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RISMEDIA, January 31, 2012–J. Rockcliff Realtors, the premier residential real estate brokerage in the San Francisco East Bay, today announced that veteran REALTOR® Dennis Simkin has been appointed to the newly created position of regional sales manager of the company’s Contra Costa County offices.

“This position expands J. Rockcliff’s abilities to reach out to our customers in a proactive manner,” said Jeff Sposito, founder and president of J. Rockcliff Realtors.  “I have known Dennis for more than three decades and cannot think of a more qualified REALTOR® to fill the position of regional sales manager.  He brings a legendary portfolio of both real estate and management skills to the table, as well as a deep knowledge of the Contra Costa markets. It is a pleasure to have the opportunity to work with a respected friend, and I look forward to congratulating him on his success in this position.”

A Bay Area native, Simkin began his real estate career in 1974 with Valley Realty which later became Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. After an award winning decade and having assumed the management the company’s top office in Northern California, Simkin became president and owner of Blackhawk Properties.  In 1990, Simkin founded United California Brokers (UCB) and served as president until the company became Sotheby’s International Real Estate in 2007.

“I’ve had the honor of managing and training hundreds of top REALTORS® during my career,” said Simkin.  “J. Rockcliff is strengthened by its roster of talented, seasoned sales professionals and I am both honored and excited to have the opportunity to work with them closely.”

Simkin has a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from San Jose State University and has earned multiple industry designations including Certified Real Estate Salesperson (CRS) and Certified Real Estate Broker (CRB).  He has also served as a member of the Board of REALTORS® Multiple Listing Service committee and as president of the sales and marketing council of the Building Industry Association.

Simkin enjoys running, biking, fly fishing, golf, and spending time with his wife Susan and their three daughters and four grandchildren.  A two time cancer survivor, Simkin and his wife are passionate about healthy living, and have also spent the past 15 years volunteering as mentors to cancer patients.

Simkin will be based out of the J. Rockcliff Realtors headquarters in Blackhawk at 4115 Blackhawk Plaza Circle and can be reached by calling 925.858.0606.

More About J. Rockcliff Realtors
J. Rockcliff Realtors was founded in 2007 in response to the need for greater expertise, enhanced customer service and expanded resources for residential real estate consumers and the seasoned real estate sales associates who serve them.  The company has nine locations situated in Blackhawk (2), Danville, Lafayette, Livermore, Oakland, Orinda, Pleasanton, and Walnut Creek, and more than 500 sales associates.  For more information regarding J. Rockcliff Realtors, visit or call 925.280.6421.