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.
New York, NY
Howard W. (Hoby) Hanna IV
Immediate Past Chairman
Pat C. Riley
Frank Morrice Arias
Panama City, Panama
LeadingRE (Past President/CEO)
William Watson, Jr.
Frank Morrice Arias
Judith von Hasselbach
British West Indies
New York, NY
Grand Rapids, MI
La Jolla, CA
Fort Collins, CO
North Charleston, SC
Anne Marie Gianutsos
Rye Brook, NY
Greenwood Village, CO
San Francisco, CA
Paul Boomsma, President/CEO, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®
With over 20 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 565 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 working with affluent buyers and sellers. Among his many distinctions, he was named to the 2018 Swanepoel Power 200, ranked on Inman’s Most Influential and received the Unique Homes’ Award for Excellence in Luxury Home Marketing.
Alan Cazzato, CPA, Vice President, Finance/CFO
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®
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.
Stephanie Anton, President, Luxury Portfolio International®
Stephanie Anton has been with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® since 2005 and today oversees the strategic direction and day-to-day operations of Luxury Portfolio International, the companies high-end marketing division. She frequently speaks to audiences around the world about the luxury industry at large, real estate marketing, and research and insights into the affluent consumer. She has been named to the Inman 101 list of innovative leaders driving industry change, the Swanepoel Power 200 list of most influential real estate professionals and Luxury Daily's prestigious ranking of Luxury Women to Watch 2017, a select list of 25 accomplished executives set to make a difference in luxury.
Chris Dietz, Executive Vice President, Global Operations
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 joined Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® in January 2018, helping oversee 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.
Elizabeth D. Nunan, SCRP, SGMS, Executive Vice President, Member Services
Liz Nunan joined LeadingRE with nearly 30 years of industry experience, serving the last 20 years in a leadership role with member broker, Houlihan Lawrence. She brings a unique perspective that combines knowledge and experience in brokerage management and operations, with corporate relocation and the luxury real estate market. Liz is a licensed real estate broker and served on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Realtors from 2006-2017 and the Board of Directors of the Hudson Gateway MLS from 2014-2017. In addition, as a member, she served two terms on the LeadingRE Advisory Council and was the recipient of the prestigious LeadingRE Hall of Fame Award for her service to the network and its members, making her a natural fit to join the organization several years later.