LeadingRE Hosts Global Symposium in Vienna, Austria

The Preeminent Industry Conference From September 24-26 Brought Together Expert Global Real Estate Leaders from Around the World


NEW YORK – (September 26, 2017) – Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE), home of the world’s market-leading independent residential brokerages in over 65 countries, hosted the 2017 Global Symposium conference from September 24-26, 2017 at the Grand Hotel Wien in Vienna, Austria.

The conference offered top-tier industry professionals the opportunity to gain insights into the global marketplace and discuss new strategies on growing a business, along with the opportunity to explore the many historical treasures of Vienna, Austria’s capital. The event brought together attendees from around the globe, including United Kingdom, Denmark, China, Aruba, Italy, Switzerland, New Zealand, and South Africa.

The symposium included expert panelist Matthew Ferrara, dean of innovation for LeadingRE Institute, who discussed the role of artificial intelligence in completely rewriting the rules of marketing. Marci Rossell, chief economist for LeadingRE, shared insights about population shifts, demographic changes and political influences that are affecting the global economy.

Attendees heard from Pam O’Connor, president/CEO of LeadingRE, who discussed how the opportunities for assisting globally-focused clients is driving the growth of the company’s network by combining trusted relationships with technological progress. Paul Boomsma, president of Luxury Portfolio International®, spoke about growth statistics for global real estate, where the greatest opportunities are, and how LeadingRE is leveraging its scope and membership expertise to take advantage of those opportunities. Additional LeadingRE and Luxury Portfolio International staff speakers included:

  • Chris Dietz, Executive Vice President Global Operations, LeadingRE
  • Stephanie Pfeffer Anton, Executive Vice President, Luxury Portfolio International

Participants also received first-hand reports on select markets around the world from member speakers and heard from keynote presenters including:

  • Geoff Ramm, creator and author of ‘Celebrity Service’, ‘OMG Marketing’ & ‘OMG Strikes Back’
  • Debra Searle, entrepreneur, adventurer and motivational speaker

“With all the recent shifts and exponential growth in key world markets, this well-attended event brought together leading experts from real estate communities across the globe to discuss pertinent trends and opportunities in various sectors,” said Pam O’Connor, president/CEO of LeadingRE.

For more information about the conference, please visit: symposium.leadingreresources.com.

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LeadingRE Names Rosenbaum Financial as Preferred Provider


Rosenbaum Financial


– Company offers income protection insurance for real estate agents. –

CHICAGO – (09/26/17) – Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® has named Rosenbaum Financial as a preferred provider through its Solutions Group program, a collection of select business resources for the global community of 565 real estate firms.

Rosenbaum Financial designs customized group insurance plans that protect agents and owners against unexpected financial loss at a cost that is usually 40-50% less than comparable individual insurance plans. Their approach to group insurance means that agents are eligible for coverage regardless of their medical conditions and without financial underwriting. Through the Solutions Group relationship, LeadingRE members also qualify for an additional discount on group insurance premiums.

“Our brokers are always looking for ways to drive value to their sales associates,” Robin LaSure, LeadingRE vice president of corporate marketing said. “By sponsoring a program like this, our brokers can help agents protect their income at times when illness or an accident may prevent them from working. It’s an incredible benefit that reflects their concern for the financial wellbeing of their agents, with little to no expense for the brokerage.”

Rosenbaum Financial already works with several LeadingRE members and is looking forward to extending its services throughout the network.

“Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® attracts the best of the best – members whose integrity, professionalism, and dedication to their clients and communities set them apart. These are attributes that directly align with our core values, and we have been exceedingly impressed with everyone we’ve met who’s affiliated with LeadingRE – from agents, to brokers, to staff! We are thrilled to further develop our relationship with LeadingRE by becoming part of the Solutions Group program,” said Vice President Kelly Christopherson.

To learn more about Rosenbaum Financial, visit RosenbaumFinancial.com. To learn more about Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, visit LeadingRE.com.


About Rosenbaum Financial
Rosenbaum Financial was built on the drive and desire to make a difference in people’s lives. While they have been an integrated financial management firm for decades, their roots began in insurance. Today, they continue this legacy by offering specialized income protection products to organizations that are not typically eligible for group insurance. For over 25 years, they have been offering these products to brokerages across the country to help provide independent contractors and employees with top quality financial protection.

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LeadingRE Appoints Director, Business Development APAC


– New position focuses on growth in the Asia Pacific region and India. –

CHICAGO, Ill., USA – (September 14, 2017) Chicago-based Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE) announced today that it has named Parikshat Chawla to serve as Director, Business Development APAC. In this role, Mr. Chawla will lead efforts to recruit the best real estate firms in the Asia Pacific region, including India, for LeadingRE, a selective real estate community of more than 565 firms across six continents.

In addition to engaging top real estate agencies, Mr. Chawla will work with other members of LeadingRE’s global team to enhance the value proposition of LeadingRE outside the United States and Canada by improving and adding programs relevant to members, especially in the booming APAC region. He will also play an important role in creating and managing a Developer Program in the region to support the area’s burgeoning growth, which is being driven by ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Economic Integration, where ASEAN becomes a borderless economy.

Mr. Chawla brings a diverse background in international property marketing, project management and business development in banking and financial services, as well as in real estate. Working with banking clients in the USA, Europe and Australia, he consulted on business transitions, solutions design, operations and financial analysis. Since 2009, he has specialized in the real estate industry, most recently heading up project marketing and sales for Knight Frank Malaysia, a global multi-disciplinary residential and commercial property firm.

“We are thrilled to have Parikshat join our team to help us continue our expansion in the world’s number one growth region. He has spent much of his career helping businesses achieve their goals, just as we help our member firms become even more successful by connecting them to opportunities and people worldwide,” said Chris Dietz, LeadingRE Executive Vice President, Global Operations. “Having such an accomplished and regionally experienced person based in Southeast Asia will make us that much more accessible to both our existing and prospective network members in the APAC region.”

Mr. Chawla earned his MBA in marketing and management from Johnson & Wales University (USA) and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Delhi (India), among other professional certifications. He is based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where LeadingRE will hold its ASEAN Immersion Conference in May 2018 to give members from around the world a greater understanding of the region and an opportunity to experience its unique culture and history.

To learn more about LeadingRE, please visit www.LeadingRE.com.

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