SOURCE: Windermere


October 29, 2015 11:30 ET

Windermere Real Estate Expands in Southern California, Adds Seasoned Pro to Its Leadership Bench

Mark Hughes Named President of Windermere Services, Southern California, and Will Manage Operations and Franchise Development in Los Angeles, Coachella Valley, Riverside and San Diego

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwired - October 29, 2015) - Windermere Real Estate, the largest regional real estate company in the Western U.S., is expanding operations in Southern California and growing its executive team with the addition of Mark Hughes as president of Windermere Services, Southern California. Hughes most recently served as chief operating officer at First Team Real Estate in Southern California, the largest independent brokerage firm in California.

Hughes will oversee Windermere operations in Southern California, managing development, operations, service activities, and growth of the Windermere brand throughout the region. He will also develop new franchises throughout Los Angeles, Coachella Valley, Riverside and San Diego Counties, and focus on creating new programs to increase sales for Windermere franchise owners and their agents.

"There's a lot of excitement about the Windermere brand in Southern California and an increasing amount of interest from companies about joining our team," President of Windermere Real Estate, OB Jacobi said. "Mark is just the person to lead our expansion in the region. He is a driven real estate professional who is very well respected within the industry. Mark also has an incredible instinct for marketing and business development that will be a great support to new and existing Windermere franchise owners in Southern California."

Windermere's expansion in Southern California will further extend the company's footprint of 300 offices in 11 states and Mexico. The company anticipates continued success in Southern California due to the high demand for luxury homes and strong real estate market.

Hughes is a real estate industry veteran with a career record in national sales just under $500 million, and he has been consistently ranked in the top 1 percent of agents worldwide. As chief operating officer at First Team Real Estate for more than two years, he was instrumental in the real estate brokerage's rapid growth. Prior to that, he spent eight years as the owner and broker of a Sotheby's International Realty affiliate. Hughes is the author of the popular industry book and workshop series, "Branded Agent." He is an accomplished industry speaker, media talent, and former HGTV National Open House host. Hughes holds multiple broker licenses and a Bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia.

"I couldn't be happier to join the Windermere team. Its strong brand and company culture are impressive and set Windermere apart from other real estate brokerages," Hughes said. "It's an exciting time for the company, and I look forward to leveraging my industry knowledge and existing relationships to increase the reach of the Windermere brand throughout Southern California."

About Windermere Real Estate

Windermere Real Estate is ranked the largest regional real estate company in the Western U.S. with over 300 offices and 7,000 agents serving communities in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Mexico. Last year, Windermere closed over 77,000 sides for more than $27 billion in dollar volume. The Windermere family has a proud heritage of serving our neighbors via the Windermere Foundation which funds services for low-income and homeless families. Since 1989, the Windermere Foundation has contributed more than 30 million dollars towards improving lives in the communities where we live and work. For more information, visit

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