Industry Veteran Named Director of Business Development for Global Real Estate Network

Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® has named Sheila Barr, SCRP, director of business development. In this role, Barr is responsible for membership recruitment in North America for the LeadingRE invitation-only network of 500+ real estate firms.

Barr brings an impressive range of industry experience, having most recently served as director of business development for an international franchise organization, where she worked closely with brokers, relocation companies and corporate clients. Previously, she was a consultant focusing on sales training and business development for the real estate and relocation industries.

Additional experience comes from more than 16 years working on the management team of a top residential real estate firm, with responsibility for marketing, relocation and property management.

“Sheila brings a deep understanding of the real estate industry and the operations of a successful brokerage company,” said Pam O’Connor, LeadingRE president/CEO. “Her insights and experience make her the ideal person to help us identify and recruit the strongest market-leading independent firms as we continue to expand our network in key markets.”

Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® provides its member brokerages with a comprehensive menu of services, including lead generation; outcome-based learning for leaders, associates and staff; web technology and systems; and branding and marketing support, including its Luxury Portfolio International® division. To learn more, visit

Barr is based in the company’s Chicago headquarters and can be reached at or (312) 361-8632.