Engel & Völkers North America is led by real estate’s most experienced and proven management team. They are leaders and executives of the industry’s most widely recognized brands who are now proving themselves as innovators and visionaries. They are successfully growing the Engel & Völkers name in North America, and, as a result, redefining and raising the bar for client-focused real estate service.
Chief Executive Officer
Anthony Hitt has served as Engel & Völkers North America’s Chief Executive Officer since January of 2014. Under Anthony’s leadership, the brand in North America has grown by 383% by shop locations, 398% in agent growth, and 285% by sales volume. Engel & Völkers North America now operates in more than 90 markets with more than 2,000 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 discerning 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.” Since becoming CEO, he has been ranked in the Swanepoel Top 200 Most Powerful People in Residential Real Estate in 2016 and 2017 and included in Inman’s The Real Estate Influencers List in 2017.
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.
Executive Vice President, Coaching & Accountability
Tom Kunz is Engel & Völkers’ Executive Vice President of Coaching & Accountability 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, Expansion for Canada. 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.