Who would have thought Newport, Rhode Island, Rock-Paper-Scissors, and leadership would have so much in common? That’s where Rochambeau comes in.

First, Marshal Jean-Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, comte de Rochambeau, landed in Newport, Rhode Island during the Revolutionary War and marched with his troops to meet with General George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette to help win the Independence of the United States. Ro-Sham-Bo happens to be another name for the famed game “Rock-Paper-Scissor,” as Rochambeau allegedly played the game during the American Revolutionary War. It was a fitting game Josh Best, director of learning for Coldwell Banker Commercial, to have our Top Two professionals and Elite company leaders play as both a team-building exercise and a way to better acquaint everyone with each other.


This year, we hosted 18 first-timers, and the most Top Two women in our recorded history! The event kicked off with a welcome reception at the historic Hotel Viking located atop downtown Newport’s Historic Hill neighborhood that opened almost a century ago. This is where old friends greeted each other, and newcomers received a warm welcome. The day included a quick history of Newport followed by words from Dan Spiegel, senior vice president and managing director of Coldwell Banker Commercial, as well as team-building, networking, and Leadership Workshop Part 1 sessions. The afternoon was reserved for our network members and their guests to join smaller group activities that gave them a feel for Newport and allowed for deeper connections to be made.


We began the second day with new CBCWorldwide.com website updates and a sneak peek of some new functionality soon to come. Then, we had a continuation of the learning workshops. Even after the sessions concluded our top brokers continued learning from each other and building connections. After an afternoon that allowed our guests the opportunity to explore beautiful Newport a bit more, we celebrated all of their success with an incredible reception at the International Tennis Hall of Fame, where they preserve and promote the history of tennis and celebrate its champions. A perfect place to celebrate our champions.


While we finalize the next picture-perfect location, it was apparent that this trip was inspiring, where we heard many saying they need to close a few more deals to ensure they come back next year.

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