Coldwell Banker HPW Appoints Jim Simon as VP of Biz Development

Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston Appoints Jim Simon as Vice President of Business Development

Real estate industry veteran will focus on broadening and enhancing regional recruitment efforts

Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston, the leading residential real estate company in the Triangle region, proudly announced the appointment of Jim Simon as vice president of business development. In his new role, Simon will work closely with the company’s 15 regional sales offices to attract and recruit experienced and top producing real estate agents.

“Jim is a formidable talent in the real estate industry, and we are fortunate to have him join our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston team,” said Kent Hanley, company CEO. “Throughout his numerous years with some of the nation’s best-known businesses and leading real estate brands, Jim has proven his ability to take companies to the next level through successfully executed growth strategies. We’re confident he will help us do the same.”

Working closely with Hanley and Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston’s leadership team, Simon will streamline current agent recruitment processes and develop program enhancements to continue the company’s regional expansion. His expert guidance will serve to support sales office managers as they develop location level marketing initiatives to draw in and retain talented sales associates and teams.

Simon previously served as CEO of GMAC Global Relocation Services, a division of General Motors (now Brookfield Global Relocation Services) and in senior executive positions at Cendant Mobility (now Cartus), Prudential Financial, PNC Mortgage, and William Raveis Real Estate. He was also the Managing Director of Douglas Elliman, New York’s largest residential real estate brokerage. He has been a consultant to numerous major private equity firms and other major corporations.

Simon holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of South Carolina in Columbia and a master’s degree in Corporate & Political Communications from Fairfield University in Fairfield, Conn. He is a world traveler, food enthusiast, and an award-winning author of the best-selling thrillers Death Never Sleeps and Death Logs In. He will soon release his third installment in the Death series, Death Logs Out. His family is originally from Durham, and he and his wife, Andrea, are in the process of relocating to Cary.

About Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston 

Howard Perry, an established builder, and Don Walston, a real estate entrepreneur, formed Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston in 1973. Today, with more than 900 associates and employees and award-winning new homes, mortgage and insurance services, Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston is the largest full-service residential real estate company in the Triangle, the top Coldwell Banker company in the Triangle area and has earned recognition as one of the leading realty firms in the nation. Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston exceeded 8,840 real estate transactions with over $2.44 billion in sales in 2016. The Triangle Business Journal consistently ranks Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston as one of the “Best Places to Work in the Triangle.” For more information about Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston, visit Follow the company on Facebook at

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