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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

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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 Promotes Mark Kotch To Regional Director of Career Development in East Bay

April 1, 2015

Experienced Sales Professional Will Oversee Training and Coaching in Six Offices

Mark Kotch
SARATOGA, CA – Alain Pinel Realtors (APR), the fifth largest real estate firm in the United States, announced the hiring of Mark Kotch as the Regional Director of Career Development in the East Bay. In his new role, Kotch will be responsible for training and career development, including mentoring and on-going coaching assistance, for new and experienced agents at APR’s six East Bay offices.
Kotch brings over a decade of real estate experience and joined Alain Pinel Realtors as a sales associate in 2009. Prior to his career in real estate, Kotch built a successful career in sales and marketing for luxury skin and hair product lines, serving as National Sales Director and Vice President of Sales. In his role, he trained thousands of entrepreneurs and marketing teams on product marketing and how to properly run a successful business. He has built many successful sales and marketing teams that have set the standards still valued in the professional beauty industry today.
“Mark’s vast background in training and coaching, coupled with his knowledge of real estate, sales and marketing, make him a great addition to our training team,” said Rainy Hake, Executive Vice President of APR. “I’m excited about Mark’s role in enhancing our agents’ skills and capabilities and ensuring they meet the high level of service APR is known for.”
Kotch received many honors as a real estate professional, including being a four-year Platinum Award recipient of the Quality Service Certification (QSC) for Outstanding Customer Services as independently surveyed by his clients. He also has been named a Certified Buffini Mentor (part of the popular real estate training program by Brian Buffini). He also holds a number of specialized real estate designations and titles including Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE), Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES), and National Association of Realtors ePro® Certification for digital marketing.

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Wine Country Veteran to Lead Alain Pinel Realtors Sonoma Office

March 16, 2015

Mark Stornetta Named Sales Manager for the Wine Country

StornettaSONOMA, CA – Alain Pinel Realtors (APR), the fifth largest residential real estate firm in the United States, has named Mark Stornetta as the Sales Manager for the Wine Country overseeing the brokerage’s Sonoma office. The Sonoma office will continue to be managed under Rick Turley, APR Vice President and Managing Broker of San Francisco and the Wine Country.
Born and raised in the North Bay with over 30 years in the wine industry, finance, and real estate, Stornetta has represented some of the finest vineyards, ranches, and residential properties. Having built his business on referrals, he prides himself on his honest, ethical, and detail-oriented approach to real estate.
“Mark has extensive knowledge and knows the Sonoma and Napa markets better than anyone,” said Turley. “With his professional approach and vast experience combined with the trusted brand and historical track record of Alain Pinel Realtors, I am confident we will grow our footprint with incredible sales associates throughout the Wine Country.”
The move reflects an ongoing commitment from APR to grow its presence in the area. APR made a splash last year when it hired Turley, former President of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s San Francisco Bay Area Regions, to oversee growth in the area. The firm also hired Tim Freeman, a former manager of Coldwell Banker’s largest Wine Country office, to oversee the training of new agents.
“I look forward to working with Rick and the rest of the leadership team at Alain Pinel Realtors in furthering our reach in the region. Having lived and worked in the Wine Country, I’m thrilled to be part of a team that believes in its promise.”
Stornetta earned his B.S. degree in agricultural business from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, then spent nine years as a Farm Credit loan officer and branch manager in Sonoma Valley before joining Glen Ellen Winery as a general partner and CFO. For the past decade, Stornetta has been pleased to be involved with complex purchases and sales of Wine Country real estate.

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Alain Pinel Realtors Strengthens Presence in San Francisco and Wine Country

August 13, 2014

Rick Turley promoted to Managing Broker of San Francisco and Sonoma offices; Tim Freeman named North Bay Director of Career Development

Rick Turley and Tim Freeman
SARATOGA, California (August 13, 2014) — Alain Pinel Realtors (APR), the fifth largest residential real estate firm in the United States, announced the promotion of Rick Turley to Vice President & Managing Broker of the San Francisco and Sonoma offices, effective August 12. The firm also named Tim Freeman, formerly Manager of Coldwell Banker’s largest residential real estate office in Sonoma, as North Bay Director of Career Development.
Turley replaces Tim Murray, who will continue with the firm, transitioning into a role as a Realtor focusing on high-end properties and international investors in both the San Francisco and Wine Country markets. Murray, who has been with APR for seven years, opened the firm’s San Francisco office locations and oversaw over 100 sales associates. He helped develop the firm’s commercial presence by overseeing the APR Investment Group, who are now the #1 sellers of apartment buildings in the city.
“With the real estate market booming in San Francisco and more Silicon Valley entrepreneurs investing in high-end homes in the Wine Country, this is an opportune time to broaden our presence in these regions,” said Paul Hulme, APR President, Founder and CEO. “Rick’s strong leadership and Tim’s deep knowledge of the real estate market and coaching skills bring the best of both worlds to our clients –comprehensive real estate services and the most knowledgeable agents in the business.”
Turley previously served as APR’s VP of Strategic Planning and Growth for San Francisco and Wine Country. In his new role, he will be responsible for day-to-day operations and growing APR’s presence in The City and North Bay. Turley brings 28 years of real estate experience, including 14 years as a high performing sales agent, and the remaining 14 in managerial roles including manager of a high volume San Frnacisco office and as President of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s San Francisco Bay Area Regions.
Freeman will be responsible for training new and current agents, as well as providing mentoring, marketing and on-going coaching assistance. Prior to joining APR, Freeman managed Coldwell Banker’s largest office by dollar volume in Sonoma County and Wine Country. Before working in real estate, he was Principal of Neveric, LLC, an investment banking company and Assistant Corporate Controller at Informix Corporation. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from California State University, Hayward; and is a California certified public accountant.

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Alain Pinel Realtors Hires Tim Freeman as North Bay Director of Career Development

August 4, 2014

Seasoned Real Estate Professional Will Oversee Training and Coaching in Eight Offices

Tim Freeman
Alain Pinel Realtors (APR), the fifth largest real estate firm in the United States, today announced the hiring of Tim Freeman, former Manager of Coldwell Banker’s largest office in Sonoma County, as North Bay Director of Career Development.  In his new role, Freeman will be responsible for training new and current agents, including mentoring and on-going coaching assistance for agents at APR’s eight San Francisco and North Bay offices.
Freeman brings over a decade of real estate experience both as a sales professional and office manager to APR. After beginning his real estate career as a successful sales agent in Chicago, he was quickly promoted to an assistant managing broker where he coached and mentored the office’s 250 associates. He went on to become managing broker of Coldwell Banker’s Gold Coast office, a “luxury boutique” office with the highest average sales price in the city. He led the office until returning to the Bay Area and his most recent role as manager of the Santa Rosa office overseeing 100 sales professionals.
Prior to working in real estate, Freeman was Principal of Neveric, LLC, an investment banking company and Assistant Corporate Controller at Informix Corporation. He also held a number of positions in the accounting, finance, strategic planning and organization building for a number of firms including Deloitte & Touche, as well as major retail companies including The Gap, Inc. and The Nature Company.  A Bay Area native, Freeman holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from California State University, Hayward; and is a retired California certified public accountant.
“We are very proud of and committed to our superior and comprehensive training programs for our agents and Tim is a great addition to our team,” says Executive Vice President Rainy Hake. “His wide-ranging background spanning real estate, finance, technology, and coaching make him a uniquely valuable asset in enhancing our agents’ skills and capabilities to better serve our growing client base in the North Bay.” This marks APR’s continued commitment and increased presence in the region, following last month’s hiring of Rick Turley, former President of Coldwell Banker Northern California, as VP of Strategic Planning and Growth for San Francisco and the Wine Country.

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Alain Pinel Realtors Acquires Former Coldwell Banker Chief Rick Turley

June 19, 2014

Turley to Lead Firm’s Growth in San Francisco / Wine Country

Rick Turley
SARATOGA, California (June 19, 2014) — Alain Pinel Realtors (APR), the fifth largest residential real estate firm in the United States, today announced Rick Turley as Vice President of Strategic Planning and Growth for San Francisco and Wine Country. Turley was most recently President of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s San Francisco Bay Area Region. In his new role, Turley will be responsible for expanding APR’s market footprint and broadening its service offerings.
“Hiring Rick, one of the most talented and experienced executives in Northern California real estate, is a big win for APR and our clients,” said Paul Hulme, APR President, Founder and CEO. “Rick’s exceptional knowledge of the market will help us expand in the San Francisco Bay Area, one of the strongest markets in the nation. He will be working closely with our agents to refine the firm’s offerings, making Alain Pinel Realtors the most desirable brokerage to work with in the City. We are thrilled.”
“I am delighted to be joining APR. It’s always had such a stellar reputation, and I am energized to be working with so many talented and hard-working agents and staff members,” said Turley. “I am looking forward to broadening our reach in the San Francisco Bay Area and bring APR’s signature unparalleled service to current and prospective clients.”
Prior to joining APR, Turley was the President of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s San Francisco Bay Area Region, overseeing 47 offices in nine counties, and a team of more than 2,800 real estate professionals.
Turley began his real estate career with Coldwell Banker in 1986, and developed a flourishing business and loyal clientele. He earned the company’s coveted International President’s Elite, the title of Top 1% internationally for seven consecutive years and was the branch’s top producer from 1994 until he went into management in 1999. As Manager of the highly successful San Francisco, St Francis Wood/Lakeside office, he grew his office by 50 percent, being recognized consistently in the top five offices in the City for dollar volume. Turley became President in 2007, leading the company through impressive organic growth. He was also instrumental in managing several brokerage acquisitions and successfully navigating through the real estate industry’s worst downturn in US history in 2008.
Turley works closely with several professional and charitable organizations. He serves as a member on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Realtors (NAR) and for the Board of Directors of the Real Estate Business Services for the California Association of Realtors (CAR). He also served on the board of UCSF’s Leadership Council of the AIDS Research Institute, and has been at the forefront of the Bay Area’s real estate community to raise funds and organize work projects for Habitat for Humanity.