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.