Leadership

Get acquainted with our leadership team

Our leadership is comprised of our board of directors, executive team and a number of advisory boards and member councils that provide member input and feedback into programs, our operations and business plan.

Board of Directors
Whitney LaCosta

Chairman

Whitney LaCosta

Coach Real Estate Associates, Inc.

Northport, NY

Mike Pappas

Immediate Past Chairman

Mike Pappas

The Keyes Company/Illustrated Properties

Miami, FL

Harold Crye

Secretary

Harold Crye

CRYE-LEIKE, REALTORS®

Memphis, TN

Robert Sibcy

Treasurer

Robert Sibcy

Sibcy Cline REALTORS®

Cincinnati, OH

Michael Saunders

Michael Saunders & Company

Sarasota, FL

Dan Elsea

Dan Elsea

Real Estate One, Inc.

Southfield, MI

Howard W. (Hoby) Hanna IV

Howard Hanna Real Estate Services

Pittsburgh, PA

Ron Peltier

Ron Peltier

HomeServices of America

Minneapolis, MN

Denise Smith

Weichert Companies

Morris Plains, NJ

Bill Watson III

Bill Watson III

Watson Realty Corp.

Jacksonville, FL

Global Advisory Board
Berry Everitt

Chairman

Berry Everitt

Chas Everitt International Property Group

South Africa

Christian Bosley

Christan Bosley

Bosley Real Estate Ltd., Brokerage

Canada

Jeremy Hurst

Jeremy Hurst

IRG International Realty Group

British West Indies

Roland Kampmeyer

Roland Kampmeyer

Kampmeyer Immobilien GMBH

Germany

James Puddle

James Puddle

One Global Property Services PTE LTD

Singapore

Andres Riggioni

Andres Riggioni

LX Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Michael Saunders

Michael Saunders

Michael Saunders & Company

United States

Kevin Skipworth

Dexter Realty

Canada

Peter Thompson

Barfoot & Thompson

New Zealand

Benedetta Vigano

Benedetta Vigano

Giorgio Viganò Real Estate

Italy

Thomas Zabel

Thomas Zabel

Savills Residential Agency Germany

Germany

LeadingRE Advisory Council

Chairperson

Renée Eads

Greenwood King Properties

Houston, TX

Marie Lawrence

Vice-Chairperson

Marie Lawrence

ARC Realty

Birmingham/Huntsville/
Montgomery, AL

Susan Babb

Susan Babb

Jack Conway & Company

Hanover, MA

Harold Decena

Harold Decena

Ebby Halliday Realtors

Plano, TX

LaMonica Hummel

LaMonica Hummel

Windermere Relocation - Seattle

Seattle, WA

Kathleen Hollerbach

The Group Inc. Real Estate

Fort Collins, CO

Amy Ingram

Amy Ingram

Beverly-Hanks & Associates

Asheville, NC

Suzanne Kovalsky

Suzanne Kovalsky

Turpin Real Estate, Inc.

Far Hills, NJ

Tonya Krebs

Tonya Krebs

Shorewest, REALTORS®

Brookfield, WI

Susan Lewis

Susan Lewis

Janet McAfee Real Estate

St. Louis, MO

Brian Stumbaugh

Brian Stumbaugh

Stumbaugh Realty Advisors

Vacaville, CA

Tammy Young

Tammy Young

Sibcy Cline Realtors

Cincinnati, OH

Marketing Technology Advisory Council (MTAC)
John Perry

John Perry (Chairman)

ARC Realty Company

Birmingham, AL

Jana Catania

Dudum Real Estate Group

Walnut Creek, CA

Julie Dey

Julie Dey

Windermere Real Estate Seattle

Seattle, WA

Erin Duval

Erin Duval

PureWest Real Estate

Kalispell, MT

Tyler Marrin

Tyler Marrin

Smith and Associates

Tampa, FL

Ryan Maurer

Ryan Maurer

Cutler Real Estate

Canton, OH

Kirsten Smith

Kirsten Smith

CIR Realty

Calgary, AB

Luke Trigwell

Luke Trigwell

Harry Norman, Realtors®

Atlanta, GA

 
Executive Management

Paul Boomsma, President/CEO, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®

Paul Boomsma

With over 25 years of experience in real estate, Paul Boomsma serves as president and CEO of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, a global real estate community of 550 real estate firms spanning six continents. He created the highly successful Luxury Portfolio International® division for LeadingRE, previously serving as its president. He also headed operations and strategic marketing for LeadingRE as COO. Paul began his career marketing luxury office towers and later joined a top residential firm, before becoming national marketing director for a major franchise. Today, he is a frequent industry speaker on topics that include consumer trends, global business practices, and innovation in real estate. Among his many distinctions, he has been recognized for his leadership on numerous prestigious industry rankings, including RISMedia’s Newsmakers Hall of Fame, the Swanepoel Power 200, REAL Trends’ Game Changers, and Inman News’ Real Estate Influencers.

Alan Cazzato, CPA, Vice President, Finance/CFO

Alan Cazzato

Alan Cazzato is an experienced financial manager and CPA who manages the corporate service functions of the company, including technology, accounting, human resources, and company infrastructure. A Chicago native, he has previously been responsible for financial management of companies in various different industry sectors.

Bob Portale, SCRP, SGMS-T, President/CEO RELO Direct®

Bob Portale

Bob Portale, President and CEO of RELO Direct, LeadingRE's premier relocation management firm, is a multifaceted leader boasting extensive experience in business development, operations, and executive management. His remarkable ability to seamlessly handle diverse roles stems from his profound understanding of the relocation industry, encompassing both its internal mechanics and external dynamics. Drawing upon over three decades of unwavering dedication to the field, Bob instills the RELO Direct® team with an unwavering commitment to continuous improvement and professional advancement, a drive that has earned him prestigious industry certifications, including the exclusive SGMS-T for Talent Management certification by the Worldwide ERC®. Furthermore, his recognition in RISMedia's Real Estate Newsmakers not only pays tribute to his industry leadership but also underscores his influence and exceptional contributions to the real estate and relocation sectors.

Chris Dietz, President, Global Operations

Chris Dietz

Chris Dietz, President Global Operations, a German national, executes the LeadingRE's expansion plans by growing and managing its international footprint, including marketing efforts and brand awareness initiatives. Dietz has over 20 years of executive-level relocation management experience and possesses a deep insight into the global real estate industry and the diverse business practices. Before joining LeadingRE, Dietz managed the Europe/Middle East/Africa (EMEA) and Asia Pacific (APAC) regions for a U.S.-based relocation management company out of their London office, and prior to that, he was in charge of developing relocation business in Europe under a large US real estate franchise brand.

Jessica Edgerton, Chief Legal Officer/Executive Vice President of Industry and Learning

Jessica Edgerton

Jessica Edgerton oversees the company’s legal affairs, including regulatory compliance, trademark protection, and contract management. She also provides timely insights for LeadingRE members on legal issues impacting the real estate industry through her popular Risky Minute video series. As EVP of Industry and Learning, she heads LeadingRE Institute, the network’s award-winning online learning platform, as well as other learning initiatives. Edgerton serves on the Board of Directors for Moderne Ventures and recently served on the boards of Upstream and RESO. Among her distinctions, she has also been named to RISMedia’s Real Estate Newsmakers ranking of industry leaders and the Swanepoel Power 200 Watchlist. Prior to joining LeadingRE, Edgerton served as Associate Counsel for the National Association of REALTORS®, where she interfaced with NAR’s communications, conventions, and technology teams, as well as its membership.

Kate Reisinger, Chief Operating Officer

Kate Reisinger

Kate Reisinger, CRP, guides the design and implementation of operations to help solidify the company’s position as the global authority on interrelated real estate services. Her responsibilities include overseeing the core member referral program, which generates over 30,000 member-to-member referrals annually. She also heads the company’s marketing and events, including LeadingRE’s flagship Conference Week. Reisinger is a seasoned real estate and relocation professional with more 17 years of experience. Prior to joining LeadingRE, she was Regional Director, Relocation and Client Development for a national franchise. Other experience includes serving as Vice President and Director of Relocation Services for a Chicago-area real estate firm and as a Regional Director of Business Development for a relocation management company. Among her distinctions, she has been named to RISMedia’s Real Estate Newsmakers ranking of industry leaders.



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