Real Estate Titan Coldwell Banker Hosts First Annual “Giving Thanks” Reception, Unveils New Westport, Conn. Global Luxury Headquarters

Written by Posted On Friday, 22 November 2019 18:46
Lisa Passavant, Linda Skolnick, Erica Acheychek, Debbie Shaughnessy Lisa Passavant, Linda Skolnick, Erica Acheychek, Debbie Shaughnessy

WESTPORT, CONN. (Nov. 22, 2019) Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, internationally-known real estate firm, held its first annual “Giving Thanks” event, marking the Westport branch’s 12th annual Thanksgiving bag drive to benefit local food pantries, and showcasing its sleek new riverfront Global Luxury headquarters, at 355 Riverside Avenue.  

Local officials including Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe and Selectwoman Jennifer Tooker were in attendance, along with top Coldwell Banker corporate executives, most of the 100 local Coldwell Banker agents, and scores of clients and fans who came to inaugurate the luxurious 7,500-plus square-foot space.

Sandra Mikalve, executive director of the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra, generously donated a year membership to raise funds for local causes. Donations will be made to Wendy Epstein, Homes with Hope in Westport, Allison Libson from the town of Weston, and the Wilton Community Assistance Fund through Wilton Social Services.

Branch Vice President Lisa Passavant, a 30-year Coldwell Banker veteran, said, “I am so proud of our agents who show such strong commitment to giving back to this community each year, not only with our Thanksgiving drive, but with a number of other charitable giving efforts throughout the year. So, we thought this would be the perfect time to show our appreciation to our clients, our supporters and the community by inviting them to help us give thanks and make themselves at home in our beautiful new Global Luxury Office."

Global Luxury combines the Coldwell Banker name with affiliated luxury real estate agents from a network of over 92,000 agents and 3,100 offices worldwide. The new office includes approximately 100 affiliated agents led by Passavant.

“Westport offers a wealth of prestigious homes along Connecticut’s Gold Coast and is a highly desirable locale in the global luxury market,” said Joe Valvano, president of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Connecticut and Westchester County, New York. “The Luxury Property Specialists in this office provide premier service that meets the specific needs of their affluent clientele, and this office was tailored to their requirements.”

The new Global Luxury office was designed by Bavier Design with the following amenities to best suit Connecticut agents serving the high-end market and their discerning clientele:

  • Welcoming reception area with luxurious seating, chenille rug, soft lighting and beverage/coffee bar nook
  • Sophisticated color scheme, in accordance with Coldwell Banker Global Luxury® brand guidelines — black, chrome and blue accents 
  • Light-filled spaces due to glass partitions and open floor plan with work benches
  • Shared team offices 
  • Centrally located café and pantry/kitchen with opulent finishes, a privacy screen constructed with branches, comfortable seating and a coffee table for casual meetings
  • All-new Steelcase furniture that is both modern and timeless in design with light woods and chrome

The Coldwell Banker Global Luxury program is redefining the world of luxury real estate marketing, offering a comprehensive and competitive advantage to affluent clients worldwide. The prestige of the Coldwell Banker® name, combined with state-of-the-art technology, bespoke marketing strategies and one of real estate's most robust global networks culminates in extraordinary representation that crosses oceans, continents and language barriers.

About Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Connecticut and Westchester County, New York, a leading residential real estate brokerage company, operates approximately 46 offices with over 2,660 affiliated agents. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage is part of NRT LLC, the nation’s largest residential real estate brokerage company in sales volume. For more information, visit

About Coldwell Banker Global Luxury 

The Coldwell Banker luxury program was re-launched in early 2017 under the name Coldwell Banker Global Luxury, with major enhancements to the luxury program with a keen focus on telling Coldwell Banker’s luxury program story globally. Coldwell Banker’s luxury program legacy traces its roots to Coldwell Banker Previews International® and the Previews® program, a world leader in luxury real estate since 1933. Coldwell Banker Global Luxury Property Specialists are an exclusive group within the Coldwell Banker organization, making up under 10 percent of independent agents affiliated with the brand worldwide. Coldwell Banker affiliated agents and teams conducted approximately 30,478 transaction sides of homes priced at $1 million-plus or more in 2018, with an average sales price of $1.9 million. On average, the Coldwell Banker brand handles approximately $161.8 million in million-plus homes each day. Coldwell Banker, the Coldwell Banker logo, Coldwell Banker Global Luxury and the Coldwell Banker Global Luxury logo are registered mark owned by Coldwell Banker Real Estate, LLC. Each office is independently owned and operated. Visit

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