About Sales, Inc. Founder, Shirley Gary, recently announced that her company is going global as Engel & Völkers Buckhead Atlanta. As of June 20, her company has been a part of the larger international luxury brand, Engel & Völkers. The company’s Buckhead Atlanta storefront, “Property Shop” will open in the fall, showcasing a new concept for Atlanta real estate firms.
Gary founded About Sales, Inc. in 2007 and it is one of the fastest growing female owned firms in Atlanta. Since its start, Gary grew her company to nearly $4 million in annual gross revenues by 2013. A veteran in the metro Atlanta real estate industry, Gary has more than 20 years of experience and has worked with companies such as Pulte Homes, DR Horton Homes, Sharon McSwain Homes and Paul Thomas Homes.
As reported by Buckhead View, Gary, a licensing partner of Engel & Völkers, will be purchasing exclusive rights to open shops in six ZIP codes in Buckhead and the Vinings area. She also told the publication that this career move “Is the most logical thing in the world.” Atlanta’s stature in the global market as a major city to live, work and invest in is rising, and Gary felt that this opportunity offered to her was unparalleled. Gary is confident that Engel & Völkers Buckhead Atlanta will broaden the spectrum of luxury real estate to her local and international clients that are looking to purchase property in Atlanta.
“As part of Engel & Völkers’ global network that spans 38 countries and six continents, we offer our Atlanta clients access to a global audience,” says Gary. “At the same time, our in-depth expertise of the local market will greatly benefit international clients who are moving to Atlanta.”
Engel & Völkers began in 1977 as a boutique real estate agency in Hamburg, Germany. Since then, the company has expanded to embody one of the strongest brands in the world specializing in high-end residential and commercial properties and yachts. Its first real estate shop opened in Majorca, Spain in 1990 and has since continued to expand throughout Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, North and South America.
“We are extremely pleased to have Shirley and her team represent our brand in the Buckhead Atlanta market,” said Anthony Hitt, CEO of Engel & Völkers North America. “There is no doubt that with her years of experience and leadership, Engel & Völkers Buckhead Atlanta will be a valuable addition to our global network.”
Currently, Engel & Völkers Buckhead Atlanta includes 40 employees and has offices on Piedmont Rd. Gary continues to provide exceptional service to her company’s residential and commercial clients. However, the company is excited for its brand new office, set to open in the fall in Oliver McMillan’s sophisticated Buckhead Atlanta mixed-use project. This project will be comprised of six city blocks and will offer luxury retail, restaurants, cafes, office spaces and condominiums. Each Engel & Völkers shop, no matter where in the world, possesses the same elegant and clean look that attracts buyers. Similarly, Property Shop, Engel & Völkers Buckhead Atlanta office, will boast a 35-foot glass façade, which will showcase real estate properties from Atlanta and around the world. This marketing decision will give the company an edge in the luxury market to attract the maximum number of clients.
The company based its decision to open its new market on the current market leaders. To Engel & Völkers, Gary was the right choice. Senior Vice President of Market Development at Engel & Völkers North America, Tim Jones said, “Shirley Gary and her team were a clear choice for us – we are very happy to have them as part of the Engel & Völkers family.”