Special Guest Post by Jeramie Taber, Owner/Broker, EXIT Realty Bob Lamb & Associates
“Raise your hand,“ challenged Bob McKinnon, keynote speaker for EXIT Realty Southeast’s annual awards banquet and his voice rang out over an audience of over 1,300 cheering real estate agents, brokers and owners – the largest attendance to date!
EXIT Southeast Awards Event Keynote Speaker – Bob McKinnon
No ordinary speaker, Bob McKinnon now holds the position of Director of Leadership for EXIT Realty Corp International and also served as the Southwest Divisional President for EXIT. Bob had been in real estate for over 44 years, had owned multiple brokerages, and prior to coming to EXIT, was one of the players instrumental to building the C-21 Brand when it first started.
He is also a former United States Marine. How he became a marine and how it helped him in real estate was the subject of his talk at this banquet.
Find Your Passion
As a young boy growing up and lacking confidence, he shared a lack of interest in school. With parents who dreamed of him attending Pepperdine University in California, he also had no interest in that.
To avoid this fate, Bob jumped in his jalopy car and drove straight to a United States Marine Recruiting station and enlisted on the spot! He remembers being one of 86 marines in that platoon standing in the back row in the middle when a big mean drill sergeant shouted, “ ladies! There’re 86 of you in this platoon, and in 13 weeks, only six of you will be promoted to private first class! You know why? Because you six will be the best six in this entire group.”
Bob said he doesn’t know what came over him at that moment, and it certainly wasn’t in his character, but something inside him made him “raise his hand.” And 13 weeks later, he was standing front row center with a stripe on his uniform along with five others promoted to Private First Class.
Defining Moments In Your Career
“The moment you finally decide you want something, and, the moment your hand goes up is the moment you begin a championship battle,” Bob shared. “When you go after something big, you have to realize that it’s ALL UP HILL. It’s HARD. It’s even sometimes painful. But we all must suffer one of two pains; the pain of discipline or the pain of regret! Your hand needs to go up! You need to fully commit!”
Bob reflected that four years ago following the recession, EXIT Southeast had 238 Agents in it. “Today, you are sitting in a room with over 1,300 agents. The reason why is (Regional Owners) Stacy and Kenny’s hands went up!
EXIT Realty’s Founder/CEO Raised His Hand Up!
The prior accomplishments of EXIT Realty Corp. International’s Founder/CEO Steve Morris included working for another brand, earning all kinds of awards and breaking records. One day, Bob explains, Steve asked the question, “what would it take to reinvent the real estate business,” and his hand went up.
“I want to ask you all here tonight, is there anyone out there wanting to see their lives change? Wanting to achieve a new level of success? If so stand up!” Bob challenged. Applause broke out as people stood! “Folks, at EXIT Realty, we want you to raise your hands up!”
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