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Alain Pinel Realtors Names New Vice President of Training

September 16, 2015

Firm Continues Hiring Fresh Talent in Top Management Positions

Bard Williams
Alain Pinel Realtors (APR), the largest privately-owned residential real estate company in California, has named Dr. Bard Williams as their new Vice President of Training. Williams has a long history of creating, managing, and delivering successful, visionary professional development programs along with experience in marketing and sales for some of the largest technology companies in the world.
Williams began his career as a teacher while simultaneously developing sales and communication skills selling residential real estate. After more than 10 years as a professional educator and earning a doctorate from the University of Georgia, Williams was recruited by Apple to manage relationships with leaders in government and education, creating programs to help educators and administrators learn to teach with technology. Williams was later promoted to senior management where he managed marketing and training teams. Williams left Apple to start a successful education and technology marketing company, Techthree, working with companies including Adobe, Palm, and Hewlett-Packard, along with several universities. Just prior to joining APR, Williams spent five years as Director of Marketing at TiVo where he managed marketing relationships with key partners such as Netflix and Comcast, supported retail marketing worldwide, and managed a team of field trainers. Williams has published more than 14 books, mainly on the topic of teaching with technology.
“Bard’s background as an educator coupled with his expertise in teaching with technology makes him a valuable addition to the APR team,” said Rainy Hake, COO and Executive Vice President. “His visionary professional development programs will bolster and strengthen our ever-evolving technical, sales, and career development training – an already robust curriculum that sets our agents apart as the most educated in the field.”
Hake, the youngest COO of the top real estate companies in the nation, has also recently brought in new Vice Presidents of both Marketing and Technology to steer APR’s notable brand. In 2014, Hake hired Tom Flanagan from Rhode Island’s Residential Properties Ltd to oversee the firm’s changing technology, and earlier this year brought in Heidi Ditloff from Gloria Nilson & Co. Real Estate in New Jersey to apply her strategic insight and leadership to APR’s award-winning marketing.
“APR has a strong brand with a clear vision. I welcome the challenge to take an already excellent training and development program to the next level,” said Williams. “A demonstrated commitment to innovation coupled with bright, motivated agents and staff made this an easy decision. I look forward to helping the entire APR team continue on their learning journey with a keen eye on innovation and continuous improvement in their already exemplary customer service.”

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Alain Pinel Realtors Welcomes New Vice President of Marketing

September 8, 2015

Bay Area Firm Hires East Coast Marketing Executive

Alain Pinel Realtors (APR), the Bay Area’s largest independent residential real estate firm, has named Heidi Dittloff as Vice President of Marketing. Dittloff brings 19 years of sales and marketing experience, most recently as Marketing Director for Gloria Nilson & Co. Real Estate in New Jersey, and will oversee all marketing projects at APR, including the firm’s print and digital campaigns, communications strategy, and advertising initiatives.
In Dittloff’s previous position at Gloria Nilson & Co., she oversaw the implementation of a new luxury division, refined brand strategy, and oversaw all marketing components for the firm’s 21 offices that span seven counties in New Jersey and Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Prior to working in real estate, Dittloff also held a number of marketing and communications positions in the banking and publishing industries in New York City and New Jersey. Over the years, she has been elected to numerous boards and committees including Christies International Real Estate marketing committee, and in 2013, was named Marketing Director of the Year by the Shore Builder’s Association of Central New Jersey.
“Heidi’s reputation as a leader in the industry and her proven track record of overseeing the successful implementation of diverse marketing strategies make her an ideal fit for Alain Pinel Realtors,” said Rainy Hake, COO and Executive Vice President. “I look forward to applying her strategic insight and leadership as the APR brand continues to evolve in the ever-changing landscape, while maintaining our status as the Bay Area’s leading luxury real estate firm.”
Hake, notably named the youngest COO of the top real estate companies in the nation earlier this summer, has aggressively been courting top level executives from across the country to steer APR’s notable brand and its legacy as an industry leader. In 2014, Hake hired Tom Flanagan from Rhode Island’s Residential Properties Ltd to oversee the firm’s changing technology as Vice President of Technology.
“Joining an organization with such an impressive reputation and a clear vision for the future, through innovative digital and expansive global marketing strategies is very exciting,” said Dittloff. “In a time when real estate marketing is changing quickly, especially in the Bay Area, I look forward to bringing my leadership and APR’s vision together to continue to offer our agents and clients the truly premier services that APR is known for.”

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Alain Pinel Realtors Names New Vice President of Technology

March 25, 2014

Technology Specialist Tom Flanagan Joins Bay Area Brokerage

Alain Pinel Realtors (APR), the largest Bay Area based residential real estate firm, has named Tom Flanagan as Vice President of Technology. With over a decade of experience in technology, online platforms and new media, Flanagan will oversee overall technology strategy and implementation for the entire company.

“We are thrilled to have Tom join our team,” said Rainy Hake, Executive Vice President of APR. “His experience, with an emphasis on design and usability, is an ideal fit as we continue to adopt innovative ideas and creative solutions to create seamless, effortless tools for our clients and agents. In an ever-changing technology landscape, I look forward to working with Tom to continue Alain Pinel Realtors reputation as a technology leader.”

Flanagan is also a syndicated columnist for Inman News, the leading source of independent real estate news and information. His column explores the best practices and trends in website design and analytics, mobile applications, and online services that real estate companies can use to grow their businesses and run them more efficiently.

Prior to joining APR, Flanagan was the Vice President of Marketing and Technology at Residential Properties Ltd in Providence, Rhode Island. He has been a featured speaker at both local and national events including Real Estate Connect and the Google IT Summit. Most recently, he was a recipient of the Rhode Island Tech 10 Award with outstanding recognition for overall achievement.

“I’m extremely excited to join Alain Pinel Realtors,” said Flanagan. “The company already has a reputation and history as an early technology leader in the industry. Platforms such as cloud computing and mobile have had a significant impact on the real estate industry. I’m looking forward to leveraging these mediums and delivering a seamless experience to both our consumers and sales associates.”

See Tom Flanagan’s full bio.

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APR CIO Stephen Skinner Named One of Bay Area's Best

June 20, 2013

Alain Pinel Realtors Vice President of Information and Technology, Stephen Skinner, was named a 2013 CIO Finalist at the Bay Area CIO Awards. He was one of 4 nominees in the private company category. As part of this incredible recognition, he was featured in an article in the Silicon Valley Business Journal (subscription required to view full article):
“For the past eight years, Skinner has played a key role in expanding the company’s online marketing and was responsible for introducing new consumer and agent tools like the company’s advanced map-based property search and agent Web sites. Most recently, he helped lead the company’s efforts to transition from a Windows-only shop supporting only PC users to embrace the Bring Your Own Device world.”
Things you may not know about Stephen:

  • He worked the first two decades of his career in 3-D animation in Hollywood.
  • New Year’s Eve, 1990, he witnessed the reunification of Germany while standing atop the Berlin Wall.
  • Stephen joined APR in 2002 as a real estate sales associate before becoming Vice President of Information Technolofy in 2007.

Congratulations Stephen – we couldn’t be more proud!