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Why TRIBUS?

Engagement First

At TRIBUS, we believe that engagement comes first. We believe that engagement leads to success. Our products and tools were built with brokers and agents in mind. Our software was built after, and only after, we engaged with clients to find out what they were looking for and what solutions would add significant value to their businesses and lives. Quite simply, TRIBUS develops technology that our clients actually want to use.

Pave Our Own Path

Most real estate software vendors will follow what everyone else is doing. It’s an endless game of follow-the-leader. Where’s the innovation? Where’s the customization? At TRIBUS, we build innovative platforms that stay ahead of the curve and we don’t pay attention to what everyone else is doing. If that means taking the road less traveled to provide the right solutions for our clients, then that’s just fine with us. That’s what makes us unique.

Welcome The Challenge

We want to help our clients accomplish their goals. We want them to be successful. We’re not afraid of a little hard work to figure out exactly what our clients need from us. Even if this means doing some research to get them to ask the right questions. Even if this means late nights and an increase in our coffee consumption. We aren’t afraid of big ideas or ambitious solutions. We aren’t going to do something because it’s easy; we’re going to do it because it’s right.

Think Big Picture

We believe that any decisions we make in the short-term directly impact the future of our clients and their success. That’s why at TRIBUS we have to think beyond the here-and-now and think about how our decisions and choices will affect them, not five months down the road, but five years. We envision what is going to provide value to our clients in the future by being smart about the decisions we make in the present.

Be Grateful

TRIBUS exists because our clients believe in what we do. We exist because they trust the technology and solutions we provide them. They have other options, but they chose us. That means something. They want to be partners with us because they believe we can help them be successful. And without them, we can’t be successful. And because of this, they deserve to be heard and understood and respected. And we remind ourselves of that every day.

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TRIBUS was founded in 2009 as an alternative to the traditional real estate brokerage technology company

Instead of focusing on the size of the market, we decided to focus on the specific brokerage companies we could help best. Instead of focusing on 1 million-plus REALTORs, we decided to focus on the brokerage company as a whole.

We need you in order for our business to succeed. We know that. But, what do you need?

You need innovative technology and software that is going to help you create important, meaningful engagement with your leads.

But more than that, you need solutions. You need a trusted partner who has your best interests in mind that will be with you every step of the way. That’s TRIBUS. That’s who we are. It’s in our DNA.

Alone we are developers, coders, designers, marketers, account managers and project managers.

Together we are an unstoppable force of innovators, perfectionists, technical gurus and client-focused craftsmen who care deeply about what we do and will help you create engagement, build lasting relationships with your customers and deliver powerful results.

So let’s do this together

We’ll be your website designer, solutions provider, lead generator and concierge. More importantly though, we’ll be your unwavering partner through it all. Many of our clients have exactly that, and our entire team lives for emails like the following, from Find My Way Home’s Scott Schang:

Or this one, from JD Calvin of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Vision Real Estate:

We promise that working with our company will be easy for you or your brokerage and that, for once, you’ll be paying for something that yields you a positive return on your investment.  We also promise to constantly keep you in front of the technology curve through great customer service, webinars, trainings, and enhancements (at no cost) to our product offerings.  Choose to work with TRIBUS, you won’t be disappointed.

 

Our Team

Besides being a group of hardworking professionals who genuinely care about what we do, TRIBUS is full of people with a background in real estate, placing us in a unique position to know exactly where our clients are coming and what their needs are. From our senior management to our Client Care, development and marketing teams, we have many years’ worth of experience in real estate backing up our technological expertise.

Our senior management team is:

Eric Stegemann | CEO & Director of Strategy

Eric Stegemann brings years of experience and expertise to his role as Director of Strategy for TRIBUS. Having become a REALTOR before reaching the age of 20, Eric grew passionate about an industry where responsibility and hard work were rewarded.  While loving his days selling real estate, he knew there was a larger opportunity to build a technology-oriented brokerage. In 2004, he created River City Real Estate, which quickly became the largest independent brokerage in the St. Louis area. There he oversaw the development of numerous real estate technology breakthroughs that were well ahead of their time. The intellectual property developed at the company eventually became the framework for a new technology firm: TRIBUS. Formed in 2009, TRIBUS brings forward-thinking technology solutions for medium- and large-sized real estate brokerages across the U.S. and Canada.

Eric is regarded as one of the brightest minds in the real estate technology realm and has spoken at a variety of real estate events, such as Inman Connect in New York and San Francisco, the NAR Annual conference, and numerous state and local board meetings.

 

Katie Ragusa | VP of Product

Real estate is in Katie’s blood. She’s a second generation REALTOR and comes to TRIBUS after working for a prominent custom home builder in metro Atlanta, GA. While selling homes, she realized she had a passion for helping agents establish a meaningful web presence and a build CRM that worked. Since then she’s become a Certified Scrum Master (CSM) and graduated from a UX program, all while staying grounded in real estate technology.

Her background in the industry and her training in psychology have paved the way for her current user experience focused role, where she leads the product team at TRIBUS.

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Jeff Harris | VP of Business Development

Jeff has spent his entire career in and around real estate. He began his career practicing law as a CPA/JD specializing in real estate transactions. He next served as general counsel/broker at a real estate auction firm, where he marketed and sold virtually every type of real estate, from unique residential homes to home lots, new construction closeouts to retail, commercial and industrial properties.

Jeff next helped launch bid4real, a venture-capital backed online real estate auction platform that were licensed by the ‘Chicago Tribune,’ among others. Remaining at the intersection of real estate and the Internet, Jeff was Vice President of Business Development at online new homes broker iNest (acquired by LendingTree), real estate portal RealEstate.com, and VHT, the nation’s largest real estate photography provider.

Most recently Jeff held two newly created positions at Matterport, the 3D media technology and software company, first as Vice President of Sales and Business Development, and then Vice President of Enterprise Sales.

Now Jeff is managing TRIBUS’ Chicago office and overseeing their sales, marketing and customer care teams.

 

 

 

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