Coldwell Banker Bain names Robert Burns as its new president

by Patrick Regan

Robert Burns will take over as the new president of Coldwell Banker Bain, effective in late October, the company announced Wednesday.

Burns has served in senior leadership roles for top Coldwell Banker companies, both nationally and regionally, for over 20 years. He previously served as company president, real estate coach, operations executive, sales leader, trainer and agent. 

Most recently, he was regional vice president of Coldwell Banker Realty in Chicagoland. In that role, he managed sales operations and growth strategies for the Northwest Illinois and Southeast Wisconsin regions of the company, overseeing 12 offices and approximately 850 affiliated sales agents.

“We are thrilled that Robert will be joining the company in this capacity, bringing his passion for agent growth, a strong business ethic and vast cross-functional expertise,” said Greg Macres, executive vice president Western Region, Coldwell Banker Realty. “Robert’s impressive track record of success, both as an affiliate president and company-owned brokerage leader, well position the company for continued growth as a leading company in the Pacific Northwest.”

Burns is also former president of Coldwell Banker Mid-America Group, the largest locally owned and operated real estate brokerage in Iowa. He previously worked as vice president of field programs at NRT, where he was responsible for field productivity programs, education and diversity on a national level for seven regional service centers, more than 700 real estate offices and 40,000 plus agents. 

He also worked with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage as regional vice president, sales and field operations, director of education, technology trainer and chairperson of the Diversity and Inclusion Council. Burns began his career at the age of 20 as a residential real estate agent for Coldwell Banker Burnet in Edina, Minnesota.

Coldwell Banker Bain is one of the largest residential real estate brokerage firms in the Pacific Northwest. It has 34 offices and more than 1,300 sales professionals, representing more than $8 billion in sales volume and nearly 11,000 transactions in 2021.

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