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CEO Robbie Briggs on the people ‘who have gone above and beyond in all kinds of ways'

Each Friday, Robbie Briggs, president and CEO of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, writes about luxury, trends, business and more in the advertising pages of the Mansion section of The Wall Street Journal. Below is his letter of February 26, 2021.


It’s awards season in the real estate world — the time when the numbers have been crunched, the trophies have been polished and the energy is crackling around the brokerage. Who sold the most? Who broke records? Who had their best year yet?

Well, now we know. Last week, I shared with you our stellar Top Producers — the agents who had outstanding total sales in a year that none of us will ever forget.

This week, I am congratulating many other superstars: our agents and staff who have gone above and beyond in all kinds of ways. Without further ado:

Rising Star, agents who have achieved tremendous results early in their careers: Debbie Byrd, Jason Clark, Bess Dickson, Tammy Dombeck, JB Hayes and Sierra Tellez.

Rose Award, to staff employees who have demonstrated an unparalleled level of service and commitment to our agents and to our organization: Mary Ann Beaty and Kathy Hardman.

Spirit in the Sky, experienced agents who notably grew their business over the last year: Renee Eiband, Rachel Finkbohner, Nancy Markham, Eric Painter, Carla Perez, Ann Shaw, Grady Shropshire, Carrie Smith, Tyler Thomas, Lauren von Rosenberg and Taryn A. Wilson.

Ellen Terry Mentorship Award, for agents who do an exceptional job of sharing their wisdom with others: Cindy Barber, Laura Crowl, Susan Matusewicz and Marilyn Newton.

Innovator in Marketing, agents exploring creative and engaging ways to market their properties and themselves: Ted Bangs, Matt Wilkerson and Gavin Smith.

And, an award particularly close to my heart, as it is named for my parents:

Rosemary and Ben Briggs Philanthropy Award, for agents who are committed to their community through philanthropic endeavors: Patti Winchester and Jeremy Bravo.

See them all, including our Top Producers, at briggsfreeman.com/top. These fine folks, from all over our brokerage, are incredibly valued by their fellow agents and staffers — a family of more than 400 now, who all go above and beyond for our clients and each other, every day.

Robbie Briggs

President and CEO

Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty


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