Four Lion & Orb Clients Named Inman Innovator Finalists

Inman San Francisco is one of our favorite times of year, a time of inspiration and a convergence of the best and brightest in the industry we love so much.

The Inman Innovator Awards each year honors the game changers who move the industry forward with their leadership and success. This year four of our clients are named in four separate categories.

The awards will be given out on Thursday, August 4th at the Inman Innovators Bash, a new event on the Inman calendar, one that we're excited to attend.

To join us, click here to purchase your tickets.

Our clients nominated are:

Most Innovative Brokerage: Hawaii Life

From the beginning we were impressed by Hawaii Life's representation of all things Hawaii and they continue to grow proving that  being un-corporate and forward thinking aren't mutually exclusive. Hawaii Life's award-winning website recently added a vacations sub-site to serve the needs of visitors to the islands. The company celebrated its eighth year in business recently, a time which has seen exponential growth.  Hawaii Life is an Inc. 5000 company and has been acknowledged with awards both in Hawaii and nationally.

Hawaii Life also supports the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust, an organization which helps sustain, preserve, and protect treasured Hawaiian sites and the Hawaii Life Charitable Fund which reviews and makes grants for nonprofits all around the state. 

Most Innovative Real Estate Company: Leading Real Estate Companies Of The World

Working with one of the shining lights in the industry is a true honor. LeadingRE is a global community of real estate companies awarded membership based on rigorous standards for service and performance. The company has a strong history, founded in 1997 when 50 of the largest brokerage firms in the U.S. decided to launch their own organization and create an independent network of the best locally and regionally-branded firms focused on raising the bar in real estate.

That original vision now includes 550 firms, 4,000 offices in over 55 countries, and 128,000 sales associates. LeadingRE is at the forefront of the independent brokerage movement and has more U.S. home sales than any national brand. In 2015, network affiliates produced over one million residential real estate transactions valued at $351 billion in home sales. The company continues to innovate through exciting new partnerships and a commitment to training that is unparalleled in our industry. 

Most Innovative Sales Agent: Ben Bacal

We've admired Ben Bacal's rise to the top of the luxury real estate market in Los Angeles for a long time and we were excited when he reached out to collaborate with the team at his new company, Roofshoot. Ben took what he's learned about making videos in real estate from the best in the business and worked with developers to create an app that is simple to use and gives real estate agents the ability to make professional property videos, neighborhood spotlights, and profiles in minutes. 

Most Innovative Technology: Cloud MLX

We are huge fans of Greg Robertson and Dan Woolley of  W + R Studios. Their mission is to bring innovation to the MLS world and the results have been extraordinary. Cloud CMA is the gold standard in the industry and Cloud MLX is a brilliant re-imagining of the traditional MLS search experience, bringing more ease of use and fun to the functionality. Greg was kind enough to demo it for us early on and we immediately saw the appeal. Hashtags, easy natural language search and instant messaging between agents, make this technology an answer many pros in the business have been searching for.

We look forward to seeing everyone at Inman SF and at the Innovator Bash. If you have not purchased your ticket, please use our discount code: LIONANDORB to save $200. We are taking appointments and always up for coffee and good conversation. Email us at press at if you are interested.