The Blog of Brian Copeland

You’re Only As Influential As Those You Surround Yourself With

brian-copeland-inman-most-influencial-real-estateAs anti-climatic as it sounds, I was buying a photo frame for my grandfather when I got a facebook alert that I had been named one of the Top 100 Most Influential Real Estate Leaders in America.  I had forgotten that this was not only Christmas time, but also the time that Inman News puts out this amazing list.

Social media started blowing up.  Several of my colleagues are on the list.  They’ve done a great job sharing it, so I don’t feel like I need to share it in the same form.  I feel like I need to share with all of you the secret of influence.  Influence only comes by surrounding yourself with smart, passionate, willing and available people.  Don’t let those adjectives run by you.  Read them…seriously.  Smart.  Passionate.  Willing.  Available.  My litmus test for those I allow to influence me are these four characteristics.

Now, for those of you who are reading this and aren’t on the list, I’m sorry.  It was tough to narrow it down to only 100.  If you know you are one of my top influencers and you’re not on the list, you know it’s because I have DaddyBrain, and I simply had a brain fart.  Forgive me.  And these are in no particular order, as will be obvious when you see where some are placed in the layout.

Before I share my 100, I want to ask, who influences you?  In 2014, write their names down.  Thank them privately, publicly or however you see fit.  Have a strategy for how you work them into your business life.  Have a strategy on how you will enhance their lives, too!

 

Megan-Manly ……………………………………….Megan Manly:  You’re the first person I ever trusted with my business when I left home.  You enable me every day to work smart and get everywhere I need and want to be.
Brad-Copeland ……………………………………….Brad Copeland:  You’re turning into one of the best REALTORS in America.  Thanks for tearing up roots and leaving everything behind to come to my business’ assistance at one of the busiest times in my life.  You’re a pretty dang good brother, too.
bobbie-noreen ……………………………………….Bobbie Noreen:  I love you.  Simple and true.  You gave me a foundation in real estate to make me who I am today.  I’m amazed by your ability to adapt and embrace the innovation of this industry.  I’ve learned so much from you and continue to enjoy being in your life’s classroom.
jenn-garrett ……………………………………….Jenn Garrett:  You keep me on my toes.  You say the things no one else can challenge me with in a way that makes me want to do better.  If anyone wonders where the true innovation and creativity comes at Village Real Estate, look no further than Jenn.
mark-deutschmann ……………………………………….Mark Deutschmann:  You built the dream. It’s that simple.  You created the perfect place and allowed me to be a part of the magic.  I’ve said it over and over again, when I think about what true, kind humanity looks like, it’s always you.  I love your heart.
No_Image_Available ……………………………………….James Weinberg:  You blow every stereotype of financial people I have.  Your brilliance and passion for Village makes me feel super safe.
john-mcclanahan ……………………………………….John McClanahan:  You are the perfect broker…as you remind us all constantly.  You’ve always got my back, and I’ve got yours.  You’re one of the best kept secrets in real estate.
ethan-nicodemus ……………………………………….Ethan Nicodemus:  You remind me every day what it’s like to be new in this industry.  Your kindness with your clients reminds me what the purest form of customer service looks like.  Remember, you are the future of our local industry.  Seriously, man.
ronnie-lee-booth ……………………………………….Ronnie Lee Booth:  You make me proud.  I look forward to hearing every success story and challenge every day.  Just like I said to Ethan, I’m depending on you for our future.
bobbi-howe ……………………………………….Bobbi Howe:  You’re the sister I never had.  I love how you always think I’m mad at you when I’m not.  I love a guilty conscience.  You make me proud every day as an amazing mother, awesome virtual assistant and local, state and national REALTOR leader.
leigh-brown ……………………………………….Leigh Brown:  You make me smile.  Your down-home, to-the-point way of doing business is spot on.  Thanks for blowing every stereotype of a Tea Party Republican to shreds.  Know that no one believes in your more than I do.
joanne-poole ……………………………………….JoAnne Poole:  You’re that stern, loving aunt in my real estate world.  I know I can always get the truth and an honest opinion when few are willing to give it.  I love the opinions, but I love the hugs even more.
virgil-copeland ……………………………………….Virgil Copeland:  Dad, I love you.  You’re my biggest cheerleader.  I hope I live a life for you to enjoy every day.  I always want to make you proud.  Thanks for loving my son like you do.  When he is accepting his first musical award, you’ll be the first to be thanked.
teresa-copeland ……………………………………….Teresa Copeland:  You are the most fun mom in America.  You’ve made me laugh since getting drunk on Tab in the kitchen.  You’ve taught me unconditional love through thick and thin.  I couldn’t imagine a better grandmother for my son.  He loves his Mimi.  Thanks for lighting up when he’s around.
No_Image_Available ……………………………………….Ed Leonard and Dottie Miller:  Thanks for firing me from a dead end job so I could start my life’s work and love.  I’d still be stuck in the closet and miserable at work.
Wayne-haun ……………………………………….Wayne Haun:  I’ve known you longer than any other friend I have.  We’ve been through a ton together and you’re always one of the people I text first in almost every situation.  I’m so proud of all your music production success.  From Jessica Simpson to Celine Dion, you’ve orchestrated an amazing friendship
jamie-helms ……………………………………….Jamie Helms:  You were my first REALTOR.  You inspired me to be the best I can be.  One word to sum you up:  Faithful.  You do what you say you will do.  You deliver.
alice-walker ……………………………………….Alice Walker:  Thanks for always showing me the ropes.  You took me by the hand and said, “Come, walk with me.”  I can’t wait to see what your next chapter holds in leadership.  I’ll be cheering you every step of the way.
lucy-smith ……………………………………….Lucy Smith:  You will always be the standard in association volunteer leadership.  No one owns what she does more than you.  Thanks for loving my family.  Thanks for being a friend.
cindy-stanton ……………………………………….Cindy Stanton:  I enjoy watching you flourish.  You’re a star in the making and I love being on the game with you.
denise-creswell ……………………………………….Denise Creswell:  You remind me what meek, kind leadership looks like every day.
neal-clayton ……………………………………….Neal Clayton:  You’ve mentored me in more ways than you’ll ever know.  You shoot straight with love and authority.
randall-thomas-kingsport ……………………………………….Randy Thomas:  We’ve grown from two guys misunderstood at opposite ends of the spectrum to two friends who are as different as they come.
joan-smith ……………………………………….Joan Smith:  I love having you around the leadership table.  You’re always smart.  You’re always willing.  You’re always passionate.
amanda-stone ……………………………………….Amanda Stone:  We’re a great team.  We’ve been a great team for years.  Here’s to a lot more years of teamwork.
jewell-mckinney ……………………………………….Jewell McKinney:  You’ve been the model for REALTOR leadership class in our state for years.
randy-durham ……………………………………….Randy Durham:  You’re paving roads in Tennessee that few have paved.  Thanks for stepping up and leading like a pro.
pat-beech ……………………………………….Pat Beech:  Thanks for all your encouragement around the leadership table.  I look forward to seeing where TAR goes under your leadership.
jim-helsel ……………………………………….Jim Helsel:  I love you, pal.  It’s that simple.  Your dignity is a model for me every day.
leslie-rouda-smith ……………………………………….Leslie Rouda Smith:  No one gives better hugs.  Those hugs just aren’t physical, either.  You hug everyone you meet every day with just your presence.
alex-milshteyn ……………………………………….Alex Milshteyn:  I love you grandma.  I admire brilliance and that’s the main reason I admire you so much.
john-brittle-nashville' ………………………………………. John Brittle, Jr.:  You are the perfect mix of busy/on-task and big heart.  I’m amazed at your ability to be fully present for so many people while still being such a successful businessman.  The way you love people is inspirational.
amy-broghamer ……………………………………….Amy Broghamer:  I want to always have your mind that never stops working.  You’re always pushing yourself to be the best you can be for your clients.
ashton-gustafson ……………………………………….Ashton Gustafson:  You’re magical onstage.  You make me want to be a better speaker each and every time I see you.
brandi-thompson ……………………………………….Brandi Thompson:  Watching people like you grow and flourish keeps me wanting to do what I do.  All these people who are placing stones for me are also helping me pave the way for you.
chad-halberg ……………………………………….Chad Hallberg:  We, too, met at Inman.  I’m rarely impressed immediately with someone like I was with you.
chris-rix ……………………………………….Chris Rix:  You’ve always been a supporter, even at the busiest times of your life.  There are few I love spending late nights up and giggling with at events.
dale-chumbley ……………………………………….Dale Chumbley:  You’re my closest, non-biological brother.  It’s so appropriate you’re on this list since we did meet at Inman.
dawn-thomas ……………………………………….Dawn Thomas:  If all agents could learn to give like you give, the bar would never need to be raised ever again.
drew-fristoe ……………………………………….Drew Fristoe:  Surrounding yourself with people who make you laugh is an essential influence.  You succeed every time!
evan-sage ……………………………………….Evan Sage:  Another Inman buddy who definitely needs to be on this list.  Such a gentleman.
greg-dallaire ……………………………………….Greg Dallaire:  Crazy brilliant.  You make me wish I could go back to that time when I had more creative energy.  I just live vicariously through your creativity.
heather-ozur ……………………………………….Heather Ozur:  My posse.  I know you always have my back.  Always.  Steel clad and awesome.
jason-oneil ……………………………………….Jason O’Neil:  A giver in the truest sense in the education world.  You’re a rising star in the association world, too.  Keep on shining.
jeremy-hart ……………………………………….Jeremy Hart:  Thank God you came to my class that day.  You’re one of three agents I mention in all my GRI courses.  Smart man.
john-morley ……………………………………….John Morley:  You prove that you don’t have to fit a mold to excel in this industry.  You’re a quiet leader who steps up to the challenge when called upon.
julie-beall ……………………………………….Julie Beall.  You are the door opener.  You are always looking to see who you can create intersections amongst for every party’s success.  Your passion for your life beyond real estate puts me in a trance to do more and be a better man.
koki-adasi ……………………………………….Koki Adasi:  Always smiling.  Always energetic.  You could possibly be the most charismatic man I know, plus your kid looks just like you.
matt-phipps ……………………………………….Matt Phipps:  You listen.  You know how to take feedback and build something greater than what you started with.
maura-neill ……………………………………….Maura Neill:  I feel your support every day.  When I catalog the people of my life in my head, you’re there at every step.
michael-pierce ……………………………………….Michael Pierce:  Like Drew, humor brought us together.  I feel like I only know a portion of your brilliance.  I can’t wait to see it all…soon!
phil-becker ……………………………………….Phil Becker:  You are the next big thing in leadership.  Anyone who wants to see the future of this industry needs to Google you and pay attention.  One day, I will be standing there in the crowd saying, “I knew him when…”
raziel-ungar ……………………………………….Raziel Ungar:  What a humble giver you are.  I remember the first time I saw you speak, I was mesmerized by your calm confidence.  You understand brand better than anyone I know.
rob-birkeland ……………………………………….Rob Birkeland:  Giver seems to be the word in common on this list.  Your giving lifestyle amazes me.
rob-janson ……………………………………….Rob Janson:  Smart man.  You’re a brilliant marketer and doer.  Few do what they say they will do.  You are in the few.
sasha-farmer ……………………………………….Sasha Farmer:  I freaking love your heart.  You make the future of real estate so bright with your passion for socially responsive business.
scott-panella ……………………………………….Scott Panella:  Whether it’s fundraising for goats for African families, competing in races, loving your wife or being an amazing father to four sweet boys, you touch my heart every day.  You make me want to be a better man.
seth-and-alyce-dailey ……………………………………….Alyce Dailey:  You amaze me with you ability to juggle home, work and family.  Your daughters are blessed to have you as a role model.  Seth Dailey:  One of the best practitioner speakers I’ve ever heard.  You know how to share your business in the most effective way there is.
spring-bengtzen ……………………………………….Spring Bengtzen:  You’re a stealth.  A ninja.  You shine at everything you do with no spotlight.  Still trying to learn that one myself.
stephanie-chumbley ……………………………………….Stephanie Chumbley:  What a huge heart.  I’m so honored to have you as family.  You stole the heart of my pseudo brother and for that, I will always be indebted.
sven-anderson ……………………………………….Sven Anderson:  The way you run your business is a lesson to us all.  You prove that this industry is here for the caring for the customer.
travis-robertson ……………………………………….Travis Robertson:  Thank God you lived in Nashville for a small window and that we intersected in that time.  Watching your star rise in this industry is one of my proudest parts of my career.  Keep shining, homeboy, keep shining.
troy-stavros ……………………………………….Troy Stavros:  You prove that being a dad, business man and life of the party is possible.  The way you show God’s love to everyone around you…wow.
greg-bullard ……………………………………….Greg Bullard:  You are my number one influencer.  You’re the reason I work every day.  You’re the reason I look forward to coming home every day.  Thanks for having the worst Valentine’s of your life for me.
kenny-parcell ……………………………………….Kenny Parcell:  The unstoppable “Two Bald Dudes.”  I love how you love everyone you impact in such an amazing way.
kristen-short ……………………………………….Kristen Short:  I love your happiness.  You light up the room and the internet every time I see you.
amy-martin ……………………………………….Amy Martin:  We’ve been an unstoppable team since college.  Love being family with you.
aimee-dukes ……………………………………….Aimee Dukes:  We’ve been an inseparable team since 7th grade.  You’ve been there at every important part of my life.
dale-stinton ……………………………………….Dale Stinton:  I trust you.  You’ve always been honest with me and given me an ear when I wanted it.
rachel-della-morte ……………………………………….Rachel Della Morte:  Thanks for being stable and constant.  I trust you with my life.  I love working with you every day.
kristy-hairston ……………………………………….Kristy Hairston:  Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant lady.  Bringing you to Village was one of the proudest events of my life.  You bring your A-Game every day.
ron-phipps ……………………………………….Ron Phipps:  I always feel you in my corner saying, “You can do this,” plus I love anyone who cries more than I do.  Such a tender, tender heart.  When I think leader, I see your face.
moe-veissi ……………………………………….Moe Veissi:  You opened more doors for me than anyone.  You’ve been a silent cheerleader every step of the way.
chris-polychron ……………………………………….Chris Polychron:  The philosophies we share on family and how family is built is identical.  Your ability to lead alongside others is a model I want to master.  I look forward to seeing where NAR goes under your leadership in 2015.
beth-peerce-nar Beth Peerce:  Genetics.  You taught me that.  It rings in my ears every day when I look at my son.  Genes.  They matter.
shannon-king ……………………………………….Shannon Williams King:  It all started at an Italian restaurant.  You’ve taught me how to raise and mentor others at the NAR level.  While many are looking at their next step up, you’re always looking and maneuvering others’ steps up.
elizabeth-mendenhall ……………………………………….Elizabeth Mendenhall:  The way your brain works freaking amazes me.  I have few REALTOR nerd friends that I can just talk it with all day.  You’re one of those people who “get it” and always offer solutions instead of criticisms.
cathy-whatley ……………………………………….Cathy Whatley:  I always feel you in the room saying, “Go, Brian, Go.”  I’m, unfortunately, like Tinkerbell.  I run on praise.  You know all the right times to give it.  I always want to make you proud.
jackie-leavenworth ……………………………………….Jackie Leavenworth:  You are the genesis of me in real estate.  You took the first risks on me.  You were the first to take my arm at NAR and introduce me to people.  There is NO way I’d be on this list without you.  Period.
lisa-betts ……………………………………….Lisa Betts:  You’ve worked your butt off to make sure my speaking life has been easy and stress-free.  Knowing your standards and exclusive-mindset, I’m honored to be among your fold.
chandra-hall ……………………………………….Chandra Hall:  You believed in a speaking talent I didn’t know I had.  You put your neck out there for me when it served no one but me.  Selfless lady.  Congrats on your rock!
sher-powers ……………………………………….Sher Powers:  My baby’s Godmother.  My spouse’s best friend.  The best co-broker I’ve ever worked with.  The most kind-hearted woman in the area.  A future GNAR president.  Proud!
mike-ford ……………………………………….Mike Ford:  Passion.  Period.  Wow.  You are one of the unsung heroes of our industry.  If I controlled the Inman list, you’d be sitting at the top.  You deserve one big round of applause from us all, sir.
steve-brown ……………………………………….Steve Brown:  I can’t even believe I’m sharing this list with you.  You are the orchestrator.  If I had to name one person who defines wise, it is you.  You’ve taught me (and still are teaching me) how to think of everyone before acting or deciding.  A tough job when you know my independent spirit.  Keep challenging me!
sharon-millett ……………………………………….Sharon Millett:  You’re what mentors are made out of.  Your mind amazes me.  I’m such a huge fan.
gnar ……………………………………….The GNAR Staff:  You seriously are the best association staff in America.  Sorry folks.  They are.  Efficiency plus brilliance equals SUCCESS.
hagan-stone-nashville-realtor ……………………………………….Hagan Stone:  So many of life’s joys are immediately shared with you.  You were the first I told about Micah.  You’ve stood beside me in so many parts of life.  You gave me one of the biggest honors ever in 2011 with the ROTY.  You’re an amazing leader, and I love serving alongside you every day.
price-lechleiter ……………………………………….Price Lechleiter:  You prove that you giving people a chance works in life.  You’ve been more honest with me than many, and I have so much to learn from you, still.
kendra-cooke ……………………………………….Kendra Cooke:  SuperMegaRealEstate Woman. You fly an invisible jet and run a meeting better than any person I’ve ever witnessed.
scott-troxel ……………………………………….Scott Troxel:  You epitomize community and serving others in the personal and professional world.  I want to learn more about how to lead with such a strong, yet subtle demeanor.  Time to teach me, pal!
micah-copeland-brian ……………………………………….Micah Copeland:  You gave my life purpose.  When I come home every day from work and see you pressed against the glass door, I know why I must do what I do.  In the words of two dear songwriter friends of mine, “All My Reasons Are You.”
leon-dickson ……………………………………….Leon Dickson:  The litmus test above, you are the King of them.  I’ve loved serving Tennessee alongside you.
sue-turner ……………………………………….Sue Turner:  I have crazy respect for you.  You’re an amazing leader who cares so much for everyone you lead.  I smile when your name pops up in my social media feeds or on my caller ID.
crs ……………………………………….The entire CRS family:  You made me who I am.  I have been your grandson, son and baby brother.  You have continued to raise me up and forced me to step up to the call.  The staff, the members, the leadership…you’re the best organization out there!
crystal-ramsey-alex-christiansen ……………………………………….Alex Christiansen & Crystal Ramsey:  Thanks for being Micah’s moms.  Outside of blood relatives, you are the only two he never flinches going to.  You truly are part of our family, blood or not.
phil-miller ……………………………………….Phil Miller:  My lender.  You make life a lot easier and a lot less stressful.  Plus, we’ll be in-laws one day, *wink*wink*
village ……………………………………….The Entire Village Family:  You guys create a culture like none other in the world.  While most real estate folks have big heads, mine swells with the most pride when I talk about how awesome you all are.  You’re gorgeous inside and out, and I love every ONE of you!  Power to the Purple People!
jeff-turner ……………………………………….Jeff Turner:  Who’da ever thunk RETSO could spark such a beautiful relationship.  You’ve stood beside me at some of the most important events of my life.
nobu-hata ……………………………………….Nobu Hata:  Thank God for text messaging and your constant willingness to put up with me.  Give your wife that baby she deserves, and I’m proud to share the list with you.
tom-salomone ……………………………………….Tom Salomone:  You constantly remind me, that while leadership is good, being a father is actually greater.