The Artisan Group opens doors to new agent opportunities with PLACE
“PLACE offers resources and benefits that I’ve always wanted for our team. PLACE is the bridge from where we are to where we want to be.”
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., January 2023 —PLACE, the industry’s only all-in-one business services and technology platform for top teams at any brokerage, announced today that Derek and Mariana Wagner and The Artisan Group are now powered by PLACE. PLACE improves profitability and production to make running a real estate business easier.
A fourth-generation Coloradan, Broker/Owner/Team Leader Derek Wagner has ranked within the top-producing 5% of Realtors® in the Pikes Peak Region for nearly 20 years. His wife, Mariana, serves as the team manager, handling the day-to-day business responsibilities. She is also an Ethics Instructor for the Pikes Peak Association of Realtors® and the National Association of Realtors®.
Since 2001, the duo has built an elite team who is proud of their strong relationships with clients and the agents they train. Over their careers, the Wagners have helped over 1,000 families buy, sell, and invest in real estate.
The Wagners launched their business on 9/11. As a shared trauma spanned the nation, the Wagners mourned and felt uncertain of the future. “It was a terrifying time for the nation,” said Derek. “Then people weren’t buying or selling real estate. We assembled a new plan and worked with it, but the tragedy challenged that and the market.”
After building a large team in the early 2000s, they scaled back when the Great Recession arrived. “We have organically built a team a few times since then,” said Derek. “Agents come to us, we mentor them, and then go on to launch their own businesses.”
The turnover of top agents led the Wagners to PLACE for their retention support resources. “We’ve hit the ceiling of what we can do alone,” said Derek. “PLACE offers resources and benefits that I’ve always wanted for our team. PLACE is the bridge from where we are to where we want to be.”
The Wagners welcome the systems to help their team scale, along with production incentives like health insurance. “We had a checklist of everything we needed for major growth,” said Mariana. “And then we saw that PLACE offered everything on that list at a high quality. We have followed and respected Ben Kinney for years and trust the backend support he and Chris Suarez have built behind PLACE. This partnership is a huge benefit to our team’s future.”
Derek and Mariana look forward to funneling the time freed by PLACE leverage into coaching other Realtors® into high-level productivity and wealth building.
“We had a checklist of everything we needed for major growth. And then we saw that PLACE offered everything on that list at a high quality.”
“Derek and Mariana are a superb team,” said Chris Suarez, co-founder of PLACE. “I’m so impressed by their commitment to the highest ethics as they build upon their long-time foundation of reliable, exceptional support for their communities.”