John R. Wood Properties, the leading real estate brokerage in Southwest Florida, today announced the appointment of James Schnars to the position of Vice President of Marketing.

“James is an accomplished and highly respected strategic marketing professional with more than 25 years of experience in luxury real estate,” said Phil Wood, President of John R. Wood Properties. “He not only shares our core values of ethics, service and philanthropy, but as a Florida native, he brings an intricate understanding of both our associates and our unique clientele, and a collaborative leadership style which will make him a tremendous asset to our team.”

James Schnars

James Schnars, Vice President of Marketing, John R. Wood Properties

Schnars will be responsible for overseeing and advancing all marketing and public relations strategies for John R. Wood Properties, including brand management, digital and print advertising and promotions, multimedia initiatives, marketing communications, multi-million dollar budget management, collateral development, and event planning. He will lead the company’s marketing division, which supports approximately 650 associates in 17 real estate offices from Marco Island to Sanibel/Captiva Islands.

Schnars previously served as regional director of marketing for the local affiliate of an international luxury real estate brokerage, where he directed marketing, strategic planning and corporate training activities, including strategic planning, budgeting, media negotiations and one-on-one marketing support throughout the region. His background also includes extensive real estate marketing experience with developers including Lennar, WCI and Centex, as well as advertising agencies.

“I have a deep respect for John R. Wood Properties and am excited to join the leadership team of Southwest Florida’s most prominent and longest running residential real estate brokerage,” Schnars said. “I look forward to building on the company’s established record of success to drive sales and attain even higher achievements.”

John R. Wood Properties is the Southwest Florida representative of LeadingRE ( With a global membership that spans six continents, LeadingRE connects more than 565 firms and 130,000 sales associates who produce over 1.1 million real estate transactions each year. As a member of LeadingRE, John R. Wood Properties provides a quality real estate experience, global marketing reach and access to top real estate professionals in virtually any market worldwide.

About John R. Wood Properties

John R. Wood Properties is the leading residential real estate brokerage in Southwest Florida consistently holding the #1 position in closed sales volume. More than a local brand, they are a highly revered organization with over 60 years of industry and market experience offering best-in-class training and data resources for agents, broad international exposure to buyers, and highly-focused luxury marketing resources that drive results for sellers. John R. Wood Properties has over 650 real estate agents and actively serves Marco Island, Naples, Ave Maria, Bonita Springs, Estero, Fort Myers, Cape Coral, and Sanibel/Captiva Islands.

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