When Hurricane Harvey devastated the Texas coast, thousands of Keller Williams associates rushed in to help those in need while the Keller Williams Realty International team was putting the finishing touches on planning Mega Camp. Soon KW associates from around the world would be heading to Austin for the company’s second-largest training event of the year. But after Austin Mayor Steve Adler announced that Austin would welcome thousands of hurricane evacuees to the Austin Convention Center, Keller Williams leaders faced a big business and cultural decision: Should Mega Camp go on?
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People Before Profits In 48 hours, a decision was made. After intensive conversations with the City of Austin about contingencies and expectations, Keller Williams chose to turn away millions of dollars in potential revenue and pivot from Mega Camp to Mega Relief – a weeklong event focused on providing immediate aid to those impacted by the storm. “We had the hotel rooms, we had the buses, and we had the hardest-working, most compassionate real estate agents in the world,” CEO John Davis says. “We decided to do the right thing and leverage the energy and generosity of our associates to make a real difference in people’s lives.” After Davis made the announcement, positive responses spread through social media. “Kudos to KWRI for making this shift and mobilizing our people resources to help the community in this time of need,” wrote Ron Kowalski on Facebook. “Love being a part of this company. We’re there!” Karen Rengert Standridge commented that after taking the real estate test she would “hopefully be working for I
this amazing company soon!” Many shared that they were proud to be a part of the KW community. “This solidifies part of my why for KW. Proud!” exclaimed Dana K. Cullins Macalik, a new team leader. On Sept. 11, 2017, more than 4,000 associates made their way to Austin energized for a week of service. Amos Naim traveled 25 hours from Israel to participate in the event. “It was important for me to come here, because it’s all about culture,” he says. “The chance for us to help all the people in Texas is amazing.” Working with community partners and disaster relief organizations like the Austin Disaster Relief Network, the Central Texas Food Bank, and the Salvation Army, Keller Williams associates were bused to volunteer sites in Austin, Houston, and hard-hit towns like Sealy during the day, and they returned to Austin for nighttime events to raise awareness and funds for the victims of Harvey and Hurricane Irma, which had recently struck Florida. The impact on people’s lives was unforgettable.
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Published on Nov 22, 2017
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