Leading Real Estate Companies of the World Honors Top Performers

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CHICAGO – March 26, 2020 – Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® paid tribute to top-performing member firms and individuals at its recent conference in Las Vegas. Winners were recognized in a variety of areas, ranging from referral excellence to business leadership.

According to LeadingRE President/CEO Paul Boomsma, the opportunity to recognize the network’s members during these uncertain times is especially meaningful. “The world is certainly a different place than when we came together for our conference. Celebrating those who work so hard on behalf of the communities they serve, as well as for our global network, reminds us of the strength of our community.”

The Diamond Award, LeadingRE’s top company honor, went to one company in each size category based on superior engagement and performance in all of LeadingRE’s business programs. Receiving the Diamond Award were Allen Tate Company (Charlotte, NC); Realty Austin (Austin, TX); Kentwood Real Estate (Denver, CO); Dickens Mitchener (Charlotte, NC); WK Real Estate (Boulder, CO); Haring Realty Inc. (Mansfield, OH); and Vista Encantada REALTORS (Albuquerque, NM).

The prestigious Leadership Award, celebrating brokers whose leadership skills and achievements have drawn the attention and admiration of others, was presented Jonathan and Yvette Boatwright, co-owners of Realty Austin (Austin, TX). The Customer Experience of the Year Award went to Mary-Jean Gianquinto, Halstead Real Estate (New York, NY), and the Referral of the Year was presented to Julie Rice, Dennis Realty & Investments Corp. (Lutz, FL).

Among the top marketing awards were the Best Overall Website, presented to @properties (Chicago, IL), and the Most Innovative Brokerage Award was given to deasy penner podley (Pasadena, CA). Most Innovative Office Design was awarded to two firms: Greenwood King Properties (Houston, TX) and Realty Austin (Austin, TX).

The Crown of Excellence referral awards were given in seven company size categories: Allen Tate Company (Charlotte, NC); Realty Austin (Austin, TX); Beverly-Hanks & Associates (Asheville, NC); Dickens Mitchener (Charlotte, NC); Platinum Group, REALTORS (Colorado Springs, CO); Marx-Bensdorf Realtors (Memphis, TN); and Vista Encantada REALTORS (Albuquerque, NM).

Earning the Million Dollar Award for Highest Valued Outgoing Closings was Houlihan Lawrence Real Estate (Rye Brook, NY). The Global Alliance Club Award for Most Outgoing International Referral Closings was presented to Macdonald Realty Ltd. (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) and Reality Realty (San Juan, Puerto Rico). Awarded for having the Top 5 Most Closed 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 2019, was presented to: Ginesta Immobilien (Kusnacht, Switzerland); CIR REALTY (Calgary, Alberta, Canada); Dexter Realty (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada); Macdonald Realty Ltd. (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada); and Bosley Real Estate Ltd., Brokerage (Toronto, Ontario, Canada).

The firms 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); Kentwood Real Estate (Denver, CO); Greenwood King Properties (Houston, TX); WK Real Estate (Boulder, CO); Marx-Bensdorf Realtors (Memphis, TN); CamTaylor Realtors (Columbus, OH); and Premier Living Properties (Saint Charles, IL).

Receiving the Chairman’s Service Award for their contributions and talent over many years were Carol Bulman, Jack Conway & Company (Norwell, MA); Frank Morrice, Servmor Realty (Panama City, Panama); and Diane Ramirez, Halstead Real Estate (New York, NY). Earning the President’s Service Award were Tonya Krebs, Shorewest, REALTORS® (Brookfield, WI); Marie Lawrence, ARC Realty (Birmingham, AL); Dima Lorenz, Ark Properties Shanghai (Shanghai, China); and Michael Mabutol, Pinnacle Real Estate Consulting Services (Makati City, Philippines).

“Just as these members and all of our other award winners shined in 2019, we are confident that even in these challenging times they will continue to lead with excellence as they serve their communities,” Boomsma said.

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



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Leading Real Estate Companies of the World Inducted to Training Magazine’s Elite Hall of Fame


– Distinction recognizes the organizations with the most successful learning and development programs in the world. –

CHICAGO – March 24, 2020 – Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE) was inducted into the Training Top 10 Hall of Fame, joining only 16 other companies from a variety of industries named to the Hall of Fame since its inception in 2008. LeadingRE earned the distinction after ranking in the Training Top 125 for four consecutive years, including 1st in 2018, 2nd in 2019, 3rd in 2017 and 9th in 2016.

LeadingRE was formally inducted into the Top 10 Hall of Fame at this year’s Training Top 125 Gala, held February 24 during the Training 2020 Conference & Expo in Orlando, Fla. LeadingRE will remain in the Hall of Fame for a minimum of three years or longer by adhering to specific standards for training excellence. Representing LeadingRE at the event were Chief Learning Officer Mike Staver; Executive Vice President, Kate Reisinger; Executive Director of Institute Content Cecelia Chott; and Assistant Isabel Santoyo, who head the company’s learning initiatives along with other key staff members and Institute Deans Matthew Ferrara, Dan Elzer and Debbie Maier.

The award comes in recognition of LeadingRE’s world-class training and educational offerings, which are key drivers in the continued international growth, high performance, productivity, and profitability for the global network of 565 top independent real estate brokerages.

LeadingRE’s learning and development offerings include the robust “LeadingRE Institute,” an online learning portal/ learning management system (LMS) that hosts over 300 courses and numerous certifications. In addition, LeadingRE provides extensive live training and networking events, timely webinars, leadership development programs such as MAESTRO, CEO mastermind groups, and targeted offerings for multiple audiences within its member brokerages.

As a privately held company owned by visionary brokers, LeadingRE is nimble and responsive to the needs of its membership and has long prioritized learning and development resources. “Our structure allows us to develop programs on the most timely and relevant topics, and we are committed to delivering the most impactful information in digestible, easily accessible formats,” said LeadingRE Executive Vice President, Member Services Kate Reisinger. “At a time when remote learning is more important than ever, we are especially proud of our industry-leading Institute platform, which will keep our members fully engaged and highly skilled.”

Other Hall of Fame members include noteworthy companies such as Ernst & Young, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, IBM and Verizon. To see all Hall of Fame members, visit https://bit.ly/2UvgpPh. To see the winners of the 2020 Top 125, visit trainingmag.com/training-magazine-ranks-2020-training-top-125-organizations.

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

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Greenwood King Properties Awarded Prestigious RELO Quality Certification

LeadingRE’s Sue Sparks (center) joins Greenwood King’s Sandy Benson, Dana McAlister, Renée Eads, and Lorraine Abercrombie to celebrate their RQC recognition.


CHICAGO 3/06/20 – Greenwood King Properties has been awarded the prestigious RELO® Quality Certification from Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE), a global network of 565 market-leading real estate firms. The only program of its kind, the RELO® Quality Certification (RQC) quantifies and qualifies relocation service excellence. Modeled after the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, it was created by LeadingRE to provide measurable standards for the pursuit of relocation excellence.

Greenwood King earned the certification following a rigorous application process, overseen by a committee of leading industry professionals. All aspects of the company’s relocation operations were evaluated, using specific criteria to evaluate performance, staffing, training and education, quality and scope of services for relocation clients, program marketing, customer satisfaction, technology resources, office facilities, and more.

“We are pleased to award the RELO® Quality Certification to Greenwood King based on their success in providing superior relocation services to individual families, as well as corporate clients. They join a prestigious group of companies that have earned this distinction, signifying proven leadership in the relocation industry,” said LeadingRE Executive Vice President, Member Services Kate Reisinger, CRP.

“Greenwood King Properties is privileged to have earned the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® RELO® Quality Certification. We are proud to be an independent brokerage for the past 35 years in Houston and a member of LeadingRE. Proven dedication by agents and staff committed to providing a stellar customer experience are the building blocks of our company.  This achievement exemplifies Greenwood King Properties as a leader in the world of global relocation,” said Renée Eads, CRP, SGDS, GMS, GRP, Greenwood King’s Vice President of Global Services, Referrals & Relocation.

Founded in 1984, Greenwood King is one of Houston’s most resourceful, responsive and respected real estate firms. One of only a handful of privately-owned firms in Houston, the company is a leader in the city’s high-end market with yearly sales exceeding $1.2 billion. With three offices in the Houston area, Greenwood King is one of the first “boutique” firms to open the city’s only full-service real estate resource center, The Lobby. The Lobby’s primary mission is to meet the homeowner needs of Houston city residents. To learn more, visit greenwoodking.com. For more information about Greenwood King’s relocation services, contact Renée Eads:  reads@greenwoodking.com or 713-914-8720

To see a full list of RQC companies, visit LeadingRE.com/rqc.

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