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.
President, KW MAPS Coaching