Philip A. White, Jr., a 32-year industry veteran, currently oversees the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand’s operational functions, business growth, servicing platform, membership sales process and plays an instrumental role in the mergers and acquisitions occurring within its network of firms. He was promoted to president and chief operating officer in April 2010, after having served as chief operating officer for the previous six years.
White has served the Sotheby’s International Realty brand in both management capacities and as a broker and owner. As a result of his focus on providing quality service to the brand’s network members, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC has won Franchise Business Review’s Best in Category for Real Estate Franchisee Satisfaction award for the last five years. In addition to its real estate ranking, the brand also came in second overall among the Top 50 Large Franchise Systems, which is a ranking of all franchise systems with more than 200 units across all categories.
From 1980 to 1988, White held several positions in the Sotheby’s International Realty network. As senior vice president and regional manager for the southeast United States, he was responsible for developing a network of affiliated brokers and listing and marketing properties in cooperation with them. In addition to holding management positions in both the New York City and Palm Beach offices, White developed and managed a high-end local brokerage business in the Atlanta market for the company.
White left the company to start his own independent real estate firm called Philip White Properties, Inc., in Atlanta, and the firm was a Sotheby’s International Realty affiliate from 1988 to 1992. After four successful years at the helm, he sold his firm to Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, a subsidiary of NRT LLC, the nation’s largest residential real estate brokerage company.
Prior to his July 2004 appointment as chief operating officer of Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates, White spent 12 years with NRT, serving as managing broker of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s Buckhead office in Atlanta, one of the most successful offices in the entire NRT organization.
In 2011 he was named to the Inman 100, which is the publication’s list of the most influential, interesting and engaged people in the business for the year. He received his bachelor’s degree in commerce and finance from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va., in 1978. White is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.