Howard Brinton, who influenced a generation of real estate agents and industry leaders, was remembered Wednesday as the person who had made the biggest impact on the business and personal lives of many Realtors across the country. Brinton passed away early Wednesday morning and as the news spread, so did the tributes.
Brinton was the Founder and CEO of STAR POWER Systems, a sales training organization that offered audio, books, videos and conferences for agents. His STAR POWER conferences gave thousands of ordinary agents an opportunity to reach outside their offices and communities and learn from top agents across the country.
Brinton was also remembered as a dynamic instructor, a keynote speaker at real estate conferences and one who served as a volunteer leader in the industry he loved. Those who never met him were influenced by his teachings and systems that began before the virtual world became the norm.
“Howard Brinton was one of the most generous people I had the pleasure of knowing and he had this way of making you feel very special,” PROFESSIONAL Real Estate Virtual Assistant Kim Hughes said. “We shall miss Howard and all that he did for real estate agents around the world, but we will mostly miss his loving spirit for people.”
Hughes said that when Brinton invited her to speak at his STAR POWER STARS Annual Conference in 2003, she was thrilled and nervous. Brinton stood in the back with his arms folded, smiling at her. “I was so nervous and he then winked and gave me that look of approval, which at that moment I knew I had made it”
“I can actually say I am a better person for knowing Howard,” Hughes said.
Friends and colleagues quickly started a Facebook page dedicated to the legacy of Brinton, which will serve as a scrapbook of photos and memories.
Brinton was a past president of the Council of Residential Specialists, which counts many of the industry’s top agents among its members. His quick wit and dynamic techniques as a CRS instructor were the first introduction to national real estate classes for many agents.
“CRS mourns the passing of past president and industry giant Howard Brinton,” the organization posted Thursday on its Facebook page. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.”
The first recipient of the CRS Special Achievement Award in 2002, Brinton had a long history with CRS. He served as one of the Council’s first instructors for CRS Courses and one of the organization’s first Presidents in 1984.
“Howard has worked hard, consistently and for many years to achieve the distinction he has achieved in our profession,” CRS President Walt Frey said at the time of the presentation. “It is fitting that he is the very first recipient of this Special Achievement Award because there is no one in this industry or in this world like Howard. He’s an original. He’s unpredictable, and he always smart and entertaining. Howard’s flexible, curious and empathic.
“Best of all, Howard motivates Realtors to become their best. I think every Realtor wants to be Howard Brinton. But we cannot. There’s only one Howard Brinton.”
The words of Frey in 2002 are the same words that many expressed this week as they learned of Brinton’s passing.