Leading Real Estate Companies of the World Honors Top Performers


Watson Realty Corp.’s Ed Forman, Carlotta Landschoot and William Watson, Jr.
accept LeadingRE’s highest company honor, the Diamond Award, from outgoing LeadingRE Chairman of the Board Joe Horning. See more award winners at https://bit.ly/2HHCO7d and https://bit.ly/2UGdkdT.

 

CHICAGO – (March 19, 2019) – Leading Real Estate Companies of the World ® recognized top-performing member firms and individuals during its recent Awards Gala – the finale of its Conference Week, which attracted a global audience of 2,500 professionals from 25 countries.

“Our conference focuses on the trends impacting real estate markets worldwide and ways to deliver a superior customer experience to home buyers and sellers. It’s only natural that we would pay tribute to those whose accomplishments exemplify excellence,” said LeadingRE President/CEO Paul Boomsma.

The Diamond Award, LeadingRE’s top company honor, went to Watson Realty Corp. (Jacksonville, FL), based on the company’s superior engagement and performance in all of LeadingRE’s business programs. It is the sixth time Watson Realty Corp. has won the Diamond in the award’s 17-year history, reflecting their consistent dedication to excellence, as well as their support of other members.

The Leadership Award, which celebrates brokers whose leadership skills and achievements have drawn the attention and admiration of others, was presented to Glenn Gardner, GARDNER, REALTORS

(Metairie, LA). The Customer Experience of the Year Award went to Aleesa Blum, Marx-Bensdorf Realtors (Memphis, TN), and the Referral of the Year was presented to Jeremy Fain, Greenwood King Properties (Houston, TX).

Included in the top marketing awards were the Best Overall Website, presented to Baird & Warner, (Chicago, IL), and the Most Innovative Brokerage Award, given to Halstead Real Estate (New York, NY). Most Innovative Office Design was presented to GARDNER, REALTORS (Metairie, LA) and Meybohm Real Estate (Augusta, GA).

The Crown of Excellence referral awards were given in seven company size categories: Allen Tate Company (Charlotte, NC); Lyon Real Estate (Sacramento, CA); Beverly-Hanks & Associates (Asheville, NC); Dickens Mitchener (Charlotte, NC); WK Real Estate (Boulder, CO); Marx-Bensdorf Realtors (Memphis, TN); and High Country Real Estate Services (Taos, NM).

Earning the Million Dollar Award for Highest Valued Outgoing Closings was Houlihan Lawrence Real Estate (Rye Brook, NY). The Global Alliance Award for Most Outgoing International Referral Closings was presented to Reality Realty (San Juan, Puerto Rico). Awarded for having the Top 5 Most 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 2018, was presented to: Ginesta Immobilien Kusnacht (Switzerland); CIR REALTY (Calgary, Canada); Giorgio Viganò Real Estate (Milano, Italy); Cofim-Immobiliare VR (Verona, Italy); and Strutt & Parker (London, United Kingdom).

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); Realty Austin (Austin, TX); Stribling & Associates, Ltd. (New York, NY); WK Real Estate (Boulder, CO); Marx-Bensdorf Realtors (Memphis, TN); and Bluebird Real Estate (Crested Butte, CO).

The Service Recognition Award was presented to individuals who have demonstrated an extraordinary level of commitment to the LeadingRE community in a variety of areas. The top individual honor, the Hall of Fame Award, was presented to  Allison Rybarczyk (Arizona Best Real Estate, Scottsdale, AZ).

Earning the Chairman’s Service Award were Pam Metzger (WK Real Estate, Boulder, CO); and Dawn Stevens (The Randall Family of Companies, Sandwich, MA). Receiving the President’s Service Award were Kimberly Barkoff (Halstead Real Estate, New York, NY); Deb Boland (Mel Foster Co., Davenport, IA); Claude Ginesta (Ginesta Immobilien, Kusnacht, Switzerland); Howard W. “Hoby” Hanna IV (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, Pittsburgh, PA); Jo Lay (Baird & Warner, Chicago, IL); Ashley McEvers (Willis Allen Real Estate, La Jolla, CA); and Ron Shuffield (EWM Realty International, Coral Gables, FL).

LeadingRE’s next event is the 2019 APAC Forum, taking place April 29-May 1 in Bangkok, Thailand.

For more information on LeadingRE, visit www.LeadingRE.com.

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Leading Real Estate Companies of the World Names Diane M. Ramirez Chairman of the Board


Diane M. Ramirez, LeadingRE Chairman of the Board and Halstead Real Estate Chairman and CEO

 

CHICAGO (March 4, 2019) – Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE) announced today that Diane M. Ramirez of Halstead Real Estate has been elected to a two-year term as chairman of the board of directors. The board provides strategic guidance for LeadingRE, working closely with the company’s executive team to deliver high value programs and services to the network’s 565 market-leading real estate firms in 70 countries.

Ramirez is chairman and chief executive officer of Halstead Real Estate, the company she co-founded with Clark Halstead in 1984. She has been integral to the company’s growth, which expanded from three offices to nearly three dozen located throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Riverdale, the Hamptons, Hudson Valley, New Jersey and Fairfield County, Connecticut.

She was appointed by the Governor to the Department of State Real Estate Board in 2010, where she is still an active member. Ramirez is also a member of the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), where she serves on the board of governors, their executive advisory board and board of directors of the Residential Division. She was recently honored with REBNY’s Bernard H. Mendik Lifetime Leadership in Real Estate Award and is routinely ranked by the New York Observer as one of the 100 Most Powerful People in New York Real Estate.

“I’m honored to be elected Chairman of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World’s Board of Directors. It has been a privilege to work alongside fellow board members, an esteemed group of global industry leaders, over the last two years. In my new position, I look forward to continued collaboration to advance the real estate industry and strengthen the deep international relationships offered through the network,” said Diane M. Ramirez, Chairman and CEO of Halstead Real Estate.

LeadingRE President/CEO Paul Boomsma comments, “Diane is a visionary leader whose reputation extends worldwide and who is highly respected in the real estate community. She is committed to the individual and collective success of our members, and we are incredibly fortunate to have her serving in this role.”

New to the board is Whitney LaCosta, broker/owner of Coach Realtors, Northport, N.Y. LaCosta, a second-generation Realtor who has been a top achieving sales agent, has opened and built branch offices for Coach Realtors, a family-owned company that operates 19 offices with 800 sales associates.

Other board members include Immediate Past Chairman Joe Horning, Shorewest Realtors, Brookfield, Wis.; Vice Chairman Carol Bulman, Jack Conway & Company, Inc., Norwell, Mass; Treasurer Pat Riley, Allen Tate Company, Charlotte, N.C.; Secretary Rob Sibcy, Sibcy Cline, Realtors, Cincinnati, Ohio; Harold Crye, Crye-Leike Inc., Memphis, Tenn.; Frank Morrice, Servmor Realty, Panama City, Panama; Pam O’Connor, Former LeadingRE President/CEO; Mike Pappas, The Keyes Company, Miami, Fla.; Ron Peltier, HomeServices of America, Inc., Minneapolis, Minn.; Patrick M. Shea, Lyon Real Estate, Sacramento, Calif.; and William Watson, Jr., Watson Realty Corporation, Jacksonville, Fla.

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Leading Real Estate Companies of the World Ranks #2 in Training Magazine’s Elite Top 125

CHICAGO – (February 27, 2019) – Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE) was ranked #2 on the 2019 Training Top 125, which recognizes the organizations with the most successful learning and development programs in the world. This year’s ranking follows LeadingRE’s first-place position in 2018 and continues the company’s impressive results in the elite ranking, placing 3rd in 2017, 9th in 2016 and 64th in 2015. LeadingRE was the only real estate network named in this year’s Top 125.

LeadingRE, a global community of over 565 independent real estate firms in more than 70 countries, was celebrated for its commitment to delivering best-in-class training and professional development for its member brokerages, in addition to its corporate employees. Central to LeadingRE’s learning programs is Institute, a robust online platform that provides over 300 courses. Institute also offers certifications for sales, service, leadership, marketing and relocation, in addition to an extensive resource library for managers and agents.

LeadingRE’s MAESTRO Leadership Program also played a role in the company’s ranking, recognized for its high performance results and life- and career-changing impact for participants. MAESTRO is the only program of its kind in the industry, designed to empower leaders by focusing on the three pillars of great office leadership. Instruction is delivered through interactive workshops, a behavioral assessment tailored for real estate sales managers, numerous pre- and post-workshop assignments, webinars, accountability partner pairings, and ongoing communication and motivation.

LeadingRE’s robust menu of educational programs also includes the Career Gold workshop for training professionals, CEO Exchange Groups and multiple conferences held around the world for its diverse membership. Its LeadingRE Agent Accelerator, powered by Ninja Selling, is a popular training process designed to accelerate sales associate performance and help owners and managers deliver powerful sales meetings.

“Providing industry-leading learning for our members is among our highest priorities, so It’s incredibly gratifying to receive this recognition from Training magazine,” said LeadingRE President/CEO Paul Boomsma. “We remain committed to bringing our brokers, sales associates and staff results-based education that will help them elevate their performance.”

Leading the company’s learning programs are Vice President of Performance Development Dan Nelson and Executive Director of Institute Content Cecelia Chott, as well as Chief Learning Officer Mike Staver. Institute Deans Matthew Ferrara, Dan Elzer and Debbie Maier and other thought leaders from the industry and beyond regularly contribute content on a variety of relevant topics.

Now in its 19th year, the Training Top 125 ranking is based on myriad benchmarking statistics and determined by assessing a range of qualitative and quantitative factors, including innovation and financial investment in employee development, the scope of development programs, and how closely such development efforts are linked to business goals and objectives. Other companies ranking in the Top 125 include Dollar General Corporation, LLC (#1); Best Buy (#3); Nationwide (#4), and BNSF Railway Co. (#5).

To see all winners of the 2018 Top 125, visit trainingmag.com/training-magazine-ranks-2019-training-top-125-organizations. To learn more about Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® , visit LeadingRE.com.

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LeadingRE Names New Executive Vice President


LeadingRE Executive Vice President Kate Reisinger

 

– Kate Reisinger to lead Member Services division. –

CHICAGO – (1/23/19) – Chicago-based Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE) announced today that Kate Reisinger has been named Executive Vice President, Member Services. In this role, she will manage membership services for the global network of 565 independent real estate firms to ensure maximum engagement, performance and satisfaction from member brokerages.

Reisinger will oversee the core broker referral program, which generates over 30,000 member-to-member referrals annually, and will work closely with other members of the senior management team to develop and execute corporate strategy.

Reisinger is a seasoned real estate and relocation professional with more 13 years of experience. Most recently, she was Regional Director, Relocation and Client Development for a national franchise, where she managed the relocation and e-commerce division. Other experience includes serving as Vice President and Director of Relocation Services for a Chicago-area brokerage and as a Regional Director of Business Development for a relocation management company.

“We are thrilled to welcome Kate to our team,” said LeadingRE President/CEO Paul Boomsma. “Her experience developing business opportunities is matched by her ability to develop strong relationships, making her an ideal choice to lead our talented membership services team in supporting the individual and collective success of our market-leading brokerages.”

An honors graduate of Marquette University, Kate is based in LeadingRE’s Chicago office and can be reached at +1 312-424-0400.

 

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Perry & Co. Recognized with Prestigious RELO Quality Certification


Perry & Co. team poses with members of the RQC review team outside the company’s Denver office.

 

CHICAGO, IL – (1/16/19) – Perry & Co. has been awarded the prestigious RELO® Quality Certification from Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE), a selective global network of market-leading independent real estate firms. The only program of its kind, the RELO® Quality Certification (RQC) quantifies and qualifies true 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.

To receive the certification, Perry & Co.’s relocation department completed a rigorous and lengthy application process, overseen by a committee of leading industry professionals. All aspects of the company’s relocation operation 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 Perry & Co. and welcome them to the elite group of firms that have been awarded the RQC,” said LeadingRE President/CEO Paul Boomsma. “Their relocation department has demonstrated a true commitment to delivering superior experiences for relocation clients and demonstrating true industry leadership.”

“It is a true honor for Perry & Co. to be recognized with the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® RELO® Quality Certification. To be one of only 27 real estate companies in the world that hold the RQC is a great accomplishment,” said Perry & Co. CEO Jon Larrance. “This achievement speaks to a commitment made by our people in 2009 to go beyond exceptional service, using the standards of the RQC as the guiding light by which all of our systems and procedures have been measured along the way.”

A locally-owned and operated real estate company serving Metro Denver, Colo., Perry & Co. has built a tradition of integrity, client service and satisfaction since 1971. For more information about Perry & Co.’s relocation services, contact Relocation Director Tim Nowak at 303-336-4702 or tnowak@perryandco.com.

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

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Leading Real Estate Companies of the World Embraces Changing Industry Landscape

– Global network leverages knowledge of international real estate expert Mike DelPrete to capitalize on market innovations. –

 

CHICAGO (October 26, 2018) – Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® has launched a multiplatform educational initiative directed at helping its member brokers align their value propositions in the midst of the new brokerage models entering the business.

Enlisting global real estate expert and author Mike DelPrete, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE) is hosting a series of webinars for its member brokers exploring the new real estate models, using empirical data to better understand the implications of these new models on consumer behavior and agent productivity. Webinars will be held in regions around the world to address conditions unique to each area. In addition, online courses are being  developed that explore elements of the various models, ranging from iBuyers to technology companies to virtual brokers.

According to LeadingRE President/CEO Paul Boomsma, the initiative is a natural progression for the global network and its member companies. “We are a collection of the world’s best brokerages, which all began as ‘start-up’ companies.  And just like any good start-up, they keep their eyes on the latest trends. Our firms have always embraced innovation, and that is what has contributed to their enduring success. While some start-ups fail, ours found their success and continue to capitalize on it,” Boomsma said.

In today’s environment, that means being familiar not only with what these new competitors offer and what needs they are addressing for agents and consumers, but also paying close attention to claims about market share, technology offerings and more. As Boomsma notes, “With so much buzz in the industry about ‘disruptors,’ we need to focus on the facts, which is why Mike’s evidence-based approach to understanding and evaluating the competitive landscape will be especially valuable for our members.”

LeadingRE also keeps a pulse on current and future trends through its own global membership, which spans six continents. Events like its recent Global Symposium in Barcelona, Spain and Immersion Conference in Kuala Lumpur brought the opportunity for members to share first-hand insights. Members will gather again at the LeadingRE Conference Week, February 18-22 at Wynn Las Vegas.

 

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LeadingRE Expands Member Services Team with Addition with Two Vice Presidents, Business Solutions


Billy Ekofo and Jennifer Harding Named LeadingRE Vice Presidents, Business Solutions

 

CHICAGO – October 16, 2018 – Chicago-based Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE) has named Billy Ekofo and Jennifer Harding, CRP, to its Member Services team as Vice Presidents, Business Solutions.

In this role, Ekofo and Harding will serve as business consultants for a defined group of LeadingRE member brokerages, focusing on understanding each company’s unique objectives and helping them be more successful through the utilization of LeadingRE’s extensive programs and services. They will also offer expertise on the trends impacting the real estate industry to help members continuously strengthen their value proposition, deliver a superior customer experience and ensure sales associates succeed at the highest levels.

Shortly after completing his MBA at The College of William & Mary, Ekofo began his career in real estate as a sales associate, eventually managing a real estate firm’s lead generation department. He later worked at Inman News as Director of Event Content, before returning to his former company to focus on office development and growth in key markets in the Virginia and Washington, D.C. area.

A licensed broker, Harding joined the industry as a sales associate and later advanced to the role of Vice President, Relocation, where she managed business development activities for a prominent independent brokerage. She holds the Certified Relocation Professional designation from Worldwide ERC® and is active in numerous industry groups, including serving as President Elect for the Building Industry Association.

“We are thrilled to welcome Billy and Jennifer to our team. Both bring exceptional industry experience and business acumen, while sharing our belief that strong relationships are at the foundation of our success,” said LeadingRE President/CEO Paul Boomsma.

Ekofo is based in Ashburn, Va. and can be reached at bekofo@LeadingRE.com. Harding is based in Columbia, S.C. and can be reached at jharding@LeadingRE.com.

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Real Estate Leaders Recognized at LeadingRE Global Symposium

CHICAGO – October 10, 2018 – Leading Real Estate Companies of the World ® recognized top-performing members for outstanding achievements and contributions during the network’s Global Symposium, held September 27-29, at the Hotel Arts in Barcelona, Spain.

This year marks the second time formal awards were presented in the event’s 11-year history. “The strength of our global network is unparalleled in the industry, and having the opportunity to recognize some of the members who have been so instrumental to our success was a highlight of the Symposium. We commend these individuals and their firms for being leaders not only in their local markets, but also on a global level,” said LeadingRE President/CEO Paul Boomsma, who presented the awards along with LeadingRE Chairman of the Board Joe Horning of Shorewest Realtors and LeadingRE Executive Vice President, Global Operations Chris Dietz.

The Global Ambassador Award was presented to the following members for demonstrating extraordinary commitment to LeadingRE, participating actively on many levels, promoting the network, serving as a role model for other members: Marco Argentieri, Cofim-Immobiliare VR, Verona Italy; Sylvia Elias Arnanz, P.V. Realty, S.A. de C.V., Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; Roland Kampmeyer, KAMPMEYER Immobilien GmbH, Deutchland, Germany; Jeronymo Kontonis, JK Property & Yachting, Athens, Greece; and Frank Morrice, Servmor Realty, Panama, Panama.

Judith von Hasselbach (Allgemeiner Grund & Boden Fundus, Berlin, Germany) earned the Global Leadership Award in recognition of her generosity of time and commitment in supporting to Leading Real Estate Companies of the World’s global growth.

Pinnacle Real Estate Consulting Services, Inc. (Manila, Philippines) was presented the Rising Star Award in recognition of their enthusiastic early adoption of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® branding and programs as a new member, beginning with an elegant branding event launching their Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® and Luxury Portfolio membership in their city.

Cofim-Immobiliare VR (Verona, Italy) was recognized with the Luxury Trendsetter Award for leadership in the affluent real estate space and engagement with Luxury Portfolio International®, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World’s luxury marketing program.

Groupe Immobilier Mercure France (Toulouse, France) was presented the Referral Service Excellence Award for above-and-beyond service and professionalism in handling a challenging cross-border referral.

Strutt & Parker (London, United Kingdom) received the Referral Accelerator Award for their commitment to increasing their referral awareness and commitment to sending referrals to fellow members.

Smith & Associates Real Estate (Tampa, Florida, USA) and STONE earned the Long Distance Referral Award for collaborating on the referral that traveled the greatest distance to be transacted – nearly 14,900 kilometers, or 9,259 miles.

Ginesta Immobilien (Kusnacht, Switzerland) was presented the Global Referral Production Award for the second year in a row sending the most outgoing referrals this year among companies outside of North America.

The conference offered top-tier industry professionals affiliated with LeadingRE the opportunity to gain insights into the global marketplace, discuss the top trends affecting real estate in 2018, and enhance the experience of home buyers and sellers. The event brought together attendees from 27 countries around the globe, including the United Kingdom, Romania, Thailand, Malta, Italy, Switzerland, New Zealand, and South Africa.

During the event, plans were announced for LeadingRE’s 2019 Global Symposium, which will take place in Athens, Greece.

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Leading Real Estate Companies of the World Graduates Latest Class from MAESTRO Leadership Program

– Program focuses on leadership mastery for select real estate sales managers. –

CHICAGO (October 8, 2018) – Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® recently graduated its latest class from the MAESTRO Leadership, recognizing 47 sales managers and brokers from top real estate firms across the U.S. and Canada who completed the program. In August, the first 2018 class graduated 37 participants.

MAESTRO focuses on developing talented and highly effective real estate leaders for the future. Only select applicants from LeadingRE member companies are accepted into the program. Based on proprietary and validated research conducted by LeadingRE with 300 sales managers, the rigorous MAESTRO program encompasses three pillars of great office leadership, as determined by the research. It is the only program of its kind in the industry, using science and art to establish and practice leadership mastery.

LeadingRE’s Chief Learning Officer Mike Staver is the lead instructor, with additional faculty including Dean of Innovation Matthew Ferrara and Dean of Professional Skill and Technique Dan Elzer. Additional instructors included REAL Trends President Steve Murray, Long Realty CEO Rosey Koberlein, Halstead Real Estate Executive Director of Sales Property Sara Rotter, and United Teletech Financial President/CEO and Founder of Wisdom Leadership Group Leo Ardine, as well as LeadingRE’s President/CEO Paul Boomsma and Vice President of Talent Development Dan Nelson.

Participants attended three live sessions held at LeadingRE’s Chicago headquarters that included lectures and interactive workshops incorporating ‘real life’ exercises, case studies and group activities. Ongoing support from staff and fellow participants ensures continued engagement and measurable results from the program.

“We are pleased to recognize this highly talented group of real estate leaders for their commitment to enhancing their leadership skills in ways that will have an immediate impact on the success of their agents and their respective offices,” said LeadingRE President/CEO Paul Boomsma.

The latest graduates are: Al Beahn, Advantage Realty, a Real Estate One Company; Cindy Fowler and Angela Standish, Allen Tate Company; Bill White, Baird & Warner; Hollie Billero, Buldo Billero & Billero Properties; Mary Kapches and Johanna Pigeon, Bosley Real Estate; Tiffany Ahrens and Chelsea Block, Chase International; Deborah Beene, Cloud Real Estate; Larry Heidler, Comey & Shepherd; Jeanette Schlapfer, Crossroads Realty; Diane Fisher, Dennis Realty & Investment; Ginger Gill and Carolyn Rosson, Ebby Halliday, Realtors; Jennifer Wocelka, Molly Goenner and Tony Haider, Edina Realty; Angel Dean, Craig Fletchall and Jeff Miles, F.C. Tucker Company; John Martin, Fletcher Bright; Tammy Felenstein and Trish Martin, Halstead Real Estate; Peter Haring, Haring Realty, Inc.; Amanda Briggs, Brendon DeSimone and Janet Kovacs, Houlihan Lawrence; Chad Greenlee and Tammy Sparks, Iowa Realty; Sherrell Prefontaine, Jack Conway Co., Inc.; Michael McGrory, Lamacchia Realty, Inc.; Howard Lorey, Nourmand & Associates Realtors; Kristen Lenzner, Randall Realtors; Tom Long and Richard Rubba, Real Estate One; Jolene Weinstein, Realty Austin; Alex Carney, Jeff Frish, James Hiles and Lydia Laikos Melik, Russell Real Estate Services; Bonnie Josefski, The Keyes Company; Michael Eaglin, The Litchfield Company; and Dane Leslie, Reginald Robinson and Guy Sanchez, Watson Realty Corp.

Completing the program in August were: Joseph Cutrufelli and Joanne Zavlaris, Alain Pinel Realtors; Wendi Hensel and Robert C. Smith, Allen Tate Company; Steve Engel, Rebecca McDermott and Michael Simpson, Baird & Warner; Patrick Burgan and Sue Filipovich, Burgan Real Estate; John Grisillo, Carolina One Real Estate; Eric Crosby and Cindy Ranne, Chase International; Sara Levy, Classic Properties; Sara Bizzaro, Cressy and Everett; Sue Stinson-Turner, Crye-Leike, Inc.; Eric Carlson, Stephen Haley and Laura Murray, Lyon Real Estate; Ben Balsbaugh, PMZ Real Estate; Bruce Drake, Randall Realtors; Loren Hotchkiss, Mary Matthews and Clinton Wheeler, Real Estate One; Jennifer Korba and Marc Warshawsky, Realty Austin; Jan Camp and Erle Morring, RealtySouth; David Amarante, Mary Kandell, Tammy Smith, Russell Real Estate Services; Kimberly Curtis and Ellen Ostermann, Shorewest Realtors; Kellie Barter, Sibcy Cline; Mike Matthews, David Mutters and Ann Shahin, Watson Realty Corp.; Amie Henry, Westmark, REALTORS; and Michael Barnacle, Zephyr Real Estate.

All participants are members of LeadingRE, a global community of market-leading real estate companies that spans six continents, with more than 565 firms and 130,000 sales associates who produce over 1.1 million real estate transactions each year. For more information about LeadingRE, please visit www.LeadingRE.com.

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LeadingRE Hosts Global Symposium in Barcelona, Spain

– Event reflects network’s global strength, attracting real estate leaders from 27 countries. –

 

NEW YORK – (September 30, 2018) Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE), home of the world’s market-leading independent residential brokerages, hosted the 2018 Global Symposium from September 27-29, at the Hotel Arts in Barcelona, Spain.

The conference offered top-tier industry professionals affiliated with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE) the opportunity to gain insights into the global marketplace and discuss new strategies for growing a business. The event brought together attendees from 27 countries around the globe, including the United Kingdom, Romania, Thailand, Malta, Italy, Switzerland, New Zealand, and South Africa.

“As we continue to strengthen our network worldwide, we find incredible value in bringing together real estate leaders from diverse markets who benefit from the experience, insight and range of perspectives that come from our global membership,” said Paul Boomsma, LeadingRE President/CEO. “Those who attended the symposium are committed to delivering a superior experience for real estate consumers. By learning about the latest market trends, technology initiatives and best practices, they distinguish themselves as market leaders.”

Keynote speakers included Dean Foster, founder of DFA Intercultural Global Solutions, who addressed cultural competency and the importance of thinking globally when working across cultures. Wendy Alexander, executive consultant of New Zealand’s largest privately-owned real estate company, Barfoot & Thompson, shared success strategies for thriving in a fiercely competitive business.

The symposium also included Matthew Ferrara, dean of innovation for LeadingRE Institute, who discussed the role of artificial intelligence, big data, predictive analytics and mobile strategies in rewriting the rules of marketing. Marci Rossell, chief economist for LeadingRE, shared insights about population shifts, demographic changes and political influences that are affecting the global economy.

Attendees also heard from Boomsma, who discussed the top trends affecting real estate in 2018, including the fusion of global growth and advanced technologies. Stephanie Anton, president of Luxury Portfolio International®, spoke about similarities and differences in global consumers around the world. LeadingRE’s Executive Director of Global Operations Chris Dietz addressed trends in key growth markets and facilitated discussions with member panelists on real estate practices in their local markets.

For more information about the conference, please visit: symposium.leadingre.com

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