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Darien’s Halstead adds five realtors, names top state performer

Halstead Property has added five new realtors to their Darien office — Sarah Appel, Allison Lister Boeckmann, Caroline Hanley, Robin Stineman and Wynne Shapiro.

“We are so pleased to welcome these wonderful Realtors to the Halstead family,” said Charlotte Felt, executive director of sales in Darien and Rowayton for Halstead. “They each bring their fabulous business acumen and outstanding qualities that will add to the positive experience of both buyers and sellers.”

Appel, a fourth-generation Darienite who is partnering with her mother-Halstead broker Debbie Lawrence, comes to real estate after eight years in a sales position for the recruiting industry in New York City. She lives in Darien with her husband and daughter.

After growing up in Darien, Boeckmann returned to town to raise her own family. Boeckmann previously worked in marketing at a Fortune 500 company, earning a top award in 2011. Boeckmann is actively involved in the community, as a volunteer at Holmes School, the YMCA, the Darien Library, and OPUS for Person-to-Person.

Hanley has served on the board of OPUS for Person-to-Person, St. Luke’s Preschool PTC and Tokeneke School’s PTO. Prior to her move to Darien five years ago, Hanley had a successful career in both finance and sales working for Lucent Technologies and Neuberger Berman.

After 24 years in Darien, Stineman has a wealth of knowledge about Darien and the school system that her three daughters attended, the company said. She has served on the boards of the Center for Hope, the National MS Society, Tokeneke School and Darien High School, Safe Rides, the Tokeneke Club and the Garden Club of Darien. Stineman brings expertise to the local real estate scene from her days as a Wall Street analyst.

Born and bred in Darien, Shapiro brings a knowledge of the town’s history and surrounding neighborhoods. Prior to real estate, Shapiro held jobs in both private wealth management and as a building contractor executing major remodeling projects. She is an avid sailor and outdoor enthusiast and a member of the Darien Environmental Protection Commission.

“Halstead is so pleased with our new realtors,” said Edward Saunders, executive director of operations for Halstead’s Connecticut offices. “They bring a real vitality to our offices and their unique experience and backgrounds further enhance what Halstead can offer to buyers and sellers.”

The firm also named Darien realtor Nancy Dauk as its agent of the year for Connecticut. The company held its annual awards meeting at Cipriani’s where they presented awards to their top agents. Dauk had the top record sales in Darien for $11.5 million and in Rowayton for $4.6 million, the company said.

“The meeting is the perfect time to look back at our past successes and to congratulate all of our agents for their hard work,” said Diane Ramirez, Halstead president. “We are so proud of all of our agents and their commitment to Halstead. Our agents had a phenomenal year in 2012 and as a result, 2012 was the best year in the company’s 28-year history.”

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