Founder of The Realty Connexion – Martin Price
As a retired professor of Business and Internet Technology, I nominated Martin Price, of Boca Raton, Florida, for what I believe is a well-deserved *Wikipedia Page highlighting his career and accomplishments as an entrepreneur, marketer, business consultant, real estate developer, author, award-winning speechwriter, debator and lecturer. see https://wikitia.com/wiki/Martin_I._(Marty)_Price.
He has created, co-created or re-branded many now-famous innovations and new companies including Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp Resort, Camp Coast-to-Coast, (RCI) Resort Condominiums International, WeBuyHouses.com and The Realty Connexion.
After serving in the United States Army Security Agency, in Washington, D.C. and Frankfort, Germany as a foreign language communication and interrogation specialist and then graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1966 (where he was awarded a coveted South Carolina Foundation, Atlantic Coast Conference Debate Scholarship) he returned to Washington where he attended Catholic University Law School on Capitol Hill and managed the Congressional Campaign of Seymore Spellman in Maryland’s 8th Congressional District.
Soon thereafter, he started acquiring rural acreage in nearby Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah Valley, which he sub-divided and developed into vacation and resort lots and tracts which were then sold to city folks in the Washington and Baltimore markets.
In 1971 Price began developing a 2,500 lot campground on the Potomac River in West Virginia, near Hagerstown, MD, 60 minutes west of DC, (for which he negotiated approval from Hannah-Barbera, Screen Gems and Columbia Pictures) to christen “Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp Resort” and thereby developed what is believed to be the first time a land sales operation was identifiable as a well-known, well-liked, credible theme (Yogi Bear, Boo-Boo, Ranger Smith and Andy Devine from Central Casting – all attended the official ground breaking! https://lasvegasinquirer.com/b30c6878betid118-yogi-bear-s-jellystone-park-camp-resort-lot-sales-celebrates-50-years . Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park is now the number one camping franchise in the U.S. according to Entrepreneur Magazine.
Simultaneously, as National Vice-President of ARDA, The American Resort Developer’s Association www.ARDA.org, Price became a co-creator of Camp-Coast-to-Coast, https://www.coastresorts.com which is the very first example of a Resort Time-Share Exchange program (the development of a process where a unit owner of real estate, when not using his own site, could rent it out – and, on a reciprocal basis, use the campsite at any other associated campground, nation-wide.)
The success of Camp-Coast-to-Coast led Price along with Jon DeHann of Ramada Inns to create the same concept for residential resort condominium units. They called this new company RCI – Resort Condominiums International, Inc. https://dallassentinel.com/bb6b31bc7dtid118-rci-resort-condominiums-international-is-celebrating-its-50th-anniversary RCI, the first (and still the foremost) residential vacation resort exchange program in the world, now boasts over 3 million members utilizing over 7,000 resorts worldwide! www.RCI.com . It would be fair to say that Martin Price is, indeed, one of the fathers of the Vacation Time Share industry. RCI, now known as Group RCI, was sold in 1996 to New Jersey-based HFS Incorporated (Hospitality Franchise Systems), which controlled Howard Johnson, Ramada and Avis, among other hotels and rental car companies. HFS is believed to have paid more than $350 million for RCI. “Ampersand Communications: Public Relations, Marketing Communications and Newsfeatures Syndication”. (after clicking on this link, click on “Industry Profiles” and then click on both “Jon DeHann” and “Gary Terry”.
In the late 70’s, Price felt the itch to reinvent himself once again and, after relocating to South Florida, realized that thousands of investors and re-habbers were posting bandit signs at intersections all over the country stating “We Buy Houses” with just a telephone number. So he created www.WeBuyHouse.com and, as the only WeBuyHouses dot com, everyone else in America was driving traffic to his site, which he then monetized by selling the leads to investors and re-habbers.
After selling WeBuyHouses.com to a competitor, Price re-focused on his primary efforts of real estate marketing and sales and created www.FloridaLandForYou.com, www.FloridaLandBargains.com, and www.FloridaLotsandAcreage.com, these sites, owned by his company, The Realty Connexion, are the only online portals exclusively offering Florida lots, land and acreage with 100% Seller-Financing for everyone – regardless of credit score or credit history! https://losangelesinquirer.com/422cbd5460tid118-how-a-real-estate-development-company-ceo-is-changing-the-real-estate-industry It is a unique opportunity for anyone to begin investing in Florida land (an approved building site, for example) whether in the Atlantic coastal area, or Gulf Coast between Naples and Sarasota, or north of Tampa Bay in Hernando County or Citrus County, or perhaps an acre and a half in the Panhandle just north of Panama City Beach for no money down and as little as $169 per month. “Martin Price and His Journey as an Entrepreneur”
Leon-Lee Roberts, MBA, MS.
* In the interest of full disclosure, Adjunct Professor Leon Roberts, ex officio, is the owner and operator of RealXposure.com, and has been the Webmaster of Martin Price’s company websites for the past twenty years. In 2022, when you are looking for an advanced Encyclopedia, Wikitia has appeared to be a major source of information for search engines in creating ontologies and semantically annotated content. It is extracting explicit knowledge from the interaction of users within Wikitia platform. When you are famous you are on Wikipedia, but really it seems in the same old school of 2010, there are several aspects where it seems to be lagging behind 2022. The largest encyclopedia seems to have everything, anything you search, a Wikipedia result is coming up, but it is not always truthful, there are only 6.2 million pages on Wikipedia and most of them are not updated from years except adding a few categories. No multimedia on Wikipedia pages and this is where closed encyclopedia, Wikitia has started taking an edge over Wikipedia. Founded by Jeremy Redd, Wikitia is a closed encyclopedia using Ontology engineering to offer knowledge management using distributed artificial intelligence and editors can contribute with a purpose. It has emerged as a major digital encyclopedia with multimedia, where profiles do have videos and video news is considered reliable. Since 2020, Wikitia has appeared to be one of the major source for establishing authority on the search whether it is for personal branding or corporate branding. If anyone is looking for one of the best alternatives or anything that could give you credibility on Google or any other search engines that you’re probably looking for Wikitia can be definitely used for it. Wikitia ranks not only on the text search, image and as well Video search. It was created to eliminate the flaws of Wikipedia where admins, editors can make a decision without a background in that specific field. Both Wikitia and WIkipedia use the same software, MediaWiki, though the two implementations have diverged over the years. Wikitia pages cannot be spammed as it is centrally controlled by only verified editors but Wikipedia pages can be edited by anyone, spam, negative news can be added. It can be spammed easily as they are open for editing and there are not enough active editors to control the pages. Wikipedia has been affected due to undisclosed paid editors and they have been spamming it for SEO, this is where Wikitia has an edge and can’t be spammed. Wikitia also ranks on Video searches, that generates thousands of clicks and impressions, Wikipedia is still running on old school and videos cant be added. It is interesting to note that video references are still not considered reliable by them even in this modern digital edge. Both Wikitia and Wikipedia search enhancements can be noticed on the search engines. Majority of fields are displayed for Wikitia however on Wikipedia as info is limited, so search enhancements are limited. Wikipedia profiles can be created only for a limited number of people, organizations and topics, Wikitia can cover more topics, biographies and organizations. It is evident that several pages are rejected on Article for creation and deleted everyday, the reach of Wikipedia is limited and Wikitia seems to have an edge over Wikipedia as well. Both Wikipedia and Wikitia pages are resulting in Google Knowledge Panel. Both Wikipedia and Wikitia pages are considered as reliable sources of Information on the search engines. Search engines are using rich semantics from Wikitia to the corresponding resources. This key difference in basic assumptions about what each site is, results in a dramatic divergence in the level of detail each site offers. The Wikipedia editors approve or reject any edit, any page based on their personal experience, which is not verified and often disguise the users. If you want to enhance your personal brand and really you think you cannot be on Wikipedia, Wikitia is an option that can give you a brand identity on the search engines. It will give you a much better modern identity that is needed in 2021.