Monument Sotheby’s International Realty is pleased to announce the appointment of Francis X. Santangelo to the role of Chief Strategy Officer. In this role, Santangelo will be responsible for leveraging the company’s current position as the leading luxury brokerage in the Greater Baltimore Region to drive organic growth and position the company’s operations for success in a post-COVID world.
“We are thrilled to have Fran join our team, says Charlie Hatter, Co-Owner at Monument Sotheby’s International Realty. “As a senior executive at Sotheby’s International Realty, Fran was instrumental in bringing the brand to Baltimore in 2015. I can honestly say that without Fran’s tireless efforts and vision, Monument Sotheby’s International Realty would not exist. With his wealth of experience, industry knowledge, connections and intimate understanding of our company and our markets, there is simply no better person to chart our strategy forward.”
Santangelo has been working with the company as an independent consultant through his firm, FX Consulting, since March 2018. Prior to consulting, Santangelo was the senior vice president, global operations and development, for the Sotheby’s International Realty brand from 2012 to 2018 and was responsible for identifying key growth and dark markets for the brand, as well as overseeing its worldwide business operations.
Santangelo was one of the Sotheby’s International Realty brand’s first employees after Realogy (NYSE: RLGY) entered into a long-term strategic alliance with Sotheby’s, the operator of the auction house in 2004 to acquire the license to develop an international luxury real estate network. He served as the brand’s general counsel from April 2004 to 2012.
“As expected, the Greater Baltimore Region has truly embraced the Sotheby’s International Realty brand, and I am honored to join the leadership team at Monument Sotheby’s International Realty to take the company into new markets and to the next level.”
Santangelo joins industry and company veterans Kimberly Kepnes and Eddy Ross of the Monument Sotheby’s International Realty’s leadership team. Kepnes has been the driving force behind the company’s growth over the last two years, spearheading efforts to support and develop its current agents and attracting top agents to the company, including to its newest flagship office in Clarksville, Howard County, Maryland. Ross took over as general manager and broker of record in 2019 after many years as a successful sales associate and associate broker. His experience and affable demeanor has provided a steady presence in the company’s seven offices.