National Speaker Dr. Damon A. Williams Educates Sibcy Cline Agents about Inclusiveness and Diversity

SheakleySibcyWilliams.jpgApril is fair housing month and 2018 is the 50th anniversary for the Fair Housing Act.  To commemorate this special month, Robin S. Sheakley, Sibcy Cline Vice President, invited Dr. Damon A. Williams (a nationally recognized expert on diversity leadership) to speak to Sibcy Cline’s agents about excellence in inclusiveness. This special continuing education course was held at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center where all were captivated by his thoughts.

Dr. Williams shared how to work in a positive, diverse manner. He challenged the audience to think about how they engage with others, be open to experience new ideas, always question things, lead with courage and find solutions “across boundaries”.

He also shared his studies on unconscious bias and how to build relationships with all types of people by treating everyone with a high level of service.


In addition to 250 Sibcy Cline agents and employees, other guests attending the presentation included several people from Housing Opportunity Made Equal Cincinnati: Jeneice Jones (Executive Director); Deb Jetter (Education Specialist); and Heather Sturgill (President of the Board of Trustees.)

PamChute_Diersing_Sheakley.jpgPam Chute, Vice President Business Solutions/North America for Leading Real Estate Companies of the World was another special guest.


About Dr. Williams
Damon Williams has local ties to our region. He was raised in Dayton, Ohio and is a graduate (with bachelor’s and master’s degrees) from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan Center for the Study of Higher and Post-Secondary Education. Dr. Williams has been honored with several post-graduate honors including the Western Reserve Academy – Waring Prize in 2017 which recognized his exceptional leadership achievements to improve the human condition.


Celebrate Labor Day 2016!

Labor Day is always celebrated on the first Monday in September and is the day to relax and remember the achievements of the American workforce. (Many also consider this day to be the end of summer.) The day is usually celebrated with picnics, barbecues and fireworks.

Labor Day became a federal holiday in 1894 following a strike from the Pullman Company. Until that year, many laborers forfeited pay for the day to celebrate a workman’s holiday. See more about the history of Labor Day here and here.

Fun Facts

  • 66% of Americans grill out on Labor Day
  • More burgers are grilled on Labor Day, but do not discount hot dogs because between Memorial Day and Labor Day, 7 billion of them are consumed!
  • 155.7 million Americans are part of the U.S. workforce
  • $8.10 is the current minimum wage in Ohio ($7.25 in Kentucky and Indiana)  ($.25 was the minimum wage in 1938)

Do Not Wear White After Labor Day
This fashion trend is believed to a symbolic nod by those who returned to the city following summer vacations in warmer climates. White clothing was the usual color worn by the well-to-do while enjoying leisure, warm-weather activities.

Our Forefathers Really Labored
During the late 19th century, the normal work week included 12-hour days, six to seven days a week!

How to Celebrate Labor Day along the Ohio River?
The Western & Southern WEBN Fireworks is celebrating the 40th year for this event! The day (September 4, 2016) starts at 12:00 pm and ends after the fireworks display in the evening. The fireworks (starting at 9:05pm) are one of the largest displays in the Midwest drawing more than 500,000 people on both sides of the river. Oohs and aahs are accompanied by choreographed music from WEBN radio station.

LaborDay_Pinterest.pngWant some ideas for your Labor Day celebration?
Look at our Sibcy Cline Labor Day Pinterest Board!

Have you been thinking of a Change in your Labor?
If you have thought about a career in real estate sales, then contact Sibcy Cline Recruiter/Career Specialist Amanda Dole at 513-985-1221 or

Sibcy Cline Training SparkShop Shares Sales Ideas without Being “Salesy”

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Many real estate agents want to serve people and grow their client base, but some have a fear of sounding too “salesy”.  A Sibcy Cline SparkShop training session was born from that realization. The truth is, there are many ways to excel in the sales world without being cheesy, superficial or overly aggressive. David Wheatley, Sibcy Cline Training Specialist, suggests, “Use three components when talking to possible sale leads or clients: approach, value and referrals.”

  • Approach
    Conveying sincerity, authenticity and care is an art. Clients and potential clients should feel these qualities when approached.
  • Value
    Many people do not realize what Realtors® do. It is not “salesly” if they are offered something that benefits them.
  • Referrals
    The best type of prospecting is the when an agent’s “fans” personally do it for him or her. People enjoy giving referrals, but to get them to do this, agents must first build and maintain professional relationships so they are top of mind when the topic of real estate arises.

Bill Scott, a Sibcy Cline West Chester agent, was captured on video with his four “Ps” for sales: passion, people, pride and purpose. By positively focusing on a client’s needs, trust will be built and one’s enthusiasm for the profession will be admired and acknowledged.

During the SparkShop, David Wheatley transformed himself into “FSBO John” and led an interesting discussion on how to defend a Realtors®’s job to people who do not believe in using real estate services. It was a fun and eye-opening activity as Sibcy Cline agents shared how they bring infinite value to their buyers and sellers. It’s just a matter of effectively explaining their role and value. Buyers and sellers alike waste much time, money and energy when they go it alone. This discussion equipped SparkShop attendees with the tools needed to kindly educate would-be FSBOs on the incredible value that agents bring to the home buying and selling process.



SparkShops are created by Sibcy Cline’s Professional Development Center throughout the year as a forum for Sibcy Cline agents to gather and share best-practice ideas. To date, over 50 regional SparkShop sessions have been facilitated.

Credit: Article by David Wheatley, Sibcy Cline Training Specialist

Sibcy Cline Agents Enjoy Level Up Reunion!

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It’s been four years since the Sibcy Cline Professional Development Center has offered Level Up courses to the company’s agents. Since that time, there have been over 100 graduates to this program that focuses on sales skills, goal setting and prospecting ideas.

All of the graduates were invited to a reunion held on May 14, 2015 where they shared ideas about handling current market conditions with their clients as well as shared adventure stories in working with their buyers and sellers.

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Becky Robertshaw of the Sibcy Cline Recruiting Department Participates in Business Courier’s Mentoring Monday


Becky Robertshaw, a Sibcy Cline recruiting professional since 1996, was invited to participate in the Business Courier’s first-ever women’s Mentoring Monday event on April 7, 2014.

Two hundred professionals attended this event and Becky was one of 40 mentors designated to meet with these women. Attendees rotated from mentor to mentor for seven rounds of five-minute mentoring.

Mentoring Monday was a special event for several reasons. Most importantly, it helped to strengthen the business community and contribute to the future success of Tri-State women by giving them an opportunity to learn from other area business leaders.

Read more about Mentoring Monday here.

Interested in a career in real estate sales? Go here to learn more about Sibcy Cline Realtors and what the company offers its real estate agents and their professional growth.

Cincinnati is Ranked Number One for Unhappiest Cities for Work in 2014! Change Jobs – Become a Real Estate Agent with Sibcy Cline


Yikes! Cincinnati was #1 for “Unhappiest Cities for Work in 2014” per Factors used to create this list:

  • Relationship with one’s boss and co-workers
  • Work environment
  • Job resources
  • Compensation
  • Growth opportunities
  • Company culture
  • Company reputation
  • Daily tasks and job control over the work completed on a daily basis

What does Sibcy Cline have to say about that? Work with us!

Take a peek at some of our past honors that speak volumes about our agents and employees:

  • Top 100 Cincinnati Brands – Business Courier
  • Best Places To Work – Business Courier
  • Top Places To Work – The Enquirer
  • Family Business Award – The Goering Center
  • Top Places To Work – Dayton Daily News
  • Top 10% of all Top Workplaces Nationally – Workplace Dynamics
  • Best Real Estate Company – CityBeat Magazine

Learn more about Sibcy Cline and our company culture:

  • Follow Life at Sibcy Cline on Facebook. You will see all kinds of interesting stories about our agents.
  • Follow Sibcy Cline Realtors on Facebook. We post monthly regional sales stats along with interesting information about homes and our region.

Interested in pursuing a career in real estate with Sibcy Cline? Go here and take our personality assessment and what it takes to become a Realtor®.

We love what we do. Every day.


Cincinnati Is the Unhappiest City To Work In? Really?


Say it isn’t so, people. has Cincinnati currently rated as the unhappiest city to work in throughout the U.S. The list was compiled by from an analysis of 20,000 employee reviews from 2013.

Factors included: relationships with boss and co-workers, work environment, job resources, compensation, growth opportunities, company culture, company reputation, daily tasks and control over work accomplished.

Are you discontented? Then think about a career in real estate with Sibcy Cline! Our company has received some great honors in the past few years from our agents and employees as well as the public:

  • Best Real Estate Company – Voted by City Beat readers
  • Best in Real Estate – Voted by Cincinnati Family Magazine
  • A Best Broker – Voted by Community Press
  • Top 100 Brands – by Business Courier
  • Best Places to Work – by Business Courier
  • National Top Places to Work – by Cincinnati Enquirer
  • Top Places to Work – by Cincinnati Enquirer and the Dayton Daily News
  • Family Business Award – 75+ years, by the Goering Center

Learn more about a Sibcy Cline career in real estate here.