John Engel, of New Canaan, has joined Barbara Cleary's Realty Guild as a partner, vice president and sales manager.

Susan Engel, John Engel's mother, a Realtor of the Year and 30-year veteran of New Canaan real estate, has also joined Barbara Cleary's.

John Engel began his real estate career in Greenwich and has been a top-producing agent in New Canaan for the past five years, as well as a real estate sales manager.

Engel, a former member of the New Canaan Zoning Board of Appeals, serving for seven years, is a member of the New Canaan Town Council. He serves on the boards of the New Canaan Land Trust and Staying Put. He owns two commercial buildings on Elm Street.

Prior to his real estate career, he was the founder of and e-Media, which he sold in 2000, after winning the Connecticut Entrepreneur of the Year Award. His company was named by Deloitte Touch as one of the Fast 500 businesses in the U.S.

"My goal has always been to run a creative and local business and for a while e-media filled that role," Engel said. "But now that I'm in real estate, I wanted to join Barbara Cleary's Realty Guild because I'm excited about the fact that it is the only independently owned boutique in the heart of downtown New Canaan with global connections -- Christie's International Real Estate, Mayfair International Realty in London and Leverage Global Partners."

Engel, who grew up in New Canaan, graduated from New Canaan High School. Following his graduation from Davidson College in North Carolina, he served as an officer in the U.S. Army, leading a platoon during the Gulf War. A resident of New Canaan, he and his wife have four children.

"John and Susan are a power team," Brian Cleary, vice president and business manager, said. "Together they have listed or sold nearly $20 million in each of the last few years, and since joining the Realty Guild in February they have brought 16 new listings."

Barbara Cleary, founder and CEO, added, "John's outstanding technical skills and varied business and community experience add a unique perspective to our management team and our vision for the future. And I have long respected Susan's experience. She has been a major force in New Canaan real estate for 30 years and has listed or sold over 500 homes during her career."

John Engel recently joined Barbara and Brian Cleary for the Christie's International Real Estate Owners Conference in Barcelona, Spain, and in February he met with 100 of the top agents at the Christie's Conference in Scottsdale, Ariz., where discussions focused on the changing dynamics of the real estate industry.