Passing The Torch – RSIR Founding Director James Stroupe Appointed To Designated Broker As Executives Move Towards Localized Branch Management

By cameronalavi |
Transitioning Members
Pictured Above (Left to Right): James Stroupe, Founding Director & Incumbent Designated Broker; Chad Zinda, former Director of Sales; Dean Jones, President & CEO; and Stacy Jones, Vice President.

The New Year brings further evolution at Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty in response to significant growth and a move towards localized branch management.  Following three pivotal years as RSIR’s Director of Sales and Designated Broker, Chad Zinda will begin a new chapter as an independent business owner.  Dean Jones, President & CEO of RSIR appointed Founding Director James Stroupe as incumbent Designated Broker for the firm to be supported by Founding Member Denise Seavitt as Assistant Managing Broker. Founding Member  Chris Loeliger has been appointed as the Managing Broker for the Eastside branch offices (including the Issaquah branch – coming soon) and Kevin Pearson has been appointed as the Managing Broker for the Bainbridge Island branch offices.

“It’s been an honor to support RSIR during such tremendous growth these past few years,” says Zinda, RSIR’s former Director of Sales. “While I’m parting with a phenomenal organization, I’m very excited about my future.  In my eighteen years in real estate I view the past three years among the finest of my career.  I know I’ll collaborate with RSIR on plenty of transactions ahead as friends and peers in this amazing industry.” 

Zinda will remain engaged by RSIR for several weeks to oversee the brokerage management transition to Stroupe and will help establish localized management within each branch office.

“Chad is a tremendous talent and we are grateful for his countless contributions to RSIR during a meteoric time in the development of our company,” said Jones. “I admire his entrepreneurial vision and we wish him all the tremendous success he deserves.”

As a Founding Director for RSIR, Stroupe helped lay the foundation for the firm in 2010 alongside Julie Roh, Moira Holley and Scott Wasner.  Now five years later he’ll play another leading role in its next generation as a committee head.  In his capacity, Stroupe draws upon more than 20 years as an active broker and earned valuable experience as an assistant manager at his prior brokerage.

“I look forward to supporting the growth of our entire RSIR network and working closely with our new branch management teams,” said Stroupe.  “My door has always been open since we launched RSIR, so this role is a natural fit for me.  I enjoy mentoring our brokers and contributing to their success and that of our Brand.”

Jones’ new management approach is a strategic move to grow each office.  The company will continue to have centralized marketing and transaction management from the Seattle headquarters while brokers will now report to their respective branch managers.  Recently the fast-growing firm added a second “Gallery Office” for Bainbridge Island; they expanded their marketing department in Seattle; and they augmented their recently completed Kirkland branch with a broker annex and the new Asia Desk.  RSIR further expects to announce the opening of their Issaquah branch office soon.

In addition to supporting their brokers, Stroupe and the Jones’ will lead a Management Committee of their branch teams to support the next evolution of each office.

“We’re taking this opportunity to review, reload and resource our infrastructure to prepare for further expansion ahead,” adds Jones.  “It’s an organic approach.  We attribute much of our success to listening to the needs of our team leaders and their brokers.”

RSIR is certainly growing.  According to Trendgraphix research, the firm closed out 2014 with more than 60% growth in terms of gross sales volume – the greatest expansion amongst the top ten largest residential real estate companies in Puget Sound. To learn more visit: RSIR BLOG – Not All Brokerages are Created Equal


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