International Realtor & Relocation Consultant, TEFL/TESOL Certified Instructor
- Greater Atlanta Area
- Real Estate
Rick Duda's Overview
- REALTOR, Senior Level Marketing, Business Development and Brand Management Executive at Maximum One Realty, Weichert Realtors & Keller Williams Realty
- Principal, Vice President - Sales, Marketing and Business Development at Atlanta Home Staging Pros - Homes Designed To Sell
- Business Development Consultant at nPorta, Inc. and Travel ASP
- Sales Manager at TRAVELPORT WORLDSPAN
- Director, Franchise Redevelopment at AFC Enterprises
- Director, Franchise Development at Hardees Food Systems, Inc.
- Assistant Vice President at Cobb American Bank
- Loan Processor at ITT Financial Services
- International TEFL Academy
- Kennesaw State University - Michael J. Coles College of Business
- The University of Texas at Arlington - College of Business
Woodbridge American Highschool
Rick Duda's Summary
A dynamic visionary "go-getter" entrepreneur with a flair for innovative strategies to penetrate new markets and boost revenues in the real estate, residential design, education, technology and franchise industries. Voracious learner with a thirst for mastering extraordinary skills in diverse business channels. Twenty plus years experience in new business development encompassing sales leadership, market planning and development, implementing cutting edge technology strategies to reduce costs and improve productivity. Known for steadily elevating brand recognition, recruit and develop sales teams including client advocates, reduce costs and exceed sales goals. Exceptional leadership, team building, and communication skills coupled with insights into emerging markets, trends, issues and challenges. Motivated to achieve excellence, high performance and maximum ROI for clients.
Specialties: Recruiting, training, business development, sales, marketing, social media expert, project management, sales leadership, operations, contract negotiations, brand management, public speaking, employee relocation, foreign language English teacher, instructor, coach
MBA, Finance, Kennesaw State University
BBA, Marketing and Real Estate, University of Texas At Arlington
TEFL/TESOL Certified English Instructor, International TEFL Academy Chicago IL, London England
Certified Training Instructor, Georgia Association of REALTORS.
International Relocation Specialist, Cuenca - Cotacachi - Salinas - Ecuador
Five years of French and Spanish and well traveled in Spanish speaking countries.
Experienced motivational speaker and trainer
Rick Duda's Experience
REALTOR, Senior Level Marketing, Business Development and Brand Management Executive
Privately Held; 10,001+ employees; Real Estate industry
August 2003 – Present (11 years 3 months) Atlanta
Provided consultative international real estate services including corporate relocation and project management generating over 100 closed sales with property valued in excess of fifteen million dollars. Increased staff by 20% within 60 days through aggressive recruiting efforts. Built a referral network of over 350 professionals by creating long term relationships with financial planners, CPA’s, Realtors in other markets, mortgage loan officers; and by actively networking in professional trade associations. Developed and implemented company social media strategy and managed its SEO initiatives using web analytics, web advertising campaigns, QR codes, and social media channels including LinkedIn, Active Rain, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Constant Contact, MySpace, Realtor.com, Zillow.com, eBay ads, Craigslist, MySpace, YouTube, and weekly blogging on Wordpress and Trulia. Ranked in top 10 number of producing agents in July 2009 out of over 120 agents by managing a team to expedite all aspects of the sale process including local mortgage consultants, administrative assistant, closing coordinator, and closing attorney. Served in Director capacity on Agent Leadership Council and chairperson for the Vendor Alliance Program.
Specializing in expat retirement, relocation and real estate services in Ecuador with an emphasis on Cuenca, Cotacachi, and Salinas (coastal and beach area of Ecuador).
Principal, Vice President - Sales, Marketing and Business Development
Atlanta Home Staging Pros - Homes Designed To Sell
October 2001 – July 2012 (10 years 10 months)
Established one of the largest real estate visual merchandising firms in the Southeast providing solutions to Realtor brokerage firms, relocation companies, builders, home owners and investors. Reduced days on market for over 1,200 home owners by 30% to 50%, selling homes within 98% of list price or higher on average. Doubled gross revenues each year with a 95% client retention rate by implementing strategic marketing plans for multiple product lines in varying price points with nationally known third party contractors via brand management. Exploited CRM technology creating a database of over 3,000 contacts receiving phone, direct mail, e-mail action plans. Maximized usage of key words and meta tags in social media networks including LinkedIn, Active Rain, Facebook, Twitter, Event Brite. Secured national and regional market exposure for the brand through print, social media, radio and other channels. Recruited and trained a team of 10 sales associates. Documented and implemented all standard operating procedures, 40 hour training certification program requirements, compensation plan and orientations. Coached in the areas of sales prospecting, contract negotiations and business management. Devised all marketing and advertising collateral, PowerPoint presentations for strategic alliance partners, cable
television commercial and YouTube infomercial. Created and taught a profitable three hour continuing education credit training class and certified instructor by the Georgia Real Estate Commission. Developed customized web sites with weekly blogs and posts on social networks and online media channels. Managed all communications of the company including authoring all press releases, originating all public relations activities and public speaking engagements, participation in professional trade associations, exhibiting at industry specific trade shows, and organizing a preferred vendor program.
Business Development Consultant
Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Information Technology and Services industry
2002 – 2003 (1 year)
Developed sales territories and created telemarketing program to sell private label travel websites to CEO’s of domestic and international travel agencies with annual revenues between $5 million and $100 million. Coordinated between client travel agencies set up as distributors, tour operators, content providers and nPorta’s engineering, legal, and product implementation teams to market third party travel web sites incorporating complex negotiated fares and discounts with airlines, hotels, and rental car companies. Closed nine contracts including the first international sale for the company within 180 days of employment.
• Developed sales management database using ACT with over 3,000 travel agency prospects.
• Managed a sales territory of twenty five states and Canada
• Revised all previously used contracts, proposals and license agreements to improve the total number of sales and expedite the sales and implementation process.
• Supervised development of consolidator products for South America, Asia and Europe with GIANTS (one of the largest travel agency consortiums in the world).
Public Company; 1001-5000 employees; Information Technology and Services industry
1998 – 2001 (3 years)
Top sales person for Trip Manager (corporate travel cost reduction solutions and strategies) selling to CFO's of fortune 1000 companies from Main to Florida.
Director, Franchise Redevelopment
1993 – 1996 (3 years)
Reporting to the CFO, I sold over 125 company operating Church's restaurants in inner city and under performing markets to new franchise operators who committed to remodel purchased units and build out market share in those communities. Created a franchise financing program to assist cash strapped franchisees to remodel their restaurants proceeding the bankruptcy turn around team of AFC.
Director, Franchise Development
Hardees Food Systems, Inc.
March 1991 – February 1992 (1 year) Rocky Mount, North Carolina Area
Raised over $3 million in secured capital financing with GE Capital, Bell Atlantic Tri-Con and Phoenix Leasing to assist Franchisees to reimage their restaurants and install new equipment improving holding times, lower costs and improving service and profits.
Assistant Vice President
Cobb American Bank
January 1989 – January 1991 (2 years 1 month) Marietta, GA
Developed the fourth largest SBA US Small Business Administration loan portfolio in the state of Georgia.Created and implemented all business development initiatives, marketing materials, and sales activities.
Rick Duda's Organizations
- February 2014 to Present
Per www.InterNations.org website, here is the description of the organization and why I am member, won't you join me?
"InterNations is an expatriates community for people living and working abroad as well as all ʺglobal mindsʺ. Expats are welcome to join our network of like-minded people within a community of trust and confidence, connecting expatriates with other expats in their new place of residence. We are present with over 250 local expatriate communities around the world uniting members of 180 nationalities, all expats working for international companies, political and non-governmental organizations or diplomatic missions. On InterNations, expatriates can find advice on the expatriate life and local support all over the world. Our expat guide and the local forums offer helpful tips on places to see and things to know for expats. Every month, top-class InterNations events take place in numerous communities world-wide, giving expatriates the chance to meet other expats in an exclusive and international environment. InterNations provides a unique platform for expatriates to network and interact within a cosmopolitan community geared towards the special needs of expatriates."
Rick Duda's Languages
French(Limited working proficiency)
Spanish(Professional working proficiency)
Rick Duda's Skills & Expertise
- MS Office
- Contract Negotiations
- Public Speaking
- Real Estate
- First Time Home Buyers
- Business Development
- Contract Negotiation
- Corporate Relocation
- Investment Properties
- Marketing Communications
- Microsoft Office
- Sales Management
- Residential Homes
- Short Sales
Rick Duda's Education
International TEFL Academy
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor
2014 – 2014
Completing training for Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor. Open to teacher employment or contract positions in South America in Ecuador, Chile, Peru and in Asia including China and Singapore but open to other opportunities.
Activities and Societies: Expected graduation June 2014.
1987 – 1989
BBA, Real Estate and Marketing
1981 – 1985
Hook'em horns! I miss Sam Maverick.
Activities and Societies: Student Activities Board, Travel Council and Fashion Council, Sigma Nu Fraternity, Big Brother Phi Mu Sorority
Woodbridge American Highschool
1979 – 1981
Does anyone know if our school still exists since the air force base was closed at Woodbridge? Is Bentwaters still around? What happened to base housing?
Activities and Societies: Vice President and Treasurer for Student Council, Voted Most Spirited in Graduating Class of 1981, Varsity Tennis 3 years
Rick Duda's Additional Information
Sales, marketing, operations, recruiting, contract negotiations, advertising, franchise development, real estate, homes for sale, international travel, coaching, public speaking, information technology, e-commerce, design, architecture, networking, Pets Are Loving Support, dogs, backpacking, camping, hiking
- Groups and Associations:
Maximum One Realty Greater Atlanta Georgia Real Estate Investors Association Georgia Association of REALTORS Georgia Real Estate Commission Pets Are Loving Support Saint Mark United Methodist Church Atlanta Pet Rescue
- Honors and Awards:
Keller Williams Capper
Guest speaker at Atlanta Home Show
Guest Speaker Womens Council of Realtors
Featured on A&E Flip This House
Trainer at Harry Norman Corporate Training Center
Trainer at Keller Williams Realty on Home Staging
Contact Rick for:
- career opportunities
- consulting offers
- new ventures
- job inquiries
- expertise requests
- business deals
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