Stamford, Conn. (October 22, 2014) —William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty today announced that the company recently hosted a special Agent Safety training class with guest speaker Thomas Grimes. A 20-year New York City Police Department veteran and a featured guest on The Today Show, Grimes is co-founder of New York’s Finest Speakers, a Law Enforcement Public Speakers Bureau dedicated to educating the public on internet awareness and safety for real estate agents.
With the issue of safety having recently made headlines in the wake of the tragic events surrounding Arkansas real estate agent Beverly Carter, William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty sought to educate members of its sales force of approximately 1,200 agents on ways to protect themselves while doing business. According to Grimes, 51 agents were killed from 2012-2013 and 169 agents from 2008-2013, with attacks usually unpredictable and unprovoked, and robbery the common motive.
The seminar, held on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at the Italian Center of Stamford, Conn., was facilitated by Kim-Marie Mullin, the company’s Director of Education and Training. Agents from all of the firm’s offices throughout Fairfield, Litchfield and New Haven Counties, Conn., Westchester County, N.Y. and Berkshire County, Mass. were invited to attend.
“It is vital that real estate agents today fully understand the risks they face through knowledge, awareness and empowerment,” said Mullin. “I am thrilled that our agents were able to bring home such valuable takeaways from our safety training day on how to prioritize their safety while in the field.”
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 26 brokerages spanning Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Westchester County, New York. William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty, combined with partner firm 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 more than 15,000 sales associates located in 720 offices throughout the United States and 52 other countries and territories.
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