President, Founder & CEO
Mr. Hulme is founder, President and CEO of Alain Pinel Realtors, which was ranked the 5th largest residential real estate company in the nation by volume in 2011 and grew 23% in 2012, to again be ranked 5th largest in the U.S. with even greater volume.
He co-founded the brokerage in Saratoga, California in 1990, with Helen Pastorino and Alain Pinel. They settled on the company name, "Alain Pinel Realtors, Inc.", after approximately10 names were rejected by the Secretary of State because they too closely resembled existing firms.
Less than 2 months after the first office opened in August, 1990, Alain Pinel left the company and returned to his native France. Helen left in 1995, leaving Mr. Hulme as sole owner.
Mr. Hulme came from humble beginnings. He was born on a farm in southern Utah that was previously an Indian burial ground. His parents and their 6 children lived in the 2-bedroom house that had been an Indian school. It was located 3 miles out of town and was without electricity and water. Coal oil lamps and Coleman lanterns provided all lighting. All drinking and other water was carried from town in 5-gallon milk cans tied to their Graham Paige car. All 8 took their turn in the same water for their weekly bath in the round metal wash tub. As Mr. Hulme remembers, it was always cold there (even when it was warm).
Beginning his business career at the age of 8, he delivered newspapers both on morning and evening routes for 8 years, in addition to normal farm chores.
As a boxer and wrestler in high school, he went undefeated in boxing, and his only loss in wrestling was in his senior year at the finals of the all-state wrestling meet in Ogden, Utah.
By the time he was 24 he had received a bachelor's degree from the University of Utah, completed his tour of duty as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Air Force, served a 2 1/2 year mission in Germany for his church, was accepted into medical school at the University of Utah, founded and operated a successful chain link fence contracting business and established himself as a full-time licensed life insurance agent. He became the District Manager of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company in San Jose, California, at age 28, and was ordained the Bishop of his church at age 31.
Mr. Hulme chose a business career rather than entering medical school. As a life-long entrepreneur he has usually had several businesses going simultaneously, including founding, owning and operating the following:
Chief Financial Officer
& Chief Administrative Officer
David Bellamy has more than twenty five years of finance management and administrative experience and has worked for some of the world's leading business brands. In his current capacity as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer for Alain Pinel Realtors, he oversees all accounting functions, budgeting processes, strategic planning, financial reporting, and human resources to support the organization. He reports to President, Founder and CEO Paul Hulme.
Prior to joining APR in 2007, Mr. Bellamy was in executive management with The Body Shop, most recently as its CFO, VP Finance, Real Estate & IT for the Americas Region. Prior positions included VP Real Estate and Director, Planning & Analysis. His responsibilities covered the full scope of the financial and real estate functions, including accounting, reporting, budgeting, analysis, strategic planning, insurance, legal, site selection, lease management, and construction.
Before moving to The Body Shop, Mr. Bellamy was Controller External Reporting and Treasury Accounting as well as holding other positions of responsibility in finance at Intel Corporation in Santa Clara. He began his career as Audit Supervisor at Coopers & Lybrand in San Francisco.
Mr. Bellamy is a Certified Public Accountant, has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Santa Clara, a B. Com (Accounting) from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Chicago.
Executive Vice President
Rainy Hake has over 15 years of experience in the real estate industry. While the majority of her professional experience is concentrated in marketing and brand strategy for the luxury real estate industry, she also has extensive experience in strategic business and marketing consulting. During her career, Ms. Hake has acted as international brand strategy consultant for some of the world's leading business brands including L'Oreal Paris, Wells Fargo Bank and McCann Worldwide. Prior to joining APR in 2003, Ms. Hake worked as VP of Marketing and Administration for Real Estate Management Investment Company, Inc. in Santa Cruz, California where she managed a successful real estate and property management office.
In her current role as Executive Vice President, Ms. Hake is in charge of overseeing the Technology, Marketing, Training and Strategy departments for Alain Pinel Realtors and reports directly to President, Founder and CEO, Paul Hulme. As part of the executive management team, Ms. Hake is charged with the task of coordinating the strategic efforts of these departments, keeping Alain Pinel Realtors on the forefront of marketing and technology within the Bay Area real estate industry. She is responsible for driving the corporate brand identity and managing the marketing, advertising, PR, and communication strategies for the firm in both traditional and emerging forms of media. Additionally, Ms. Hake manages the cutting-edge training and mentoring programs Alain Pinel Realtors provides to their exceptional agents. Overall, Ms. Hake pioneers the strategic roadmap for the firm in all areas of operation.
Ms. Hake's international experience is not limited to her professional expertise. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications from the University of California at Berkeley and earned a Masters in Business Administration in International Marketing and Strategic Planning from the University of Oxford, England in 2008.
Director of Corporate Operations
Michael Hulme began working for Alain Pinel Realtors in 1992, soon after the firm's first office opened. After completing his Bachelor's Degree in Business Management from Utah Valley University, he assumed the role of Facilities Manager for the firm.
In his current role as the Director of Corporate Operations, Mr. Hulme has been responsible for overseeing the services and processes that support the core business of the organization. This includes the procurement and ongoing contract management and negotiations with vendors that support the buildings and grounds, cleaning, building efficiency, space management, utilities and communications infrastructure, construction management, lease administration and negotiations, and other services relating to the support of a pleasing business environment.
In addition to his role as Director of Corporate Operations, Mr. Hulme works side-by-side with his father and founder, Paul L. Hulme. He is also an active member of the firm's Executive Committee, where he is integral in developing and implementing the strategic direction of the firm.
Along with his work at Alain Pinel Realtors, Mr. Hulme serves in management and on operating committees for other family owned businesses. Before completing his college studies, he served a two year mission to England for his church and married his wife, Beth. Outside of work, his favorite activities are spent with his wife and children.
Barry L. Baltor
Vice President Business Operations Manager
Barry L. Baltor, Certified Public Accountant, returned to Alain Pinel Realtors (APR) in December 2004 as Special Assistant to President, Founder & CEO Paul L. Hulme. Soon thereafter he was promoted to Vice President Business Operations Manager, still reporting to Mr. Hulme.
Until July 2000, Mr. Baltor served as Manager of Finance and Facilities for APR where his responsibilities included financial reporting; budgeting and financial planning; management of the accounting department; insurance; litigation support for external counsel; office lease management; construction management for new offices; purchasing hardware/software, office equipment, furniture and fixtures; facilities management; communication systems management; security; and management of daily business operations.
Mr. Baltor has worked as a Certified Public Accountant in the fields of Audit, Tax and Management Advisory Services - completing financial audits; corporate and individual tax preparation and planning; business valuations; financial projections, budget development; internal control and systems development, software implementations, and litigation support. Mr. Baltor also has experience with Residential Real Estate Brokerage, Investment Partnerships, Hedge Funds, Investment Advisors, Real Estate Partnerships, Real Estate Developers, Broker/Dealer of Securities, Venture Capital, Technology Companies, Construction, Wholesale Distribution, Retail and Non-Profits.
Mr. Baltor graduated from San Diego State University and received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Accounting) in 1979, and in 1982 became licensed by the State of California as a Certified Public Accountant.
Vice President of Relocation & Business Development
Michi Olson, SGMS, is Vice President of Business Development and Relocation and serves as Alain Pinel Realtors' primary point-of-contact for company-wide relocation services, including its affiliation with The Leading Real Estate Companies of the Worldά the world's largest referral network for independent real estate services companies that formerly operated as RELO. In this role, she manages the brokerage's corporate relocation network and assists thousands of families annually when they move from one state to another for work purposes, or increasingly, to global destinations in job-related moves. Ms. Olson is also responsible for developing new strategic business opportunities and initiatives for Alain Pinel Realtors, including initiatives with seniors and minorities.
Prior to joining APR in 2004, Ms. Olson was the Director of Relocation for E-Loan where she was responsible for serving the mortgage needs for corporate clients who were transferring employees. Prior to that Ms. Olson was Vice President of Business Development with SOMA Living Real Estate and Marketing Director for Corporate Relocation Services with Wells Fargo Home Mortgage. Earlier in her real estate career, Ms. Olson was with Cornish & Carey Residential Real Estate in the mid-1990s where she served as Vice President of their Home Sales Division and as Vice President of Expansion for licensed offices. She was also DRE certified instructor for 1031 Tax Deferred Exchanges back in the late 1980's.
Ms. Olson received her Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from St. Mary's College in Moraga, CA. She has her California real estate license, is a member of the National Association of Realtors (NAR), California Association of Realtors (CAR), and is a past president of Women's Council of Realtors-Santa Clara Chapter. She is currently serving on the Board of Directors for Relocation Directors Council (RDC). She is also serving on Worldwide ERC US Advisory Council, and Leading Real Estate Companies of the WorldΠAdvisory Council. She is a recipient of the 2008 President's Service Recognition Award and the 2010 Chairman's Award from Leading Real Estate Companies of the Worldή Ms Olson has earned the prestigious Senior Global Mobility Specialist (SGMS) designation and is a frequent speaker and moderator at Worldwide ERC, RDC, Leading RE, and Bay Area Professionals in Relocation Management (BAPRM) conferences. Her article "Creating a Remarkable Relocation Department", appeared in Real Estate Business Magazine, August/Sept 2006 issue.
Born and raised in Japan, Ms. Olson attended The American School in Japan for "expats", and speaks Japanese fluently. Her international experience has proven invaluable in dealing with relocation issues. Ms. Olson manages a centralized relocation division in San Ramon's Bishop Ranch.
Vice President of Information Technology
Tom Flanagan is Vice President of Technology at Alain Pinel Realtors and is responsible for overall technology strategy and implementation throughout the company. With over a decade of experience in the technology industry, he brings a wide range of knowledge in technology, online platforms and new media, with an emphasis on design and usability.
Mr. Flanagan is also a syndicated columnist for Inman News, the leading source of independent real estate news and information. His column explores the best practices and trends in website design and analytics, mobile applications, and online services that real estate companies can use to grow their businesses and run them more efficiently.
Prior to joining APR in 2014, Mr. Flanagan was the Vice President of Marketing and Technology at Residential Properties Ltd in Providence, Rhode Island. He has been a featured speaker at both local and national events including Real Estate Connect and the Google IT Summit. Most recently, he was a recipient of the Rhode Island Tech 10 Award with outstanding recognition for overall achievement.
Mr. Flanagan is a graduate of New England Institute of Technology with a degree in Interactive Multimedia. When not hacking away on various projects, he enjoys spending time with his wife Kathy and daughter Marley. Feel free to follow his musings on Twitter: @tflan.
Director of Technical Training
Diane Bravo brings 20 years of technical training and implementation experience to Alain Pinel Realtors. In her current capacity as Director of Technical Training, she is responsible for helping all APR agents improve their business through the use of real estate software. She not only listens, but offers answers and solutions to Alain Pinel Realtors sales professionals via a variety of tools including online and classroom-style learning. With the belief that communicating clearly and effectively is the key to successful training, Ms. Bravo is able to effectively lead RealtorsΠto embrace the use of all proprietary and third party programs that Alain Pinel Realtors has to offer.
Before moving to Alain Pinel Realtors, Ms. Bravo worked for Integrated Device Technology as Business Systems Analyst, specializing in SAP software implementations. Ms. Bravo was part of a team responsible for implementation and employee training for companywide Y2K solutions. Prior to IDT she worked for Coopers and Lybrand as a Technical Consultant. Ms. Bravo began her software career at Oracle Corporation.
Ms. Bravo holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis on Organizational Communication.
Director of Human Resources
Jim Chambers recently joined Alain Pinel Realtors as Human Resources Director bringing with him more than 20 years of experience in labor relations, recruitment and administration practice.
Jim is responsible for implementing the company's compensation and benefit plans. He ensures compliance with company policies for approximately 1,250 APR managers, staff and sales professionals.
Chambers worked for Bristlecone, Inc., an 80-person, pre-IPO consulting and development firm located in Santa Clara before joining Alain Pinel Realtors. At Bristlecone he was Human Resources Manager working with firm's principals to establish polices and procedures, salary administration, insurance and recruitment directives.
From 1982 to 2002, Chambers was Human Resources & Bindery Mail Manager with Quebecor World in San Jose, a 300-person union employee company and the largest commercial printer in the world. He represented the company in labor negotiations and labor contract administration with four separate unions.
Chambers received his Master of Business Administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio and his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Economics and Math from Wilmington College in Wilmington, Ohio.
Peninsula Director of Career Development
With over 30 year's experience as a top producing agent, broker and office manager, Jan Jaramillo has a deep understanding of the real estate industry. Her hands on experience has afforded her a valuable and unique perspective of property marketing, negotiating, contract issues and escrows. Along with being an active real estate broker, Jan was integral in developing the Alain Pinel Realtors Master's Agent Success Program, that includes not just training, but marketing and coaching. She is also a Certified Buffini Mentor, Certified Distressed Property Expert and is a California Association of Realtors Contract Certified Trainer. Jan's three years of high school teaching experience, coupled with her background of being a gymnastics and dance instructor since she was 16, also lend her a tremendous amount of experience as a genuine trainer and teacher.
South Bay Director of Career Development
Since joining Alain Pinel Realtors in 2004, Jim Pojda has built his career with the core foundation of quality and superior customer service. Jim has received national attention as the Quality Service Certification (QSC) Agent of the Year and Platinum level recognition five consecutive years. He has been awarded the Premier Club achievement award from "The Leading Real Estate Companies of the World" for his continued sales performance, and was also presented with the President's Award in 2012 for his dedication to the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors.
Jim has played a key role in the development of the APR Master's Training Program, which includes not just training, but marketing and coaching assistance to agents as well. He has been an experienced mentor/agent coach since 2005 and certified as a forms/contract trainer by the California Association of Realtors. Prior to Alain Pinel Realtors, Jim served as Vice-President of Business Operations for TechPointer, Inc. where he was the managing director leading a team of technicians, web developers, trainers and marketing consultants. Prior to TechPointer, Inc., Jim worked for IBM Corporation overseeing the operations, marketing and web design areas for the IBM/Oracle International Competency Center located in Redwood Shores, CA.
East Bay Director of Career Development
Linda Traurig's production places her among the top performing sales professionals at Alain Pinel Realtors. She initially received her real estate license in 1990, and after joining APR in 2003, has continued to build her business. Believing that professionalism, honesty, integrity, and ethics are critical to becoming a respected Realtor, Linda is a member of the Bay East Association Board of Realtors Ethics and Prostandards Committee, and also holds numerous professional designations, making her a true expert in her field. Prior to joining APR, Linda owned her own Human Resources Consulting business and, before that, was the Vice President of Human Resources for a local commercial insurance brokerage. There she handled all employee relations, hiring, policy implementation and interpretation, employee benefits and oversaw the activities of several staff members including the administrative staff, account managers, the Information Technology department, and assisted in the overall operations of the company.
North Bay Director of Career Development
Tim Freeman brings over a decade of Real Estate sales, management, coaching and mentoring experience to Alain Pinel Realtors. He has been the managing broker of both an international luxury real estate office in Chicago's Gold Coast and the largest real estate office in Northern California's wine country. Tim's previous professional experience includes working in accounting and finance for several Fortune 500 companies, most notably the Gap, Inc. where he was a member of the team which brought the Old Navy brand to the world of retail. In addition, he was also a founder and principal in a boutique investment banking company located in San Francisco with predominantly technology clients. As a result of Tim's past business experience, he is well-versed in mentoring entrepreneurs as they build their businesses and brands. The cornerstone of Tim's philosophy is planning; the idea of starting with the end in mind is one of his mantras. In addition, he believes in taking a risk-based approach to serving the client's needs both from a contractual and marketing perspective. Tim was steeped in this unique approach as he earned his CPA license while with the San Francisco office of Deloitte, LLP.
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