DENVERRE/MAX Co-Founder, Co-CEO and Chairman of the Board Dave Liniger was recently honored in Chicago with the prestigious “On the Shoulders of Giants” Award during RISMedia’s 22nd Annual Power Broker Reception & Dinner. More than 600 real estate professionals attended the annual event which celebrates the top 500 brokers in RISMedia’s Annual Power Broker Report & Survey and recognizes real estate leaders who inspire and propel the industry.
The “On the Shoulders of Giants” Award recognizes individuals whose efforts, works, deeds and character exemplify superior achievements in and for the real estate industry. RISMedia President and CEO John Featherston presented the award to Liniger.
“We work in an amazing industry,” Liniger said in his acceptance speech. “When I first started, I started with a very competitive attitude—‘It’s me and my company against the world.’ As you mature over a long period of time, you find out that the cooperation that occurs among those in this industry is very unique. To see the entrepreneurial spirit that comes from the ground level of independent agents to the broker/owners, the managers of the offices, up to the regional giants and the national companies – it’s an incredibly honorable experience. I’m grateful to be here.”
RE/MAX Executive Vice President Mike Ryan was recognized at the event as well – receiving the Real Estate Leadership Award, sponsored by Buffini & Company. The award honors an industry visionary who embraces innovation and blazes new paths for others.
“I’m honored to be on this stage,” Ryan said. “But I can’t say the word ‘leadership’—or even think about it—without the team I surround myself with. Thanks so much for this award.”
The event capped another successful year for RISMedia, which surveys more than 1,200 of the industry’s leading brokerage firms, ranking companies by transaction and sales volume, and publishes the results in its Annual Power Broker Report & Survey. Each year, in conjunction with the National Association of REALTORS® Conference & Expo, RISMedia hosts the Power Broker Reception & Dinner to honor the industry’s leading executives and their firms.

Liniger co-founded RE/MAX, a global real estate franchise based in Denver, with his wife, Gail, in 1973. He revolutionized the real estate industry with the RE/MAX business model, which combines a maximum commission concept with world-class support services. The model continues to attract experienced, top-producing agents who lead the industry in individual sales and professional education.
Ryan oversees Strategic Alliances, Multimedia, Education and the RE/MAX Approved Supplier program at RE/MAX. As part of the company’s executive management team, he helps develop core strategies and key initiatives for continued growth. Ryan is also active in building high-level relationships within the real estate community, as well as in government, finance and the information/data industry.
RE/MAX was once again ranked a top 10 franchise in September’s Franchise Times Top 200© survey. Entrepreneur magazine named RE/MAX the top real estate franchise in its annual Top Global Franchises list, released in July. RE/MAX ranked 11th overall in the publication’s “2017 Top Global Franchises” list of 200 brands, based on data submitted for the Franchise 500®. The magazine also recognized RE/MAX in its “2017 Top Fastest Growing Franchises” rankings. RE/MAX was the only real estate brokerage franchise that qualified, taking the 15th spot overall. It was the fourth consecutive year RE/MAX was included in the annual list of fast-growing brands.
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