Redefining the Real Estate Experience

By Barbara Pronin Via

Listen. Plan ahead. Stay humble and hungry and grateful. These are the words Dan Forsman, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties lends to budding real estate agents. Read the following interview for more insight.

Barbara Pronin: Dan, you didn’t start out in the real estate industry. Can you briefly trace the career path that brought you here?

Dan Forsman: Sure. I started out as an accountant. I worked as a Big Four CPA, traveling a lot, until my wife and I decided it was time for me to get off the road. I took a job as controller with a small Merrill Lynch realty firm here in Atlanta. I was working as relocation director for the company when it was sold to Prudential in 1989. Two years later, I bought the company with a partner. We had six offices and 180 agents at the time. Ultimately, I became the majority owner, and that’s the way it stayed until I made the decision to sell the company to Berkshire Hathaway three years ago and stay on as CEO.