As the founder and leader of the Specialized Assets Group at Sotheby’s International Realty Canada, Mark Lester continues to build on his long track record in the marketing and sale of unique real estate assets. Mark previously founded and oversaw the exponential growth of the Unique Properties Marketing Group at Colliers International, where he was consistently one of the country’s top producing agents. In building the Unique Properties specialization group, Mark brought together a team of professionals that offered the consistent ability to provide a customized, innovative marketing approach to every unique real estate asset. Mark is now combining his strong track record and market knowledge with the strength of the Sotheby’s international network to create the Specialized Assets Group at Sotheby’s International Realty Canada. Mark and his team are widely recognized as North America’s foremost experts in the marketing of unique real estate assets including: Resorts and other large recreational income properties; Forestry, rural and corporate resource lands; Private Islands and waterfront estates; Land and development properties; Ranches and agricultural lands; and Distressed properties and specialized assets. Mark’s approach has always been to identify and highlight the unique attributes of any given property and provide a customized marketing approach based on the professional, consultative process that each property deserves. In-house expertise in land-use planning, financial analysis and process driven marketing results in an approach that utilizes strategic positioning to maximize competition and add value to a sale process. Mark’s professional background includes 20 years of real estate brokerage experience with Colliers International and, now, Sotheby’s. Prior to entering the real estate brokerage business, Mark was a land-use planner and real estate consultant in both the private and public sectors. Mark’s educational background includes a Master degree in Land-use Planning and Development from York University and a Bachelor in Arts (Geography) from the University of British Columbia. Mark carefully manages every project with a knowledgeable approach to complex processes, protocols, negotiations and value creation for our clients.