Arthur E. Bartlett, co-founder of Century 21 real estate company, died on New Year's Eve at his home in Coronado, Calif., after a long illness. He was 76.

Bartlett changed the way real estate was marketed when he persuaded thousands of independent professionals to join the umbrella brand.

Seven years after its founding, Century 21 was sold to Trans World Corp. for $89 million in cash and stock. It is currently a subsidiary of Realogy Corp. and has 7,700 franchise offices worldwide.

[Editor's note: Tom Kunz, president of Century 21, issued this statement: His vision, combined with his dynamic charisma and determination have positively touched the lives of generations of real estate brokers, agents and the millions of people for whom they help find homes globally.]

Source: The Los Angeles Times (01/06/2010)