Brent Thomson

West Coast-based independent real estate firm Pacific Union International is expanding its leadership team with the appointment of Brent Thomson to the newly created position of COO, effective August 1.

Thomson is currently president of the Pacific Union International Marin region, where mortgage industry veteran Ed Lynch will be coming in as senior vice president.

“At Pacific Union International, our real estate professionals are our clients and our most important asset,” said Pacific Union CEO, Mark McLaughlin. “Brent’s new role at Pacific Union International will ensure that our vision for the future is properly executed to benefit them.

“In the past twelve months we have added a vice president of product, Lisa Norman, and created a unique agent-driven Innovation Team. Brent’s leadership will reinforce these key areas and drive these programs and more to benefit our real estate professionals.”

Thomson was instrumental in integrating Morgan Lane Marin with Pacific Union in the 2009 merger led by McLaughlin. As president of the Marin county region, Thomson is also a member of Pacific Union International’s board of directors.

Ed Lynch

During her tenure in Marin, Thomson grew Pacific Union’s market share by more than 20 percent, taking sales volume in 2009 from $414 million to a projected sales volume of $1.4 billion in 2017. Pacific Union, including The Mark Company and the John Aaore Group, is expecting to deliver a total sales volume of more than $15 billion in 2017.

“Brent Thomson achieves the extraordinary in everything she does,” added McLaughlin.

“In 1996, without knowing each other, Brent, while at IBM/Lotus Notes and I, while at Colliers, were both part of an Everest ascent. Of course, Brent was at Base Camp and I was singly in the U.S. using the event to rally a team of brokers.”

In Marin, meanwhile, Ed Lynch, previously a mortgage broker with RPM Mortgage for two decades, has been appointed senior vice president to lead the region. Lynch is a former battalion chief of the Tiburon, California, fire department and is a former commodore of the San Francisco Yacht Club.

“Ed’s abilities will energize the Marin region with innovative ideas to drive performance and exceed sales growth,” McLaughlin said. “We’re excited to integrate Ed’s wide experience in motivating teams and attracting the best producers from the region to our accelerated vision for the real estate firm of the future.”

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