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Longtime local realtor Bill Lewis retires

Bill Parade
Courtesy of Compass
Bill Lewis’ agents at Compass gave him a socially distanced send-off for his retirement with a caravan of nearly 100 decorated cars Aug. 26.

Bill Lewis, vice president and office manager of Compass in Los Altos, is retiring after nearly 40 years of serving the local real estate community.

Lewis began his leadership role at the Los Altos Alain Pinel Realtors office, now Compass, 14 years ago. Under his direction, the office was the No. 1 brokerage in Los Altos for 13 of the past 14 years. Lewis’ team is the top Compass office on the Peninsula and in the South Bay since the Compass acquisition two years ago.

His community outreach efforts included Halloween and Christmas parties he hosted in his real estate office, where he welcomed all families in the community. He personally decorated the office for such occasions, including hanging personalized Christmas stockings for each of his 100-plus agents. He never missed participating in the Festival of Lights

“Bill Lewis is firstly an amazing person – passionate, caring, knowledgeable, creative, fair and a great listener,” said Compass agent Judy Bogard-Tanigami. “He is the best manager that I have ever encountered in real estate and a genius in making sure drama and divisiveness do not exist within the office. I have been a real estate broker for more than 50 years and an owner of Seville Properties and know firsthand how difficult it is to find great managers.”

Quetzal Grimm, formerly the manager of Compass Burlingame, will replace Lewis.

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