Fran Broude moves to Compass, BHHS announces new CEO and @properties brings on new Lake County team

by Sean Hemmersmeier

Compass brings on former president of Coldwell Banker

This morning, Compass Chicago announced that Fran Broude, who has served in leadership positions at Coldwell Banker since 1998, including the role of president, will join the company as a senior managing director of real estate. She will be responsible for leading Compass’ expansion efforts throughout the Chicagoland area. This will include overseeing a team of sales managers and working to increase productivity using Compass’ software suite.

Broude has spent the last 22 years of her career at Coldwell Banker and helped make the firm a powerhouse in the Midwest. She has served as both president and chief operating officer since 2007. During this time she managed 57 offices with more than 3,700 sales associates in four different states. Broude cited Compass’ approach to business and focus on consumers as appealing reasons to join the company.

“Throughout my career, I have made it my goal to align myself with forward-thinking people who embrace an entrepreneurial spirit,” Broude said in a press release. “Joining Compass is completely in line with my customer-centric approach to agent growth and coaching, as well as my desire to be part of a company which is at the forefront of leading the industry into the future.”

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Chicago names new CEO

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Chicago announced last week that Diane Glass will be the brokerage’s next CEO. Glass was promoted from her role of chief operations officer, a position she’s held since 2016. The announcement came just a year after the brand announced it would be reshaping its senior management team, promoting Glass as one of three individuals to jointly lead the company. 

Glass has no small task ahead of her, as the firm has more than 1,500 employees in 24 offices throughout the Chicago metropolitan area. These offices also serve communities throughout Illinois and in neighboring areas of Wisconsin, Indiana and Michigan. Gino Blefari, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, mentioned several accolades over the past year as distinguishing factors in the decision, including the fact that the brokerage was named the top place to work in 2019 by the Chicago Tribune and Glass’ oversight in leading the team as they transitioned to remote work.

“Diane stands out as an insightful, compassionate and decisive leader. Her creative ideas have elevated the operational excellence of the company and her open communication style has fostered deep connections with agents, managers and employees,” said Blefari.

Trace Team joins @properties

Late last month, @properties announced that a top-producing North Shore team made up of Lisa and Samantha Trace will join the firm. The Trace Team is led by Lisa, who has more than 40 years of real estate experience — with over $300 million closed sales over her career — after spending 20 years as a nurse in the Navy. Her daughter-in-law Samantha joined the business in 2019 and the team has clocked more than $16 million in closed sales in the last 12 months.

Keri Cook Falls, vice president of brokerage services for @properties, cited the team’s reputation in Lake County in the press release announcing the move. “Lisa has always been a true real estate professional. She is hardworking and strategic, and she has a terrific demeanor. She is a perfect fit for our culture of collaboration, cooperation, and support, and we’re thrilled to have her and Samantha join us,” she said.

New commissioner for Chicago’s building department

Late last week, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced that Matthew Beaudet will be the new commissioner of the Chicago Department of Buildings. He’s been the first deputy commissioner at the department since 2011 and served as acting commissioner since Judy Fryland retired in June. Beaudet will be the city’s first Native American to serve as a commissioner, according to city historians.

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