RALEIGH, NC – January 10, 2019 – Ron Francis, a 23-year-veteran of the National Hockey League, and former Carolina Hurricanes’ General Manager, is joining NAI Carolantic Realty. Reporting to Chairman Steve Stroud, Francis will be based in the company’s Raleigh office working with clients considering various commercial real estate investments.
“Ron has a stellar reputation in the community, which is something we value highly at NAI Carolantic Realty,” said Stroud. “We’ve produced some of the best and brightest brokers in the business and Ron’s drive and commitment to excellence is a perfect fit for our team of dedicated brokers.”
A real estate investor himself for the last four years, Francis says there are a lot of skills acquired in sports that transition well to the business world. “Over your career you do a lot of things from negotiating contracts to business deals, to investments. You’re a sole proprietor with your own finances in the hockey world.”
Francis played 23 seasons in the NHL, nearly six of which were with the Hurricanes. He was the first hockey player inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame and made it into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2007.
“Integrity, character and loyalty are very important to me. Doing things that are right, not necessarily to make money, but that yield a win-win for everyone involved, said Francis.”
“Ron has a strong history of leadership and deep understanding of teamwork, said Stroud. As a team at NAI Carolantic for more than 45 years, we’ve driven some of the biggest commercial developments in our area’s history. As an investment broker, Ron will help fuel our continued growth and deliver on our promise of world-class service.”
Francis’ tenure with the Hurricanes included roles as Director of Player Development, Director of Hockey Operations, Assistant General Manager and Executive Vice President and General Manager.