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Baird & Warner Creates New Director of Professional Development Role

by Rachel Mazanec

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Sarah Pelton

Baird & Warner created a position dedicated to training new agents after hiring nearly 500 new broker associates in 2014. Sarah Pelton, former managing broker of the Baird & Warner Glen Ellyn sales office, has been named the firm’s new director of professional development.

“We had a banner year for recruiting in 2014, and now we want each and every one of those agents who joined us to thrive as successful real estate professionals,” said Laura Ellis, president of residential sales and executive vice president of Baird & Warner, Chicagoland’s largest, locally owned independent residential real estate services company. “Sarah combines her experience as a broker associate and a managing broker with her fresh style and dedication to give each of our agents the top notch training that will help them build a successful business.”

Pelton began her real estate career as a broker associate in the Baird & Warner Oak Park/River Forest office before becoming assistant manager of the Oak Park/River Forest office in 2008. Pelton later became a lead sales trainer for the Baird & Warner Career Institute. She was a top producer in the market and was named to the brokerage’s President’s Club.

“Real estate is such an exciting industry to be in right now. The emerging technologies alone are attracting a whole new generation of agent,” said Pelton. “I’m looking forward to working with all of our new agents to give them the best support and training possible to meet their professional goals.”

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