Doug Gillis, Broker of Record
Prior to joining the real estate industry, Doug Gillis had a successful career in yacht building and repair in Toronto. He sold his first business to C&C Yachts and when they met their demise in 1987, Doug re-acquired the business from receivers, Cooper & Lybrand. After restructuring the company, he sold it once again to an English consortium in October of 1989.
Doug’s love for skiing and cycling initially drew him to the Georgian Triangle area, and after 25 successful years in the marine industry, he made the decision to relocate to Collingwood. With his knowledge of marine construction and contracting, real estate sales were a natural progression. After so many years in the yacht business, he began to think that one of the greatest things about being involved with houses and property was the fact that they didn’t sink, explode, or end up adrift.
Since joining the real estate industry in 1991, Doug has been actively involved in approximately 1,200 sales and purchases (as of December 31, 2015), both residential and commercial, in Collingwood, Town of the Blue Mountains and the surrounding area. Since 1991 he has achieved a sales volume in excess of $403,000,000 (as of December 31, 2015).
Some of his most notable projects include:
- The acquisition of all the lands acquired for the Georgian Bay Club
- The marketing and selling of the Alta Subdivision
- The marketing and selling of Phase I and Phase II of Nipissing Ridge
- Assembling the 63 acre acquisition for Terrasan in Craigleith, over a period of 2 years
- Assisting in the acquisition of property for the Olde Towne project in the heart of Collingwood
- Facilitating the acquisition of property and negotiating a construction contract for Chartwell Reit
For his impressive sales success, Doug has earned the honour of placing in the Top 100 RE/MAX Sales Associates in Canada for 1999, 2000, 2002, 2011, 2013, 2014* and 2015 – a coveted achievement as there are well over 19,000 RE/MAX sales associates across the country. Doug’s latest sales achievement has been entry into the elite RE/MAX Diamond Club, an honour reserved for sales associates with annual commissions in excess of $1,000,000.00. *Jan-Nov 2014
Maddy Gillis, REALTOR®
Growing up in The Town of The Blue Mountains, Maddy has plenty to offer when it comes to area expertise. After attending Business School in Northbay, followed by Project Management in Oshawa – Maddy moved back to the Georgian Triangle. Her affection for skiing, cycling and golfing have grown her love for the area even more. An extensive background in Customer Service and Retail have contributed to Maddy’s devotion to sales. Prior to a career in Real Estate, Maddy worked as a Winter Retail Sales Associate in the the ski and snowboard industry for seven years.
Debbie Cooper, Unlicensed Assistant
Debbie Cooper has been working with Doug Gillis for the past 11 years as a real estate assistant. After managing a local drug store for 18 years, it was time for a change, and real estate was where she decided to go next. After working as a licensed real estate salesperson from 1996 to 2001, Debbie accepted a position as administrator for a boutique real estate office and remained there until 2006, when Doug contacted her and offered her a job as his assistant. Debbie has seen many changes in the real estate world over the past decade, and has enjoyed contributing to and watching Doug’s business grow.
Tracy deWerth, Unlicensed Assistant
Tracy is the newest addition to the Doug Gillis & Associates Realty team. Tracy has worked in the financial industry, owned her own dog walking service, worked in the food & beverage industry, both as a server and in management, and found her ultimate passion as a stay at home Mom to her two children, Laura and Nathan. Tracy enjoys the fast paced world of real estate and finds that there is something new to learn every day.