Designated Driver: Being the Best for Clients and Customers

Mobility magazine, February 2013
“My experience has been that those with designations are highly respected by their peers.”
—Marietta C. Alba, CRP, GMS, CCHP, President and Broker, Apartment & Relocation Center
By Anita Brienza, GMS
“Since 1983, when I first opened my business, I hoped to have the Certified Relocation Professional (CRP)® designation,” says Marietta C. Alba, CRP, GMS, CCHP, president and broker of the Apartment & Relocation Center. “In a previous position, I was a relocation director for a large real estate office. At that time, I saw the need for rental assistance, but I also saw that the need to develop a plan for renters was as important as for buyers in the mobility industry. Once I was in the industry in a woman-owned business, I felt it best to educate myself in all aspects of relocation.”

Constant education has always been important to Alba, who, like many real estate professionals, has mandatory continuing education requirements to fulfill as a REALTOR® broker. “I received my broker’s license in 1981, my CRP® in 2001, and my GMS® in 2009. I also hold the Certified Corporate Housing Professional designation from the Corporate Housing Providers Association, so you can see that I’m a proponent of lifelong learning! Training teaches me, and allows me to teach and mentor to my team. I can’t be the best for my clients/customers unless I am educated and understand the changes in the world of mobility.”