MADISON, NJ and BURLINGTON, ON - (Marketwired - Sep 3, 2013) - Veteran Canadian real estate executive Andy Puthon has been named president of Coldwell Banker Canada Operations ULC. In his new role, Puthon's mission will be to grow the global Coldwell Banker® brand's presence in markets across Canada.
With more than 35 years of industry experience, Puthon has an established history of success in developing real estate brands in Canada. Most recently, he served as vice president of business development and strategic growth for Toronto-based Integra Enterprises from 2011 to 2013, where he led restructuring, expansion strategy and implementation for the largest RE/MAX sub-franchisor in the world. Previously, he spent 29 years with Brookfield Real Estate Services, where he experienced success across all levels of the business, from agent and branch manager to franchising executive. Puthon rose through the ranks to become executive vice president of Brookfield Real Estate Services, where he was instrumental in growing the Royal LePage system in Canada, and led Brookfield's acquisition of Quebec-based La Capitale, U.S.-based GMAC Home Services and Real Living.
"This marks a new day for the Coldwell Banker brand in the Canadian marketplace," said Budge Huskey, president and chief executive officer of Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. "Andy Puthon is a strategic thinker who has a proven track record for franchise growth. This new direction in leadership reflects our commitment both to the growth of the Coldwell Banker brand in Canada and the success of our valued franchisees. Andy's leadership ability, extensive market knowledge and depth of experience in Canadian real estate franchising and operations will be tremendous assets in realizing the brand's full potential."
"I'm very excited about my new role, and the many opportunities to grow the great Coldwell Banker brand in Canada," said Puthon. "I look forward to working with a talented Canadian team and leveraging Coldwell Banker's extensive global resources to assist our affiliates to become more productive and profitable, and to provide a compelling vision for prospective franchisees."
The Coldwell Banker brand first came to Canada in 1993, originally as one of the brand's first international master franchisors. Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC acquired Coldwell Banker Canada in May 2007 in order to expand its North American network and provide an enhanced service offering to its affiliated brokers in Canada. There are currently over 200 independently owned Coldwell Banker residential and commercial franchised offices in every province across Canada, and also in the Yukon and Northwest Territories.
As president of the global brand's Canadian operations, Puthon will lead a seasoned Coldwell Banker management team headquartered in Burlington, Ontario. A lifetime resident of Guelph, Ontario, Puthon and his family are well known in the community, where he restored a landmark heritage building and was awarded a Guelph Arts Council Heritage Award in 1990.
Since 1906, the Coldwell Banker® organization has been a premier provider of full-service residential and commercial real estate. Coldwell Banker® is a leader in Canadian real estate and today has a global network of more than 82,000 sales agents working in approximately 3,100 offices in 51 countries and territories. The Coldwell Banker brand is known for creating innovative consumer services as recently seen by being the first national real estate brand to create an iPad application and the first to fully harness the power of video in real estate listings, news and information through its Coldwell Banker On Location(SM) YouTube channel. The Coldwell Banker system is a leader in specialty markets such as resort, new homes and luxury properties through its Coldwell Banker Previews International® marketing program. Each office is independently owned and operated. Coldwell Banker is a subsidiary of Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY), a global leader in real estate franchising and provider of real estate brokerage, relocation and settlement services.
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