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Hawaii's Top Employers 2013: The Honolulu Board of Realtors

The HBR staff celebrates 100 years of REALTOR® excellence, holding themselves to a higher code of ethics, and seven years as one of Hawaii’s Best Places to Work!

There is an organization on Oahu that services more than 5,600 members. They provide educational courses, seminars, government affairs resources, legislative representation and market research and analysis. And they do it all with a team of only 32 employees. 

As one of the largest trade organizations on Oahu, the Honolulu Board of REALTORS® has been serving real estate industry professionals for more than 91 years, and its team is at the heart of its success. The organization has found the formula for forging ahead.

“When employees are happy and satisfied, everyone benefits,” says company CEO Rochelle Lee Gregson. “There’s high productivity, quality work, low turnover, healthy employees and a healthy work environment.”

To keep employees happy, The Honolulu Board of REALTORS® recognizes and acknowledges the value of each employee and how they contribute to the success of this organization.  HBR advocates, a happy employee outside of work is also happy at work; so whether its family, hobbies, or community service the more an employee is engaged and feeling that they make a difference, the happier they are at work.

HBR’s Management Team, with CEO Rochelle Lee Gregson at the helm (pictured 3rd row, center), leads the charge on REALTOR® excellence.”

“Our benefits package recognizes the importance of one’s family in our employees’ lives,” Gregson says. “As such, we recognize reciprocal beneficiaries, pay a portion of the family medical plan for all families on the Honolulu Board of REALTORS® medical plan, and have generous family leave policy, which includes paid leave time to care for sick children, parents and spouses/partners.”

But the care is not limited to formalities. One employee has become known for offering soup or food to others who are out sick and live alone.

“It may sound cliché, but most of our employees act as if they are one ohana,” Gregson says. “They have great relationships with one another both in and out of the office.”

In the office, the company aims to foster and encourage each employee’s strengths. The employees then act as a team to support one another. They pull together to ensure the company’s success, and they have fun while doing it. Some ongoing traditions include an annually held CEO-hosted holiday lunch, movie tickets on birthdays, Halloween costume-contest celebrations, staff retreats to historic or cultural sites and quarterly company lunches.

The team also does what it can to give back. They raise money for the Aloha United Way and the Hawaii Foodbank, and they also have a team trained in CPR, AED and First Aid for adults in case emergencies crop up at work or in public. This caring spirit paired with devoted enthusiasm for the company has equaled success.

“My colleagues are thoughtful, helpful, kind, passionate people,” Gregson says. “My current team members are my dream team.”


Honolulu Board of REALTORS®
1136 12th Avenue, Suite 200
Honolulu, HI  96816

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