Steve Murray of REAL Trends and Other Real Estate Executives to Prepare for Success in 2011 at QuantumDigital’s Annual Ignite 2011 Real Estate Marketing Summit

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  • January 14, 2011

Real estate industry executives from across the nation to discuss how a new movement is changing traditional business models within the real estate industry for the better.

Austin, Texas (January 14, 2011) – QuantumDigital, Inc, the turnkey provider for measurable direct mail, on-demand digital printing and email marketing, is pleased to announce the participation of an impressive array of speakers at its upcoming Ignite 2011 Real Estate Marketing Summit taking place January 20 and 21, 2011 in Austin.

Designed exclusively for executive-level leaders of national real estate firms, the Ignite 2011 Real Estate Summit is an opportunity for those invited to learn how their peers are communicating value propositions in the marketplace and what they’re doing to make their direct marketing campaigns perform better and deliver stronger ROI.  The two-day summit will provide relevant knowledge regarding new technologies, trends, recruiting best practices, leadership, and ways to arm real estate professionals with relevant marketplace information that can help turn ideas and strategies into effective programs that they will use. Attendees will take away valuable information that can help streamline internal production processes and ultimately generate more business for all parties involved.

“QuantumDigital is pleased to offer real estate executives this annual opportunity to strategize for success in the year ahead with their peers from top real estate firms and uncover technologies, marketing trends, and lead generation best practices that are and will continue to change how brokers and agents communicate with their customers,” said Debbie Gurley, Vice President of Real Estate Sales, QuantumDigital.

The keynote speaker is confirmed as Steve Murray, editor of REAL Trends and president of Murray Consulting. REAL Trends is read by more than 24,000 leaders in the residential realty industry every week and has been the leader in industry and housing consumer research for the past 22 years. Murray Consulting has handled over 1,800 client assignments for realty firms over the past 21 years, with over 620 merger and acquisition assignments. Murray has served on dozens of state and local Realtor® associations and MLS organizations as well as a variety of firms that service the realty industry. He manages five different executive CEO groups composed of over 90 leading realty firm CEO's from across the country. Murray’s keynote address will answer many executives’ questions about the right direction to take their firms, who to affiliate with, what business models work best in today's market and which ones will work best tomorrow.

In addition to the keynote speaker, the Ignite 2011 Real Estate Marketing Summit will include real estate executives from around the country that will give their personal insights on new trends, communication channels and innovative technologies that are changing the way real estate professionals communicate with target audiences.

Additional speakers and topics to include:


Steve Murray - Editor, REAL Trends and President, Murray Consulting

Pam O'Connor - President/CEO, Leading Real Estate Companies

Sherry Chris - President/CEO, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate

Earl Lee – President, Prudential Real Estate & Services

Jack Kreider - Executive VP, RE/MAX

Jim Gillespie - President/CEO, Coldwell Banker Real Estate

            Topic: Lessons Learned in 2010, Challenges and Trends for the New Year


Kristi Graning - Sr. VP, eBusiness and Emerging Technologies, RE/MAX

Cary Sylvester - Executive Director of Technology, Keller Williams

            Topic: New Technologies Impacting Real Estate Companies


Harold Crye - CEO/Co-owner, Crye-Leike, Realtors

Diane Turton - President/CEO, Diane Turton, Realtors

Ed Krafchow - President/CEO, Better Homes and Gardens Mason-McDuffie

Noelle Bortfeld – CMO, Windermere Real Estate

            Topic: New Branding Strategies to Increase Marketshare


Toni Nelson - Dir. of Strategic Initiatives, Prudential Gary Greene

Chip Neumann – Partner, Neumann Real Estate

Beverly Thorne – CMO, Century 21 Real Estate

            Topic: Top Leaders Share Marketing Tactics that Maximize Results


Eric Bryn - VP Digital Innovation, Baird & Warner Real Estate

Jennifer Baumann – Attorney, DLA Piper

            Topic: Legal Considerations Pertaining to Social Media Marketing


Marty Rueter – President, Weichert Real Estate Affiliates

            Topic: Leading Success: Gaining Relevancy and Profitability through Leadership


Krisstina Wise - Principal/Broker, The GoodLife Team

Jose Perez – President, PCMS Consulting

            Topic: Strategies for Building a Successful Brokerage


Freddie Baird - Executive VP and COO, QuantumDigital

            Topic: The Technology Behind Increased ROI


Gino Blefari - Founder/CEO, Intero Real Estate

OB Jacobi – President, Windermere Real Estate

Jason Waugh – COO, Prudential Northwest Properties

            Topic: How to Recruit and Retain Killer Agents . . . and Say Goodbye to Non-Producers


Kevin Kaplan - VP Marketing & Technology, Long Companies

Jon Coile - President/CEO, Champion Realty

Frederick Herot - Vice President of Marketing,

Ken Baris – President, Jordan Baris, Inc. Realtors

            Topic: Hot New Programs, Tools and Technologies for Agents

Commenting on the prestigious speaker line up, Steve Damman, President and CEO, QuantumDigital, said, “We are delighted to provide real estate executives with this unique opportunity to come together and exchange ideas and successes on a peer-to-peer level. Since inception, QuantumDigital has committed to truly understanding the needs of the real estate industry, educating brokers and agents on best practices and developing marketing tools that offer results. With the industry still working to combat the challenges faced in this economic climate, we anticipate high attendance at the Ignite 2011 Real Estate Marketing Summit and look forward to hearing what insights each speaker has to offer.”"

The invitation-only summit offers a unique opportunity for organizations to sponsor this gathering of esteemed real estate executives from across the nation. There are multiple ways to show support of the industry through this event and interested parties can contact Debbie Gurley at 512.617.2325 or for further sponsorship information.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available and Ignite 2011 is currently sponsored by KWKLY, ListHub and Pulse Realty Software

About QuantumDigital

QuantumDigital, Inc. is the turnkey provider for measurable direct mail, on-demand printing and email marketing, specializing in developing data-driven integrated direct marketing programs. By leveraging the latest technologies, QuantumDigital offers real estate professionals, small businesses and enterprise-level organizations a more targeted, measurable and integrated approach to direct response marketing and lead generation. Founded in 1986, QuantumDigital is based in Austin, Texas. Visit QuantumDigital at or follow on Twitter @QuantumDigital.

For more information about the Ignite 2011 Real Estate Marketing Summit, visit

Media contact

Brianna McKinney

Penman PR


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