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Rick Sharga Named Best Marketing Executive
RealtyTrac a Stevie® Finalist for Most Innovative Company

IRVINE, Calif. – June 15, 2007 – RealtyTrac® (, the leading online marketplace for foreclosure properties, today announced that Vice President of Marketing Rick Sharga won a Stevie Award for Best Marketing Executive at the American Business Awards on June 12. In addition, RealtyTrac was one of the finalists for the Most Innovative Company Stevie Award.

“We’re very proud that RealtyTrac fared so well at this year’s American Business Awards,” said James J. Saccacio, chief executive officer of RealtyTrac. “We’re especially excited about Rick winning a Stevie award. Rick has been a key factor to RealtyTrac’s exponential growth and success during the past three years, and we’re happy to see that all his hard work has been recognized with this prestigious award. Rick’s keen business acumen and his levelheaded approach to marketing have made his opinion highly sought after — both among RealtyTrac employees, industry professionals and the general public. “

Hailed as “the business world’s own Oscars” (New York Post , April 27, 2005), The American Business Awards are the only national, all-encompassing awards program honoring great performances in business.

Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word “crowned,” the awards were presented during ceremonies at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.  The ceremonies were hosted by Larry Wilmore of THE DAILY SHOW with JON STEWART, videocast live on the Internet, and broadcast nationwide on radio. 

Stevie Awards were presented in over 40 categories, and more than 2,000 entries from companies of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted for consideration.  Sharga’s winning nomination, titled “VP of Marketing Puts Real Estate Company on the Map,” chronicled how Sharga implemented intelligent marketing and public relations strategies to help the company achieve its goal of becoming the leading online marketplace for foreclosure properties. Those strategies played a vital role in tripling traffic to, from 1 million unique monthly visitors to 3 million unique monthly visitors, and allowed the company to increase its subscription rates several times while still doubling the number of paying subscribers. Sharga also crafted a public relations campaign that helped RealtyTrac position itself as the most trusted and most quoted source of foreclosure trend data. The company’s monthly foreclosure report was quoted more than 2,500 times in 2006.

About RealtyTrac Inc.
Ranked as the third largest real estate site by MediaMetrix and No. 53 on Inc. magazine’s 2006 Inc. 500 list of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies, RealtyTrac Inc. (, is the leading online marketplace for foreclosure properties, providing all the resources that home seekers, investors and real estate agents need to locate, evaluate and buy properties below market value.

Founded in 1996, RealtyTrac publishes the largest and most comprehensive national database of pre-foreclosure, foreclosure, For Sale By Owner, resale and new homes, with more than 1 million properties across the country, property reports, productivity tools and extensive professional resources. RealtyTrac hosts nearly 3 million unique visitors monthly and has been chosen to supply foreclosure data to MSN Real Estate, Yahoo! Real Estate and The Wall Street Journal’s Real Estate Journal. For current news and information regarding foreclosure-related issues and trends, visit our blog at


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Michelle Schneider
949.502.8300 Ext. 139

Christine Stricker
949.502.8300 Ext. 268

Detailed & Historical Data:
Tyler White
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