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Champions School of Real Estate CEO and founder Rita Santamaria, left, and the company’s president, Kimberly Dydalewicz, right.

From staff reports

It was announced with a literal passing of the baton — a golden one, no less — but Champions School of Real Estate founder and CEO Rita Santamaria has handed the daily business operations of the well-regarded school to Kimberly Dydalewicz, who has served as company president for the past five years.

The move was announced to the company’s nearly 60 full-time employees at the company’s 2019 statewide retreat, where Santamaria handed an engraved golden baton to Dydalewicz at the school’s Austin campus.

“My passion is my business. I love it dearly,” said Santamaria, who founded the school 35 years ago.”I’ve never allowed myself to get up in the morning and think anything other than Champions School of Real Estate. I still have so many ideas. I want to take Champions School of Real Estate to places we haven’t even gone to yet. This is another defining moment for our company; Kimberly and I both know that she’s ready to take on the day-to-day operations.” (more…)

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From staff reports

Just a year after naming its first vice president in company history, Champions School of Real Estate named its second at a statewide company retreat in Austin. 

Champions CEO and founder Rita Santamaria and president Kimberly Dydalewicz announced human resources director Debi Bliazis would be promoted to vice president, effective immediately, at the company’s awards dinner.

Bliazis had been previously named as the company’s Employee of the Year in 2016 and has been with the company for almost 10 years, overseeing all human resources responsibilities with new and current employees from her offices at Champions’ Houston North campus.  (more…)

Rita Santamaria, Then and Now

In 1983, Rita Santamaria had the idea to start a real estate school.

In 1984, Champions School of Real Estate opened its doors for the first time. With one campus, one curriculum and a series of textbooks all written and taught by Rita Santamaria.

Thirty-five years later, Champions School of Real Estate is the largest real estate school in the nation.

In the nation.

Since that time hundreds of thousands have come through the school. Last year alone, over 30,000 passed through. Some students have gone on to have tremendous success.

And that’s what Successful Tendencies of Real Estate Champions is about.

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Champions School of Real Estate team members from the Austin and Online campuses posed for a snap ahead of the Grand Opening Event on April 5.

Staff Reports

The new Austin Champions School of Real Estate campus was bursting with activity on Friday, April 5, when more than 300 guests joined the Austin and online teams in celebrating the grand opening of the new Austin campus.

Bright blooms and a beautiful balloon arch welcomed guests, who walked in to tour the new campus, enjoy delicious treats and live music, and network with both Champions School of Real Estate teams and fellow real estate professionals. Many guests queued in line for the opportunity to have a meet and greet with Champions School of Real Estate founder Rita Santamaria, who signed autographs in the promotion of the national release of her new book series, Successful Tendencies of Real Estate Champions.

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Rita Santamaria, founder of Champtions School of Real Estate, celebrates 35 years of success this December.

The typical gift for a 35th anniversary is jade, but Champions School of Real Estate founder Rita Santamaria is getting two brand new campues for the company she created in December of 1983. Though the journey from a single-classroom office off of Pebblebend Drive to the nine-campus network of today wasn’t always smooth, it’s definitely something to celebrate.

Champions School of Real Estate had humble beginnings with a single-classroom office.

Thousands of students have begun or continued their real estate careers after walking through the doors of a Champions School of Real Estate campus, and the growth of the company has been calculated and strategic, lending the kind of longevity that other brands dream of.

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Champions School of Real Estate will host the largest real estate career fair in the state on Thursday, May 4. (Courtesy Photos)

Been working on getting your real estate license? Or did you just pass the licensing exam? Then it’s time to make one of the most difficult decisions of your career — finding the right brokerage! That’s why it’s a great idea to head to any one of the Champions School of Real Estate locations in Texas for their career fair on May 4. 

Each year, Champions School of Real Estate connects with Real Estate businesses all over the state of Texas to host one of the largest Career Fairs in the state! Reserve your spot today and seize this opportunity to speak with valuable contacts in your area who are seeking new agents and possibly even set up interviews! Don’t miss out on one of the best opportunities to kick off your new career!

Career fairs are held at the Dallas and Fort Worth campuses, as well as the Austin/Round Rock campus, the Houston North campuses, and San Antonio, too!

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“Look at this Cover Girl! Thank you Real Estate and You! Magazine for surprising Champions School of Real Estate and my beautiful mom as your cover feature!!!!!,” writes Champions president Kimberly Vitale Dydalewicz.
 

Join Champions School of Real Estate CEO Rita Santamaria, on Tuesday, June 20, at 9:30 a.m. for “Spouses Selling Houses.” Watch live via ChampionsLive®  as Santamaria interviews two rockstar selling couples: Ryan and Royale Jockers of Gary Greene Better Homes and Gardens alongside Ruben and Nancy Villarreal, broker and owners of REMAX Integrity.

For couples working to build joint careers in real estate, this free broadcast promises to be a great preview of what that future could look like, for new and seasoned Realtors. The Villareals have been in the business for over 20 years, while the Jockers are only in their second year in real estate. Both couples work in the Houston area.

Beyond giving great tips on how to get started in the business, the interviews will focus on several other  hot topics such as: how to stay focused on sales while being independent; tips for working with family in business;  and time management, business planning and the virtues of brick-and-mortar offices versus virtual offices.

Don’t miss out! Register here for free.