Calgary Herald

Real estate name reborn in Foothills

- DAVI D PARKER

One of the strongest real estate brand names has to be Royal LePage and broker/owner Ted Zaharko has built up his Foothills company to the third-largest in Western Canada. It is No. 11 in volume across the country and is an organizati­on that provides employment to some 250 agents in three Calgary locations and others in Okotoks, Black Diamond, Airdrie and High River.

The head office of the Toronto-based company made a decision to sell its commercial division to U.S.-based Cushman Wakefield and the Calgary office became Cushman Wakefield LePage. Since then the LePage name has been dropped and the firm is now known simply as Cushman Wakefield.

Zaharko saw this as an opportunit­y to resurrect the name and culture that had previously existed here and has opened Royal LePage Foothills Commercial Division.

To help launch his new pure commercial division, he sought another dedicated profession­al and has hired Barb Gibson as associate broker/manager.

Gibson was controller of Nu-West Developmen­t until 1988 when she decided to abandon accounting, got a commercial real estate licence and joined Pioneer Property Group. Since then she gained experience with CB Richard Ellis for eight years, specializi­ng in retail and industrial, and for the past six years was broker at NAI Commercial.

The respect she has earned within the industry has enabled her to pull together a team of very experience­d agents for Foothills Commercial.

For V.J. Tukkimaki, it’s a homecoming of sorts as he spent 22 years specializi­ng in industrial with the Royal LePage name before moving to DTZ Barnicke. Land and industrial agents Harold Edwards and Sheldon Napaschuk have relocated from Barclay Street Real Estate and are marketing a 50-acre parcel on 84th Street and Glenmore Trail S.E.

Gibson and her current team of 10 at Royal LePage Foothills Commercial have located in the 68th Avenue S.W. office that is under renovation to provide space for it to grow to 24 agents.

Good to see the good name resurrecte­d — as VJ says, “I never have to explain who Royal LePage is.”

Jocelyn Flanagan, CEO of event management company e=mc² , is celebratin­g her 10th year in business by offering a partnershi­p in her firm to Keri Miller. An employee of e=mc² for eight of those years, Miller was hired as an event producer, became creative director and now holds the title of partner and creative director.

Our hospital- ity industry got a boost with the decision by Swimming Canada to hold its 2012 and 2016 Age Group Nationals in Calgary.

The July 2012 event featuring Canada’s best young swimmers will be held at the Talisman Centre and Tourism Cal- gary expects it will result in more than 7,000 room night stays in our hotels. DAVID PARKER APPEARS TUESDAY, THURSDAY AND FRIDAY. READ HIS COLUMNS ONLINE AT CALGARYHER­ALD. COM/ BUSINESS. HE CAN BE REACHED AT 403-8304622 OR E-MAIL INFO@ DAVIDPARKE­R.CA

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Stuart Gradon, Calgary Herald Barbara Gibson and Ted Zaharko of Royal LePage Foothills.
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