Kitty Cole, President
Founder of Kitty Cole & Associates in 1993, Kitty has built a robust practice based on skills and techniques she honed as both a business executive and an independent contractor. She counts herself as one of the fortunate who can base a career on personal passions: the power of communication and the sharing of that power. One of her long term clients, the GRUBB Company, hired Kitty as their Sales Manager for 2.5 years, managing 55 agents. She increased the market share for both the listing side and the selling side in the Berkeley office during a declining market.
A former Director of Training and Development for Connect Public Relations of Provo, Utah, Kitty designed and implemented a program with more than 65 courses, and coached 35 employees and clients as well. As a Real Estate Sales Associate for Mason-McDuffie Real Estate, Inc. of Orinda, CA., Kitty became a President’s Club Lifetime Member by virtue of her position in the top 3% of company producers. While there, she also designed and trained its highly successful Working in the Nineties Program.
Previously, Kitty, a buyer for Robinson’s in Los Angeles, joined I. Magnin in San Francisco where she was promoted several times from Buyer to Divisional Merchandise Manager and then, Store Manager. Kitty holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management from St. Mary’s College in Moraga, CA.
A zealous proponent of community participation, Kitty is a volunteer and Board Member of STAND [for families free of violence] in Contra Costa County, CA. She chaired its most popular “Joie de Vivre” fundraiser twice and chaired the annual Rebuilding Lives luncheon four times. She was a Board Member and volunteer for Women’s Initiatives for Self Employment, a non-profit that provides business training, support and micro-lending to low-income women. Formerly a Board Member, Trustee, and volunteer for Diablo Regional Arts Association, Kitty chaired its very first major fundraiser.
Kitty is a member of the National, California and Oakland/Berkeley Associations of Realtors.
Linda Traurig, Coach
A full time Realtor® since 2002, Linda has also accumulated 12 years of coaching and training experience in a variety of industries. Believing that professionalism, honesty and ethics are critical to becoming a respected Realtor®, Linda is a member of the BayEast Association Board of Realtors’ Ethics and Pro Standards Committee. She has been recognized as a Premier Relocation Specialist with relocation companies as well as a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), a designation held by less than 5% of all Realtors across the nation. Other designations include a Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES), Graduate of the Institute of Realtors (GRI), Certified Negotiations Expert (CNE), and Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource (SFR). Agents in her Compass office in Pleasanton regularly seek out her advice.
Linda has taken numerous education courses, including “The Coaching Program,” a 9-month course with Kitty Cole. Recognized as a “Peak Performer” with Buffini and Company, Linda was invited to Buffini and Company’s filming of one of their highly rated training programs. In addition, she spent 4 years as the Regional Director of Training and Career Development for Alain Pinel Realtors (now Compass) where she hired, and trained 75 new and experienced Realtors.
Prior to joining Alain Pinel Realtors (now Compass), Linda owned her own Human Resources Consulting Business and prior to that, she was the Vice-President of Human Resources for a local commercial insurance brokerage where she handled all employee relations, hiring, policy implementation and interpretation, employee benefits and oversaw the activities of several staff members including administrative staff, account managers, the IT department, and assisted in the overall operations of the company.
Prior to this position she was the Benefits and Employee Relations Manager for another local company, managing all employee relations issues, legal issues, and managed a $17,000,000 employee benefits budget.