FirstService Residential Strengthens Leadership Team

The property management company selected John Brea, a former Walmart executive, to oversee the firm’s fast-growing footprint in the U.S. and Canada.

John Brea, president, North Region
John Brea, president, North Region

FirstService Residential, a full-service property management company based in Dania Beach, Fla., has appointed John Brea to be president of the company’s North Region operations. In this new role, Brea will spearhead strategic growth opportunities and will oversee operations for an intercontinental portfolio across the states of Illinois, Minnesota and Missouri, and in the Canadian provinces of Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta.

Extensive retail knowledge

Brea has gained 15 years’ experience in the retail sector and has an extensive background in operations, customer service, process improvement, talent development, employee engagement, risk management, supply chain, strategy and sales. He joins the company from Kent Building Supplies, where he previously served as head of operations. Prior to this position, Brea managed revenues of $2 billion and a $500 million operating budget in leadership roles with Walmart in Canada and Puerto Rico.

“The North Region has been one of our fastest-growing regions in the last few years. As a versatile and accomplished leader who’s ready to roll up his sleeves, John is a perfect fit to strategically guide rapid expansion and service delivery in the region,” said Chuck Fallon, CEO of FirstService Residential, in a prepared statement.

Brea is a graduate of Harvard Business School and a native of Toronto. He will be based out of FirstService Residential’s Toronto office. Earlier this year, in January, FirstService Residential announced the appointment of Christina Forbes as senior vice president of a new division within the firm’s New York City property management operations.

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