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CA Andy Puthon named president of Coldwell Banker Canada

Property Here - Wednesday, September 04, 2013

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Veteran Canadian real estate executive Andy Puthon has been named president of Coldwell Banker Canada Operations ULC.  Puthon’s mission will be to grow the Coldwell Banker brand’s presence in markets across Canada, the company says.

Puthon has more than 35 years of industry experience, most recently serving as vice-president of business development and strategic growth for Toronto-based Integra Enterprises, 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, working at 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, helping to grow the Royal LePage system in Canada, and he led Brookfield’s acquisition of Quebec-based La Capitale and U.S.-based GMAC Home Services and Real Living.

“This marks a new day for the Coldwell Banker brand in the Canadian marketplace,” says Budge Huskey, president and CEO 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.”

Puthon says: “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. There are currently more than 200 independently owned Coldwell Banker residential and commercial franchised offices in every province across Canada and in the Yukon and Northwest Territories.

Puthon and his management team will be headquartered in Burlington, Ont. A lifetime resident of Guelph, Puthon is well known in the community, where he restored a landmark heritage building and was awarded a Guelph Arts Council Heritage Award in 1990, the company says.