LeadingRE Hosts Global Symposium in Barcelona, Spain

– Event reflects network’s global strength, attracting real estate leaders from 27 countries. –


NEW YORK – (September 30, 2018) Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE), home of the world’s market-leading independent residential brokerages, hosted the 2018 Global Symposium from September 27-29, at the Hotel Arts in Barcelona, Spain.

The conference offered top-tier industry professionals affiliated with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE) the opportunity to gain insights into the global marketplace and discuss new strategies for growing a business. The event brought together attendees from 27 countries around the globe, including the United Kingdom, Romania, Thailand, Malta, Italy, Switzerland, New Zealand, and South Africa.

“As we continue to strengthen our network worldwide, we find incredible value in bringing together real estate leaders from diverse markets who benefit from the experience, insight and range of perspectives that come from our global membership,” said Paul Boomsma, LeadingRE President/CEO. “Those who attended the symposium are committed to delivering a superior experience for real estate consumers. By learning about the latest market trends, technology initiatives and best practices, they distinguish themselves as market leaders.”

Keynote speakers included Dean Foster, founder of DFA Intercultural Global Solutions, who addressed cultural competency and the importance of thinking globally when working across cultures. Wendy Alexander, executive consultant of New Zealand’s largest privately-owned real estate company, Barfoot & Thompson, shared success strategies for thriving in a fiercely competitive business.

The symposium also included Matthew Ferrara, dean of innovation for LeadingRE Institute, who discussed the role of artificial intelligence, big data, predictive analytics and mobile strategies in 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 also heard from Boomsma, who discussed the top trends affecting real estate in 2018, including the fusion of global growth and advanced technologies. Stephanie Anton, president of Luxury Portfolio International®, spoke about similarities and differences in global consumers around the world. LeadingRE’s Executive Director of Global Operations Chris Dietz addressed trends in key growth markets and facilitated discussions with member panelists on real estate practices in their local markets.

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

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RELO Direct Receives Andeavor Award for Extraordinary Performance

– Recognition given for RELO Direct’s contributions to company’s relocation program. –


CHICAGO (September 18, 2018) – RELO Direct®, Inc. received the Innovation and Value Delivery Award from Andeavor (NYSE: ANDV) at its annual Supplier Recognition Awards event, held September 16 in San Antonio, Texas. The awards recognize service providers in a variety of categories based on outstanding performance that is in alignment with Andeavor’s Guiding Principles.

RELO Direct®, LeadingRE’s full-service relocation management company, was recognized for its role in partnering with Andeavor’s Human Resources team to redesign the company’s relocation program to meet the changing needs of its employees and ensure the organization offers best-in-class programs for talent management and employee mobility.

In presenting the award, Andeavor Vice President, Talent Acquisition Tim James said, “We appreciate RELO Direct’s consultative approach in identifying opportunities for cost savings and always sharing market trends. RELO Direct’s program design allowed us to achieve a significant cost savings in 12 months, a period where we experienced a significant increase in relocation activity.”

Accepting the award on behalf of RELO Direct® were Vice President, Client Relations Jamie Dotoratos   and Director, Client Support Services Oliver Dubester.

“It was a pleasure working with the Andeavor Human Resources team to help them develop a relocation program that provides employees with the best possible service, while achieving cost savings and operational efficiencies,” said RELO Direct® President/CEO Bob Portale. “Receiving this award in recognition of the results we achieved together is especially gratifying.”

Andeavor Executive Vice President, Operations CJ Warner explains the importance of the awards.  “Quality contractor work is of vital importance to Andeavor’s success, and we are both proud and gratified to be able to honor the best of the best at this year’s supplier recognition awards. Their partnership and contributions are a key ingredient to what we have achieved this year, and we appreciate this opportunity to celebrate together,” Warner said.

RELO Direct® has worked with Andeavor since 2012, providing a full range of program management services. To learn more about RELO Direct®, visit www.RELODirect.com.


About RELO Direct®, Inc.
Chicago-based RELO Direct® (www.relodirect.com) is a full-service global mobility management company that puts thought leadership into action. The company offers a comprehensive portfolio of program management, departure, destination and global relocation services to support clients with employees on the move. With a history dating back to 1992, RELO Direct® helps people move with confidence, security, and appreciation for their employer. RELO Direct’s parent company is Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, the market-leading network of independent residential brokerages in over 70 countries, with 565 firms and 130,000 sales associates producing over 1.1 million transactions valued at $372 billion annually.

About Andeavor
Andeavor is a premier, highly integrated marketing, logistics and refining company. Andeavor’s retail marketing system includes approximately 3,330 stations marketed under multiple well-known fuel brands, including ARCO®, SUPERAMERICA®, Shell®, Exxon(TM), Mobil(TM), Tesoro®, USA Gasoline(TM) and Giant®. It also has ownership in Andeavor Logistics LP (NYSE: ANDX) and its non-economic general partner. Andeavor operates 10 refineries with a combined capacity of approximately 1.2 million barrels per day in the mid-continent and western United States.

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