O’Connor and Dietz from Leading Real Estate Companies of the World Attend FIABCI 67th World Congress in Panama City, Panama

Global event positioned Panama as an expanding market as a result of the Panama Canal Expansion and related logistics development projects.


CHICAGO – June 2, 2016 – Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® President/CEO Pam O’Connor and Vice President Global Operations Chris Dietz joined hundreds of real estate industry leaders from 65 countries in Panama City, Panama recently at the 67th FIABCI World Congress. This is the first time this respected industry event has taken place in a Latin American country.

“As we expand our global footprint, which now extends to more than 55 countries, our participation in events such as the FIABCI World Conference is a vital part of our outreach,” Dietz said. “We especially welcomed the opportunity to travel to the Latin American region and connect with existing and potential members there.”

“The FIABCI World Congress in Panama offered our participants a unique perspective focused on ‘Connecting Development for a Better World.’ Panama’s expanding and dynamic real estate market and strong economic potential made this a perfect venue for this year’s event,” explained Danielle Grossenbacher, FIABCI’s immediate past world president.

The conference theme, “Connecting Development for a Better World,” served as the basis for the program, which was filled with world-class speakers, international networking and marketing sessions and exciting recreation and study tours where participants experienced all that Panama has to offer. Special guests included the President of the Republic of Panama Juan Carlos Varela and Panama’s Ministry of Housing Mario Etchelecu. There was also a unique presentation by the famous Venezuelan Kinetic Artist Carlos Cruz-Diez, whose innovative artwork integrates sculpture with architecture.

Eric Van Hoorde, president of ACOBIR, the organizing association of the event explained that “the organization of this global real estate congress represents a country event of great significance and was an excellent opportunity for Panama, due to the fact that in recent years we have grown significantly in the global real estate sector. Thousands of people consider Panama as the ideal place to live and do business because of the important first class infrastructure and its relevant tourist attractions that provide the city a cosmopolitan destination connotation. ”

Ivan Carlucci, president of FIABCI-Panama, added that this event created new business relationships with representatives of the real estate industry around the world who were visiting. “Our goal was to encourage multi-national real estate companies to become established here, especially with vast opportunities generated by the opening of the canal expansion next month. We were committed to being the best hosts for the more than 50 delegations from 65 countries on five continents that visited us,” said Carlucci.

Katherine Shahani, president of the Organizing Committee for ACOBIR and former president of ACOBIR, referred to the FIABCI World Congress program, which included global networking events, social activities that strengthened links between participants and organizations, theme forums, vital presentations from national and international exhibitors, as well as a social program filled with a series of sightseeing and shopping tours. The agenda was designed to combine robust international business with tourism.

One of the many highlights during the Congress was the FIABCI World Prix d’Excellence Awards Gala Dinner. The FIABCI World Prix d’Excellence is a prestigious honor that recognizes real estate development projects that best embody excellence in all real estate disciplines involved in its creation and illustrates the FIABCI ideal of “providing society with the optimal solution to its property needs.”

For more information about FIABCI, visit the website www.fiabci.org. For more information about Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, visit www.LeadingRE.com.



About Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®

Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (www.LeadingRE.com) is a selective global community of the highest quality independent real estate companies, with over 550 companies and 128,000 sales associates in over 55 countries. Last year, the network generated over one million transactions valued at $351 billion in annual home sales. LeadingRE exists to make its members better by connecting them to opportunities and people around the globe, supporting them with an international referral network, professional development programs, unique events and connections to people and opportunities worldwide.



FIABCI, the International Real Estate Federation, is a business network of real estate professionals worldwide. FIABCI provides access and opportunity for real estate professionals interested in gaining knowledge, sharing information and conducting international business with each other.  With members in 65 countries, including 100 Professional Associations, 65 Academic Institutions and 3000 individual members from all professions of the real estate sector, FIABCI is the most representative organization of the real estate industry in the world and holds special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations.

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Leading Real Estate Companies of the World and Luxury Portfolio International Partner with HGTV for Ultimate House Hunt

CHICAGO – June 1, 2016 – Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® and Luxury Portfolio International® are proud to announce the beginning of the HGTV Ultimate House Hunt, a month-long online contest held on HGTV.com each year. HGTV has joined forces with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® and Luxury Portfolio International® as the exclusive real estate partners of HGTV’s Ultimate House Hunt 2016, the contest runs from June 1 through July 8.

The contest highlights exceptional homes from across the globe in eight exciting categories: Waterfront Homes, Master Retreats, International Homes, Living Large in Small Spaces, Backyard Retreat, Kids’ Spaces, Classic Living, Making an Entrance, and Curb Appeal.  All featured homes are represented by members of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® and Luxury Portfolio International®. Consumers vote for their favorite, and a winner is chosen at the end.

“The Ultimate House Hunt is one of our favorite events each year,” said Rich Lacy, vice president of digital for HGTV.com. “We can always rely on Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® and Luxury Portfolio International® to deliver the most stunning homes for our engaged audience to choose from.”

The contest is an annual event, and HGTV has partnered with LeadingRE and Luxury Portfolio on the contest since 2014. Last year’s contest attracted over 82 million page views with nearly 900,000 votes cast, proving the enduring appetite for viewing extraordinary real estate. The contest is also a microcosm of the changing tastes of the public. Last year’s overall winning property was a luxuriously rustic lake house in Tiger, Ga., represented by Harry Norman Realtors. Dream Hawaiian homes also fared especially well, with three residences from Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers being voted favorites. In addition to bragging rights, the winning homes will receive additional editorial exposure on HGTV.com.

“Each year we look forward to holding this contest with HGTV and selecting the most appealing properties from our members to share. From beautiful waterfront homes to properties with the most stunning master retreats, to the most appealing international properties, the contest showcases the best properties listed for sale,” said Paul Boomsma, president of Luxury Portfolio International®.

To view the contest and cast your vote visit: www.hgtv.com/househunt


About HGTV

America’s leading home and lifestyle brand, HGTV features a top-rated cable network that is distributed to more than 99 million U.S. households and the HGTV website, HGTV.com, the nation’s leading online home-and-garden destination. The brand also includes the HGTV HOME consumer products line which showcases exclusive collections of paint, flooring, soft goods and other home-oriented products, as well as HGTV Magazine, a new home and lifestyle publication published in partnership with Hearst Magazines.

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