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Pacific Union Names Brent Thomson for COO and Ed Lynch Senior VP for Marin

Pacific Union International Hires Key Industry Leaders to Execute Aggressive California Expansion

Thomson and Lynch Deliver Uncommon Skills Plus Deep Experience

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., July 28, 2017 – Pacific Union International, Inc., the eighthlargest residential real estate brokerage in the U.S. by 2016 sales volume, is expanding its leadership team with key industry performers Brent Thomson and Ed Lynch. The new hires strengthen Pacific Union’s position as the fastest-growing real estate brokerage in California, delivering projected 2017 sales volume in excess of $15 billion.

On August 1, Brent Thomson transitions from her current role as president of Pacific Union’s Marin County region to the newly created position of chief operations officer for Pacific Union. Joining the Pacific Union organization from the mortgage-banking industry, Ed Lynch becomes senior vice president of Pacific Union’s Marin County region. These best-in-class leaders will support Pacific Union’s aggressive drive to grow market share in California and attract and retain the top-producing real estate professionals in the state.

“Brent Thomson achieves the extraordinary in everything she does,” Pacific Union CEO Mark A. McLaughlin says. “In 1996, without knowing each other, Brent, while at IBM/Lotus Notes, and I, while at Colliers, were both part of an Everest ascent. Of course, Brent was at Base Camp, and I was simply in the U.S.A. using the event to rally a team of brokers.”

Thomson was instrumental in integrating Morgan Lane Marin, Inc. with Pacific Union in the 2009 merger McLaughlin led. As president of the Marin County region, Thomson also served as a visionary member of Pacific Union International’s board of directors, contributing to the brokerage’s growth from sales volume of $2.1 billion in 2009 to $10.81 billion in 2016 and more than 1,100 real estate professionals in 38 offices in Northern and Southern California. Thomson retains her seat on the board.

During her tenure in Marin, Thomson grew Pacific Union’s market share by more than 20 percent, supporting 2009 sales volume of $414 million to projected 2017 sales volume topping $1.4 billion. Her leadership skills and initiative honed in the tech industry with Lotus and IBM are strengthened by her ability and drive as a global athlete who scales Everest, drives wild horses across Mongolia, and leads rugged predawn hikes with her team across California’s coastal trails. As COO, Thomson will oversee all aspects of Pacific Union’s operations, including optimal engagement, performance, and recruiting of real estate professionals, as well as overseeing regional executives in Pacific Union’s Marin County, Napa County, Sonoma County, East Bay, and Contra Costa County regions and the Lake Tahoe/Truckee market.

As Senior Vice President for Pacific Union’s Marin County region, Ed Lynch brings more than two decades of experience in the mortgage-banking industry with RPM Mortgage, Inc., executing thousands of real estate transaction closings. Concurrently, Lynch served as battalion chief of the Tiburon, California fire department until 2014, starting in the department as a 19-year old volunteer. Currently, Lynch serves as the vice president of the Tiburon Peninsula Foundation and is a former commodore of the San Francisco Yacht Club. His unique organizational skills and deep experience in strategic planning, crisis response, and community relations combined with his dynamic knowledge of the real estate industry ideally position him to lead Pacific Union’s highly successful Marin County region to projected 2017 sales volume of $1.4 billion. Lynch begins his new role at Pacific Union on August 1.

“Ed’s abilities will energize the Marin region with innovative ideas to drive performance and exceed sales growth,” McLaughlin says. “We’re excited to integrate Ed’s wide experience in motivating teams and attracting the best producers from the region to our accelerated vision for the real estate firm of the future.”

About Pacific Union

Founded in San Francisco in 1975, Pacific Union International, Inc. is the West Coast’s premier luxury real estate brand. With sales volume of $10.15 billion, real estate industry media leader, REAL Trends, ranks Pacific Union as the eighth-largest residential brokerage in the U.S. Through its 2015 acquisition of The Mark Company, the nation’s leading sales and marketing firm for new urban luxury developments, Pacific Union expanded its brand to development projects from San Diego to Seattle. In 2016, Pacific Union merged with Los Angeles-based brokerage John Aaroe Group, extending the Pacific Union brand to become the ultimate California real estate company. The strategic alliance of these three powerhouses creates combined 2016 production of $10.15 billion supporting more than 1,100 elite real estate professionals in 39 offices throughout the Pacific Coast. Extending Pacific Union’s international reach, in 2013 the brokerage established an award-winning Beijing-based China Concierge program that fully supports its Chinese investors on the Mainland. Additionally Pacific Union offers a full range of personal and commercial real estate services, including buying, selling, and relocation in addition to operating a cadre of joint-venture businesses that provide rental and commercial property management and insurance services. Locally owned, Pacific Union executes with a vision for the future, an entrepreneurial mindset and unwavering commitment to deliver exceptional service and expertise. For more information, please visit us at

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