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
Diane Ramirez

Chairman

Diane Ramirez

Halstead Real Estate

New York, NY

Carol Bulman

Vice Chairman

Carol Bulman

Jack Conway & Co.

Norwell, MA

Pat C. Riley

Treasurer

Pat C. Riley

Allen Tate REALTORS®

Charlotte, NC

Robert Sibcy

Secretary

Robert Sibcy

Sibcy Cline REALTORS®

Cincinnati, OH

Harold Crye

Harold Crye

CRYE-LEIKE, REALTORS®

Memphis, TN

Whitney LaCosta

Whitney LaCosta

Coach Real Estate Associates, Inc.

Northport, NY

Mike Pappas

Mike Pappas

The Keyes Company

Weston, FL

Ron Peltier

Ron Peltier

HomeServices of America

Minneapolis, MN

Pat Shea

Pat Shea

Lyon Real Estate

Sacramento, CA

William Watson, Jr.

William Watson, Jr.

Watson Realty Corp.

Jacksonville, FL

Howard W. (Hoby) Hanna IV

Howard Hanna Real Estate Services

Pittsburgh, PA

Michael Saunders

Michael Saunders & Company

Sarasota, FL

Denise Smith

Weichert Companies

Morris Plains, NJ

Jeremy Hurst

IRG International Realty Group

British West Indies

Global Advisory Board
Jeremy Hurst

Chairman

Jeremy Hurst

IRG International Realty Group

British West Indies

Frank Morrice Arias

 

Frank Morrice Arias

Servmor Realty

Panama City, Panama

Berry Everitt

Berry Everitt

Chas Everitt International Property Group

South Africa

Judith von Hasselbach

Judith von Hasselbach

Allgemeiner Grund & Boden Fundus

Germany

Dima Lorenz

Dima Lorenz

Ark Properties Shanghai

China

Michael Saunders

Michael Saunders

Michael Saunders & Company

United States

Kevin Skipworth

Dexter Realty

United States

Benedetta Vigano

Benedetta Vigano

Giorgio Viganò Real Estate

Italy

Peter Thompson

Barfoot & Thompson

New Zealand

LeadingRE Advisory Council
Kimberly Barkoff

Chairperson

Kimberly Barkoff

Halstead Real Estate

New York, NY

Tammy Young

Vice-Chairperson

Tammy Young

Sibcy Cline Realtors

Cincinnati, OH

Michele Barnes

Michele Barnes

PARKS Realty

Brentwood, TN

Judy Bissell

Judy Bissell

Watson Realty Corp.

Longwood, FL

Shane Bronson

Shane Bronson

Lamacchia Realty

Waltham, MA

Shannon Brown

Fazendin Realtors

Wayzata, MN

Kathleen Hollerbach

The Group Inc. Real Estate

Fort Collins, CO

Marie Lawrence

Marie Lawrence

ARC Realty

Montgomery, AL

Barrett Matheny

John L. Scott Real Estate

Bellevue, WA

Ashley McEvers

Ashley McEvers

Willis Allen Real Estate

La Jolla, CA

Karen McRae

Karen McRae

Harry Norman, Realtors

Atlanta, GA

Catharine Pappas

Catharine Pappas

Dickens Mitchener

Charlotte, NC

Marketing Technology Advisory Council (MTAC)
Josh Epps

Chairman

Josh Epps

Fickling & Company

Macon, GA

Tom Flanagan

Tom Flanagan

The Group Inc. Real Estate

Fort Collins, CO

Anne Marie Gianutsos

Anne Marie Gianutsos

Houlihan Lawrence

Rye Brook, NY

Matt O’Connor

Matt O’Connor

Terrie O'Connor Realtors

Ramsey, NJ

Natasha Patla

Natasha Patla

@properties

Chicago, IL

Crystal Gardner-Phillips

Gardner, REALTORS

Metairie, LA

Michael Phelan

Beverly-Hanks & Associates

Asheville, NC

Andrew Reel

Dickson Realty

Reno, NV

Duane Giglia

John L. Scott Real Estate

Bellevue, WA

 
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® (LeadingRE), 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 REAL Trends’ 2019 Game Changers, the 2019 Swanepoel Power 200, RISMedia’s 2019 Real Estate Newsmakers, 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.

Robert Portale, SCRP, SGMS, President/CEO RELO Direct®

Robert Portale

As president and CEO, Bob wears a lot of hats, sometimes at the same time. His varied experience in business development, operations, and executive management makes him a unique leader since he understands all sides of the relocation industry, both internally and externally. With more than two decades of industry experience, Bob brings a spirit of continuous improvement and professional development to the RELO Direct® team. His never-ending search for a better solution and learning opportunities has led him to not only attain high-ranking industry certifications, including the GMS-T for Talent Management certification that was open to only a select few by the Worldwide ERC®, but to provide clients with an engaging service experience.

Chris Dietz, Executive Vice President, Global Operations

Chris Dietz

Chris Dietz, executive vice 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, Executive Vice President, Operations

Jessica Edgerton

Jessica Edgerton Jessica Edgerton oversees operational areas of the company, including technology, marketing, learning and development, preferred vendor relationships and events. She previously 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. Her responsibilities included contract negotiations for NAR’s various divisions, helping ensure regulatory compliance, speaking on risk management topics at industry events and authoring content on various legal issues relating to the industry.

Kate Reisinger, Executive Vice President, Member Services

Jessica Edgerton

Kate manages membership services for LeadingRE to ensure maximum engagement, performance and satisfaction from member brokerages. Her responsibilities include overseeing the core broker referral program, which generates over 30,000 member-to-member referrals annually. Reisinger is a seasoned real estate and relocation professional with more 13 years of experience. Most recently, 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 brokerage and as a Regional Director of Business Development for a relocation management company.



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