Fuller brokers join Keller Williams
Vail, CO Colorado
EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado – Two brokers have joined Keller Williams Realty DTC to launch a luxury division for it.
Dan Polimino and Gary Lohrman, started at Keller Williams Realty DTC this week, leaving Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty. As part of the move, they became owners of Keller Williams Realty DTC, in addition to starting the company’s luxury division.
Polimino is know by many for a column he writes for the Denver Post (on the advertising side, not editorial), while Lohrman is one of the founders of Fuller Towne and Country Propeties, which later was sold to Scott Webber in 2007 and renamed as Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty.
“It is a big change,” Polimino said. “It is certainly is not a decision Gary and I came to lightly. We have nothing but good things to say about Fuller Sotheby’s, its ownership, and the people who work there.”
Polimino, 43, worked there for about four and a half years, while Lohrman was one of about a dozen brokers who founded the predecessor company in 1999. Their website is ColoradoDreamHouse.com
“It was even harder for Gary to leave and say goodbye to all of his fellow owners and former partners,” Polimino said.
That is true, Lohrman said.
“I actually started the residential company for (commercial real estate firm) Fuller and Co. in 1994 with John Fahrenkrog, after 16 years with Coldwell Bankers,” Lohrman, 61, said. “So leaving was a tough decision to make. It has sort of been my baby.”
On the other hand, he said he is thrilled to starting something new at Keller Williams.
“It is kind of exiting to be starting something that really doesn’t exist yet,” Lohrman said.
He said he and Polimino visited leaders at Keller Williams in its headquarters in Austin, Texas, last October, during a convention that brought top Keller Williams brokers from around the country, and he came away impressed not only with the founder, Gary Keller, but how thrilled the agents were to be working for Keller Williams.
Polimino admitted that Keller Williams, in the Denver area, is not considered a leader in the luxury market.
“The interesting piece is that Keller Williams is really known for selling luxury homes in Boston,” Polimino said. “Keller Williams is really known for selling luxury homes in Chicago. Keller Williams really excels at selling luxury homes in Austin and in Dallas. Do they have a really big luxury name in Denver? Not so much.”
He said that he hopes to have at least 10 other brokers join them in the new luxury division by the end of the year. They did not bring any agents with them from Fuller, he said.
Pam Kiker, operating principal of Keller Williams Realty DTC, said her company has a big presence in the overall market, but less so on the luxury side.
“When we started looking at creating a new opportunity on the luxury side, we knew we wanted to have the best in the business,” Kiker said. “We really think Dan and Gary are the best in class. In addition, they are both just really nice human beings. They will fit in well with the Keller Williams culture.”
He also said that Polimino’s column in the Denver Post has helped increase his visibility and given him credibility. Even though it is not an editorial column, he deals with issues facing the market and consumers, not as a self-promotion vehicle.
“I’m going to continue to write it,” Polimino said. “The only thing that will change is the contact information at the bottom with my new information.”