Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® Honors Top Performers

Peter Thompson, Managing Director of Barfoot & Thompson in Auckland, New Zealand, receives the Brokerage Leadership Award from LeadingRE President/CEO Paul Boomsma and Chairman of the Board Whitney LaCosta of Howard Hanna | Coach Real Estate Associates. See more award winner photos here. Photos by AJ Canaria.

CHICAGO – (March 21, 2024) – Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® recognized top-performing member firms and individuals at its Awards Gala, held last month at Wynn Las Vegas. The Gala was the culmination of LeadingRE Conference Week, a series of specialized events with participants from 20 countries and nearly 300 cities worldwide who came together to explore the trends and opportunities impacting real estate.

“Our award winners represent excellence, innovation, and leadership,” said LeadingRE President/CEO Paul Boomsma. “We are inspired by their achievements, their commitment to quality service, and their endless contributions in their local markets.”

LeadingRE’s top company honor, the Diamond Award, went to the company in each size category with superior engagement and performance across all LeadingRE’s business programs: Ebby Halliday Realtors (Plano, TX); Michael Saunders & Company (Sarasota, FL); Russell Real Estate Services (Strongsville, OH); Kentwood Real Estate (Denver, CO); Blanchard & Calhoun Real Estate (Augusta, GA); Portside Real Estate Group (Falmouth, ME); Wilson Associates (Greenville, SC); and Salmon Real Estate (Staten Island, NY).

Peter Thompson, Barfoot & Thompson (Auckland, New Zealand) earned the distinguished Leadership Award, honoring the principal broker who displays incredible leadership through life-changing community involvement and by guiding their team to better success and well-being. Harvey Kalles Real Estate (Toronto, Canada) received the Most Innovative Brokerage Award, which honors the firm that has made an extraordinary difference for their company and their business community through an impactful and innovative program.

In recognition of extraordinary contributions to better the communities they serve, CRYE-LEIKE, Realtors (Memphis, TN) received the Brokerage Good Things Award. Kim Vincent, Sibcy Cline Realtors (Cincinnati, OH) won the Agent Good Things Awards.

Top marketing awards included Best Website Design, presented to Wallace Real Estate (Knoxville, TN) and Most Innovative Website, presented to Baird & Warner (Chicago, IL). Most Innovative Office Design was presented to Advisors Living (Boston, MA).

Referral of the Year Awards were presented in multiple categories: Cross Border Referral – Sibcy Cline Realtors (Cincinnati, OH) and Casaiberia Real Estate (Lagoa, Portugal); Broker to Broker Referral – @properties Christie’s International Real Estate (Chicago, IL) and Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate (Avon, CO); and Commercial Referral – Watson Realty Corp. (Jacksonville, FL) and John L. Scott Real Estate (Bellevue, WA).

Service recognition awards were presented for sharing contributions and talent to the LeadingRE community over many years. Earning the Chairman’s Service Award were Berry Everitt, Chas Everitt International Property Group (Johannesburg, South Africa); Whitney LaCosta, Howard Hanna | Coach Real Estate Associates (Northport, NY); Mike Pappas, The Keyes Company/Illustrated Properties (Plantation, FL); and Pat Shea, Lyon Real Estate – A Windermere Company (Sacramento, CA). Winning the President’s Service Award were Jeff Bennett, McColly Real Estate (Schererville, IN); Josh Epps, Fickling & Company (Macon, GA); Tripti Kasal, Baird & Warner (Chicago, IL); Suzanne Lail, Cottingham Chalk (Charlotte, NC); Paulo Lopes, Casaiberia Real Estate (Lagoa, Portugal); Gary Scott, Allen Tate Company (Charlotte, NC); Robin Sheakley, Sibcy Cline Realtors (Cincinnati, OH); and Thomas Zabel, Savills Residential Agency (Berlin, Germany).

The Crown of Excellence referral awards were given in seven company size categories: Allen Tate Company (Charlotte, NC); Carolina One Real Estate (North Charleston, SC); Lyon Real Estate – A Windermere Company (Sacramento, CA); Kentwood Real Estate (Denver, CO); Dickens Mitchener (Charlotte, NC); Platinum Group, REALTORS (Colorado Springs, CO); Marx-Bensdorf Realtors (Memphis, TN); and Vista Encantada REALTORS, LLC (Albuquerque, NM).

Earning the Million Dollar Club Award for Highest Valued Outgoing Closings was Houlihan Lawrence Real Estate (Rye Brook, N.Y.). The Global Alliance Club Award for Most Outgoing International Referral Closings was presented to Brown Harris Stevens (New York, NY) and The Keyes Company (Plantation, FL).

The firms recognized with the Pinnacle Award for having the most outgoing revenue-generating referrals were: Howard Hanna Real Estate Services (Pittsburgh, PA); Carolina One Real Estate (North Charleston, SC); Lamacchia Realty (Waltham, MA); Dickens Mitchener (Charlotte, NC); WK Real Estate (Boulder, CO); Marx-Bensdorf Realtors (Memphis, TN); and Vista Encantada REALTORS, LLC (Albuquerque, NM).

The Peak Production Award for revenue generating-sales volume in 2023 Howard Hanna Real Estate Services (Pittsburgh, PA); Carolina One Real Estate (North Charleston, SC); Dickson Realty (Reno, NV);  Red Oak Realty (Piedmont, CA); WK Real Estate (Boulder, CO); Marx-Bensdorf Realtors (Memphis, TN); and Parkway Real Estate (Chico, CA).

RELO DIRECT® recognized members for outstanding service and collaboration. Earning the Platinum Member Service Excellence Award were Howard Hanna Real Estate Services (Pittsburgh, PA) and Long Realty Company (Tucson, AZ). Receiving the Platinum Member Leads Award were Rinehart Realty Corporation (Rock Hill, SC) and The Keyes Company (Plantation, FL).

LeadingRE is an invitation-only business-to-business real estate community, interconnecting 550 quality-focused local and regional real estate firms in 70 countries worldwide. LeadingRE provides its members best-of-industry assets, including elite training and education, marketing and technology resources, referrals and support.

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



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 also operates RELO Direct®, Inc. (RELODirect.com), its full-service relocation management company providing mobility services for corporate and government clients; and Luxury Portfolio International® (LuxuryPortfolio.com), its luxury marketing division, which markets approximately 50,000 luxury homes annually. Additionally, LeadingRE is active in commercial real estate, with over 200 firms in 20 countries specializing in the commercial arena, and in global project marketing through Destinations by LeadingRE (DestinationsByLeadingRE.com).