Goseland to join former partner Stewart at Keller Williams

03/18/2014 5:19 PM

03/18/2014 5:19 PM

Commercial real estate broker Leo Goseland will be joining longtime friend and former partner Rod Stewart at Keller Williams Commercial division, the two men said Tuesday.

Goseland, who has been with the commercial division of Coldwell Banker Plaza Real Estate since 1998, said he expects to have his office set up at Keller Williams, 1635 N. Waterfront Parkway, sometime next week.

The move will put Goseland, who will remain an independent contractor, in the same office with Stewart for the first time in 16 years.

Stewart, managing director of KW Commercial, and Goseland were two of the four partners in the former Snyder Sheets Stewart & Goseland commercial real estate brokerage, which operated between 1992 and 1998.

Goseland said the move was prompted by a change in his business model.

“My focus is on individuals and their needs, whether it’s buying or selling (real estate),” he said. “I’m really going to be working in the investment real estate market, locally, regionally and nationally.”

Goseland said his departure from Plaza is amicable.

“He’s leaving in good graces,” said John McKenzie, Plaza’s owner and broker. “We’re sorry to see him go. And I really mean that.”

Goseland’s relationship with Stewart goes beyond his real estate career, which started in 1974.

The two have been friends since 1961, when they were in high school together, Stewart said.

Stewart said because of that long relationship, he felt he “couldn’t recruit him full speed” and left it to Penny Johnson and Jordan Freed of Keller Williams Signature Partners, the parent of KW Commercial.

“I think this shows to the marketplace … we are serious about building a commercial real estate company here,” said Stewart, who joined KW Commercial in 2011 and last year was named its leader.

In addition to Stewart and Goseland, KW Commercial’s Realtors include Duane Wadley, Cory Harkleroad and John Post.

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