Luxury Real Estate Leader Bill Rawlings Joins Cora Bett Thomas Realty asChief Operations Officer and Managing Broker

Posted by Jennifer Abshire — November 12, 2006

SAVANNAH, Ga. – In the dynamic, competitive luxury real estate market, Cora Bett Thomas Realty continues to attract the industry’s best and brightest. The latest real estate leader to join Cora Bett Thomas Realty is Bill Rawlings, a former vice president at the top Atlanta real estate firm Jenny Pruitt & Associates who now serves as Cora Bett Thomas Realty’s newly appointed chief operations officer and managing broker. In his new position, Rawlings oversees operations at the company’s offices in Savannah, Ga. and Bluffton, S.C. “Bill is a proven leader and I am confident that, in this role, he will be a true champion in fulfilling our strategic plan while maintaining the daily activities of Cora Bett Thomas Realty,” said company founder and CEO, Cora Bett Thomas. “Our firm has grown dramatically over the past decade as we have set a new standard for customer service, technology and market expertise along the Creative Coast. Establishing the COO position is a necessary element of our company’s vision and continued growth.”With 15 years of experience in training and development, sales management, employee relations and human resources management, Rawlings boasts a breadth of experience that will provide sales associates at Cora Bett Thomas Realty with invaluable support and unparalleled resources for professional development. This veteran real estate expert’s strong commitment to the organization will enable Cora Bett Thomas Realty to continue to attract top personnel and to provide extraordinary customer service.“Cora Bett has put together a fantastic team,” he said. “I look forward to working closely with the team to put her long-term vision into practice.”Rawlings brings an impressive range of professional experience to his new position. He most recently served as the vice president of career development at Jenny Pruitt & Associates, a top luxury real estate firm in Atlanta. During his tenure with that prestigious firm, he earned the Outstanding New Associate Award as well as the Professional Growth Award. In recognition of his impressive sales record in his first year as a sales associate, Real Estate Magazine selected him as the “Rookie of the Year” for the Atlanta metropolitan area. Prior to commencing his career as in luxury real estate, Rawlings served as vice president of The Grapevine Group, Inc., an Atlanta-based human resources consulting firm. He also earned valuable recruiting and human resources experience while working for well-known retailers Gap, Inc., and Parisian, Inc. Rawlings graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He serves as an active member of the National Association of Realtors and the Atlanta Board of Realtors Million Dollar Club. A licensed Georgia real estate broker, he also has a range of specialized credentials and is an Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR) and a Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist (CLHMS).“Bill shines as one of the brightest stars in the Southeast’s luxury real estate market,” said Thomas. “We are delighted to welcome him to Cora Bett Thomas Realty and know that he will make an invaluable contribution to our company and to the luxury market along the Creative Coast.”ABOUT CORA BETT THOMAS REALTY With listings for the area’s finest residential and commercial properties, Cora Bett Thomas Realty, is an exclusive affiliate of Christie’s Great Estates and a longtime member of Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate, The Board of Regents, Luxury Portfolio, Leading Estates of the World and Leading Real Estate Companies of the World (formerly RELO). The firm dominates the luxury real estate market along the Georgia and South Carolina coast, with offices based in Savannah, Ga. and Bluffton, S.C. Under the leadership of founder and CEO Cora Bett Thomas, the company features an expert team of agents who specialize in historic homes, luxury condominiums, commercial real estate, investment property, land and waterfront property. Connect Savannah readers recently voted Cora Bett Thomas Realty the “Best Real Estate Company” for 2006. For additional information, please visit online or call 912.233.6000.

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