Leading Real Estate Companies of the World Presents Global Achievement Awards


– Members recognized at network’s Global Symposium in Vienna, Austria. –

CHICAGO (October 4, 2017) – Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE) presented member achievement awards during its Global Symposium, held in Vienna, Austria from September 24-26. The awards recognized member companies and individuals who have contributed significantly to the global growth of LeadingRE, home of the world’s market-leading independent residential brokerages in over 65 countries.

This year marks the first time formal awards were presented in the event’s 10-year history. “The strength and engagement of our global members have grown so much that we felt it was time to incorporate recognition of those who have been so instrumental in our development,” said LeadingRE COO Paul Boomsma, who presented the awards with LeadingRE Chairman of the Board Joe Horning of Shorewest Realtors, Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the U.S., and LeadingRE President/CEO Pam O’Connor.

Seven individuals were presented with the Global Ambassador Award for extraordinary commitment to LeadingRE around the world, participating actively on many levels, promoting the network, and serving as role models for other members.

“These members are truly passionate about Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, and they never hesitate to mentor other members, work with our team to recruit quality prospective members, serve as speakers at conferences, and demonstrate their leadership in so many other ways,” said LeadingRE President/CEO Pam O’Connor.

Global Ambassador Award recipients include:

  • Benedetta Vigano of Giorgio Vigano Real Estate in Milan, Italy
  • Jeremy Hurst from IRG – International Realty Group Ltd. in the Cayman Islands
  • Michael Saunders of Michael Saunders and Company in Sarasota, Florida, U.S.
  • Wendy Alexander and Peter Thompson from Barfoot & Thompson in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Charles Marie Jottras and Marie-Helene Lundgreen from Daniel Feau Conseil Immobilier and Belles Demeures de France in Paris, France

Earning the Global Leadership Award was Ron Stader from CIR Realty in Calgary, Canada, in recognition of his generosity of time and commitment in supporting LeadingRE in his role as the chairman of LeadingRE’s Global Advisory Board and on the Board of Directors.

The Rising Star Award was given to Unique Estates Limited from Sofia, Bulgaria, for their early adoption of LeadingRE branding and programs as a new member.

Chas Everitt International Property Group, based in Johannesburg, South Africa, was presented the Luxury Trendsetter Award for leadership in the affluent real estate space and engagement with Luxury Portfolio International®, LeadingRE’s luxury marketing program.

The Referral Service Excellence Award was given to Carratelli Real Estate from Pienza, Italy, for above-and-beyond service and professionalism in handling a challenging cross-border referral.

Von Poll Immobilien, based in Frankfurt, Germany, received the Referral Accelerator Award for their  commitment to sending cross-border referrals to fellow members – placing five outgoing referrals in one day alone this past year.

Earning the Long Distance Referral Award for collaborating on the referral that traveled the greatest distance to be transacted – nearly 13,000 kilometers, or 8,000 miles – were Ark Properties from Shanghai, China and Stone Real Estate from Sydney, Australia.

Receiving the Global Referral Production Award for sending the most outgoing referrals this year among companies outside of North America was Ginesta Immobilien from Zurich, Switzerland.

The awards were a highlight of the Global Symposium, which attracted top-tier professionals from 22 countries. Next year’s Global Symposium will take place in Barcelona, Spain in September 2018. LeadingRE’s next major event is its annual Conference Week, taking place January 29-February 2, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

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