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Puckett Named Broker in Charge of Premier Sotheby’s International Realty’s Newest Blowing Rock Office

Premier Sotheby’s International Realty has appointed Richard Puckett as broker in charge and Don Blair as managing broker of its newest Blowing Rock office at 1127 Main Street. This is the brokerage’s second location in Blowing Rock, with the first located at 159 Sunset Drive. The new office is a result of the firm’s announcement that it had acquired Village Real Estate April 27, and it is Premier Sotheby’s International Realty’s seventh sales gallery in North Carolina.


A native of Louisville, Kentucky, and graduate of the University of Louisville, Richard and his wife moved to Blowing Rock in 1993. With over two decades in the real estate industry, he has extensive experience in multi-family development, property management, site acquisition, resort, residential and condominium sales. His recent areas of focus have been in the Blowing Rock, Boone, Valle Crucis and West Jefferson markets. Early in his career, Don lived in both Ecuador and Brazil with his family while working for international companies. He ultimately chose to return to his native North Carolina and began his career in real estate in 2006.

“Not only does Richard have experience in so many different facets of the industry, but he also brings a sense of personal investment that is so important in helping not only buyers and sellers, but other brokers as well,” Judy Green, president and CEO of Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, said. “It is important for us to have extraordinary leadership in all of our offices.”

Throughout 2015 and the beginning of 2016, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty expanded its footprint in both North Carolina and Florida. The company recently expanded into Asheville and will celebrate the office’s official opening in June 2016.

Headquartered in Naples, Florida, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty has over 900 associates and employees in 36 locations throughout Florida and North Carolina. The brokerage has been in North Carolina since 1982, when its parent company, The Lutgert Companies, broke ground on Linville Ridge, a country club community marketed and sold exclusively by Premier Sotheby’s International Realty. In 2016, the annual Real Trends 500 survey ranked the firm number 30 in its survey of the top U.S. residential sellers by volume. Premier Sotheby’s International Realty also benefits from an association with the storied Sotheby’s auction house, established in 1744. For more information, visit premiersothebysrealty.com.

Sue Wolverton Named Premier Sotheby’s International Realty’s EVP of Sales


Premier Sotheby’s International Realty has announced the addition of Sue Wolverton to its leadership team as executive vice president of sales. Formerly the Senior Vice President at Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate in Sarasota, Wolverton brings four decades of real estate experience with her to Premier Sotheby’s International Realty. Her role will include working closely with over 900 associates and employees to build a stronger presence in the company’s 36 offices throughout Florida and North Carolina. In 2016, the annual Real Trends 500 survey ranked Premier Sotheby’s International Realty number 30 in its survey of the top U.S. residential sellers by volume.