John Geha named President, Coldwell Banker Canadian Operations


    PARSIPPANY, NJ, Feb. 2 /CNW/ - Noted management consultant John Geha has
been named president of Coldwell Banker Canadian Operations effective
immediately. Geha, well known throughout Canada and the U.S. for his efforts
helping real estate brokers increase productivity, growth and profit, will
succeed retiring president, Gary Hockey. Hockey will remain with the brand on
a consulting basis to assist Geha with specific growth initiatives. There are
currently 266 independently owned Coldwell Banker residential and commercial
franchised offices in every province across Canada, except Quebec, and also in
the Yukon and Northwest Territories.
    In his new role Geha's mandate will be to build the brand's presence in
markets across Canada. The Coldwell Banker brand first came to the country in
1993, originally as one of the brand's first international master franchisors,
and soon grew to become a national real estate leader. Realogy Corporation,
the Coldwell Banker brand's parent company acquired the Canadian operation in
May 2007 in order to expand its North American network and help its affiliated
brokers maximize cross-border business opportunities between Canada and the
    "Despite some changing market conditions, there are many new
opportunities emerging in the Canadian marketplace," said Jim Gillespie,
president & chief executive officer of Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC,
franchisor for the Coldwell Banker brand in the United States. "We are very
pleased to have John Geha take over the reins to lead our brand in Canada.
John has a tremendous depth and range of management experience, and he is
ideally suited to implement the next stages of our growth strategy."
    Geha heads up a seasoned management team headquartered at the brand's
national office in Burlington, Ontario. Geha is a Canadian resident who is
well prepared for his new role, having consulted with independent Coldwell
Banker affiliates across Canada during the past ten years. His 30 years
business experience includes the development of real estate management and
leadership programs in use throughout North America. A founder of the
successful Accresco Consulting Group LLC, based in Toledo, Ohio, Geha
spearheaded the creation of "Growth Management Systems," a series of highly
integrated retreats and workshops focused on leadership, recruiting, coaching,
mergers & acquisitions and profitability designed to help brokers grow their
operation and their bottom line.
    "There is already a positive synergy in place between Coldwell Banker
Canadian brokers and their U.S. counterparts, and we plan to build on that
moving forward," says Geha. "While there are unique differences in how real
estate is marketed and legislated in Canada, there are even more similarities
that we can maximize to the advantage of our affiliates and the consumer. A
leading example is the recent integration of all Canadian listings onto the
brand's flagship Web site Canada is entering a new era
of cooperation and integration with the considerable resources available
through the global Coldwell Banker brand. The increased exposure that this
offers Coldwell Banker listings is good news for real estate customers on both
sides of the border."

    Attention News Directors: John Geha, president of Coldwell Banker Canada
    Operations, is available for media interviews to discuss emerging trends
    in Canadian real estate. To schedule an interview with John, or for a
    photo or bio, contact Barbara Zaprzala at 1.800.268.9599, ext. 401, or

For further information:

For further information: Barbara Zaprzala, Coldwell Banker Canada,
1-800-268-9599, ex. 401,; David Siroty, Coldwell Banker
Real Estate LLC, (973) 407-7199,

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