This morning (Europe time), I heard the sad news that my friend and former boss, Jim Marks, passed away. I was aware he was battling health issues the past few years, but had no idea it had gotten this bad. After meeting him during the #rebarcamp over a decade ago, his genuineness, intelligence, and warmth quickly won me over. After moving on from Zillow, I ended up joining him as Director of Marketing following my (nearly) year abroad. If there was one thing he was big on, it was the power of doing the work. As genuine and warm as they come, he epitomized caring. In fact, so much so that it became VR’s core differentiator–we cared more than the competition. And, it wasn’t a marketing charade.
Jim was a marketing legend in my book. Virtual Results (now owned/operated by Ryan Rockwood) was the first real estate website and marketing