Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® Recognizes Top Performers at Annual Conference


CHICAGO June 10, 2021 – Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® honored top-performing member firms and individuals at its recent conference in Las Vegas. Awards were presented in key areas, including marketing excellence, referral performance and business leadership.

LeadingRE President/CEO Paul Boomsma said, “Paying tribute to our members’ success and contributions is always a highlight of our conference, but the awards took-on special meaning this year. Our members served their clients and communities, as well as our network, in countless ways, adapting and responding to the extraordinary circumstances of the past year with the highest level of professionalism and commitment. It was a true pleasure to be able to celebrate their achievements, together in person.”

Among the awards presented was the Diamond Award, LeadingRE’s top company honor, which 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); Lyon Real Estate (Sacramento, CA); Realty Austin (Austin, TX); Beverly-Hanks & Associates (Asheville, NC); Dickens Mitchener (Charlotte, NC); WK Real Estate (Boulder, CO); Hamner Real Estate, LLC (Tuscaloosa, AL); and Cloud Real Estate (Killeen, TX).

The prestigious Leadership Award, celebrating a broker whose leadership skills and achievements have drawn the attention and admiration of others, was presented Lennox Scott, John L. Scott Real Estate (Bellevue, WA). The Referral of the Year was presented to IRG – International Realty Group Ltd. (George Town, Cayman Islands).

Included in the top marketing awards was the Best Overall Website, presented to Silver Creek Real Estate Group (Cashiers, NC). The Most Innovative Brokerage Award was given to Latter & Blum, Inc. Realtors (New Orleans, LA). Most Innovative Office Design was awarded to two firms: M IMMOBILIER (Pointe-Claire, Quebec, Canada) and Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate (Avon, CO).

Denise Talboy, The Keyes Company (Plantation, FL) received the Hall of Fame Award for extraordinary talent and contributions to LeadingRE over many years. The Chairman’s Service Award was presented to Andrea Bowles, Blanchard & Calhoun Real Estate (Augusta, GA); Jeremy Hurst, IRG – International Realty Group Ltd. (George Town, Cayman Islands); Dan Elsea, Real Estate One, Inc. (Southfield, MI); Tammy Vlah, Watson Realty Corp. (Jacksonville, FL); and Kim Givens, William Raveis Real Estate (Shelton, CT). Earning the President’s Service Award were Whitney LaCosta, Coach Real Estate Associates, Inc. (Northport, NY); Susan Sadowski, Howard Hanna Real Estate Services (Pittsburgh, PA); and Tammy Heard, Jim Maloof/Realtor® (Peoria, IL).

Other prestigious referral awards were previously presented at a virtual awards ceremony held in the spring.

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 Names Michael Pappas Chairman of the Board

Michael Pappas, President & CEO of The Keyes Family of Companies, assumes the role of LeadingRE Chairman of the Board.


CHICAGO (June 7, 2021) – Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE) announced today that Michael Pappas of The Keyes Family of Companies has been elected to a two-year term as chairman of the board of directors. The board provides strategic guidance for LeadingRE®, a global network of 550 market-leading real estate firms in 70 countries.

Mr. Pappas is the President & CEO of The Keyes Family of Companies, a South Florida based real estate company with multiple real estate brands, over 50 branches, 3,500 plus Associates and affiliates that include Capital Partners Mortgage, Home Partners Title, Keyes Insurance, and Keyes Property Management. With sales and services in excess of $8.3 billion annually, the company is one of the largest independent brokerage firms in the United States.

Mr. Pappas graduated Cum Laude from Wake Forest University, where he majored in Business and Spanish. He joined Keyes as a Sales Associate in 1980 and held a variety of positions, including General Sales Manager, until taking over as President in 1992.

Mr. Pappas has been the recipient of numerous awards and designations, including the YPO Legacy Award and “Real Estate Up and Comer of the Year” by Price Waterhouse and “Best Real Estate Deal of the Year” by South Florida Magazine. The past three years, he was named in the National Top 200 Most Powerful People in Real Estate by Swanepoel Power 200.

“I am honored to serve such a powerful network of caring, progressive leaders, whose organizations are fully engaged in their 550 communities around the globe,” Mr. Pappas said.

LeadingRE President/CEO Paul Boomsma comments, “Mike is incredibly respected in the industry, in our network and in the communities served by his companies. He brings a visionary outlook and a true passion for excellence in real estate. We are very fortunate to have him serve in this capacity, and I look forward to working with him to support the continued success of our members and our network.”

For more information about The Keyes Company, please visit keyes.com. For more information about LeadingRE, please visit leadingre.com.

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About The Keyes Family of Companies

Independently-owned and operated since 1926, The Keyes Company is a leader in the real estate industry. Keyes completed a merger with Illustrated Properties in July 2016. Following the merger, The Keyes Family of Companies has over 50 offices, more than 3,500 Associates and $8.3 billion in annual real estate sales and services. Keyes’ offices are distributed throughout six counties – Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, and Volusia. Keyes expands our Associates’ reach globally as a Founding Member and Shareholder of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®. The Keyes Company offers a suite of resources to cover whatever needs arise while buying or selling a home. Mortgage, title, insurance and property management needs can all be managed in-house, allowing Keyes to close deals with speed and efficiency while giving clients valuable access to the professionals responsible for the specific service lines.

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