New York, NY (PRWEB) January 16, 2014
The international luxury real estate firm, Engel & Völkers today announced the appointment of its Chief Operating Officer, Anthony Hitt, to the position of Chief Executive Officer. As CEO, Hitt will lead the strategic growth of the brand in markets throughout its existing affiliate network and expansion into new markets in North America.
“As COO, Anthony has been highly successful in strengthening our current position on this continent,” said Sven Odia, COO Residential and Commercial, Engel & Völkers AG. “He has built a highly talented team of professionals, enhanced our service offerings and strengthened the brand in our current markets, which has allowed us to successfully enter new ones.”
Hitt joined Engel & Völkers as Head of Real Estate for California where he led west coast expansion efforts and established Engel & Völkers Academy training to maintain and manage the brand’s service premium quality and to ensure its consistency with the standard held worldwide.
“I am extremely proud and honored to be given this opportunity to lead the growth of this extraordinary brand in North America,” said Hitt. “We are at a tipping point in our growth and everyone who is currently a part of our brand, including our license partners, brokers, advisors and support teams, and all of our corporate staff are fully prepared to provide a level of quality never before offered in real estate.”
In 2012, Hitt was appointed Chief Operating Officer leading operations from the North America headquarters in New York City. He oversaw the development of the Engel & Völkers brand while maintaining high client service standards, and broker and agent recruiting in addition to location selection and training and coaching throughout the organization. He also provided support to Engel & Völkers' License Partners and their shops, helping then to leverage systems and tools to build profitable brokerages, attract top agents and best serve real estate clients in their markets. Under his leadership, Engel & Völkers North America achieved a 68% increase in total sales volume this year over last.
Prior to joining Engel & Völkers, Hitt worked with Sotheby’s International Realty as a top producing agent, management professional and trainer. As a Realtor®, Hitt received numerous awards and accolades for his superior service and results.
About Engel & Völkers
Since its beginning in 1977 as a specialty boutique providing exclusive, high-end real estate services in Hamburg, Germany, Engel & Völkers has become one of the world’s leading companies specializing in the sale and lease of premium residential and commercial property and yachts. Engel & Völkers currently operates a global network of over 4,600 real estate advisors in 500 residential brokerages and 43 commercial offices spanning 38 countries across six continents, offering both private and institutional clients a professionally tailored range of luxury services. It established its North America corporate headquarters in 2007 and opened its first brokerage in the same year. Committed to exceptional service, Engel & Völkers supports its advisors with an array of premium quality business services; marketing programs and tools; multiple platforms for mobile, social and web; as well as access to its global network of real estate professionals, property listings and market data. Engel & Völkers is an active supporter of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. Each brokerage is independently owned and operated.