John Burke Sells His Shares of Select Sotheby’s International Realty to Daniel Collins

Select Sotheby’s International Realty, founded in 2007, with offices in Saratoga Springs, Bolton Landing and Lake Placid, is excited to announce that Daniel Collins is the new President/CEO and sole owner of the company.

Dan Collins purchased the shares formerly owned by John A. Burke, Jr. on July 17, 2015. Burke founded the company with three other partners in 2007 and started out with no agents, no clients and no listings. As of July 2015, the company has 56 agents and over 480 active listings. In 2014, the total sales volume was over $110 million.

“My passion is in business development, the start-up phase of new companies. Select Sotheby’s International Realty has reached a point of maturity, and I am excited and confident that Dan Collins can take the company to the next level,” Burke said.

John is also excited for the opportunity to build his sales portfolio as an associate real estate broker for the firm and to focus on service for his clients.  Real estate will remain a strong passion for him. He is committed to providing a level of service that is consistent with the Sotheby’s International Realty brand, and by stepping down as President/CEO, he can focus more of his energy on doing so.

Burke also noted that he is at a point in his life where he wants to spend more time with his family, especially his children. With only 4-5 years before they are off to college, he wants to be sure he can attend all of their school and life events, having as much of a presence as possible.

Dan Collins is excited to make some positive changes for the company, including building a more agent-centric business with a focus on training and development. “We want to create an environment where the agents won’t be competing with the brokers for sales,” Collins said. “We’re going to be personally working with each agent to help them be more successful, which is mutually beneficial for the company. I have also decided to promote Andrea Demoracski to Director of Operations. Her primary role will be overseeing the agent support team, and improving the overall agent experience by streamlining and developing processes to make things run more efficiently.” Dan is a former owner of D.A. Collins, a full service construction group headquartered in Upstate New York.

Current Vice President, Joanne DiMarco, will continue her role of growing the company revenue, with agent recruiting, training, development and day-to-day management support for the agents.

As part of the change, the company hosted a meeting and celebration for its staff, agents and clients. Featured guests Fran Santangelo, Senior Vice President of Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates, LLC, and Robert Byrne, Vice President of Affiliates Services Northeast for Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC, were on hand for the event.

Looking for an Equestrian Property in Upstate New York?

With the Saratoga Race season not far away, let’s take a look at some equestrian properties in Upstate New York that are currently listed for sale.

1. 538 Phillip Road, Fort Plain, New York

This farm is a true gem! Currently, it is operated as the Delnero Furniture Workshop and features many outbuildings including barns, a workshop, a smokehouse, a large covered terrace featuring mountain views, one luxury farmhouse and one guest cottage.

And the fun doesn’t end there. There’s a pond stocked with catfish and bass, a true fisherman’s dream. Additionally, the property expands over 400 prime acres.



2. 406 Maben Road, Princetown, New York

Located just 40 minutes from the famed Saratoga Springs, this delightful farm has old time charm with modern amenities. The farmhouse boasts a great room with a floor to ceiling fireplace and windows brimming with sunlight, a stone facade, and wooden ceilings lined with antique lighting fixtures, all is which is overlooked by a balcony supported by mahogany columns.

Two large fenced pastures with run-in sheds extend out from this elegant home, and the property boasts a renovated 7-stall barn which includes a tack room and an office. Just behind the barn is a courtyard with a “secret garden,” perfect for the peaceful enjoyment of quiet rural evenings. An amazing, spacious, sweeping wraparound porch hugs three sides of the circa 1830 house, and the exquisitely landscaped grounds are laced with classic stone walkways and patios.



3. 5510 Bluff Head Road, Huletts Landing, New York

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to not only own a place to keep your horses, but you can also live the Lake George waterfront lifestyle you’ve always dreamed about! You can live an active lifestyle on the 44 acre property with a large amount of land already cleared.

In addition to the land, there’s a fully furnished log cabin, built in 2005, a high end Har-Tru tennis court, and a large barn with stables. In the winter, enjoy snowmobiling and skiing, all while being located close to Vermont. Enjoy the beauty of Lake George with the equestrian lifestyle you’ve always wanted.



4. 85 Keyes Lane, Shushan, New York

This scenic farm is not to be missed. Located in the private and serene area of Shushan in Washington County, there aren’t any noisy neighbors around to ruin your evening. The home was modeled after a classic farmhouse, but is only 24 years young. The tree-lined entrance will give you an enchanting feeling as you make your way to your own private paradise.

The home is surrounded by pastures, fields, streams, ponds and mountain views, allowing you to find beauty from all angles when you’re immersed in your day to day lifestyle. The 125 acres of privacy is currently used as a horse farm, but the possibilities are endless.

85 keyes lane


5. 287 Halds Road, Westport, New York

What could be better than having a farm immersed in the Adirondack Park? This lovely farm, located a short distance from Lake Champlain, boasts incredible views of both the Adirondack Mountains and the lake from various hiking trails throughout the 74 prime acres. The farmhouse has been completely restored and upgraded with modern appliances and amenities.

A charming stone fireplace in the main living area keeps you warm on the cold fall and winter nights, while the volumes of land provides plenty of space to create an outdoor fire pit, perfect for marshmallow roasting and hotdog cooking.