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Announcing the Grand Opening of The Connoisseurs of Life Showroom

Representatives of Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty announced today the official grand opening of their new flagship branch office at 15 Lake Street in downtown Kirkland.  The firm opens to the public at 11:00am on Saturday, March 1st, 2014.  This debut follows a series of private events and promotions within the Connoisseurs of Life Showroom, which fronts the real estate brokerage and includes a new downtown Kirkland office for Cobalt Mortgage.  The retail partnerships are comprised of an independent wine bar and retail wine shop operated by DeLille Cellars called “Maison DeLille”, a dramatic installation by LightArt®, high-tech presentations by Wipliance, furnishings and artwork from MasinsAlchemy Collections and The Island Gallery, and even an integrated photo booth by The Snap Bar to capture the events.


“Following six months of design and construction, we’re eager to open for business,” said Dean Jones, Owner of Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty. “Our concept is to feature retail partners and exhibitors that target the connoisseurs of lifecreating a consumer experience greater than just another real estate brokerage.  We view the showroom as a lifestyle destination converging homes, art, wine and design.  In addition to drawing traffic to our real estate team and partners, our brokers will benefit from this entertainment venue as they host their own events and promotions in the heart of Kirkland.”

The Kirkland branch of Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty is opening with 36 licensed agents and accepting interviews for additional broker recruits.  Chad Zinda is appointed as the Designated Broker & Director of Sales and Shelley Cribbey is the Kirkland Office Manager.  The broker collective will primarily specialize in Eastside real estate but will proudly service all property types and price points in the metro area and out of state through strategic referral networks.


The private preview events have already drawn praise from local leaders in the Kirkland community.

“We extend a warm welcome to Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty,” says Amy Walen, Mayor of The City of Kirkland. “The vision statement for Kirkland is to be ‘an attractive, vibrant and inviting place to live work and visit’ and as I toured the Connoisseurs of Life Showroom I was experiencing this very doctrine come to life.”

Similar praise was drawn from corporate executives attending the opening events from the global real estate network based in New Jersey.

“Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty has raised the bar again in conceiving the Connoisseurs of Life Showroom,” said Fran Santangelo, Senior Vice President for Global Operations of Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates, LLC.  “This fine company is well positioned to grow their enterprise with new brokers, especially considering their unique relationships with our other affiliates in Pacific Rim countries.  The Kirkland branch office is an exciting addition to our growing footprint in Washington State.”

Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates, LLC now oversees 661 branches in 45 countries and territories around the world including the newest arrival of the Kirkland branch office.  Comprising 14,460 brokers worldwide representing more than 36,000 listings, the Sotheby’s International Realty Brand has become a leader in global real estate excellence.

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Global Networking Event Unites More Than 1,400 Of The World’s Top Real Estate Brokers; Spotlights Pacific Northwest

The Pacific Northwest was well represented at the 2013 Global Networking Event (GNE) held June 2-5 in Los Angeles as more than 1,400 brokers from around the world converged at a fully-booked LA Live.  While Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty represented only a small fraction of the audience, the company and the region received significant attention throughout the conference.


“I could not be more proud of our team and how well regarded our boutique firm has become after just three years of operation within this global realty network,” said Dean Jones, President & CEO of Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty. “More importantly I know our participating team members left the convention inspired, motivated and honored to be associated with this incredible Brand.  They made important contacts for referrals around the world, learned best practices and witnessed firsthand the quality of this real estate franchise.  As mentioned by our President Philip White – we are in a category of one.”

RSIR executives attending included Dean Jones, President & CEO; Stacy Jones, Vice President and Owner; and Andrea Savage, Marketing Manager.  Participating RSIR brokers included Kristi Nelson, Connie Blumenthal, Julie Biniasz, Maja Butler, Libby Buckley, Sam Cunningham, Cassie Daughtrey, Carrie DeBuys, Chris Doucet, Jason Gibbons, Alex Hayes, Moira Holley, Rick Maynard, Suzanne Singleton, Scott Wasner, Bob Wold, Brad Vancour and Jessica Xu.  A select number of brokers that considered joining Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty also made the journey to confirm their new appointments to the Brand (each later joined)The event speakers included Philip White, CEO Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC; Henry Howard Sneyd, Executive Vice President, North America, Sotheby’s; Amy Todd Middleton, Senior Vice President, Global Strategic Marketing, Sotheby’s; Richard A. Smith, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President, Realogy Holdings Corp.; Alex Perriello, President and Chief Executive Officer, Realogy Franchise Group; and Wendy Purvey, Chief Marketing Officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC.  Collectively the executive teams provided an informative overview on the current state of affairs and projections relative to the auction house, the Sotheby’s International Real estate network and the Realogy conglomerate – the largest real estate network in the world.

The dynamic keynote speakers included the following:

Erik Wahl is an internationally recognized graffiti artist, author and entrepreneur. Erik’s on stage painting seamlessly becomes a visual metaphor to the core of his message, encouraging organizations toward profitability through innovation and superior levels of performance. Erik’s understanding of vision was originally born in the school of disappointment. After an eight year career as a partner in a corporate firm, he became frustrated by the lack of innovative thought and corresponding profits he saw in business. So he set out to challenge companies to change their way of thinking, while simultaneously pursuing his own individual passions. He rediscovered his love for art and now plays in the business world by working through his art. In the past 10 years, he has shared his incredible message with the largest and most influential companies in the world, leaving behind his prized artwork as a reminder of his passion for breakthrough thinking. He’s the Warhol of Wall Street, the Renoir of ROI, the Picasso of Productivity, the Jobs of… well, having a Job.


Joe Calloway is a business author, performance consultant and restaurant owner whose client list reads like a “Who’s Who” in business. From Saks Fifth Avenue and BMW to American Express and IBM, a wide range of companies depend on Joe for insight into today’s marketplace. Joe is on the faculty of The Center for Professional Development at Belmont University, and is a partner in Mirror, an award-winning restaurant in Nashville, which was recently featured on television’s Food Network. Sales And Marketing Management Magazine called Joe “an expert on developing customer focused teams,” and a National Customer Services Advisory Board called Joe “one of the most innovative and compelling people in customer service.” Joe is the best-selling author of Becoming A Category Of One, which received rave reviews from The New York Times, Retailing Today and many others. He is also the author of Indispensable: How To Become The Company Your Customers Can’t Live Without, and Joe’s newest book is Work Like You’re Showing Off! – The Joy, Jazz, And Kick Of Being Better Tomorrow Than You Were Today.


The TOP 10 HIGHLIGHTS (in no particular order) from the GNE included:

  1. By example, Philip White, President and CEO of Sotheby’s International Realty specifically called out efforts by RSIR to exercise international real estate networks by successfully closing numerous sales in the Seattle and Bellevue markets to foreign buyers from Asia
  2. Stacy Jones being on the center screen in a compelling video about leveraging the referral network, which was viewed by the entire audience of more than 1,400 members
  3. RSIR hosting the Dragon and the Pearls event, which attracted the Pacific Rim affiliates and showcased major West Coast markets – the presentation evolved into an impactful think tank on joint market efforts into Asia (and specifically China)
  4. Both Dean and Stacy Jones hosted independent panel discussions about leveraging the Sotheby’s Auction house, whereas Stacy spoke of her success hosting events and Dean profiled a valuable auction house referral for a unique property listing in Southeast Alaska
  5. Andrea Savage hosting more than 200 of the owners and managers as she profiled the latest Collection Magazine to rave reviews (this magazine will be distributed in the Pacific Northwest in July)
  6. Meeting Erik Wahl personally after he dazzled the audience with this artistry, wit and personal triumph (several RSIR brokers were moved to tears during his performance)
  7. Sitting poolside before the GNE started officially with members of the RSIR family and introducing new broker recruits that were exploring the brand (later learning that 100% will be joining RSIR)
  8. Dean Jones was a panelist alongside other marketing leaders within the global network for “The Next Generation of Communications: The Convergence of PR and Social Media” sharing his success stories in promoting real estate through unique platforms
  9. Wendy Purvey presenting the Anthology package with her trademark passion, which upon conclusion was met with a standing ovation
  10. Reviewing the feedback from RSIR brokers after the GNE, in their own words, explaining what they experienced (see below) 

Pictured Above:  (left to right) Andrea Savage, Dean Jones, Maja Butler, Guest and Kristi Nelson.

Pictured Above:  Brokers enjoy some of the many side attractions during the evening receptions, including this dress-up photo booth, which would intermittently broadcast on the large screen as wall paper adding a little levity to the event.

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  RSIR and West Coast partners hosted private breakout session for Pacific Rim affiliates (current and prospective) to discuss the rising trends for Asia Pacific buyers to consume US real estate and Dean Jones led a think tank discussion on new ways to build referral networks and raise visibility for local markets overseas




Warhol’s, Picasso’s and Van Gogh’s – Oh My. April 13th | Sotheby’s Print Valuation

The Head of Sotheby’s  Print DepartmentMary Bartow will be receiving appointments for private Print valuations* on 13 April at Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty at 2715 First Avenue in Downtown Seattle.

As Senior Vice President, Mary oversees sales of both European and American 19th and 20th Century Prints and is also in charge of sales of Impressionist & Modern Prints.

Ms Bartow has been responsible for cataloging the works of Mary Cassatt, Winslow Homer, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec and James A McNeill Whistler, amongst others. In addition, she has worked on the auctions of Audubon’s The Birds of America for the family of Lord Caledon in 1983, for the Archives of the City of New York in 1985 and for the George Peabody Library of Johns Hopkins University in 1989.

So whether you are a seasoned connoisseur with a private Print collection or a new collector, we invite you schedule a confidential appointment with Sotheby’s Print Department at +1 212 606 7117.

*An all-day public event to have Prints estimated and considered consignment in an upcoming Print auction.