Scottsdale Luxury Real Estate (480) 888-5355 Office (480) 585-7070
Sotheby's International Realty Collections - Jim Lyon - A Legacy of Trust
Jim Lyon - A Legacy of Trust
How many years has the company been in real estate?
Our company was founded in 1947 by Russ Lyon, Sr. He was the big-band leader for Russ Lyon and His Orchestra, driving from New York to Hollywood to further his career. While driving through Phoenix – the Valley of the Sun – his son Russ, Jr. became ill and they were forced to lay over several weeks. The orange trees were blooming and the sun was shining. Russ Lyon, Sr. made the decision to stay in Phoenix. He opened a boutique real estate firm shortly thereafter, and the rest, as they say, is history.
What is different about the industry/market since you began?
Everything imaginable is different, with the exception of the most important fundamental thing in our industry: people do business with people they trust. We've earned that trust every day since 1947.

What year did the company affiliate with the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand and what has it meant to your business?
We joined in May 2008, just in time for the housing and financial meltdown that gripped the United States and the world for years to come. In hindsight that timing was fortuitous. The brand has added a global dimension to our well-established Arizona company that we'd never had before. At the highest level, the brand’s tools and training allowed us to further differentiate ourselves from our competition. We survived those dark days by relying on our core business ethics and maximizing our relationships throughout the brand – relationships that to this day enhance our company’s performance. The brand is a true added value to every one of our agents, every single day.

What has real estate has meant for your personal family history?

Russ Lyon, Sr. founded the company in 1947, and his son Dennis ran the company from the 1970s through mid-2008. His son and my business partner, Jim, has been chairman of the board since 2008. The State of Arizona has grown from 400,000 residents to nearly 6 million in that same time-frame. The Lyon family are icons of business success in Arizona. Their name and business ethic is deeply respected in the Southwest. It is impossible to separate the Lyon family from this company; they continue to be the driving force in all that we do.


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Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Realty
7669 E. Pinnacle Peak Road Suite 1110 • Scottsdale, AZ 85255 (480) 888-5355 • Office (480) 585-7070

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