As Abide transformed through mergers and acquisitions, Poertner settled with Coldwell Banker Advantage as relocation director, and launched that company's real estate school.
Poertner next landed at Keller Williams as productivity coach.
Poertner describes his present home, Metro First Realty, as a company modeled on “agent freedom” where “agents already have successful business plans from previous experience.”
Poertner said his experience has taught him that in realty, no man is an island.
Terry Pufahl, Poertner's longtime associate and mentor, emphasized Poertner's dedication to clients and colleagues alike.
“Bill is one of those people who does everything he does for the benefit of his customers and the Realtor community,” said Pufahl, a broker-associate with Keller Williams Platinum in Oklahoma City.
Whether it's helping homebuyers with “the most important investment they'll ever make” or receiving an award of recognition for his decades of service, “it takes other Realtors to make what I do possible,” Poertner said.
“I bleed Realtor blue,” he added while discussing his recent accolades in a house at 6916 Cypress Hollow, a 2007 custom home by builder Jim Knight listed for sale by Metro First Realty.
At just under 3,800 square feet, the four-bedroom home with three full baths and three half-baths rests on a lot more than 1 ½ acres in size.
Listed at $685,000, it features a chef's kitchen and hardwood or tile flooring throughout.
To be eligible for the Lifetime Achievement Award, a Realtor must have been a member of the state organization for at least 30 years, been nominated by a local board and have demonstrated unusual meritorious service.