Real estate hires and promotions: February 2018

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Editor’s note: This story will be updated with additional hires. 

February 2018 is already witnessing an array of real estate industry hires and promotions. Who’s making moves? Which businesses are bringing in new blood or creating fresh positions?

Here’s a rundown of some recent HR news across the board.

Capsilon names Ginger Wilcox SVP of Marketing

Capsilon, the leading partner for delivering a cloud-based end-to-end digital mortgage solution, announced today that Ginger Wilcox will be joining the team as senior vice president of marketing after having worked for Sindeo, a digital startup she helped launch, for almost three years.

As Sindeo’s CMO and chief industry officer, Wilcox led brand marketing, customer acquisition, communications and strategic partnerships. In her new position at Capsilon, Wilcox will be responsible for leading marketing, brand positioning and growth for Capsilon products.

“Ginger is a proven marketing and growth leader with a track record of success in top-performing mortgage, real estate and software companies and is one of the most-connected people in the housing industry,” said Capsilon founder and CEO Sanjeev Malaney.

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“Her expertise in building strong brands and strategic partnerships in high growth environments will be a tremendous asset as we accelerate our growth in 2018.”

Re/Max announces retirement of President Geoff Lewis

Re/Max Holdings, the parent company of real estate franchisor Re/Max, today announced the retirement of president Geoff Lewis.

According to the announcement, effectively immediately, some of Lewis’s responsibilities overseeing Re/Max’s Region Development Group will be transitioned to Re/Max co-CEO, Adam Contos, who is under investigation for possible ethical and business violations alongside co-CEO and co-founder, Dave Liniger, the company revealed in November. Re/Max Region executive vice presidents, Josh Bolgren and Kevin Northrup, will continue to support franchises within the owned and independent regions.

“We wish Geoff well in his retirement,” said Liniger in a statement. “We look forward to the future with confidence as Adam works more closely with our affiliates in both our owned and independent regions.”

Lewis, meanwhile will remain with Re/Max as a senior advisor until June 30 to help with the transition.

“I remain confident that Re/Max will retain its number one position and wish the company the greatest of success,” Lewis said in a statement. “I have decided that the time is right for me to retire.”

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Martin Bozarth named Chief Financial Officer of Baird & Warner

Bozarth, who holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Michigan State University and an MBA from the University of Chicago, is  succeeding Warren Habib, who contributed to the company’s rapid expansion.

“We’re proud to welcome Marty back to the Baird & Warner family,” said Steve Baird, the company’s president and CEO. “Marty led Baird & Warner’s financial operations for all of our lines of business — residential sales, mortgage and title — during a high-growth period. We’re looking forward to benefiting again from his leadership and financial and operational expertise at a time when we just closed another record year and are already off to a strong 2018.”

Bozarth was CFO for USA Vein Clinics in Northbrook, Illinois, and served as COO of Profit Recovery Partners, a California-based expense reduction consultant for Fortune 1000 company CFOs, for nearly a decade.

“I’m excited to rejoin the executive team at Baird & Warner and eager to contribute to and manage the financial goals and strategic vision of the company,” said Bozarth.

“One thing that hasn’t changed since I’ve been gone is the company’s dedication to serving the people of Chicago and its suburbs — both in making all of their real estate goals easier to achieve and at a philanthropic level. I look forward to helping the company continue to drive growth across all of its real estate service lines.”

Jay Thompson announces retirement from Zillow

Zillow evangelist Jay Thompson will retire and step down from his role as director of industry outreach for the online real estate company this summer, he announced in a blog post Thursday.

“I’m 57 years old. I want to retire while I am still young and spry enough to enjoy life,” Thompson wrote.

Thompson didn’t give an exact date, but said he would likely make it official this summer. In his post, he said Zillow supported his decision and that he’s a retiree, “not a quitter.”

Zillow and Thompson haven’t yet figured out if someone will take over his exact role, Thompson said. But if anyone’s interested in his type of position, they should get in touch, he said.

“During Jay’s time at Zillow Group, he’s been an incredible resource to all of us, and to the agent and broker community,” Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff told Inman in an email. “His deep real estate experience has been invaluable to us — allowing us to connect more deeply with our partners in the industry. But even more than that, he’s a dear friend. We’ll miss his contributions and good spirit around the office, but are so excited for him and his family and their adventures ahead.”

Read more here.

Former Keller Williams CEO Chris Heller takes over loanDepot’s mello Home

Former Keller Williams CEO Chris Heller will join loanDepot’s new brand mello Home as CEO, the company announced Wednesday.

Mello Home is a new platform and vertical from loanDepot, under parent company LD Holdings. The platform launched at Inman Connect NY 2018 in late January and expands loanDepot’s lending focus to match pre-approved buyers with agents.

“I’ve had the same vision as [loanDepot CEO Anthony Hsieh] even when I was at Keller Williams, providing consumers with what they want and the type of consumer experience we should all be striving for,” Heller said in a phone call with Inman. “When I saw what loanDepot was doing, I discovered it’s a really good fit for me, aligned with what’s best for buyers and sellers.”

Heller was named to Inman’s list of Real Estate Influencers last year. The executive will bring his experience leading agents and brokers to the tech platform focused on matching clients with agents.

“I’ve been fortunate to work at all levels as an agent, owner, real estate brokerage leader and executive in this industry.” Heller said. “It’s given me a 360-degree perspective not only on where the gaps are, but where the holes are, where the challenges are, where the pain points are, not just for consumers but for people within the industry. My experience gained over the last 30 years and the last seven at Keller Williams will absolutely help inform the decisions we make.”

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