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GAMELLI, WILSON TO LEAD CUSTOMER ACQUISITION AND PRODUCT INNOVATION AT WILLIAM RAVEIS REAL ESTATE

SHELTON, CT, October 19, 2017—Bill Gamelli has been named Executive Vice President of Customer Acquisition and Product Innovation at William Raveis Real Estate, Mortgage & Insurance. A 30-year-veteran of the Shelton, Connecticut-based company, he previously served as interim Chief Operating Officer since January, 2015.

Bill Gamelli

In his new roles, Gamelli will focus on generating leads for the company’s more than 4,000 agents through e-commerce, call centers and relocation networks, and developing and integrating new technology tools into the company’s existing Raveis365 platform, in order to serve both agents and Raveis customers.

At the same time, Jason Wilson, Vice President, Regional Director of Operations and Affiliate Companies, will become Vice President, User Experience, Career Development and Affiliate Companies, charged with revamping the company’s education program and gathering feedback directly from agents on new technology and services.

Jason Wilson

By dedicating new departments under key senior executives, Raveis is signaling its next bold move in employing cutting-edge technology to challenge online real estate ventures, such as Zillow, Trulia and Realtor.com, in the war for real estate listings and buyers.  Delivering leads is crucial not only in supporting a company’s existing agents but in attracting new, top agents.

“Bill has critical experience sitting in the cross-roads where tech meets market viability,” said Ryan Raveis, co-president of William Raveis, Inc. “He has also been critical to the implementation of many technologies we have rolled out. His focus on this area will assure that William Raveis continues its role as an innovator in product development and in providing value to our agents in the form of buyer and seller leads.”

The ability to deliver quality leads to real estate agents is viewed as a significant advantage over online inquiries, which rarely generate leads that materialize. Two focal points of Gamelli’s energies will be Raveis call centers, where the company has built a hybrid model around both in-bound and out-bound calls, and the application of predictive analytics and scoring to target customers most likely to buy or sell a home.

“This is about more than delivering leads for our agents,” Gamelli notes. “It’s about helping them build their business, and giving them the products and tools to better manage their business so that they’re able to spend less time at their desks and more time in front of potential buyers and sellers.”

Training will be critical to the success of the new initiatives, as it has been for the company since its founding in 1972. “I have seen a lot of great real estate technology that has stayed on the shelf because the agents were not trained effectively,” says Wilson, who is also a real estate coach/trainer and a motivational speaker. “Our goal at William Raveis is to have the most innovative tools and the best adoption rate in the industry.”

William Raveis Real Estate, Mortgage & Insurance is the No. 1 family-owned real estate company in the Northeast and the No. 8 real estate company in the country, with 4,000 agents in 130 offices, including branches in Mid-town Manhattan and Naples, Florida. Last year, William Raveis Real Estate closed over $9 billion in sales and over $10 billion in mortgage transactions.

For more information on Raveis products and services, visit www.raveis.com.

                                    

Young Scientists, Supported by Companies like William Raveis Real Estate, Are Expanding the Frontiers of Cancer Research

SHELTON, Conn., (Sept. 15, 2017) — Connecticut has one of the highest cancer rates in the country but also the greatest concentration of doctors. That combination makes the state both a cause for concern and an ideal laboratory for cancer research.

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September 15, 2017

Evan Walsh, Surviving All Odds

With the 3rd Annual Raveis Ride + Walk approaching this fall, we have decided to highlight our agents who are winning their battles with cancer. We are happy to share the story of Evan Walsh, from Wellesley, MA on our blog today. Here at William Raveis Real Estate and at our Charitable Fund, we are so proud of Evan and his journey. Here, Evan tells it in his own words.

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July 25, 2017

William Raveis Rye Grand Re-Opening!

After a total renovation, William Raveis Rye has introduced a new sleek design to their pristine facade on Purchase Street.  Eighty residents of Rye, NY attended the a ribbon cutting event on Monday the 26th of June to chat and witness the changes to the office. Marylin Hoffman, manager of the Rye office tells us, “The modern and polished yet warm environment sparkles. We are thrilled.”

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June 29, 2017

William Raveis Mortgage named in the Top 100 Mortgage Companies in America

Riding on the wave of William Raveis announcing their 21-Day Mortgage Close strategy, they have placed in the Top 100 Mortgage Companies in America for 2016. Announced this spring by Mortgage Executive magazine, William Raveis Mortgage closed 2,420 loans equating to $794,353,427 in volume.

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May 17, 2017

William Raveis Slashes Home Mortgage Closing Time

                 WILLIAM RAVEIS SLASHES HOME MORTGAGE CLOSING TIME

May 2, 2017, Shelton, Connecticut– Home-buyers wanting to close quickly on hot listings in a tight market will no longer have to wait 45 days long, as is the industry standard for mortgage closings.

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May 4, 2017

Boston Magazine’s “Top Places to Live” Celebration

On Thursday March 30, over 150 home industry professionals gathered at the Boston Innovation & Design Building for Boston magazine’s annual Top Places to Live event, celebrating the March real estate issue.

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April 28, 2017

NYC Networking Event

A recent NYC Networking Event invited agents from the Tri-State area to share sales tactics, get to know each other and refer business to each of their local communities. The second William Raveis Real Estate has held this year broadened the experience for agents, 4,000 strong, and provided a more comprehensive and dynamic environment in which to network with each other.

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December 21, 2016

Spotlight ON: Serena Crowley, Homeowner & Architectural Designer

Serena Crowley, an architectural designer in CA, Chicago, CT & London) was on the hunt for a new house in New Canaan and William Raveis agent, Hannelore Kaplan was tasked with the job.  (The two have a great friendship they’ve developed over the years in New Canaan).  She discovered that this gorgeous home at 64 Oak Street (only a 10 min walk from the train station) was to be made into a multi-family condo and showed the exterior to Serena.  They contacted the owners, a couple that had lived there since the 1940’s, and together they made an offer.

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October 7, 2016

Spotlight On: Our New Executives, Amy Kane & Jason Wilson

We’d like to extend a warm welcome to two new executives at William Raveis, Amy Kane & Jason Wilson, both of whom join William Raveis from leadership positions with the Sotheby’s International Realty Network. Kane will serve as senior vice president of the Westchester and Lower Fairfield region, while Wilson has been appointed to vice president of William Raveis’ affiliate offices, as well as vice president, regional director of operations for William Raveis Real Estate.

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August 31, 2016