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Howard Brinton – A Star Remembered


Howard Brinton, Founder and CEO of STAR POWER Systems

Throughout our lives we meet many people. Although all bring us gifts or lessons, there are some who do both and change our world forever.

Howard Brinton was one of those people that changed lives.

I first met Howard in Denver, Co. in the late 1980’s.  At the time, he was working as a real estate agent with Moore & Company-one of the top independent companies in the area.  Howard was a perfect fit for the business. He loved selling real estate and entertaining people. In fact, in those days, you’d most likely find him networking with potential clients on the golf course. And while his golf skills were impressive, Howard found his true life’s calling when he taught a real estate class for the local board.

Howard took to teaching with his amazing energy and soon became one of the top trainers for both the Colorado Association of REALTORS® and National Association of REALTORS®. I can still remember how anyone selling real estate at the time would fight for a front row seat whenever he spoke.

I remember auditioning to be a CAR instructor and Howard and Jock Barker were in the audience. As only Howard could do, he kept acting up just to see if I could cope with the pressure. After my talk he said to me “since you handled the way I treated you in that class you deserve to teach anywhere.”

It was one of the highest compliments I’ve ever gotten.

He eventually left Moore & Company to launch STAR POWER, an education approach where he chose top real estate agents to be the “Star” and through interviewing them drew the greatness out of them which he then shared with all STAR POWER members. From this platform Howard literally turned our industry inside out, where agents taught agents and cross-learning became the most sought after form of education throughout our business.  Along the way, he fostered an environment of sharing that leapt from learning to leads as we each stepped out to build our own agent-to-agent referral networks.

Many of our Keller Williams family were honored to be among Howard’s “Stars.” Tony DiCello, Mary Harker, Jimmy and Linda McKissack, Gary and Nikki Ubaldini, Bruce Hardie, Shon Kokoszka, Brad Korn, Judy Johns, myself and too many more to recount here wore his black tee shirts with a sense of real pride and accomplishment. We learned, we shared, we profited from Howard’s commitment to helping our industry.

My own personal journey has at many times crossed paths with Howard and his organization.

It was at a STAR POWER event, in fact, that I first met Gary Keller – a meeting that would ultimately change my entire life. I even remember turning to Tony and Howard and saying: “I will work with Gary one day.”

I must tell you that Howard did a lot for me personally. From helping me produce and market my operating systems to supporting my book writing and teaching efforts.  Whenever I needed a coach, mentor or friend – Howard was there. I know my career would not have been what it has been without the direct leadership and mentoring of Howard.

And I’m not alone.

In many, many ways each and every one of us owes a huge debt of gratitude to my friend and one of the greatest friends all REALTORS will ever have – Howard Brinton. We shared many laughs, triumphs and memories throughout the years. And most of all, we learned from one of the greats.

So Howard, thank you, for your incredible vision, endless energy and sharing spirit. Your star, my friend, shines the most brilliantly of all.

Dianna Kokoszka

President, KW MAPS Coaching

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2 comments on “Howard Brinton – A Star Remembered
  1. kornteam says:

    I am so fortunate I found Howard in the first year of my real estate career! I remember when he taught sessions in local hotels and would run up and down the middle isle, so excited about what he was teaching…jumping around…and…yes….I think I got spit on :) I always sat in the front row. I never missed Howard when he came to town (that was back in the early 90’s). His Pig story never got old and his facial expressions could give Jim Carrey a run for the money.

    Then the StarPower organization began to grow quickly by the mid to late 90’s and I not only subscribed to his monthly interview, but I attended all the StarPower event, met and became friends with the Stars and most importantly, implemented the ideas each month from the Stars. That would lead to a call from Howard inviting me to be interviewed in Nov 2006 to be the May 2007 Star of the Month.

    I had always told Howard, I really didn’t care so much about being interviewed as I did getting the opportunity to attend the StarPower Retreats! That is were the high level ideas would happen. I will never forget my first StarPower retreat in November 2006 in Vail, CO.

    Howard, thank you so much for the opportunity to meet you, get to know you, become part of your world, and most importantly for introducing me to the best people on the planet….the StarPower Stars! You gave us a place to go and be around other ‘like-minded’ top producers AND most importantly a place for someone with a drive to be successful in real estate to go, learn and truly have the opportunity to implement.

    Thank you for having such a large impact on the real estate industry, my success in real estate and giving me the opportunity to provide a great lifestyle for my family & become friends with some of the best people on the planet. Love Ya!!!

  2. vinbais says:

    Never had an opportunity to meet Howard, he was one of those mentors in any field, whom lots of their pupils worship. He appears to be one of those legends. I hope his legacy lives on and some one soon steps in his shoes though those would be too large to fit.

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