Christie’s International Real Estate awards
200 network brokers exclusive “Luxury Specialist” designation at 2019 agent conference in Houston
Certification underscores exemplary service to real estate clients enhanced by appreciation of other luxury assets — including home interiors, art, wine, jewelry, watches and other collectibles
Teresa Cagle, Teasha Bass, Nancy Siau, Christy Whitlock, Kathy Besse and Robbie Buice from The Lachicotte Company honored for completing the exclusive program and earning the designation
Houston, Texas (November 14, 2019) — Christie’s International Real Estate, the real estate arm of Christie’s, the world’s leading art auction house, welcomed 200 brokers from its global network, to the company’s invitation-only Luxury Specialist Conference. The annual forum, held November 12 and 13 at the five-diamond Uptown Post Oak Hotel in Uptown Houston, included experts in high-end real estate and a spectrum of other luxury segments, all providing insights on how to provide differentiated and exclusive client service.
Leadership and philanthropy, both valued when operating at the highest levels of real estate sales, were addressed as key elements to deepening ties with existing and prospective clients. At the conclusion of the conference, attendees were bestowed with the “Christie’s International Real Estate Luxury Specialist” designation by Christie’s Education, which is reserved for brokers who have shown a dedication to exceptional client service by continuing to acquire expertise and insights into the ever-evolving luxury sector.
Dan Conn, CEO of Christie’s International Real Estate, said: “We continue to focus our efforts on helping our network members and their agents to become trusted advisors to their clients in every sense of the word, and to provide them with unique marketing tools and services with which to service their clients in a way that no other agents can. We invite our Affiliates to exhibit real estate at top auctions around the world, to participate in sponsored luxury events such as the Concours d’Elegance car show in Pebble Beach, to create special evenings with Christie’s specialists and leaders from our other luxury partners at homes offered for sale and to schedule tours for brokers and their top clients at our auction house locations around the world including our hubs in New York, London, Los Angeles and Hong Kong. No other network can offer this level of luxury expertise, education and exposure, which further underscores the value of our Luxury Specialist designation.”
International attendees hailed from Argentina, the Netherlands, Portugal and Taiwan, to name a few. In the United States, agents from New York to Florida and Montana to Hawaii were among those represented.
Participants heard from Christie’s International Real Estate executives, including Mr. Conn, and their industry-leading peers who provided their insights in separate presentations and panels. Christie’s colleagues discussed current interior design trends and an overview of the new book from Christie’s Education’s Agnes Berecz’s “100 Years 100 Artworks.” Luxury brands Pomellato, the Italian jewelry brand; Ulysse Nardin, the Swiss watch manufacturer; and Julia B., the custom linen boutique company, all of which are partners of the Christie’s International Real Estate network, joined the conference to provide hands-on experiences in their sectors, which are valuable to agents when interacting with top-tier clients.
Windows of the World Wine School; One More Wave, a nonprofit for rehabilitating veterans through surfing; and golf celebrity Michael Breed rounded out the conference presentations. Small group discussions also allowed those in attendance to share their real estate successes and challenges, while still leaving ample time for one-on-one networking and relationship building.
Earlier this year, Christie’s International Real Estate announced the formation of the Masters Circle, a group of top-performing agents from within the network. This group also attended the 2019 Luxury Specialist Conference and were invited to stay for additional programming after the conclusion of the main conference.
“We are thrilled that these successful agents are furthering their luxury experience and network by receiving their CHRISTIE’S luxury designation. We are so fortunate to have an incredible team of luxury expert agents ready to provide exceptional service to their clients in the luxury market,” said Kathy Besse, Broker-in-Charge.