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In Memory of our founder and friend, Ralph Burnet…


Ralph Burnet established Burnet Realty, now known as Coldwell Banker Realty, on April 1st, 1973. As we celebrate 51 remarkable years as a brokerage, we honor the incredible legacy of Ralph Burnet, who recently left us but whose spirit continues to live within the organization and inspires us daily. Many of us often quote Ralph’s mantra — “Growth, Change and Fun!” — while embodying it in our daily practices. Let us take a moment to remember him and his profound impact on our industry.

Ralph was always looking for opportunities to improve. His relentless pursuit of excellence fueled our company’s evolution. He saw potential where others hesitated and he challenged us to think beyond the ordinary. He taught us to be resourceful, to maximize every opportunity. His legacy reminds us to be stewards of our resources.

Ralph’s office door was always open. He listened intently, absorbing ideas and insights from every corner of our organization. His ability to truly hear others set him apart. An excellent judge of people, Ralph had an uncanny knack for recognizing talent. He saw potential in individuals and nurtured their growth. His discernment shaped our team. But Ralph wasn’t all business. He was fun and funny! His laughter echoed through our hallways. He lightened the mood, reminding us that success need not be solemn. His wit and humor made the journey enjoyable. Ralph moved at a zillion miles per hour, and his energy was contagious. He propelled us forward, urging us to keep pace with the ever-changing real estate landscape. His enthusiasm was our North Star.

We willingly followed Ralph — the “Pied Piper.” His vision was magnetic, drawing us toward new horizons. When he believed in an idea, he entrusted us to run with it. Ralph trusted his instincts and trusted us to make the idea work. He was a visionary that lived the Vision.

Beyond business, Ralph cared about more than just transactions. He was interested in you and your family. He asked about our families, our dreams, and our well-being. His genuine interest fostered a sense of belonging. He cared deeply.

I feel so honored to have known Ralph and to be part of the great company he created. He impacted the way I look at leading the organization, and how I attempt to embody excellence as the minimum standard in how we serve our clients and team. I have played a game many times with friends…‘If you were to have a dinner party and can invite 8 people who are no longer with us, who would you invite?” Well, I can confidently say Ralph Burnet would be sitting at that table. And I can guarantee it would be one hell of a dinner party!

Ralph touched so many lives. As we celebrate 51 years of achievement, let us honor Ralph Burnet by embracing his legacy. Let us continue to grow, adapt, and find joy in our journey. Together, we’ll carry forward the torch he ignited — the torch of GROWTH, CHANGE, and FUN!



Regional Vice President
Minnesota and Western Wisconsin
Coldwell Banker Realty


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