The 200 Most Powerful People in Residential Real Estate in 2013

Power is an Elusive Concept


Merriam-Webster dictionary defines it as “the ability or right to control people or things.” Of course, that raises the question of what is meant by “control.”

Control is defined as directing the behavior of, or to cause a person to do what you want. Power can also exist even though it may not be exercised, because simply having power can discourage others from challenging it.

So you could just imagine the healthy debate we had as to what criteria should be used in creating a list of the most powerful people. Although we are the leading researchers on real estate trends (25+ publications on trends, including the annual Swanepoel TRENDS Report) we still had serious difficulty. So for the Swanepoel Power 200 (SP200), we defined “Power” simply as “the ability to make things happen.”

BENCHMARKS


We decided to create benchmarks and algorithms that take into account the individual’s personal influence, his/her tenure in the industry, the office he or she holds, the decision-making power of said office, the financial resources of his or her company or organization, that company or organization’s significance and contribution to the industry, the company’s geographic reach, and his or her recent activities, growth and potential.

And then the SP200 editorial team debated each person extensively, making adjustments based our multiple decades-long experience and knowledge of the people on the list. We know this is more art than science, despite our hours spent on numbers and computer models, and like art, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

We recognize that long after publication, each of us will have at least a dozen individuals we think should be higher on the list.

REAL ESTATE


Real estate is too broad and includes multiple verticals, and it would be almost impossible to include all occupations and businesses in real estate. It was therefore decided to more accurately define real estate as “residential real estate.”

 

Residential real estate is an enormous industry with some $55 billion being earned just in real estate commissions every year. We therefore focused on those individuals/companies who generate most of their business or income, in one form or another, from the residential real estate industry.

There was some heated debate on whether we should include company individuals in finance and government. Obviously, major mortgage banks like Bank of America and Wells Fargo have incalculable impact on residential real estate, and they do generate significant revenue from the financing of residential properties. They, however, also have significant other revenue.  A similar situation arises with powerful regulators and legislators. Our solution was to acknowledge these types of powerful individuals under the “Outsiders” category without including them in the overall SP200 ranking.

SP200


Click to Download the SP 200 listThis is the first issue of the SP200, the most comprehensive analysis ever published of the most powerful key decision makers, trailblazers, influencers, company chieftains, thought leaders, and innovators.  And as we locked this list on New Year’s Eve, we look back on our own unresolved debates as to who should rank where, and realize that your input will be huge to help us build SP200 into the definitive list of real estate’s movers and shakers. So join us at Facebook and share with us who and why you think someone was possibly overlooked. The discussion will be a lot of fun. Trust us, we know from personal experience      Click the image to download the over the past few months.                                 PDF of the complete SP200 list.

With that, we present the Swanepoel Power 200:  The Most Powerful People in Residential Real Estate in 2013!

Richard Smith
Chairman and CEO
Madison, NJ
Realogy Corporation

1

CEO extraordinaire that has directed Realogy, the world's largest real estate franchise with 13,600 offices and 244,000 brokers/agents, for 17+ years. Read more -->
Ronald Peltier
Chairman and CEO
Minneapolis, MN
HomeServices of (part of Berkshire Hathaway)

2

Built HomeServices into the second largest real estate brokerage in the country. Strong one-stop shopping proponent. Recent Berkshire Hathaway affiliation. Read more -->
Spencer Rascoff
Chief Executive Officer
Seattle, WA
Zillow

1

A founding employee in 2005. Served as CMO, CFO, COO, before becoming CEO in 2010. Led company through successful IPO in 2011. Read more -->
Gary Keller
Co-founder & Chairman
Austin, TX
Keller Williams Realty International

3

Brilliant visionary and strategist that founded Keller Williams and remains on as Chairman. Penned several books incl. Millionaire Real Estate Agent and The One Thing. Read more -->
Dave Liniger
Co-founder & Chairman
Denver, CO
REMAX Int

4

Visionary entrepreneur who co-founded company in 1973 with wife, Gail. Has grown into a global powerhouse in 70+ countries. Led successful IPO in 2013. Read more -->
Alex Perriello
President and CEO
Madison, NJ
Realogy Franchise Group

5

Veteran real estate executive that oversees operations for the largest real estate franchise in the world. Also a member of the NAR Executive Committee and Board of Directors. Read more -->
Dale Stinton
Chief Executive Officer
Madison, NJ
National Association of REALTORS®

1

A 30-year veteran of the NAR and who took over the reins as CEO in 2005, and oversaw key investments including Move, SentriLock, RE FormsNet, and DocuSign. Read more -->
Pete Flint
Chairman and CEO
San Francisco, CA
Trulia

2

One of the most accomplished and powerful young leaders in the real estate industry. Co-founded company with Sami Inkinen. Read more -->
Mark Willis
Chief Executive Officer
Austin, TX
Keller Williams Realty International

6

Focused and driven CEO who took over reins in 2005 and has led the company on an aggressive growth path exploding from 14,000 agents to 90,000 agents in 8 years. Read more -->
Steven Berkowitz
Chief Executive Officer
Thousand Oaks, CA
Move, Inc.

3

Berkowitz is the CEO at Move, Inc. Before that he served as SVP of the Online Services Group at Microsoft Corporation and CEO of Ask Jeeves. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from State University of New York at Albany. Read more -->
Margaret Kelly
Chief Executive Officer
Denver, CO
REMAX Int

7

1

Joined RE/MAX in 1987 as financial analyst before rising to CEO in 2005. Serves on Board of Directors of the Denver Branch of the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank. Read more -->
Budge Huskey
Chief Executive Officer
Madison, NJ
Coldwell Banker Real Estate

8

Oversees marketing, operations, learning, and field services for the oldest and most revered real estate brand supporting 82,000+ Coldwell Banker agents worldwide. Read more -->
Bruce Zipf
President and CEO
Madison, NJ
NRT LLC

1

CEO of Realogy 700+ company owned-real estate offices and 41,000+ agents. With over $125 billion in sales NRT is ranked the largest real estate brokerage company in the country. Read more -->
Wesley Foster
Chairman and CEO
Chantilly, VA
Long & Foster

2

Co-founder, four-decade long CEO, and sole owner of the largest privately held real estate brokerage company in the country. Read more -->
Earl Lee
Chief Executive Officer
Irvine, CA
HSF Affiliates (part of Berkshire Hathaway)

9

After leading Prudential Real Estate network for a decade, he became the first President of HSF Affiliates, Inc. after the Berkshire Hathaway acquisition. Read more -->
Rick Davidson
President and CEO
Madison, NJ
Century 21 Real Estate (Realogy)

10

Since 2010 CEO of Century 21 with 7,100 franchises in 74 countries and 100,000+ agents. Former COO for Coldwell Banker and managing director of CB Richard Ellis. Read more -->
Robert Moline
President and COO
Minneapolis, MN
HomeServices of America (Berkshire Hathaway)

3

Oversees all HomeServices corporate functions. Also serves as Chairman of the Realty Alliance and Chairman of the National MLS Committee. Read more -->
Phil Soper
President and CEO
Don Mills, Canada
Brookfield Real Estate Services

11

Heads Royal LePage operations and strategy. Also CEO and President of Brookfield Real Estate Services Inc. Previously CEO of GMAC Real Estate. Read more -->
Errol Samuelson
Chief Strategy Officer
Thousand Oaks, CA
Move, Inc.

4

Responsible for driving growth and delivering a sustainable competitive advantage for all Move Inc. businesses; also serves as president of realtor.com Read more -->
Jim Weichert
Founder and President
Morris Plains, NJ
Weichert REALTORS®

4

Opened first Weichert office in 1969 and built it into one of the largest full-service real estate and financial services group of companies in the country. Read more -->
Glenn Kelman
CEO and President
Seattle, WA
Redfin

6

CEO of Redfin, one of the early standout, online real estate brokerages. Raised $50 million in mezzanine capital in 2013 and is a strong candidate for an IPO within 2014.
Sherry Chris
President and CEO
Madison, NJ
BH&G Real Estate (part of Realogy)

12

2

Seasoned real estate executive with 27+ years management experience at companies such as Royal LePage, RealLiving, Pru California, CB before becoming CEO of BH&G in 2007. Read more -->
Bob Hale
Chief Executive Officer
Houston, TX
Houston Association of Realtors®

2

Has headed up HAR since 1988. Through his leadership, HAR has grown to become the second largest local REALTORS® association in the country, with 24,000+ members. Read more -->
Mo Anderson
Vice Chairman
Austin, TX
Keller Williams Realty International

13

3

Served as CEO of KW 1995-2005 and is credited with being the driver/heart behind the strong Keller Williams culture and family values. Read more -->
Steve Morris
Founder and Chairman
Mississauga, Canada
EXIT Realty Corp. International

14

Founded the company, serves as its Chairman, and is the mastermind behind the EXIT residual revenue sharing model.
Philip White
President and CEO
Madison, NJ
Sotheby's International Realty (part of Realogy)

15

A 33-year industry veteran, White has served the Sotheby’s International Realty brand in both management capacities and as a broker and owner. Appointed CEO in 2013.
Bob McAdams
President and CEO
Irvine, CA
RealLiving Real Estate (Berkshire Hathaway)

16

President since 2012. Joined Real Living in 2002 as vice president of finance. Prior to that he was employed at EXPRESS and Bank One as a corporate audit risk advisor.
Dorothy Herman
President and CEO
Huntington Station, NY
Douglas Elliman Real Estate

5

4

Purchased Douglas Elliman in 2003 with partner Howard Lorber; since then the company has become New York's largest residential brokerage.
Pam O’Connor
President and CEO
Chicago, IL
Leading Real Estate Companies

29

5

The first woman to head a global real estate network. Began her career in TV and later owned a public relations firm specializing in real estate and hospitality.
Rich Rector
President
Phoenix, AZ
Realty Executives

17

Four years after being named president, Rector purchased the company from his father, who founded the original franchise in 1965.
Scott Shaw
Co-Founder & CEO
Vancouver, Canada
Sutton Realty Group

18

Opened 1983, went public in 2001 and again private in 2004. Today more than 8,800 in over 200 franchises conducting $20 billion in real estate transactions annually.
Charlie Young
President
Madison, NJ
ERA Corporate Systems (part of Realogy)

19

Since 2009 has led the rebuilding and repositioning of the ERA brand; oversees the implementation of growth and profitability strategies for ERA's member brokers.
Jeffrey Detwiler
President and COO
Chantilly, VA
Long & Foster

7

Guiding the strategic direction including operations. Previously was the chief production officer for Correspondent Channel at Countrywide/Bank of America.
Bob Goldberg
Senior Vice President
Chicago, IL
National Association of REALTORS®

3

Oversees teams building the REALTORS® brand, built the REALTORS® Benefits alliance program and serves as President/CEO of REALTORS® Information Network.Read more -->
Lawrence Flick
Chief Executive Officer
Devon, PA
BHHS Fox & Roach

10

In 40 years built company through mergers into Prudential's most successful affiliate. Became one of the first to convert to new Berkshire Hathaway brand.
Joel Singer
Chief Executive Officer
Los Angeles, CA
California Association of REALTORS®

4

Held the Association's top staff position as CEO since 1989 after serving as chief economist. Also President and CEO of Ziplogix.
Tami Bonnel
President and CEO
West Burlington, MA
EXIT Realty Corp. Int'l

20

6

30+ year veteran of the real estate industry. Appointed president of EXIT Realty Corp. in 2001 and CEO in 2012.
Pamela Liebman
President and CEO
New York, NY
The Corcoran Group

8

7

Joined the company in her early 20s and in her first year became top agent working herself all the way to President and CEO in 2000.
Gary Thomas
President 2013
Chicago, IL
National Association of REALTORS®

5

2013 President for the NAR, the United States’ largest trade association, with almost 1.1 million agents involved in the residential and commercial real estate industries.
Lennox Scott
President and CEO
Bellevue, WA
John L. Scott REALTORS®
Company president and CEO since 1980, transitioning to Chairman and CEO in 2002. Grandson of company founder and 3rd generation CEO of the brokerage.
Bradley Inman
Founder and Publisher
San Francisco, CA
INMAN News

1

Founded Inman News in 1983, the most widely read real estate news service. Founder of several other companies, incl. HomeGain.com, TurnHere.com and Vook. Read more -->
Greg Schwartz
Chief Revenue Officer
Seattle, WA
Zillow

5

Leads the sales, advertising, operations, and industry relations teams and drives strategy for Zillow's advertising products and software tools.
David Charron
CEO and President
Rockville, MD
MRIS

6

Oversees all operations for one of the nation’s largest MLS systems, responsible for nearly $100 billion in real estate transactions (listings and sales) each year.
Lanny Baker
President and CEO
San Francisco, CA
zipRealty

9

Joined zipRealty as CFO in late 2008 and became CEO in 2010, growing the company's profitability during the last couple of years.
Jerry Giovaniello
SVP and Chief Lobbyist
Chicago, IL
National Association of REALTORS®

7

Joined the NAR in 1981 and became its top lobbyist in 2001. He is one of the most powerful lobbyists on Capital Hill.
Harold Crye
President and CEO
Memphis, TN
Crye-Leike Real Estate Services

14

Co-founded company in 1977 and serves as CEO. Crye also serves as CEO and Chairman of Reliance Relocation Services.
Laurie Janik
General Counsel
Chicago, IL
National Association of REALTORS®

8

8

Joined the NAR as a law clerk in 1977 and became its general counsel in 1987. Lead counsel in all key NAR legal battles for last three decades. Retired end 2013.
Helen Hanna Casey
President and CEO
Pittsburg, PA
Hanna Holdings

11

9

Instrumental in the growth of the Company into one of the five largest real estate companies in the U.S. Part of sibling team that runs the company.
Paul Hulme
President and CEO
Saratoga, CA
Alain Pinel REALTORS®

12

Co-founded company and subsequently became sole shareholder and CEO of the largest residential real estate company in California.
Gary Simonsen
Chief Executive Officer
Ottawa, Canada
Canada Real Estate Association

9

Former EO of the Winnipeg Real Estate Board (1991-1997). Involved with organized real estate since 1984.
Steve Brown
President 2014
Chicago, IL
National Association of REALTORS®

10

Has held NAR leadership positions since 2005, most recently serving as the 2012 First Vice President. A Realtor for 35+ years. Co-owner of Irongate Inc. REALTORS®.
Mary Tennant
President
Austin, TX
Keller Williams Realty International

52

10

From Rookie in 1992 to growing a market center from $90 million to $1.3 billion within eight years to President of the entire franchise in 2006.
Dale Ross
President and CEO
Chicago, IL
REALTORS® Property Resource (part of NAR)

6

Heads up RPR, the new venture formed by the NAR, to develop a national real estate property-centric national database for its members. Co-founder of MRIS.
Gino Blefari
President and CEO
Cupertino, CA
Intero Real Estate Services

13

Founded Intero in Silicon Valley and built it into the largest real estate company in Northern California with 2,000 agents in 60 offices worldwide.
Paul Levine
Chief Operating Officer
San Francisco, CA
Trulia

7

15 years of consumer Internet experience. Responsible for leading Consumer/Business Services divisions of company. Also investor to numerous Bay Area startups.
Cameron Merage
President and CEO
Irvine, CA
First Team Real Estate

15

Founder, president and CEO since 1976 of First Team Real Estate, one of the largest independent real estate firms in California.
Richard Smith
President and CEO
Bryan, TX
Coldwell Banker United REALTORS®

16

CEO of CB United, #1 company in the Coldwell Banker network of independently owned affiliates with a sales volume of over $4.9 billion.
Bill Armstrong
Treasurer
Chicago, IL
National Association of REALTORS®

11

Elected to Treasurer three times. Served on NAR Finance Committee for 10 years. Instrumental in the formation of the Association Investment Program.
Frank Polzler
Chairman & co-Founder
Ontario, Canada
REMAX Ontario-Atlantic Canada
Serial entrepreneur that founded RE/MAX Ontario-Atlantic Canada, RE/MAX of New England, RE/MAX Europe and numerous other regions and companies.
Curt Beardsley
VP Product Marketing
Thousand Oaks, CA
Move, Inc.

8

As VP of Business Development for Move, Inc., he is instrumental in leading Top Producer Systems and REALTOR.com
Bill Riss
President and CEO
Bellevue, WA
Coldwell Banker Bain/Seal

17

CEO and Owner of Landover Corporation, holding company of Coldwell Banker Bain and Coldwell Banker Seal spanning 30 offices. Strong acquirer of companies.
Hoddy Hanna
Chairman
Pittsburgh, PA
Hanna Holdings

18

Second generation leader of one of the largest brokerages in the country with over 150 offices and 5,000 sales associates and agents.
Geoff Wood
Chief Executive Officer
Seattle, WA
Windermere Real Estate
Joined company in 1999. Promoted to CEO in 2003. Under Wood's leadership company has expanded to California, Nevada, Arizona, Montana, Utah, and Wyoming .
David Cabot
President and CEO
San Diego, CA
BHHS California Realty

19

Formerly one of Prudential's most successful and profitable office managers for 16 years. In new role oversees some 60 offices and 3,400 sales associates.
M. Golden / T. Wong
Co-Founders
Chicago, IL
@Properties

20

Co-founders of @properties in 2000. Considered new paradigm businsss model. 700+ brokers and more than $3 billion in sales.
Mark Lesswing
SVP and CTO
Chicago, IL
National Association of REALTORS®

9

Started programming robots just out of college and now, as CTO, heads up all technology for the National Association of REALTORS®.
Joan Docktor
President
Devon, PA
BHHS Fox & Roach

67

11

As President she's responsible for the company's growth to over 60 offices and 4,000 sales associates. Also previously Board member of The Realty Alliance and Trend MLS.
Candace Adams
President and CEO
Wallingford, CT
BHHS New England (HSA)

68

12

Grew Prudential Connecticut Realty to $6 billion in sales and almost 2,000 sales associates. Recently rebranded to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices.
Stephen Phillips
Chief Operating Officer
Irvine, CA
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
Newly appointed COO of HSF Affiliates. Previously executive vice president and COO for GMAC Home Services and interim CEO of the GMAC Relocation Services.
Ian Morris
President and CEO
San Francisco, CA
Market Leader (Trulia)

10

Under his leadership the company grew into a publicly-traded company that was ranked the 4th Fastest Growing Tech Company in North America by Deloitte & Touche.
Matt Widdows
Founder and Chairman
Phoenix, AZ
HomeSmart International
Founded HomeSmart in 2000 and has grown it to 8,000+ agents and the largest brokerage in the Southwest. Strong implementation of Agent empowering technologies.
Amy Bohutinsky
Chief Marketing Officer
Seattle, WA
Zillow

11

13

Leads all marketing and communications at Zillow including brand, public relations, mobile, and social media marketing, email, business development and, advertising.
Austin Allison
Co-founder and CEO
Cincinnati, OH
Dotloop

12

Founded dotloop in 2009 to make the home sales process faster, and 100% online; 2012 Forbes "30 Under 30" and Inman News Innovator of the Year.
Dan and Stuart Elsea
Co-Presidents
Southfield, MI
Real Estate One
Third generation brothers that jointly run this 75-year old company that is now the largest real estate company in Michigan.
Robert Moles
Chairman
Cupertino, CA
Intero Real Estate Services
As Chairman of the company be helped shape recent growth. National leader in the area of developing relocation and financial services for brokers.
Jeff Culbertson
Executive Vice President
Irvine, CA
NRT Southwest Region
A 36-year industry veteran. Also serves as President, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Orange County, Desert Resorts and San Diego Companies.
Robert Shiller
Economist
New Haven, CT
Standard & Poor Case Shiller Index

1

Professor of Economics, Yale University. Creator of the Standard & Poor’s Case Shiller Home Price Index. Shared the 2013 Noble Prize in Economics. Read more -->
Clark Toole
President
Sarasota, FL
CB Residential Real Estate, Florida
Oversees the day-to-day operations of the company's more than 80 offices and 4,900 agents.
Chuck Lemire
President and CEO
Phoenix, AZ
HomeSmart International
Oversees growth and, in the first 30 months of expansion, opened 50+ locations. Agent count for HomeSmart is approaching 8,000.
Ed Krafchow
Chairman
Pleasanton, CA
BH&G Mason-McDuffie RE
Chairman of the Board of the company he has grown from $1 to $3 Billion. Consults and speaks on a national level regarding MLS and technology.
Stephen Baird
President and COO
Chicago, IL
Baird & Warner
CEO of family owned Baird & Warner, one of the oldest (1855) residential real estate brokerages in the nation. Former Chairman of The Realty Alliance.
Frances Broude
President and COO
Chicago, IL
CB Residential Brokerage, Chicago & MKE

82

14

From salesperson to overseeing the operations of 50 Coldwell Banker offices and more than 3,250 sales associates. Serves on Board of Managers for MRED.
Mark McLaughlin
Chief Executive Officer
San Francisco, CA
Pacific Union International
Acquired Pacific Union in 2009 and has doubled the company's sales volume to over $5 billion in 2013. The company is a Christies Affiliate and was founded 1975.
Steve Ozonian
Chief Real Estate Officer
Irvine, CA
Carrington Holding Company
Remarkable real estate career, served as senior executive with Sorrento Capital, RealEstate.com, Help-U-Sell, BofA, REMAX, MOVE Inc, RIN, Realtor.com, Prudential, and CB.
Marty Rueter
President
Morris Plains, NJ
Weichert Real Estate Affiliates
CEO of Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc., the franchising arm of Weichert, Realtors. Former SVP for Century 21 and 4th generation Realtor®.
Don Lawby
Chief Executive Officer
Vancouver, Canada
Century 21 Canada
Has been President of Century 21 Canada Limited Partnership since 1988 after joining as an agent in 1976.
Kuba Jewgieniew
Founder and CEO
Irvine, CA
Realty ONE Group, Inc.
Stockbroker and computer programmer who has built one of the fastest growing real estate brokerages in the country.
Allen Tate
Chief Executive Officer
Charlotte, NC
Allen Tate Companies
Founder of the "one-stop-shopping" regional company giant in the Carolinas with more than 50 years in real estate.
Bob Peltier
President and CEO
Minneapolis, MN
Edina Realty
Sets strategy and directs operations for 60 offices and more than 2,100 agents. Served on Regional MLS Committee including two years as chairman.
Tom Ferry
Founder and CEO
Newport Beach, CA
Tom Ferry - Your Coach

1

Conducted training for more than 250,000 salespeople and personally coached some of the world's top producing agents. Bestselling author of Life! by Design. Read more -->
Walter Schneider
President and co-Founder
Ontario, Canada
REMAX Ontario-Atlantic Canada
Recruiter-trainer that turned into entrepreneur and innovator in the real estate franchising business expanding RE/MAX into various markets and countries.
Steve Murray
Editor
Boulder, CO
Real TRENDS

2

Heads up Real TRENDS Consulting, which has assisted more than 2,000 brokerage firm clients in business planning and/or mergers and acquisitions. Read more -->
Joe Horning
President and CEO
Brookfield, WI
Shorewest REALTORS®
Third generation of leadership at family-owned Shorewest overseeing 23 offices and over 1,400 people in Wisconsin.
Glenn Shimkus
Founder
Naperville, IL
Cartavi (part of DocuSign)

13

Oversees product management, development, and marketing for DocuSign's eSignature and transaction management (Cartavi) solutions for agents.
Marshall Saunders
Co-Owner
Eden Prairie, MN
REMAX Results
Since 2008 built the company into 700 agents and 26 offices since 2008 and the #3 spot in the Twin Cities behind powerhouses Edina and CB Burnet.
Stan Humphries
Chief Economist
Seattle, WA
Zillow

2

Chief Economist in charge for data analytics of all housing stats, including the Zillow Home Value Index. Also helped create the Zestimate and its algorithm. Read more -->
Nancy Seaman
Chairman
Rye Brook, NY
Houlihan Lawrence

97

15

Together with her two brothers Stephen and Chris Meyers, they lead 1,000+ agents in 25 offices. The family acquired the 125 year old company in 1990.
Saul Cohen
President and Co-Founder
Brookline, MA
Hammond Residential Real Estate
Harvard graduate, co-founded the company and grew it to a place among the top one hundred real estate firms with over $2 billion in annual sales.
Matt Crumbaugh
President and CEO
Punta Gorda, FL
Allison James Estates and Homes
Since bringing his management skills and entrepreneur background to AJI in 2009 he has helped expand this new paradesign company into more than 15 states with 700+ agents.
Nancy Nagy
President and CEO
Skokie, IL
Koenig and Strey

100

16

CEO of Koenig and Strey since 2011 and to be CEO of newly formed KoenigRubloff Realty Group that will have combined sales in excess of $4.2 billion.
Brian Buffini
Founder and CEO
Carlsbad, CA
Buffini and Company

2

Immigrant Irishman founded his company in 1995 and has provided training/coaching to an estimated 3 million agents to improve their business earnings. Read more -->
Lawrence Yun
SVP and Chief Economist
Washington, DC
National Association of REALTORS®

3

Chief Economist and SVP of Research at the NAR. Participates in economic forecasting panels, including Blue Chip and the Harvard University Industrial Economist Council. Read more -->
Pierre Titley
President
Quebec, Canada
REMAX Quebec
Founder of RE/MAX Quebec in 1982 and has led the charge to grow to 3,500 broker/agents spread out in 136 offices across the province.
Clay Fouts
President and Owner
Phoenix, AZ
West USA Realty
Founded in 1986, Clay Fouts has grown the company to over 2,000 sales associates and almost $3 billion in sales.
Dianna Kokoszka
President of MAPS
Austin, TX
Keller Williams Realty International

3

17

Leads a team of 40+ MAPS coaches that deliver mega achievement productivity systems for the largest training centre within a national real estate franchise. Read more -->
Russ Bergeron
Chief Executive Officer
Chicago, IL
Midwest Real Estate Data

12

Responsible for all day-to-day and long term strategies for 40,000+ MRED users one of the largest multiple listing service in the country.
Michael Saunders
Founder and CEO
Sarasota, FL
Michael Saunders and Company

107

18

Founded in 1976 Saunders has built a stellar reputation along Florida's Gulf Coast and one of the largest companies in the country with 550 agents in 24 offices.
William Raveis
President and CEO
Shelton, CT
Williams Raveis Real Estate
Founder of William Raveis Real Estate, one of the largest brokerages companies in the country with annual sales of over $5 billion.
Pat Riley
President and COO
Charlotte, NC
Allen Tate Companies
As CEO he helped expand the company into its #1 position in the Carolinas and among the top independent real estate companies in the nation.
Rosey Koberlein
President and CEO
Tucson, AZ
Long Realty (part of HSA)

110

19

Oversees strategic planning and leadership for all of Long Companies, including Brokerage, Mortgage, Title and Insurance, and 1,400 licensed real estate associates.
Pamela Kabati
SVP Communications
Chicago, IL
National Association of REALTORS®

13

20

Head of NAR Communication. More than 20 years experience in service journalism, with the last 13 spent developing web and interactive, multimedia communications.
Robert Sibcy
President and CEO
Cincinnati, OH
Sibcy Cline REALTORS®
Third generation leader and 45 year veteran of regional powerhouse in Cincinnati and Kentucky with 23 branch offices and over 1,100 real estate agents.
Art Carter
Chief Executive Officer
San Dimas, CA
California Regional MLS

14

Driving force behind the data share revolution and the unification of California MLSs, the largest MLS serving more than 71,000 agents and 34 Realtor associations.
Maureen Passerini
Executive Vice President
Madison, NJ
NRT Northeast & Eastern Seaboard Regions

114

20

EVP of Eastern Seaboard and Northeast Regions of NRT. Oversees 8 Coldwell Banker branded operations and NRT's ERA-branded operation in Harrisburg, PA. Responsible for 200+ offices and 12,000+ sales associates.
Paul Morris
President and CEO
Beverly Hills, CA
Keller Williams Forward Management
Owner of second largest KW franchise with 2,200+ agents. Regional Director for Central and So Cal overseeing 6,200 Realtors with $10 billion annual sales.
Mark Stark
President and CEO
Las Vegas, NV
Prudential Americana Group REALTORS®
Responsible for strategic vision and manages the largest residential real estate company in Nevada with more than 1,100 agents and $2 billion in sales.
Bev Thorne
Chief Marketing Officer
Madison, NJ
Century 21 Real Estate

117

20

Leads the marketing and branding of corporate identity as well as all consumer, broker, and agent programs for Century 21 worldwide.
Mike Knapp
President and CEO
Des Moines, IW
Iowa Realty (part of HSA)
A 40+ years real estate veteran who climbed through the ranks at the company and today serves as Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer.
Rei Mesa
President and CEO
Sunrise, FL
BHHS Florida Realty (part of HSA)
Heads up recently rebranded Prudential Florida Realty with 1,400 agents in 40 offices. 30 year veteran active on various NAR committees and Boards.
Jed Kolko
Chief Economist and VP
San Francisco, CA
Trulia

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Oversees Trulia's research programs as VP of Analytics and Chief Economist. Previously directed Forrester Research's consumer-technology market research.
Dan Parmer
President and CEO
Atlanta, GA
Harry Norman REALTORS® (part of HSA)
30 years of corporate financial and management experience and oversees growth of Atlanta’s oldest and largest residential real estate firm with 22 offices.
Janet Branton
SVP Global
Chicago, IL
National Association of REALTORS®

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Heads up NAR global initiatives. Previously served as VP for Business Specialties and Executive Director for the Real Estate Buyers’ Agent Council.
Paul Breunich
President and Owner
Stamford, CT
Sotheby’s International Realty Connecticut
Heads the largest Sotheby’s International Realty affiliate in the world. Group includes 3 companies; William Pitt SIR, Julia B Fee and Litchfield Hills.
David Osborn
Regional Owner
Dallas, TX
Keller Williams Realty
Serial entrepreneur. Regional operating principal of KW in Canada, Texas, and numerous other regions and co-owner or lead partner in more than 25 business entities.
Ed Barisa
Chief Executive Officer
Toronto, Canada
Ontario Association of REALTORS®

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As CEO he represents over 51,000 agents and 42 real estate boards. Past Chair of the Canadian Society of Association Executives Board of Directors.
Mary Frances Burleson
President and CEO
Dallas, TX
Ebby Halliday Real Estate
Joined Ebby Halliday in 1958, is now president and CEO and leads the Company's expansion and day-to-day operations of 30 offices and 1,600+ staff and agents.
Merle Whitehead
President and CEO
Williamsville, NY
RealtyUSA
Owner and CEO of one of the largest independent real estate company in New York State with over 55 offices and nearly 2,200 agents. (Formerly Stovroff Realty)
Chad Ochsner
President and CEO
Arvada, CO
REMAX Alliance
Owner of RE/MAX Alliance. He has served as Member Broker Advisory Board at Zillow, Inc.
Kate Rossi
Executive Vice President
Sarasota, FL
NRT Southeast Region
Oversees eleven markets throughout Florida, Atlanta, Baltimore, Washington, DC and Dallas/Fort Worth, representing more than 8,500 sales associates working under the Coldwell Banker banner.
Lorne Wallace
Founder and CEO
Cambridge, Canada
Lone Wolf

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Founded Lone Wolf in 1988, a leading provider of accounting software to over 9,000 real estate brokerages in North America.
Jay Papasan
Vice President
Austin, TX
Keller Williams Realty International
Heads up KWU, the largest training academy of a national real estate franchise. Co-author of various bestselling books with Gary Keller incl. The One Thing in 2013.
Jon Coile
President and CEO
Annapolis, MD
Champion Realty (part of HSA)
CEO of Champion Realty, Inc., the Maryland partner company of HomeServices of America, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate. Also Chairman of MRIS.
Judy Green
President and CEO
Naples, FL
Premier Sotheby's International Realty
Led strong acquisition trail and growth to become one of the largest Sotheby's International Affiliate in the world.
Syd Leibovitch
Founder and CEO
Beverly Hills, CA
Rodeo Realty
Owner of a Beverly Hills, California based residential real estate firm with over 1,000 licensed agents throughout Los Angeles and Ventura counties.
Andy Woolley
Vice President
Norfolk, VA
Homes.com (part of Dominion Enterprises)

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Heads up the technology brands for Homes.com. Led the launch of Homes Connect, an integrated marketing platform.
Michael Shapiro
President and CEO
Newport Beach, CA
HOM Sotheby's International Realty
Real estate professional and Chairman of HOM, the coastal southern California representative of Sotheby's International Realty.
Adi Tatarko
CEO
Palo Alto, CA
Houzz

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Launched Houzz in 2009 with Alon Cohen. Their remodeling apps have been downloaded over 15 Million times. Raised $11.6M (2011) and $35M (2013) in funding.
Michael Pierson
President & Chairman
Chicago, IL
Prudential Rubloff (part of HSA)
President of Prudential Rubloff and to be President of the newly formed KoenigRubloff Realty Group that will have combined sales in excess of $4.2 billion.
John Featherston
Founder and Publisher
Norwalk, CT
RISMedia

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Founded RISMedia in 1980 to provide real estate news. Host of Power Broker dinner. In 2008, launched RISMedia's Top 5 in Real Estate Network. Read more -->
Robert Merrick
Chairman and CEO
New Orleans, LA
Latter & Blum ERA
Heads up the group that is the largest ERA affiliate in the world. Companies include Latter & Blum, CJ Brown, Noles-Frye and Van Eaton & Romero
Laura Leyser
2013 President
Ottawa, Canada
Canada Real Estate Association

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2013 President of the Canadian Real Estate Association and former president of the Ontario Real Estate Association. Agent with RE/MAX.
Charlie Bengel
Chief Executive Officer
Alexandria, VA
REMAX Allegiance
Took office as CEO in 2008 and heads one of the largest RE/MAX franchises in the world with over $2 billion in sales.
Robert Friedman
Chairman and Co-Founder
Irvine, CA
Auction.com
Co-founder of Auction.com with Jeffrey Frieden (CEO). Visionary of the global leader in real estate auctions.
Joe Valenti
President and CEO
Omaha, NE
CBSHOME Real Estate (part of HSA)
In 1998, upon the acquisition of HOME Realty and CBS Realty by HomeServices, Valenti became the president of CBSHOME, the merged entity.
Todd Hetherington
Chief Executive Officer
Alexandria, VA
Century 21 New Millennium
Owner and leader of NM Management, Inc., the holding company that operates Century 21 New Millennium, the #1 Century 21 franchise in the world.
Merri Jo Cowen
Chief Executive Officer
Orlando, FL
My Florida Regional MLS

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Oversees consortium MLS services to 27,000+ agents from 15 Realtor® boards making it one of the 10 largest MLSs in the country. Past president of the Council MLS.
Sandra Sanders
President
Palos Verdes, CA
REMAX Estate Properties
Founded RE/MAX Palos Verdes Realty and is the visionary behind RE/MAX Estate Properties. Awarded the National Home Ownership Award by RISMedia in 2011.
John Furber
Managing Director
Toronto, Canada
Keller Williams Canada
Leader of KW operations in Canada. 25+ years of real estate experience including former Top 100 agent for RE/MAX.
Scott Webber
President and CEO
Denver, CO
Fuller Sotheby's International Realty
A third generation, 35+ year real estate brokerage management veteran. Heads up day-to-day operation of a team who annually sells $1+ billion of luxury properties.
Matt Beall
Co-Founder
Princeville, HI
Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokerages
Together with Justin Britt co-founded the Company in 2008. 9 offices in Hawaii. Nominated by Inman News as one of the Most Innovative Brokerages in the country in 2011.
Jim Litten
President and Owner
Indianapolis, IN
FC Tucker & Company
Heads up largest independent real estate firm in Indiana with 1,500+ agents and over $2 billion in sales.
Dan Forsman
President and CEO
Atlanta, GA
Berkshire Hathaway Georgia Realty
Heads up the dominant player in Atlanta and Georgia with 23 offices and more than 1,200 agents. Just converted from Pru to BHHS in December.
Diane Ramirez
CEO
New York, NY
Halstead Property
35-year veteran and co-founder of the company she has grown to 1,000+ agents. Appointed by the Governor to serve on NY Department of State Real Estate Board.
Pamela Alexander
Chief Executive Officer
Ontario, Canada
REMAX Ontario-Atlantic Canada
CEO of RE/MAX Ontario-Atlantic Canada. Oversees three regions in the US and one in Canada supervising over 10,000 sales associates.
Andy Rapattoni
President and CEO
Simi Valley, CA
Rapattoni

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Early pioneer of computerized business applications whose company currently serves approximately 200,000 MLS and association users nationally.
Merrily Hackett
GM & Owner
Vancouver, Canada
Sutton Realty Group
In 1983 the first Sutton office opened in Vancouver. Today there are more than 8,800 in over 200 franchises who conduct over $20 billion in real estate transactions annually.
Dan Duffy
Chief Executive Officer
Kansas City, MO
United Real Estate
Came on board 2006 to secure capital to support rapid growth of a new paradigm cafe lounge real estate shop.
James OBryon
President and CEO
Sacramento, CA
REMAX Gold
Leads #1 RE/MAX franchise in California with over 9,000 transaction annually.
Jay Gaskill
Chief Executive Officer
Aliso Viejo, CA
Real Estate Digital

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CEO of Real Estate Digital since 2011. Previously President of LPS Real Estate Group for 5 years.
Shaun Rawls
Operating Principal
Atlanta, GA
Keller Williams The Rawls Group
Heads up six market centers with 1,000+ real estate professionals in Atlanta. Also investor in other Keller Williams regions.
Victor Lund / M. Wilson
Partners
Arroyo Grande, CA
WAV Group

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Husband and wife team that co-founded the WAV Group, a consultancy company, and RETechnology.com to help companies operationalize positive change.
Teresa King Kinney
Chief Executive Officer
Miami, FL
Miami Association of REALTORS®

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20 years as CEO of MAR with 30,000 members, the largest local REALTORS® association in the nation. Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce 2013 Visionary Leader of the Year.
John Aaroe
Founder and the CEO
Los Angeles, CA
John Aaroe Group
Heads up a smaller but powerful company in Los Angeles luxury market. Started with John Douglas Real Estate.
Grier Allen
Founder and CEO
Charleston, SC
BoomTown

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Co-founder of the real estate web platform BoomTown. Ranked by Inc. magazine as the 96th fastest growing private company in the nation.
Mark Woodroof
Managing Partner
Houston, TX
BH&G Gary Greene REALTORS®
Partner at BH&G Gary Greene, formerly Prudential Gary Greene, Realtors. Member of Broker Advisory Board of Zillow.
Brian Boero/M. Davison
Partners
San Francisco, CA
1000watt Consulting

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Partners of a consulting company helping independent real estate companies re-imagine their brand/marketing strategies. Boero is also the former President of Inman News.
Jim Harrison
President and CEO
Sunnyvale, CA
MLSListings

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Leader of one of the largest multiple listing services in northern California and focused on being an innovator in MLS nationwide.
Paul Slaugh
Chief Executive Officer
Lancaster, PA
Prudential HomeSale Services Group
Heads up the 27 office Prudential Homesale family of real estate and mortgage companies that include Bob Yost, Landis and Homesale YWGC Realty.
Matthew Ferrara
Chief Executive Officer
Andover, MA
Matthew Ferrara Learning Network

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Speaker, writer, capitalist, teacher, and listener. CEO of video learning portal featuring hundreds of videos from America's leading trainers and business leaders.
Drew Uher
Co-Founder and CEO
San Francisco, CA
HomeLight

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Founder of Homelight, an algorithm that helps homebuyers and sellers find the best real estate agents.
Kathy Condon
Chief Executive Officer
Boston, MA
MLS Property Information Network
Heads up one of the 10 largest MLSs in the country serving 28,000+ agents. Currently serves on the REALTOR.com Executive Advisory Council and Girl Scouts of America “Women of the Year” in 2007.
Deems Dickinson
President
Scottsdale, AZ
Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Realty
Almost 30 year veteran with the company, serving 24 years as manager before taking the helm four years ago.
Matthew Consalvo
Chief Executive Officer
Phoenix, AZ
Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service
ARMLS is the largest MLS in Arizona, serving 30,000 subscribers. Consalvo was appointed CEO in September 2012.
Rebecca Jensen
Chairperson
Salt Lake City, UT
Real Estate Standards Organization
Worked in the MLS industry since 1998 and became CEO of UtahRealEstate.com MLS 2007. Passionate driver of RESO since 2011.
Michael Pappas
Chief Executive Officer
Miami, FL
The Keyes Company
4th generation family member to head up the 88 year old family-owned company with almost 2,000 associates in 30 offices.
Steve Harney
President
Ronkonkoma, NY
Steve Harney, Inc.

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20+ year veteran, first as an agent, then broker before launching his training firm. Writes monthly “Keeping Current Matters."
Gregg Larson
Co-Founder and President
Scottsdale, AZ
Clareity Consulting

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Co-founder of company in 1996 to provide MLS and information technology consulting to the real estate industry and its related businesses.
Saul Klein
Senior Vice President
San Diego, CA
Point2 (Yardi subsidiary)
Also President of InternetCrusade. Creator of RealTown, RealTalk, AETalk, and MLSTalk. Co-author of the Real Estate Technology Guide.
Michael Fischer
Chief Operating Officer
Madison, NJ
Coldwell Banker (part of Realogy)
Promoted to COO in 2013 after serving as SVP of marketing and chief branding officer. Previously a 15 year Nissan executive.
Scott DeNeve
Chief Executive Officer
Kansas, KS
Platinum Realty
Kansas -based Gen Y entrepreneur building the fastest growing real estate company in the country in 2010 according to Inc. Magazine.
Don Richardson
Chief Executive Officer
Toronto, Canada
Toronto Real Estate Board
40 year veteran has guided TREB's 30,000+ agent board through stormy MLS waters the last 13 years.
Guy Wolcott
Founder and CEO
Washington, DC
Homesnap
Rebranded Sawbuck Realty into and created the iconic mobile app, HomeSnap, rated by The Street as a Top 5 real estate app.
Craig Cheatham
Chief Executive Officer
Dallas, TX
Realty Alliance
Spokesperson and administrator for 66 of most powerful brokerages in the country. Former CEO of ARELLO.
Richard Boone
Chief Executive Officer
Tucker, GA
Georgia Multiple Listing Service
Oversees the nations 5th largest MLS in the country with over 32,000 real estate professionals.
Nirav Tolia
Co-founder and CEO
San Francisco, CA
Nextdoor
Co-founder of social network geared toward neighborhoods in 2010. Raised $60 million funding in 2013. Former COO of Shopping.com
Ted Jones
Chief Economist
Houston, TX
Stewart Information Services Corp.

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One of the foremost economists on the relationship between the economy and the real estate industry. SVP Stewart Title.
Constance Freedman
VP Strategic Investments
Chicago, IL
Second Century Ventures Fund
As Managing Director she manages all aspects of the fund, from cultivating opportunities, assessing initiatives to helping portfolio companies succeed.
Brian Larson
President
Minneapolis, MN
Larson/Sobotka Business Advisors

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Attorney and business consultant focusing on collaborations of MLSs, including data sharing, formation of new regional MLSs, and the MLS Domains Association.
Craig Proctor
Founder and CEO
Newmarket, Canada
Craig Proctor Seminars

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Productivity coach that created Quantum Leap Sales System. Has helped more than 30,000 agents.
Glenn Sanford
Founder and CEO
Bellingham, WA
eXp Realty
Founded the company and as CEO leads the first cloud-based brokerage system in real estate industry. Company reversed into a public shell in 2013.
Jeremy Conaway
President
Traverse City, MI
Recon Intelligence Services

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Leading consultant in Realtor® association and MLS design. Also works with various large real estate brokerage companies.
Tom Hurdelbrink
Chief Executive Officer
Kirkland, WA
Northwest Multiple Listing Service
Heads up a not-for-profit, member-owned MLS organization serving 25,000+ real estate professionals. NWMLS formed 30 years ago after mergers.
Mike Brodie
Regional
Plano, TX
Keller Williams Realty
Early KW investor and multi region owner. Former NAR Treasurer and founding Chairman of the REALTORS® Federal Credit Union.
Ann Bailey
President and Owner
Orange County, CA
Pranix
Provides consulting services focused around strategy, business and MLS. Former VP with Move, Inc. Co-founded Pranix with Errol Samuelson.
Krisstina Wise
Founder and CEO
Austin, TX
The Goodlife Team

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Founded GoodLife Team in 2007 and Coffee with Krisstina 2012. Won 2010 Inman Innovator Award winner for “Most Innovative Brokerage" in the county.
Paul Jackson
Publisher and CEO
Plano, TX
Housing Wire

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Publisher and CEO at HousingWire and has published more than 3,500 articles. One of the first to cover the mortgage crisis in 2006.
Bill Malkasian
VP Political Planning
Chicago, IL
National Association of REALTORS®
Oversees major new political and community-based advocacy and issues program for state and local real estate associations across the country.
Ty Dodge
President and CEO
Birmingham, AL
RealtySouth (part of HSA)

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Oversees Alabama's largest residential real estate brokerage producing more than $1 billion in annual sales. Former President of local association.
John Mosey
Chief Executive Officer
St Paul, MN
Northstar MLS
30+ Year MLS veteran. Former VP at Moore Data Management Services, CEO of Cyberhomes, CEO of Regional MLS, and President of Council of MLS (CMLS).
Alan Tennant
Chief Executive Officer
Calgary, Canada
Calgary Real Estate Board

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Former President of Canada Real Estate Association, International Consortium of Real Estate Associations, and Calgary Real Estate Board.
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