading and spending time with his family, and anything basketball-related: he’s a natural athlete and it’s one of his year-round passions.

“Very proud Julius was honored with this award. He is hard working, energetic, versatile and enjoys working in all price points and especially first-time home buyers. Slthough successful in a prior job, he made a career change due to his passion for real estate” – Nancy Braun, Owner Broker in charge, Showcase Realty

December 2, 2014

Showcase ranks among 100

Showcase ranks among 100

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By: Mecklenburg Times staff reports November 25, 2014

Showcase Realty has been selected for the 2014 Inner City 100, a list of the nation’s fastest-growing inner city businesses compiled by the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City and Fortune.

Showcase ranks among 100

Showcase ranks among 100

The real estate company, based in Charlotte’s South End, ranked 9th in the professional services industry category and 57th overall on the list of 100. The Inner City 100 program recognizes successful inner city businesses and their CEOs as role models for entrepreneurship, innovative business practices and job creation in America’s urban communities. Showcase is owned by broker-in-charge Nancy Braun.Nancy Braun Showcase realty

Showcase, which defines itself as a boutique real estate firm, reported 2013 revenues of $1.5 million and a gross growth rate of 219.5 percent from 2009-2013.

“We congratulate Nancy Braun on her accomplishments and impact in Charlotte while growing Showcase Realty,” said Mayor Dan Clodfelter. “Showcase has been recognized several times as a thriving business with a dynamic owner. Her success demonstrates the countless opportunities available to entrepreneurs in our city.”

The full list of winners can be viewed at Fortune.com.

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December 2, 2014

Showcase Realty among ICIC and FORTUNE’s Inner City 100 winners

Inner City 100The Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) and FORTUNE announced that Showcase Realty, owned by Broker in Charge Nancy Braun, was selected for the 2014 Inner City 100, a list of the fastest-growing inner city businesses in the U.S.

Showcase Realty ranked 9th in the professional services industry category and 57th overall on the list of 100. The Inner City 100 program recognizes successful inner city businesses and their CEOs as role models for entrepreneurship, innovative business practices and job creation in America’s urban communities. Showcase Realty, an innovative boutique real estate firm in Charlotte’s Historic South End district located, reported 2013 revenues of $1.5 million and a gross growth rate of 219.5 percent from 2009-2013.

“We congratulate Nancy Braun on her accomplishments and impact in Charlotte while growing Showcase Realty,” said Mayor Dan Clodfelter. “Showcase has been recognized several times as a thriving business with a dynamic owner. Her success demonstrates the countless opportunities available to entrepreneurs in our city.”

Charlotte Mayor Clodfelter

Charlotte Mayor Clodfelter

“It’s an honor to represent Charlotte and the state of North Carolina with this prestigious award, says Braun, whose firm is among a very elite group of companies with the announcement of its ranking of 46th in HousingWire’s Fast50TM. We definitely want to be an example of how a HUB Zone located company can succeed and hopefully inspire other entrepreneurs to start or relocate their businesses in transitioning neighborhoods.”

Nancy Braun Showcase Realty

Nancy Braun Showcase Realty

Braun started Showcase Realty, LLC, in 2008 after working with a large Charlotte real estate office for 12 years. She opened Showcase Realty with one full-time assistant and a part-time bookkeeper with the goal of designing a new model for buying and selling real estate. Braun’s innovative structure maximizes Internet marketing, computer technology, and training to create an ultimate service experience.

Today, Showcase Realty sells more than one home every 16 hours, for a total of 527 properties in 2013. This is nearly a 16% increase from 2012 when 455 homes were sold. Braun is on a mission to help people become home owners & neighborhood revitalization. What’s more impressive than the increase in volume is Showcase Realty’s increase in workforce. 12 months ago, Showcase Realty employed only 19 people, and today, it employs (employees and independent contractors combined) 42. This is a staggering 221% increase in workforce that shows no signs of stopping. Now with offices in Charlotte and Gastonia, Showcase Realty has expanded to more than 40 employees and independent contractors and hundreds of properties.

“Nancy Braun and Showcase Realty have done a remarkable job in the South End area proving that Charlotte and North Carolina are great for starting a business,” says North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory. We commend Nancy and her team for the local and national recognition they have earned.”

This year, for the first time in the ICIC list’s 16-year history, the Inner City 100 consists of 10 fast-growing businesses from 10 industry categories. The 10 industry categories are: Construction; Manufacturing; Professional Services; Food and Beverage; Retail; Media and Communications; Software and Information Technology; Transportation and Logistics; Healthcare and Biotechnology; and Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation. Applicants ranked according to revenue growth against their industry peers, as well as overall.

The full list of winners can be viewed at Fortune.com

NC Governor Pat McCrory

NC Governor Pat McCrory

The rankings for each company were announced at the Inner City 100 Awards on Thursday, October 16, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. Preceding the Awards celebration, winners attended a two-day small business Symposium designed exclusively for urban firms featuring business management case studies presented by Harvard Business School professors and peer-to-peer learning sessions led by CEOs of fast-growing firms. Keynote speakers included Harvard Business School Professor and ICIC Founder and Chairman, Michael E. Porter; Honest Tea Founder and CEO, Seth Goldman; Rapid7 President and CEO, Corey Thomas; Communispace Chairman, Diane Hessan; and Launch Co-Founder and CEO, Ben Fischman.

The Inner City 100 list provides unmatched original data on the fastest-growing inner city businesses in the U.S. In the last 16 years, 805 unique companies have earned positions on the Inner City 100 list, representing 183 cities and 41 states. Chevron Corporation and Staples, Inc. are long-time sponsors of ICIC and the program.

The 2014 Inner City 100 winners represent a wide span of geography, hailing from 53 cities and 23 states. The winners grew at an average compound annual growth rate of 39 percent and an average gross growth rate of 336 percent between 2009 and 2013. Collectively, the top 100 inner city businesses employ 8,276 people and have created 5,119 new jobs between 2009 and 2013. Not only are the winners powerful job creators in their communities, they also help develop their employees – 73% provide business skills training and 69% provide professional development training to all full-time employees.

Highlights of the 2014 Inner City 100 include:

  • Employ 8,276 workers (approximately 35% are inner city residents).
  • Created 5,119 new jobs in the last five years.
  • 25% have woman CEOs. Nationally, only 10% of companies with over $1 million in annual revenues are woman-owned.
  • 35% have a minority CEO. Nationally, only 21% of all companies are headed by minorities.
  • Average company age is 17 years.
  • 39% average compound annual growth rate.
  • Companies generated $42.2 million in 2013 revenues on average and $4.2 billion in the aggregate.

Showcase Realty

To qualify for the Inner City 100 list, companies are required to be an independent, for-profit corporation, partnership or proprietorship that is not a public company, bank, or a holding company; headquartered in an economically distressed urban area; have at least 10 full-time employees; and a five-year operating sales history that includes at least $200,000 in revenues in the first year of consideration, an increase in year five sales over year four sales, and fifth-year sales of at least $1 million. For the 2014 list, ICIC looked at total revenue growth from 2009 to 2013 and the specific rankings were based on these growth rates. ICIC defines an inner city as an economically distressed urban area that has a poverty rate of 20% or higher, excluding currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students; or a poverty rate of 1.5 times or more than that of the metropolitan statistical area (MSA) and a median household income of 50% or less than that of the MSA an or an unemployment rate of 1.5 times or more than that of the MSA.

Showcase Realty has grown in many tangible aspects such as revenue, work force, and number of transactions. However it has grown in the community as well. Nancy Braun has always had a special place in her heart for kids. She is a mother of two and knew early on that her drive and passion for business needed to also be balanced with a significant presence in the community.

In 2010, Showcase partnered with REO4Kids and through Nancy’s intense collective effort REO4kids has raised more than $1,000,000 for the Boys and Girls Clubs and other children organizations. Braun is dedicated to children in the community and was inspired in 2011 to take on the active role as the Chairperson of the Resource Development/Executive committee and the Advisory Board for the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Charlotte. Showcase Realty’s continued support of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Charlotte is exemplified by its role as the 2013 Corporate Title Sponsor of the Fun Fest at Blakeney Annual Golf Tournament which help raised funds for the nonprofit. Braun is more than a supporter of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Charlotte she is committed to its mission: “To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.”

Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC)

ICIC is a national nonprofit founded in 1994 by Harvard Business School professor Michael E. Porter. ICIC’s mission is to promote economic prosperity in America’s inner cities through private sector investment that leads to jobs, income and wealth creation for local residents. Through its research on inner city economies, ICIC provides businesses, governments and investors with the most comprehensive and actionable information in the field about urban market opportunities. The organization supports urban businesses through the Inner City 100, Inner City Capital Connections and the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses programs. Learn more at www.icic.org or @icicorg.

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Charlotte, The New Atlanta

Charlotte The New Atlanta

Last week The Huffington Post released an article listing “America’s Top 5 Cities To Keep On Your Radar,” with Charlotte coming in at number 3 on the list of cities. Charlotte, dubbed the new Atlanta by the author states that Charlotte is quickly catching up to one of the largest major southern cities. The article portrays Charlotte in a great light saying, “With the addition of the new BB&T Ballpark, a buzzing nightlife scene geared toward professional singles AND the return of the original Hornets team name, Charlotte is lookin’ good.” We at Showcase would have loved to see something about our thriving real estate market and our Carolina Panthers but we will accept the number three spot on the list!

Kansas City came out on top of the list recognizing their jazz, barbecue, and their affordable prices around the city. The south was also represented with Richmond in the second spot and San Diego and Minneapolis rounding out the rest of the list.

 

August 26, 2014

Showcase Realty LLC Wins Crowns of Enterprise Award

Local Small Businesses Honored at Crowns of Enterprise Awards Ceremony

Nancy Braun, Owner & Broker in Charge of Showcase Realty LLC, was honored last week by The City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County with a 2014 Crowns of Enterprise Award.

The ceremony, which was held at the Foundation for the Carolinas, honors one outstanding business in each of the following categories: Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) of the Year, Woman Business Enterprise (WBE) of the Year, and Small Business Enterprise (SBE) of the Year. Showcase Realty LLC was named the 2014 Woman Business Enterprise (WBE) of the Year.POST13 2

“It’s an exciting time for Showcase Realty,” said Braun, “I founded the company back in 2008, and it was important for me to become a Certified Woman-Owned Business in 2010. To be recognized by the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County as the WBE Award Winner is a special honor and one that truly speaks to the core of what we do. I’m honored that they chose to recognize the success of our team.”

Now in its 3rd year, the Crowns of Enterprise Awards recognize small businesses that demonstrate exemplary leadership and sound business strategies. By honoring the efforts of these businesses, the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County hope to illustrate the positive economic impact they have on the community as a whole.


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