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

Michael Saunders, Michael Saunders & Company receives the Global Leadership Award from LeadingRE Chairman of the Board Whitney Finn-LaCosta, Howard Hanna | Coach Realtors. See more Awards Gala photos here.


– Attendees from 31 countries participated in annual event. –


CHICAGO – (October 12, 2023) – Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® celebrated member achievement and excellence during its Global Symposium, which took place September 27-29 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The conference attracted top real estate professionals affiliated with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE), an invitation-only network that connects high quality real estate firms worldwide. With participants representing 31 countries, the Global Symposium focused on a wide range of topics impacting the global real estate market, as well as networking and cultural immersion.

Awards were presented by LeadingRE Chairman of the Board Whitney Finn-LaCosta of Howard Hanna | Coach Realtors (Northport, N.Y., U.S.), President/CEO Paul Boomsma, and President of Global Operations Chris Dietz at the celebratory Awards Gala.

According to Dietz, “The Awards Gala was a highlight of the Global Symposium, allowing us to celebrate the achievements of our members and the many ways they contribute to their communities, deliver quality real estate services to their clients, and support the success of our global community.”

The prestigious Global Leadership Award was presented to Michael Saunders, Michael Saunders & Company (Sarasota, Fla., U.S.), in recognition of her extreme generosity of time, talent, and commitment in supporting LeadingRE’s global strength and growth.

Chas Everitt International Property Group (Johannesburg, South Africa) received the prestigious Global Vanguard Award for exceptional achievements in technology, sales volume, and agent recruitment and retention. 

The esteemed Global Ambassador Award was presented to three individuals who earned distinction for their active participation in LeadingRE on many levels, promotion of the network worldwide, and service as a role model for other members: Sofia Baptista, Oria Advisors (Lisbon, Portugal); David Bibian, Bibian Group Israel Real Estate (Tel Aviv, Israel); and Paulo Lopes, Casaiberia Real Estate (Lagoa, Portugal).

Philip & Frank (Prague, Czech Republic) earned the Rising Star Award for being most engaged from the first day of membership in Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®.

Savills Residential Agency Germany (Berlin, Germany) earned 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.

International Property Agent (Tokyo, Japan) received the Long-Distance Referral Award for sending the referral that traveled the greatest distance for a transaction – 8,900 kilometers, from Tokyo to Las Vegas – in collaboration with Wardley Real Estate (Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.).

Unique Estates Ltd (Sofia, Bulgaria) was recognized with the Referral Accelerator Award for its commitment to increasing referral awareness and assisting clients outside their local market by making introductions to fellow members.

VON POLL Immobilien GmbH (Frankfurt, Germany) was presented the Referral Service Excellence Award for exhibiting exceptional customer care with incoming referrals.

The event was the most recent in a series of highly successful Global Symposiums LeadingRE has hosted in destinations including Lisbon, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Dubrovnik, Berlin, and Athens. It was announced that the next Global Symposium will be in Budapest, Hungary in late September 2024.

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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 138,000 sales associates in over 70 countries. LeadingRE supports its members with powerful connections to other market leaders and access to innovative, performance-driven programs. LeadingRE is also active in commercial real estate, with over 200 firms in 20 countries specializing in the commercial arena.