CSU honors Dave and Gail Liniger



  • CSU bestowing honorary degrees to RE/MAX founders.
  • Joe Blake presenting the degrees on Saturday morning.
  • Dave and Gail have raised tens of millions of dollars for charities.

Soon it will be Dr. Dave Liniger.

At 8 a.m. this Saturday, Colorado State University will confer honorary doctoral degrees to Dave and Gail Liniger, founders of Denver-based RE/MAX.

Dave and Gail Liniger.

Dave and Gail Liniger.

The degrees will be bestowed at the College of Business commencement ceremony in the Moby Arena in Fort Collins.

The degrees will be presented by Joe B. Blake, Chancellor Emeritus of the Colorado State University System.

Dave Liniger dropped out of college to launch his real estate career and Gail holds an undergraduate degree from Southern Illinois University.

The Linigers are being honored in recognition of their many contributions to the state of Colorado and countless philanthropic organizations, and for building a global business on a foundation of ingenuity, inspiration and integrity.

When Dave and Gail Liniger founded RE/MAX in Denver in 1973, it revolutionized the way real estate companies were structured by allowing those who work for the company to create wealth previously not possible for agents.

“It’s truly humbling to be honored by Colorado State University this way,” Dave Liniger said.

“Gail and I both fell in love with Colorado years ago and we are so grateful to everyone who supported us when we had the idea to star RE/MAX,” he added. “We’ve always enjoyed being part of the community and supporting the dedicated organizations that make life in Colorado so wonderful.”

Expanding from its Colorado beginnings, RE/MAX has transformed the real estate industry and become the largest privately owned real estate franchising company in the world.

Dave and Gail currently serve as Chairman and Vice Chair, respectively, of the company, still based in the Denver Tech Center

Dave Liniger coined the name “RE/MAX” from the words “real estate” and “maximums.”

The RE/MAX business model combines a maximum commission concept with world-class support services, including custom-designed computer software, advanced training and education, and national advertising.

The RE/MAX balloon is one of the most recognized logos in the world. RE/MAX agents have a voice in running the office, and as a result are the most productive in the industry.

Gail Main joined the firm in 1973 as office manager – and its first employee.

She and Dave worked together to build the new company. In 1975 the company opened its first franchise outside of Colorado; by 1978, the company had eight offices and was ranked number one in Denver.

In 1994, RE/MAX opened its first offices outside North America and three years later was the number one real estate company in the world.

Today, RE/MAX has more than 90,000 agents in 89 countries.

This phenomenal growth has been guided by the Linigers’ vision that has created a corporate culture of collaboration, productivity, gratitude and giving.

They are widely credited with improving conditions for everyone employed in the real estate industry with their business philosophy and by pushing for governmental housing reforms that helped speed the housing recovery from the Great Recession in 2009. Many of those proposals have been adopted and the results can be seen in the market today.

The Linigers set a tone of philanthropy since the early days of RE/MAX, and this culture of giving attracts professionals who care about making a difference in their communities.

In 2011, for example, the Linigers accepted the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Founder’s Award on behalf of the RE/MAX network, which has raised more than $128 million for local children’s hospitals. And in 2008, the Linigers were named “Outstanding Philanthropist” in connection with National Philanthropy Da.

The Linigers also developed and own the Sanctuary Golf Course in Sedalia, devoted primarily to charity golf tournaments.

One of only a handful of 18-hole, private golf courses in the nation, the Sanctuary has been used to raise more than $65 million for hundreds of organizations since opening in 1997.

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John Rebchook has more than 30 years of experience in writing and communications. As the Real Estate Editor for the Rocky Mountain News, he wrote about residential and commercial real estate for 26 years. He has won numerous awards for business stories and columns that he wrote, both as an individual and part of teams. In addition to real estate, he also covered economic development, banking and financing, the airlines, and cable TV for the Rocky. In addition, he was one of the original freelance writers for GlobeSt.com, covering commercial real estate for the Internet publication.

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