Agency welcomes new franchisee in Naples, Florida

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“As the luxury market in Naples continues to boom, we are confident that a unique brand like The Agency will meet the demand of buyers looking to enter this thriving market,” said Jim Ramsay, Executive Vice President of Franchise Sales at The Agency.

The Agency, a global real estate agency, has announced the opening of its new franchise office in Naples, Florida. The new location is the company’s 29th franchise in its growing network of offices in the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. The Naples office is led by respected luxury real estate agents and managing partners Chris and Kara Resop, Blair Chang, LeAnne Thrasher-Chang, Glenn Shimkus and Shantel Shimkus.

“South Florida is an incredibly important region for The Agency as we continue to expand our presence across the state with the launch of our new franchise in Naples,” said Mauricio Umansky, CEO and founder of The Agency. “We couldn’t be more excited to have the powerhouse team of Chris and Kara Resop, Blair and LeAnne Thrasher-Chang, and Glenn and Shantel Shimkus spearhead this task as we continue to roll out The Agency brand around the world.”

As one of the fastest growing boutique real estate agents in the world, The Agency’s global expansion reached new heights in 2021 with a record-breaking launch of 11 new franchises in one year. Debuting in Naples, Florida, The Agency continues to expand its East Coast presence with franchised offices in Boston, Massachusetts, New Canaan, Connecticut, North Shore-New York, DC Metro and Turks and Caicos.

“We are excited that Chris and Kara Resop, Blair and Leanne Thrasher-Chang, and Glenn and Shantel Shimkus will be at the forefront of a very exciting market as we continue to bring The Agency brand to thriving cities around the world,” said Jim Ramsay, Executive Vice President of Franchise Sales at The Agency. “As the luxury market in Naples continues to boom, we are confident that a unique brand like The Agency will meet the demand of buyers looking to enter this thriving market.”

Consistently ranked as a top producer in Naples, Chris Resop is recognized by peers and clients for his commitment to exceptional service and his command of the local luxury market. Chris and his wife Kara founded The Resop Team in 2015 and have served clients across Florida’s West Coast with over $500 million in sales and completed over 200 real estate transactions. Chris was involved in the real estate business from an early age, growing up in a family of realtors and developers, but began his own professional career in baseball. Drafted by the Marlins after high school, Chris played for six major league teams before settling in Naples to raise his family. Today, Chris’ clients not only benefit from his focus on professional athletes and his extensive network, but also from the generations of local knowledge and industry knowledge shared by the Resop team.

Born and raised in Naples, Kara Resop brings a wealth of local insight and an exceptional work ethic to The Agency Naples. During college, she earned her real estate license and joined Coldwell Banker, where she helped lead a world-class sales team and became highly skilled at bringing deals together. Kara and Chris spent a decade touring the country with their two young children (even living in Japan for two years while Chris played for the Hanshin Tigers), and when Chris’ career in MLB ended, the two hit their roots in the only place they had ever called home: Naples.

“The agency’s exclusive tools and unparalleled branding philosophy will take the region to a new level of offering,” said Chris Resop. “Naples has always had a special place in my heart and I am honored to continue to grow new and existing relationships with The Agency’s unmatched marketing and technology services,” added Kara Resop.

Glenn Shimkus was included in Inman News’ list of the 100 Most Influential People in Real Estate and recognized by New York Times bestselling author Stefan Swanepoel as one of the 200 Most Powerful and Influential People in Real Estate. Glenn Shimkus also acts as Operating Partner at The Agency Naples along with his wife Shantel Shimkus. Prior to founding The Agency Naples, Glenn founded Cartavi, an award-winning cloud-based transaction management document sharing solution. Eventually, he sold the company to DocuSign and joined the National Association of REALTORS® as Vice President of Strategy and Innovation. Originally from Illinois, Glenn earned a degree in economics from the University of Illinois. When not overseeing The Agency’s operations, Glenn enjoys supporting numerous charities including the Northern Illinois Food Bank, the Michael Phelps Foundation, the Tim Tebow Foundation and the STARability Foundation.

A dedicated real estate agent with more than 15 years of industry experience, Shantel Shimkus founded The Agency Naples to help people find their dream homes along Florida’s west coast, from Naples-Marco Island to Tampa Bay. Shantel began her real estate career in 2006 and specializes in relocation and short sales. Originally from Illinois, Shantel married her husband and raised three now-adult children in her home state, where she remains a top real estate producer. Shantel first fell in love with Naples during her honeymoon and made it her full-time residence in 2019. Shantel and Glenn now enjoy spending time on the beach, golfing and bocce ball while serving clients and negotiating transactions.

“We are confident that The Agency will have a strong impact on Naples real estate and we look forward to continuing to shape our home market,” said Glenn Shimkus. “As The Agency expands its presence into the already booming Naples market, I’m excited to see the region being spotlighted as a top Florida destination,” added Shantel Shimkus.

Blair Chang, founder and partner of global brokerage firm The Agency and now Managing Partner of The Agency Naples in Florida, brings clients a passion for architecture and design, providing niche insights into diverse and significant homes on the East and West Coasts. After graduating from Pepperdine University and stints in fashion and advertising, Blair began his real estate career in his hometown of San Marino, where he was quickly recognized as Rookie of the Year. A year later, Blair moved his business to Beverly Hills and became co-founder and executive director of the Architectural Division at Prudential California Realty, where Chang’s team, Rose + Chang, was regularly the number one sales team for Los Angeles County. In September 2011, Blair co-founded The Agency with Mauricio Umansky and Billy Rose. Since then, he has been among his many accolades, including being named one of the top agents in the United States on RealTrends The Thousand list and being recognized by The Agency as the company’s top agent. In his free time, Blair enjoys car racing, surfing and traveling with his family.

LeAnne Thrasher-Chang, Managing Partner at The Agency Naples, is a bi-coastal real estate professional serving clients in Naples, Florida and Los Angeles, California. Raised in Naples, LeAnne offers insight that only a local can. Her father was in real estate finance, so she grew up with an insider’s understanding of the Naples market and has now lived in homes in virtually every neighborhood. LeAnne started her real estate career in 2011, and before working in real estate, LeAnne attended NYU and Pepperdine while working as a model. Outside of real estate, LeAnne lives a busy life with two sons, aged eight and five, who inherited her and her husband’s love of sports and the outdoors. LeAnne also volunteers with Children’s Hospital, Giveback Homes, Much Love Animal Rescue and Hilton Heroes.

“The agency’s global brand brings together an exceptional team to cover the Naples market. We are excited to leverage the talents of the region’s most respected and well-known real estate agents in the industry,” said Blair Chang. “We are thrilled to bring the first agency location to the Gulf Coast and I look forward to ushering in a new era of luxury real estate in my hometown,” added LeAnne Thrasher-Chang.

The Naples Agency is located at 852 First Ave. South, Suite 100, Naples, Florida, 34102.

The Agency

The agency is a full-service luxury real estate brokerage and lifestyle company, representing clients across a spectrum of classes including residential, new build, resort, condominium leasing and luxury vacation rentals. Since its inception in 2011, The Agency has modernized and evolved the real estate industry by fostering a culture of partnership where all clients and offers are represented in a collaborative environment. Agents eschew the traditional broker model, sharing knowledge, spheres of influence, contacts and expertise to ensure clients better representation and a real competitive advantage. The agency has completed over $41 billion in real estate transactions since its inception and has 850 agents in more than 50 offices throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.

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