Leading Real Estate Companies of the World Honors Member Achievement at Global Symposium

Click here to see photos of award winners and other event highlights in the Global Symposium photo gallery, courtesy of AJ Canaria, MoxiWorks.


CHICAGO – (October 10, 2022) – Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® honored member achievement during its Global Symposium, which took place September 29 – October 1 in Cascais, Portugal. The Symposium attracted top real estate professionals from 30 countries who came together to network, discuss key trends in the real estate market, experience new cultures and explore global business practices.

Symposium participants are members of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE), an invitation-only network that connects the best local and regional independent real estate firms worldwide. Awards were presented by LeadingRE Chairman of the Board Mike Pappas, The Keyes Company and Illustrated Properties (Miami, Fla., U.S.).

International Property Agent (Tokyo, Japan) received the Platinum Award. Presented for the first time this year, the Platinum Award recognizes the company that has best demonstrated commitment and excellence through their LeadingRE membership.

Barfoot & Thompson (Auckland, New Zealand) was presented the Global Vanguard Award for exceptional achievements in technology, sales volume and agent recruitment and retention.

Berry Everitt, Chas Everitt International Property Group (Johannesburg, South Africa), earned the prestigious Global Leadership Award for his extreme generosity of time and commitment in supporting LeadingRE’s global strength and growth.

Kimberly Barkoff, Brown Harris Stevens (New York, N.Y., U.S.), James Puddle, One Global Group (Hong Kong) and Kevin Skipworth, Dexter Realty (Vancouver, BC Canada) received the Global Ambassador Award based on active participation in LeadingRE on many levels, their promotion of the network worldwide and their service as role models for other members.

Ginesta Immobilien (Kusnacht, Switzerland) was presented with the Global Referral Production Award in recognition of sending the most outgoing referrals this year among companies outside of North America, demonstrating worldwide service capabilities.

Maker Advisory (Sydney, Australia) and Groupe Immobilier Mercure France (Toulouse, France) earned the Long Distance Referral Award for collaborating on the referral that traveled the greatest distance for a transaction – 17,317 km from Sydney to Lourdes, France. Groupe Immobilier Mercure France also earned the Referral Service Excellence Award for above-and-beyond service and professionalism in handling a challenging cross-border referral.

Jones Lang LaSalle Residential Portugal (Lisbon, Portugal) was recognized with the Referral Innovator Award for their creativity in leveraging their LeadingRE relationships to generate referral business, incoming or outgoing.

DFH Real Estate (Victoria, BC Canada) won the Referral Accelerator Award for its commitment to increasing referral awareness and assisting clients outside their local market by making introductions to fellow members.

One Caribbean Estates (Holetown, Barbados) earned the Luxury Trendsetter Award for leadership in the affluent real estate space and exemplary engagement with Luxury Portfolio International®, a Leading Real Estate Companies of the World’s luxury marketing division.

According to LeadingRE President, Global Operations, “Celebrating the achievements of our members in such a beautiful setting with such a globally diverse audience was a highlight of the Global Symposium. This type of support, camaraderie and focus on excellence is a cornerstone of our community.”

For more information about LeadingRE, visit LeadingRE.com.


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About Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®

Chicago-based Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE.com) is a global network of top independent real estate firms, with 550 companies and 136,000 sales associates in over 70 countries. Network members participated in over 1.2 million global transactions. LeadingRE supports its members with powerful connections to other market leaders and access to innovative, performance-driven programs. Its online learning platform, LeadingRE Institute, was named to Training magazine’s Top 10 Hall of Fame. LeadingRE is also active in commercial real estate, with 200 firms in over 20 countries specializing in the commercial arena.

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