Leading Real Estate Companies of the World Honors Top Performers


Watson Realty Corp.’s Ed Forman, Carlotta Landschoot and William Watson, Jr.
accept LeadingRE’s highest company honor, the Diamond Award, from outgoing LeadingRE Chairman of the Board Joe Horning. See more award winners at https://bit.ly/2HHCO7d and https://bit.ly/2UGdkdT.

 

CHICAGO – (March 19, 2019) – Leading Real Estate Companies of the World ® recognized top-performing member firms and individuals during its recent Awards Gala – the finale of its Conference Week, which attracted a global audience of 2,500 professionals from 25 countries.

“Our conference focuses on the trends impacting real estate markets worldwide and ways to deliver a superior customer experience to home buyers and sellers. It’s only natural that we would pay tribute to those whose accomplishments exemplify excellence,” said LeadingRE President/CEO Paul Boomsma.

The Diamond Award, LeadingRE’s top company honor, went to Watson Realty Corp. (Jacksonville, FL), based on the company’s superior engagement and performance in all of LeadingRE’s business programs. It is the sixth time Watson Realty Corp. has won the Diamond in the award’s 17-year history, reflecting their consistent dedication to excellence, as well as their support of other members.

The Leadership Award, which celebrates brokers whose leadership skills and achievements have drawn the attention and admiration of others, was presented to Glenn Gardner, GARDNER, REALTORS

(Metairie, LA). The Customer Experience of the Year Award went to Aleesa Blum, Marx-Bensdorf Realtors (Memphis, TN), and the Referral of the Year was presented to Jeremy Fain, Greenwood King Properties (Houston, TX).

Included in the top marketing awards were the Best Overall Website, presented to Baird & Warner, (Chicago, IL), and the Most Innovative Brokerage Award, given to Halstead Real Estate (New York, NY). Most Innovative Office Design was presented to GARDNER, REALTORS (Metairie, LA) and Meybohm Real Estate (Augusta, GA).

The Crown of Excellence referral awards were given in seven company size categories: Allen Tate Company (Charlotte, NC); Lyon Real Estate (Sacramento, CA); Beverly-Hanks & Associates (Asheville, NC); Dickens Mitchener (Charlotte, NC); WK Real Estate (Boulder, CO); Marx-Bensdorf Realtors (Memphis, TN); and High Country Real Estate Services (Taos, NM).

Earning the Million Dollar Award for Highest Valued Outgoing Closings was Houlihan Lawrence Real Estate (Rye Brook, NY). The Global Alliance Award for Most Outgoing International Referral Closings was presented to Reality Realty (San Juan, Puerto Rico). Awarded for having the Top 5 Most Outgoing Closings, in order of units, were:  WEICHERT, REALTORS (Morris Plains, NJ); Long & Foster Real Estate Inc. (Chantilly, VA); Howard Hanna Company (Pittsburgh, PA); Allen Tate Company (Charlotte, NC); and Houlihan Lawrence Real Estate (Rye Brook, NY).

The Top 5 Global Referral Award, recognizing members from outside the U.S. that sent the most outgoing referrals in 2018, was presented to: Ginesta Immobilien Kusnacht (Switzerland); CIR REALTY (Calgary, Canada); Giorgio Viganò Real Estate (Milano, Italy); Cofim-Immobiliare VR (Verona, Italy); and Strutt & Parker (London, United Kingdom).

Recognized with the Pinnacle Award for having the most outgoing revenue-generating referrals were:  Long & Foster Real Estate Inc. (Chantilly, VA); Lyon Real Estate (Sacramento, CA); Realty Austin (Austin, TX); Stribling & Associates, Ltd. (New York, NY); WK Real Estate (Boulder, CO); Marx-Bensdorf Realtors (Memphis, TN); and Bluebird Real Estate (Crested Butte, CO).

The Service Recognition Award was presented to individuals who have demonstrated an extraordinary level of commitment to the LeadingRE community in a variety of areas. The top individual honor, the Hall of Fame Award, was presented to  Allison Rybarczyk (Arizona Best Real Estate, Scottsdale, AZ).

Earning the Chairman’s Service Award were Pam Metzger (WK Real Estate, Boulder, CO); and Dawn Stevens (The Randall Family of Companies, Sandwich, MA). Receiving the President’s Service Award were Kimberly Barkoff (Halstead Real Estate, New York, NY); Deb Boland (Mel Foster Co., Davenport, IA); Claude Ginesta (Ginesta Immobilien, Kusnacht, Switzerland); Howard W. “Hoby” Hanna IV (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, Pittsburgh, PA); Jo Lay (Baird & Warner, Chicago, IL); Ashley McEvers (Willis Allen Real Estate, La Jolla, CA); and Ron Shuffield (EWM Realty International, Coral Gables, FL).

LeadingRE’s next event is the 2019 APAC Forum, taking place April 29-May 1 in Bangkok, Thailand.

For more information on LeadingRE, visit www.LeadingRE.com.

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Leading Real Estate Companies of the World Names Diane M. Ramirez Chairman of the Board


Diane M. Ramirez, LeadingRE Chairman of the Board and Halstead Real Estate Chairman and CEO

 

CHICAGO (March 4, 2019) – Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE) announced today that Diane M. Ramirez of Halstead Real Estate has been elected to a two-year term as chairman of the board of directors. The board provides strategic guidance for LeadingRE, working closely with the company’s executive team to deliver high value programs and services to the network’s 565 market-leading real estate firms in 70 countries.

Ramirez is chairman and chief executive officer of Halstead Real Estate, the company she co-founded with Clark Halstead in 1984. She has been integral to the company’s growth, which expanded from three offices to nearly three dozen located throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Riverdale, the Hamptons, Hudson Valley, New Jersey and Fairfield County, Connecticut.

She was appointed by the Governor to the Department of State Real Estate Board in 2010, where she is still an active member. Ramirez is also a member of the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), where she serves on the board of governors, their executive advisory board and board of directors of the Residential Division. She was recently honored with REBNY’s Bernard H. Mendik Lifetime Leadership in Real Estate Award and is routinely ranked by the New York Observer as one of the 100 Most Powerful People in New York Real Estate.

“I’m honored to be elected Chairman of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World’s Board of Directors. It has been a privilege to work alongside fellow board members, an esteemed group of global industry leaders, over the last two years. In my new position, I look forward to continued collaboration to advance the real estate industry and strengthen the deep international relationships offered through the network,” said Diane M. Ramirez, Chairman and CEO of Halstead Real Estate.

LeadingRE President/CEO Paul Boomsma comments, “Diane is a visionary leader whose reputation extends worldwide and who is highly respected in the real estate community. She is committed to the individual and collective success of our members, and we are incredibly fortunate to have her serving in this role.”

New to the board is Whitney LaCosta, broker/owner of Coach Realtors, Northport, N.Y. LaCosta, a second-generation Realtor who has been a top achieving sales agent, has opened and built branch offices for Coach Realtors, a family-owned company that operates 19 offices with 800 sales associates.

Other board members include Immediate Past Chairman Joe Horning, Shorewest Realtors, Brookfield, Wis.; Vice Chairman Carol Bulman, Jack Conway & Company, Inc., Norwell, Mass; Treasurer Pat Riley, Allen Tate Company, Charlotte, N.C.; Secretary Rob Sibcy, Sibcy Cline, Realtors, Cincinnati, Ohio; Harold Crye, Crye-Leike Inc., Memphis, Tenn.; Frank Morrice, Servmor Realty, Panama City, Panama; Pam O’Connor, Former LeadingRE President/CEO; Mike Pappas, The Keyes Company, Miami, Fla.; Ron Peltier, HomeServices of America, Inc., Minneapolis, Minn.; Patrick M. Shea, Lyon Real Estate, Sacramento, Calif.; and William Watson, Jr., Watson Realty Corporation, Jacksonville, Fla.

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