Leading Real Estate Companies of the World Embraces Changing Industry Landscape

– Global network leverages knowledge of international real estate expert Mike DelPrete to capitalize on market innovations. –


CHICAGO (October 26, 2018) – Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® has launched a multiplatform educational initiative directed at helping its member brokers align their value propositions in the midst of the new brokerage models entering the business.

Enlisting global real estate expert and author Mike DelPrete, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE) is hosting a series of webinars for its member brokers exploring the new real estate models, using empirical data to better understand the implications of these new models on consumer behavior and agent productivity. Webinars will be held in regions around the world to address conditions unique to each area. In addition, online courses are being  developed that explore elements of the various models, ranging from iBuyers to technology companies to virtual brokers.

According to LeadingRE President/CEO Paul Boomsma, the initiative is a natural progression for the global network and its member companies. “We are a collection of the world’s best brokerages, which all began as ‘start-up’ companies.  And just like any good start-up, they keep their eyes on the latest trends. Our firms have always embraced innovation, and that is what has contributed to their enduring success. While some start-ups fail, ours found their success and continue to capitalize on it,” Boomsma said.

In today’s environment, that means being familiar not only with what these new competitors offer and what needs they are addressing for agents and consumers, but also paying close attention to claims about market share, technology offerings and more. As Boomsma notes, “With so much buzz in the industry about ‘disruptors,’ we need to focus on the facts, which is why Mike’s evidence-based approach to understanding and evaluating the competitive landscape will be especially valuable for our members.”

LeadingRE also keeps a pulse on current and future trends through its own global membership, which spans six continents. Events like its recent Global Symposium in Barcelona, Spain and Immersion Conference in Kuala Lumpur brought the opportunity for members to share first-hand insights. Members will gather again at the LeadingRE Conference Week, February 18-22 at Wynn Las Vegas.



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LeadingRE Expands Member Services Team with Addition with Two Vice Presidents, Business Solutions

Billy Ekofo and Jennifer Harding Named LeadingRE Vice Presidents, Business Solutions


CHICAGO – October 16, 2018 – Chicago-based Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE) has named Billy Ekofo and Jennifer Harding, CRP, to its Member Services team as Vice Presidents, Business Solutions.

In this role, Ekofo and Harding will serve as business consultants for a defined group of LeadingRE member brokerages, focusing on understanding each company’s unique objectives and helping them be more successful through the utilization of LeadingRE’s extensive programs and services. They will also offer expertise on the trends impacting the real estate industry to help members continuously strengthen their value proposition, deliver a superior customer experience and ensure sales associates succeed at the highest levels.

Shortly after completing his MBA at The College of William & Mary, Ekofo began his career in real estate as a sales associate, eventually managing a real estate firm’s lead generation department. He later worked at Inman News as Director of Event Content, before returning to his former company to focus on office development and growth in key markets in the Virginia and Washington, D.C. area.

A licensed broker, Harding joined the industry as a sales associate and later advanced to the role of Vice President, Relocation, where she managed business development activities for a prominent independent brokerage. She holds the Certified Relocation Professional designation from Worldwide ERC® and is active in numerous industry groups, including serving as President Elect for the Building Industry Association.

“We are thrilled to welcome Billy and Jennifer to our team. Both bring exceptional industry experience and business acumen, while sharing our belief that strong relationships are at the foundation of our success,” said LeadingRE President/CEO Paul Boomsma.

Ekofo is based in Ashburn, Va. and can be reached at bekofo@LeadingRE.com. Harding is based in Columbia, S.C. and can be reached at jharding@LeadingRE.com.


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Real Estate Leaders Recognized at LeadingRE Global Symposium

CHICAGO – October 10, 2018 – Leading Real Estate Companies of the World ® recognized top-performing members for outstanding achievements and contributions during the network’s Global Symposium, held September 27-29, at the Hotel Arts in Barcelona, Spain.

This year marks the second time formal awards were presented in the event’s 11-year history. “The strength of our global network is unparalleled in the industry, and having the opportunity to recognize some of the members who have been so instrumental to our success was a highlight of the Symposium. We commend these individuals and their firms for being leaders not only in their local markets, but also on a global level,” said LeadingRE President/CEO Paul Boomsma, who presented the awards along with LeadingRE Chairman of the Board Joe Horning of Shorewest Realtors and LeadingRE Executive Vice President, Global Operations Chris Dietz.

The Global Ambassador Award was presented to the following members for demonstrating extraordinary commitment to LeadingRE, participating actively on many levels, promoting the network, serving as a role model for other members: Marco Argentieri, Cofim-Immobiliare VR, Verona Italy; Sylvia Elias Arnanz, P.V. Realty, S.A. de C.V., Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; Roland Kampmeyer, KAMPMEYER Immobilien GmbH, Deutchland, Germany; Jeronymo Kontonis, JK Property & Yachting, Athens, Greece; and Frank Morrice, Servmor Realty, Panama, Panama.

Judith von Hasselbach (Allgemeiner Grund & Boden Fundus, Berlin, Germany) earned the Global Leadership Award in recognition of her generosity of time and commitment in supporting to Leading Real Estate Companies of the World’s global growth.

Pinnacle Real Estate Consulting Services, Inc. (Manila, Philippines) was presented the Rising Star Award in recognition of their enthusiastic early adoption of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® branding and programs as a new member, beginning with an elegant branding event launching their Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® and Luxury Portfolio membership in their city.

Cofim-Immobiliare VR (Verona, Italy) was recognized with the Luxury Trendsetter Award for leadership in the affluent real estate space and engagement with Luxury Portfolio International®, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World’s luxury marketing program.

Groupe Immobilier Mercure France (Toulouse, France) was presented the Referral Service Excellence Award for above-and-beyond service and professionalism in handling a challenging cross-border referral.

Strutt & Parker (London, United Kingdom) received the Referral Accelerator Award for their commitment to increasing their referral awareness and commitment to sending referrals to fellow members.

Smith & Associates Real Estate (Tampa, Florida, USA) and STONE earned the Long Distance Referral Award for collaborating on the referral that traveled the greatest distance to be transacted – nearly 14,900 kilometers, or 9,259 miles.

Ginesta Immobilien (Kusnacht, Switzerland) was presented the Global Referral Production Award for the second year in a row sending the most outgoing referrals this year among companies outside of North America.

The conference offered top-tier industry professionals affiliated with LeadingRE the opportunity to gain insights into the global marketplace, discuss the top trends affecting real estate in 2018, and enhance the experience of home buyers and sellers. 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.

During the event, plans were announced for LeadingRE’s 2019 Global Symposium, which will take place in Athens, Greece.


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Leading Real Estate Companies of the World Graduates Latest Class from MAESTRO Leadership Program

– Program focuses on leadership mastery for select real estate sales managers. –

CHICAGO (October 8, 2018) – Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® recently graduated its latest class from the MAESTRO Leadership, recognizing 47 sales managers and brokers from top real estate firms across the U.S. and Canada who completed the program. In August, the first 2018 class graduated 37 participants.

MAESTRO focuses on developing talented and highly effective real estate leaders for the future. Only select applicants from LeadingRE member companies are accepted into the program. Based on proprietary and validated research conducted by LeadingRE with 300 sales managers, the rigorous MAESTRO program encompasses three pillars of great office leadership, as determined by the research. It is the only program of its kind in the industry, using science and art to establish and practice leadership mastery.

LeadingRE’s Chief Learning Officer Mike Staver is the lead instructor, with additional faculty including Dean of Innovation Matthew Ferrara and Dean of Professional Skill and Technique Dan Elzer. Additional instructors included REAL Trends President Steve Murray, Long Realty CEO Rosey Koberlein, Halstead Real Estate Executive Director of Sales Property Sara Rotter, and United Teletech Financial President/CEO and Founder of Wisdom Leadership Group Leo Ardine, as well as LeadingRE’s President/CEO Paul Boomsma and Vice President of Talent Development Dan Nelson.

Participants attended three live sessions held at LeadingRE’s Chicago headquarters that included lectures and interactive workshops incorporating ‘real life’ exercises, case studies and group activities. Ongoing support from staff and fellow participants ensures continued engagement and measurable results from the program.

“We are pleased to recognize this highly talented group of real estate leaders for their commitment to enhancing their leadership skills in ways that will have an immediate impact on the success of their agents and their respective offices,” said LeadingRE President/CEO Paul Boomsma.

The latest graduates are: Al Beahn, Advantage Realty, a Real Estate One Company; Cindy Fowler and Angela Standish, Allen Tate Company; Bill White, Baird & Warner; Hollie Billero, Buldo Billero & Billero Properties; Mary Kapches and Johanna Pigeon, Bosley Real Estate; Tiffany Ahrens and Chelsea Block, Chase International; Deborah Beene, Cloud Real Estate; Larry Heidler, Comey & Shepherd; Jeanette Schlapfer, Crossroads Realty; Diane Fisher, Dennis Realty & Investment; Ginger Gill and Carolyn Rosson, Ebby Halliday, Realtors; Jennifer Wocelka, Molly Goenner and Tony Haider, Edina Realty; Angel Dean, Craig Fletchall and Jeff Miles, F.C. Tucker Company; John Martin, Fletcher Bright; Tammy Felenstein and Trish Martin, Halstead Real Estate; Peter Haring, Haring Realty, Inc.; Amanda Briggs, Brendon DeSimone and Janet Kovacs, Houlihan Lawrence; Chad Greenlee and Tammy Sparks, Iowa Realty; Sherrell Prefontaine, Jack Conway Co., Inc.; Michael McGrory, Lamacchia Realty, Inc.; Howard Lorey, Nourmand & Associates Realtors; Kristen Lenzner, Randall Realtors; Tom Long and Richard Rubba, Real Estate One; Jolene Weinstein, Realty Austin; Alex Carney, Jeff Frish, James Hiles and Lydia Laikos Melik, Russell Real Estate Services; Bonnie Josefski, The Keyes Company; Michael Eaglin, The Litchfield Company; and Dane Leslie, Reginald Robinson and Guy Sanchez, Watson Realty Corp.

Completing the program in August were: Joseph Cutrufelli and Joanne Zavlaris, Alain Pinel Realtors; Wendi Hensel and Robert C. Smith, Allen Tate Company; Steve Engel, Rebecca McDermott and Michael Simpson, Baird & Warner; Patrick Burgan and Sue Filipovich, Burgan Real Estate; John Grisillo, Carolina One Real Estate; Eric Crosby and Cindy Ranne, Chase International; Sara Levy, Classic Properties; Sara Bizzaro, Cressy and Everett; Sue Stinson-Turner, Crye-Leike, Inc.; Eric Carlson, Stephen Haley and Laura Murray, Lyon Real Estate; Ben Balsbaugh, PMZ Real Estate; Bruce Drake, Randall Realtors; Loren Hotchkiss, Mary Matthews and Clinton Wheeler, Real Estate One; Jennifer Korba and Marc Warshawsky, Realty Austin; Jan Camp and Erle Morring, RealtySouth; David Amarante, Mary Kandell, Tammy Smith, Russell Real Estate Services; Kimberly Curtis and Ellen Ostermann, Shorewest Realtors; Kellie Barter, Sibcy Cline; Mike Matthews, David Mutters and Ann Shahin, Watson Realty Corp.; Amie Henry, Westmark, REALTORS; and Michael Barnacle, Zephyr Real Estate.

All participants are members of LeadingRE, a global community of market-leading real estate companies that spans six continents, with more than 565 firms and 130,000 sales associates who produce over 1.1 million real estate transactions each year. For more information about LeadingRE, please visit www.LeadingRE.com.

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