“We are fortunate to have the incredible team we have. Each person brings value to our team. I am grateful for what we have and what we are building.”
– Nathan Cano
On Friday, April 12, the Cano Real Estate team filled the office parking lot with cars, boarded a shuttle bus, and departed to Seattle. The mission: to meet with Zillow leaders at their corporate office, and experience some Cano team building along the way. Bank of England branch manager Nathan Akers accompanied the team.
Arriving in downtown Seattle, the Cano team was greeted curbside by a Zillow senior account representative who led the team to the 30-something floor of the Zillow corporate offices and a breathtaking view of Puget Sound, CenturyLink Field, the Seattle Great Wheel, and everything else for miles around.
On the multi-floor tour of the corporate offices, the Cano team was able to speak with managers and representatives from several departments within Zillow, including the New Construction Team, Connections Specialists, and Regional Team Leads who work with top agents around the country.
“The Zillow visit was amazing, and not just because they had candy walls,” said broker Troy Frei. “They are a first-rate sales and marketing company. It was great to see a high volume call center in action.”
Impressed by comfortable and employee-friendly workspaces, countless rows of phones and computers in multiple customer service phone centers, plus game, music, and relaxation rooms, the Cano team was then invited into a conference room for a private meeting with Zillow leaders.
The Cano team heard first-hand the thought processes and years of planning that went into Zillow’s recent rebrand, along with Zillow’s affirmed vision of seamlessly connecting prospective home buyers with the best agents. Nathan Cano and his team are proud to be in that camp and have worked hard for years to get there. Team members saw great benefit in getting that exclusive masterminding time with Zillow leadership. Each person left with additional insight and goals for nurturing the Zillow partnership in an effort to further improve the experience that buyers and sellers will have while working with the Cano team.
After lunch and bit more casual time with Zillow representatives, the Cano team was able to visit Giving Tech Labs, a company with a mission to build technologies and sustainable business models to address social issues. Co-founder and CEO Luis J. Salazar gave a presentation about the vision, mission, and ikigai, along with an overview of the company’s recent work. It was an honor for the team at Cano Real Estate to have time with high-level tech professionals who are using their talents, skills, and connections for a noble calling.
The idea of a shuttle bus ride from Seattle back to Vancouver on a Friday afternoon may not sound like everyone’s idea of fun, but the team-building that occurred during that time was irreplaceable. Owner and team leader Nathan Cano held a captive audience of agents for much of the ride back home. “His passion is truly inspiring,” noted broker Guy Jensen. “He was literally losing his voice towards the end. Even with that, he continued to pour himself out to us.”