New sales associates bring varied backgrounds to the company after graduating from new agent training program
Larchmont, N.Y. (January 18, 2016) — Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty today announced that six real estate agents including Joan Capaldi, Alexandra Filipov, Danielle Longhitano, Martha Rubio, Cat Runcie and Heather Stone have joined the company and will be based in the firm’s Larchmont brokerage. These agents, who are new to the industry, possess a wealth of varied skills and professional backgrounds, and are all recent graduates of the Larchmont Brokerage’s “New Agent Academy” training program, which aims to hone agent skills when entering the business.
The “New Agent Academy” is a six-month program designed by Carolyn Fugere to fully prepare real estate sales associates who are brand new to the business with necessary skills and training in the field. Topics cover all aspects of the industry including marketing, prospecting, legal understanding, conducting open houses, ethics, client representation and finance.
Joan Capaldi has an extensive background in the financial industry, throughout the years holding a variety of positions at an investment firm in Boston. She later went on to receive her MBA in marketing, and moved to Westchester County, where she pursued a career in brand management. Now a Larchmont resident of 17 years, Capaldi is a professional who offers a wealth of community knowledge to potential clients.
Cat Runcie, a current resident of the Orienta neighborhood of Mamaroneck, also has a broad professional background to enhance her real estate career, with more than a decade of marketing and advertising experience. She is recognized for her “hands-on” interactions with clients, and works closely with them to deliver the smoothest transactions possible.
International expertise is second-nature to Alexandra Filipov, who was born and raised in Normandy, France, and involved in the travel and tourism industry for over 12 years, working for both Walt Disney World and United Airlines. After marrying an American in Paris, Filipov relocated to Westchester County, where she purchased a home in Larchmont and became greatly involved in the local community.
Martha Rubio, who was born in Mexico, also boasts an abundance of global knowledge that is ideal for supporting an international clientele. Rubio speaks English, Spanish, French and German, and has past experience in the hospitality industry as well as diplomacy. She moved from Manhattan to Westchester County in 2007, and has since gained vast familiarity with the area. This asset, along with her strong negotiation skills and diverse background, allows Rubio to connect with both local and international clients.
A Larchmont resident of over 25 years, Danielle Longhitano brings a passion for both her work and native Westchester County community to the firm. Longhitano has a degree in school psychology and a master’s in Therapeutic Interventions, as well as hands-on experience in the housing industry through her family’s commercial and residential real estate firm, where she developed the passion and foundation for her current career. She now resides in Larchmont with her husband and son, and welcomes clients to the surrounding neighborhoods she knows so well.
Heather Stone, who is originally from Harrison, N.Y., also settled down with her family in Larchmont, and serves as a second-generation Westchester County real estate broker with intimate knowledge of the neighboring historic towns. Stone additionally possesses legal skills as an attorney and active New York State Bar member, securing a competitive advantage for her clients throughout every step of the home buying and selling process.
“The incredible skills and versatility that has entered our Larchmont brokerage with this new graduating class of sales associates is remarkable,” said Fugere. “Our brokerage’s new agent training program allows their true potential to shine through, and after witnessing it first-hand, I am certain that they will be a valuable asset to our team. I am thrilled to welcome them, and can’t wait to see their positive contributions to the firm.”
About William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty
Founded in 1949, William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty manages a $3.3-billion-plus portfolio with more than 1,000 sales associates in 29 brokerages spanning Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Westchester County, New York. William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty is the largest Sotheby’s International Realty(R) affiliate globally and the 28th-largest real estate company by sales volume in the United States. A full-service real estate firm headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty provides ancillary services including commercial services through its affiliation with Building and Land Technology, a second-generation development company based in Stamford, Connecticut; William Pitt Insurance Services; and an award-winning global relocation division. For more information, visit the website at williampitt.com.
Sotheby’s International Realty’s worldwide network includes approximately 18,000 sales associates located in approximately 825 offices throughout 61 countries and territories.
Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty Contact:
Regional Brokerage Manager