Adam Contos

Adam used to run a SWAT team in his previous career. He would kick in doors, blow things up, save people.

Now, as the recently retired CEO of RE/MAX Holdings, Inc., his professional life is completely different. His approach, however, remains the same. His goal always is to break down barriers, blow up conventional thinking, and help as many people as possible achieve success.

It defines who Adam is as an entrepreneur. It was how he chose to lead RE/MAX, the top brand in real estate; Motto Franchising, the first national mortgage brokerage franchise in the U.S.; and booj, an award-winning real estate technology company. It’s why he chooses to start every day with a win—to create habits and build momentum while working toward better opportunities for those he serves.

In his experience, leadership is about mindset—about being a “we” rather than a “me.” It’s about knowing when to break the rules, why it’s important to challenge the status quo, and how to inspire others to achieve their own greatness.

When he first entered RE/MAX World Headquarters in 2003, he did so as an independent contractor. He had served in the United States Marine Corps Reserves and with the Douglas County (Colorado) Sheriff’s Office. But he believed in creating the success he wanted. So he did.

Adam developed S.A.F.E.R, Safety Awareness for Every Realtor, and presented the training program across North America. It brought him to RE/MAX for nearly 20 years, where he served as CEO from 2018 to 2022.

If anything, Adam’s career is proof there’s power in charting your own course by finding your North Star. In the Marines, he learned that there’s a better system for everything. In law enforcement, he learned to outsmart his opponent by changing his approach. In business, he’s learned that small achievements add up to big accomplishments.

It’s all contributed to who Adam is.

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