Who got hired or promoted this week? Here’s our weekly rundown, in chronological order.
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The Arlington/Alexandria, Virginia, office of Long & Foster Real Estate announced that Mary Bowen has been named as branch manager. “I am excited for the opportunity to lead the team at Long & Foster’s Arlington/Alexandria office in Fairlington,” Bowen said in a statement. “During my career at Long & Foster, I’ve had such fantastic experiences and mentorship working with the McLean office, and the insight and knowledge I’ve gained through those experiences has helped me to assist other agents so they can thrive in their careers.”
This week’s hires
Diane Ruggiero is joining real estate consultancy firm Pranix as a consultant, effective January 1, 2016. “Diane brings a depth and breadth of experience and knowledge to Pranix of both the real estate association and MLS worlds,” said Ann Bailey, founder and president of Pranix, in a statement. “She will be working on strategic planning, CEO recruiting, meeting facilitation, leadership development, operational assessments and mergers of both associations and MLSs.”
The Reston, Virginia, location of Long & Foster Real Estate named Athena Petersen as the office’s new managing broker. “Supporting today’s real estate sales professionals takes a highly knowledgeable, experienced leader,” said Boomer Foster, president of Long & Foster Real Estate, in a statement. “We are confident that adding Athena to the Long & Foster leadership team will result in the synergy that our agents thrive on.
The Iowa Association of Realtors announced that Gavin Blair will be its next Chief Executive Officer. “We conducted a nationwide search and interviewed several excellent candidates. We felt Gavin Blair was the best fit for IAR with his background in government affairs and his track record of progress and innovation in his previous positions.” IAR President Jon Yocum said in a statement.
Thomas Klein has joined WFG National Title Insurance as the company’s new Senior Vice President overseeing the National Agency Division, and the company has also promoted Clinton Yarborough to oversee WFG’s Southeast Agency division. “Tom is a major reason for the growth of WFG and its Agency group,” said Charles Cain, EVP overseeing the company’s National and Central Agency regions, in a statement. “We have the utmost confidence our national agencies will quickly come to value his support and appreciate his partnership.” Cain continued, “Clint has built our presence in South Carolina exponentially year over year, and he has done so by serving as an ally and resource for his agents. We have no doubt he will do the same in overseeing the Southeast region.”
Marci James has been hired as part of realtor.com’s social media team. “In her new role at realtor.com, Marci will manage various professional social profiles and communities, helping our agent and broker community with their digital marketing strategy both within and outside the suite of products and services provided by realtor.com,” according to an article on the company’s website.
The American Land Title Association (ALTA), the national trade association of the land title insurance industry, announced that John Hollenbeck has been named president for 2015-2016. “John has spent his entire professional career serving the land title industry and we greatly appreciate his perspective and dedication on the ALTA Board of Governors,” said Michelle Korsmo, chief executive officer of ALTA. “As our members face an ever-changing marketplace, increased regulation and changes in consumer demand, John’s 35 years as an industry leader will be invaluable as we work to provide solutions for our members to succeed in the market, and continue to deliver peace of mind and protect property rights for consumers.”
Elyce Schweitzer has been named the Regulatory Compliance Officer and Vice President at Alliant National Title Insurance Company. “I am delighted to work with the amazing group of dedicated and talented individuals that comprise Alliant National Title Insurance Company,” said Schweitzer in a statement. “Becoming a part of this team is a dream come true for me.”
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