Former Shipyard condos at the Collingwood Waterfront in Downtown Collingwood.
, President & CEO
Anthony Hitt has served as Engel & Völkers North America’s
Chief Executive Officer since January of 2014. He has been
personally involved in Engel & Völkers’ emergence in the United
States since 2010, when the Hamburg-based real estate leader tapped
him to establish its presence within California. As a direct result
of his leadership, managerial expertise and dedication to
outstanding performance, Anthony was promoted to the position of
Chief Operating Officer in May of 2012, when he moved to the
company’s North American headquarters location in New York. His
continuing drive for excellence led to the current role as CEO only
a few years later.
Under Anthony’s leadership, the brand in North America has grown 10 fold in closed transactions and now operates in more than 45 markets with more than 1,000 real estate advisors representing the brand.
Anthony was a top-producing agent who was continually acknowledged for his business acumen and commitment to customer satisfaction by publications such as the Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times. Drawing from his experience – and from his success managing his own record-setting team of twelve real estate professionals under the Anthony Hitt banner – Anthony established a training course for other agents to raise the bar for superior performance in the industry.
Anthony pursued the same objectives upon joining Engel & Völkers, where his management and training initiatives provided an extraordinary level of support for the brand’s license partners and brokerages, allowing them to attract the top agents to their teams and raising the interest of the most discriminating real estate consumers.
Prior to joining Engel & Völkers, Anthony worked with Sotheby’s International Realty in Los Angeles for eight years and closed approximately 400 real estate sales transactions amounting to nearly half a billion dollars. Los Angeles Magazine named Anthony one of the city's "Super Agents," and Los Angeles Business Journal awarded him as their first and only "Green Agent of the Year."
Anthony credits his business and real estate success to his philosophy of providing exceptionally personal customer service and constantly implementing the most up-to-date systems for efficiency and comprehensive service. He has authored several books to share his advice for success in business and in life with others, including Essentials of Personal Achievement, Taking Charge, and Positive Impressions.
, Chief Operating Officer
Jim Ramsay is Engel & Völkers' Chief Operating Officer in North America. Jim is responsible for expanding and strengthening Engel & Völkers' presence in new markets throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. He is also responsible for managing the North America market development team in the field and leading internal teams in the enhancement of the brand's service offerings.
Jim joined Engel & Völkers in 2014, bringing with him more than 20 years of sales, operations and management experience in a variety of industries. He joined Century 21 Real Estate, effectively entering the real estate industry, in 2001 and has a long track record of success having managed the operations and growth of two of the biggest brands in real estate. He spent the first 11 years of his career with Diageo, the world's largest wine and liquor supplier, in a variety of sales, marketing, trade marketing and chain account positions.
, Chief Administrative Officer
Ulrike Cohen is Engel & Völkers' Chief Financial Officer in North America. She is responsible for the financial, risk management and administrative operations of the company. She is also overseeing all legal matters for the company, including franchising, corporate, sales and marketing compliance and human resources.
, Chief Financial Officer
As Chief Financial Officer of Engel & Völkers Americas, Andreas Mayer is responsible for the company’s controlling, accounting and treasury divisions. After joining Engel & Völkers’ global headquarters in Hamburg in March 2014, Andreas has since held several positions within the company, including being appointed as the Chief Financial Officer for Engel & Völkers’ global operations division. During this time, company operations expanded into six additional countries, and global revenue increased five-fold.
Prior to joining Engel & Völkers, Andreas spent most of his professional career in the consulting division of Big Four audit company KPMG. Additionally, having taken the appropriate professional examinations, he is qualified to be an auditor in Germany.
Andreas is also currently a member of Engel & Völkers’ International Executive Board.
Where I’ve Lived:
Andreas grew up in a small town in northern Germany called Bad Bederkesa, but studied in various places around the world including Severn, North Carolina; Bochum, Germany; and Manchester, England. Continuing to globetrot for numerous projects during his professional career as a consultant, Andreas’ home bases were mainly Frankfurt and later Hamburg. Now, with his family, he currently lives in Brooklyn Heights, New York.
, Executive Vice President, Expansion
Jacob Stepan is Engel & Völkers North America’s Senior Vice
president of Market Development. He is dedicated to the growth of
the brand in new markets in the U.S., focusing on Eastern states.
Prior to joining Engel & Völkers, Stepan held previous
positions as Chief Operating Officer for Century 21 International
Real Estate, LLC, a division of Realogy Corporation, Senior Vice
President Operational Support for the Cendant real estate division,
Executive Vice President - Sales, for FLAG Luxury Properties and
was a founding partner of Trophy Properties Anguilla, an affiliate
of Christie's Great Estates.
Stepan has held a variety of operations and sales positions. He has managed teams of over 200 employees, and departments such as Sales, Technology, Field Service, Training, Human Resources, Finance and Marketing. He has also been involved in many mergers and acquisitions, handling due diligence on corporate acquisition and divestiture transactions. Most recently, Stepan has worked closely with Senior Management, offering advice and strategic guidance to corporate Boards of Directors, and CEOs as a partner with Dynamic Distribution, LLC.
, Executive Vice President, Coaching & Accountability
Tom Kunz is Engel & Völkers’ Executive Vice President in North
America and is responsible for managing and building on the global
luxury real estate firm’s numerous business relations within the
industry, and working with top brokerages in target markets.
Tom is the former President and C.E.O. of CENTURY 21® Real Estate Corporation from 2004-2010, as well as a published author and speaker. A franchising expert for over 30 years, Tom has established a successful track record involving franchise sales and ownership as well as running all aspects of brokerage and franchise operations. Under his leadership, Century 21 Real Estate had more than 7,700 franchised broker offices in 66 countries and territories worldwide. Tom was responsible for everything from field communication, franchise sales, systems implementation, system-wide recruiting, broker automation, and regional development.
He was a member of the team that developed franchise sales tools that are still used today to train franchise sales staff for all Realogy Corporation real estate brands.
In 2001, Tom was Senior Vice President of real estate franchise sales for Cendant in the western region of the United States. In this role, he was responsible for oversight of the franchise sales efforts for the CENTURY 21, Coldwell Banker®, Coldwell Banker Commercial® and ERA® real estate brands in 17 western states.
As an independent entrepreneur, Tom served as President of CENTURY 21 Award, an independently owned and operated real estate brokerage with 12 offices and 750 sales associates and employees located throughout San Diego and Riverside counties in California. CENTURY 21 Award was ranked as the No. 2 company in the entire CENTURY 21 System in 2003, generating more than $2 billion in closed sales volume and $53 million in adjusted gross commissions. The firm also ranked in the top 10 nationally among all CENTURY 21 affiliates with 5,733 closed transaction sides last year. Prior to entering the real estate field in 1982, Kunz owned his own employment agency and served as president of a software company.
Tom is also the co-author of the recently released book Community & Business Partnerships, a book that illustrates the synergy that can take place between non-profits and corporations.
, Sr. Vice President, Expansion, Canada
Richard Brinkley is the Senior Vice President Market Development Canada for Engel & Völkers North America. He is responsible for developing new Canadian markets for the brand. Richard has enjoyed a highly successful career not only as a franchise executive but also as a realtor, real estate developer and entrepreneur. With over 35 years of marketing, sales and franchising experience he understands many aspects of business operations. Richard has developed brands like Sutton Group in Canada combining his practical experience as a top-producing realtor and brokerage owner. Richad co-authored a book on business valuation called "The Business Valuation Book". As a Real Estate Broker he has sold numerous properties and businesses in Canada, U.S, Mexico and Costa Rica. Richard has been a regular source on the real estate market for the Wall Street Journal and REM Magazine in Canada.
, Sr. Vice President, Marketing & Platform Development
Jill is responsible for the consistency and quality of every aspect of the brand's strategy which includes shop designs, marketing collateral; advertising campaigns; web, mobile and digital activities; and the development of new Engel & Völkers products and services. Jill joined Engel & Völkers in 2009 from Sotheby's International Realty in Westchester, New York, where she was Vice President and Director of Marketing for five years. While at Sotheby's International Realty, she coordinated marketing activities between local and corporate offices, planned networking events and training courses and consulted on new real estate technologies and marketing strategy.
, Sr. Vice President, Brokerage Services
As Vice President of Brokerage Services of Engel & Völkers North America, Peter Ianos applies his expertise to manage the development and operations of Engel & Völkers' brokerage network throughout North America. He leads efforts to enhance the company's brokerage partner selection process, manage the quality and consistency of the Engel & Völkers brand values throughout the development process, and provide ongoing consultation to maximize service quality, productivity and market share.
Prior to joining Engel & Völkers, Peter had been with CENTURY 21 Real Estate for more than ten years. As part of their Strategic Growth team he worked on the development of the "C21 New Growth Platform" providing offices with resources and guidance in areas of relocation, distressed properties and affinity partnerships. In addition, Peter was responsible for the redevelopment and redeployment of the Franchisee Onboarding Process for the opening of new office locations, as well as consulting with existing offices on mergers and acquisitions.
, Sr. Vice President, Academy
Sharon's more-than-a decade worth of real estate marketing and training experience makes her a valuable asset at Engel & Völkers. Sharon led the rebranding and global launch of luxury real estate brand Coldwell Banker Previews International® when she was with the Realogy Corporation as Vice President of Coldwell Banker Previews International, along with overseeing product development and regional marketing.
As the Director of Regional Marketing for Century 21 Real Estate Corporation, Sharon provided marketing consultation and system tools & product training to more than 700 brokers and thousands of real estate agents. Sharon has also designed and delivered numerous media and messaging training for international companies, hosted luxury real estate conferences, facilitated group seminars, taught interview skills and job coaching, and much more.
Sharon's extensive experience training individuals towards success allows her to coach and create a network of highly experienced and successful Engel & Völkers Advisors in North America. She also managed her own marketing consulting group, Delaney CMO, and held several business development roles.
She holds a B.A. in Communications and a M.A. in Vocational Counseling. As a certified Infinite Possibilities® Trainer, Sharon enjoys helping real estate professionals make their business dreams come to fruition.