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  • ANNOUNCED AS REALTYU® EDUCATOR OF THE QUARTER

    ALISO VIEJO, CA., Aug. 10, 2005 - In just 10 years Fortune Academy has grown from one administrator, one instructor and one location to six administrators, 70 instructors and 15 locations. This remarkable achievement is the credited to the vision and drive of one Southern Carolina man and RealtyU®'s selection of its Educator of the Quarter.
    Every quarter RealtyU® honors a special person or school that has gone beyond the call of teaching and or made an impact to their region. This award acknowledges the individual that provides excellent service, a willingness to share and help others and has made RealtyU® proud of their affiliation with the RealtyU® family of Schools. For the 3rd Quarter of 2005 RealtyU® has awarded this honor to Harold Swanner, the owner and Chairman of Fortune Academy in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

    Swanner, a successful real estate agent since 1981 with over 15 years of experience as a successful broker and commercial real estate agent, bought the school in 1995 when they had only three courses. Today over 300 different courses are being taught by some 70 instructors in 15 different locations across the entire state. Harold saw the value of RealtyU® early in his education and training career and became a RealtyU® Affiliate in June 1997. Shortly thereafter Fortune also became the first school in South Carolina to be accredited by the Council on Certification and Accreditation (COCA).

    According to Swanner, "Our goal is to maintain and continually develop a strong, profitable organization that leads the marketplace in continuing education and professional development programs. Fortune Academy is focused on fostering an environment in which it can attract and retain quality professionals who come together to combine their talents and abilities to provide students the highest levels of professionalism and integrity."

    Fortune has consistently been recognized as a premier real estate school for consistently demonstrating superior performance in course content and delivery, providing total consumer satisfaction. This is the direct result of the fact that the Academy's vision directly mirrors the philosophy of its Chairman. According to Swanner, "if something has been good to you, you need to give back to the community; the best thing to give back is what you have the best knowledge about."

    "With that positive can-do attitude and commitment,” says Stefan Swanepoel, CEO of RealtyU®, “it is not hard to understand why RealtyU® is proud to have Harold and his team as part of the RealtyU® family or why we are honored to recognize Fortune Academy this month as our Educator of the Quarter. They are a leading real estate school in South Carolina, and are and example to everyone what can be done.”

    For additional information about Fortune Academy, visit them at www.FortuneSchool.com