Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Expands in Asia

Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC announced the expansion of its management team in Asia with the appointment of Calvin F. Wong as international development consultant and Kay Lee as director of marketing.

In February 2012, the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand announced plans to expand its management team in Asia as part of a corporate initiative to further develop the company’s network of real estate affiliates there. The brand also is seeking candidates for a vice president of affiliate services position.

“These executives will work to support our network of affiliates, as well as help grow our network throughout Asia,” said Michael R. Good, chief executive officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “As we continue to expand the Sotheby’s International Realty brand in key luxury markets around the world, Asia will be a critical component of that strategic development.”

Wong, who is based in Shanghai, will serve as international development consultant with responsibility for growing the brand’s market share in Asia. He will identify, cultivate and develop new international franchise affiliations. He most recently served as general manager of Karma Life in Shanghai.

As director of marketing, Lee will ensure the brand’s network of affiliates in Asia are fully utilizing the Sotheby’s International Realty global marketing tools and programs and provide ongoing marketing support to each network member. She will be based in Hong Kong. Most recently, Lee was an area and sales manager for Groupe TWC in Hong Kong.

Nashville and Asia

Nashville gained an official sister city in Asia in April 2007; Taiyuan, the capital city of Shanxi Province in northern China. There was already a connection between the state of Tennessee and Shanxi Province: the governors signed a Friendly Relations Agreement in December 1986, and visits had been exchanged. This connection, plus the presence in Nashville of interested citizens with family and business ties to Taiyuan, made Taiyuan a natural choice as Nashville’s Chinese sister city.

Nashville Cherry Blossom Walk

Photo Credit: Japan-America Society of Tennessee

According to Sister Cities International, this year’s fourth annual Cherry Blossom Festival celebrated Nashville’s strong ties to Japan and our growing friendship with candidate sister city Kamakura, Japan. Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, Consul General Hiroshi Sato and their wives led the walkers along the 2.5-mile walk along the Cumberland River Greenway.

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 12,100 sales associates located in approximately 620 offices in 45 countries and territories worldwide.

About Sutton Lipman

Sutton Lipman Costanza is a native Nashvillian and a second generation REALTOR. She is excited and proud to be a part of The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty team. Sutton graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from The George Washington University. Before selling real estate, she worked at Centerstone, a community-based behavioral health care organization in Nashville. In her free time, Sutton enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, practicing Spanish, knitting and playing tennis. sutton.lipman@sothebysrealty.com or 615.438.6149
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