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SP2017 Trendsetters


In addition to the 2017 SP200 Main List, we also identify leaders in a few unique groups. For this group, Trendsetters, we acknowledge innovators, dealmakers, and movers-and-shakers who made a noteworthy impact over the last year.


Zvi Band
Co-Founder and CEO
Contactually

Band leads Contactually, the popular and growing real estate CRM platform. The firm used an $8 million funding round to revamp and add chatbots to its app in 2016.

Ashley Bowers
President and COO
HomeSmart

Bowers keeps the fast-growing HomeSmart International machine humming. The brokerage and franchisor has over 11,000 agents nationwide who do over $10 billion in annual sales.

Ben Caballero
President and CEO
HomesUSA.com

Dallas-based Caballero leverages an innovative new-home tech platform to churn out mind-boggling production numbers. He did over $1.2 billion in sales and over 2,400 transactions in 2016, making him, according to the WSJ REAL Trends survey, the top agent in the nation.

Mark Choey & Chris Lim
Co-Founders
Climb Real Estate

Choey and Lim’s sleek, fresh San Francisco-based broker-age caught the eye of Realogy, which acquired it in 2016 and will continue to run it as a boutique brand.

Russ Cofano
President
eXp Realty

A leader with deep industry experience, Cofano joined fast-growing virtual national brokerage eXp Realty in 2016 as general counsel and was shortly thereafter promoted to president.

Dan Corkill
Co-Founder and CEO
Followup Boss

Corkill’s powerful CRM Follow Up Boss offers many of the tools modern agents need, including lead routing, automatic follow up, custom action plans and more.

Dave Crumby
Founder and CEO
Realvolve

Crumby’s CRM platform Realvolve is making big strides; it offers a modern system and secured a deal with the California Association of Realtors in 2016, which makes it the association’s only preferred CRM solution.

Ken DeLeon
Founder
DeLeon Realty

DeLeon turned an innovative system he used as an agent to become one of the nation’s top sellers of luxury homes, creating a brokerage that dominates the ultra-high-end category in California.

Chris Drayer
Founder
Revaluate

Drayer’s Revaluate uses big data algorithms to predict which portion of an agent’s contacts will most likely to transact soon. In 2016, the firm launched its prospect ranking tool Revaluate Pro.

Joshua Harley
Founder and CEO
Fathom Realty

Harley founded North Carolina-based agent flat-fee brokerage Fathom Realty in 2010 and it has taken off. The company nearly quadrupled sales volume to $1.8 billion between 2013 and 2016 and today has 1,200 agents oper-ating in 18 states but with no brick-and-mortar offices.

Sarah Jones
Co-Owner and Managing Broker
Bamboo Realty

Jones owns and runs Bamboo Realty, an innovative brokerage in four urban markets that focuses on cultivating business from rentals.

Conor McCluskey
Founder and CEO
BombBomb

BombBomb helps real estate agents send compelling videos embedded directly into email, a vision McCluskey had for the firm since launching it in 2006. In 2016, the tool became a preferred provider for the large independent brokerage network Leading Real Estate Companies of the World.

Matthew "Matt" Moore
President, Americas
Juwai

Moore, a former Move Inc. exec, became President of the Americas for the Chinese international real estate portal Juwai.com in 2016. He leads Juwai’s sales, marketing and industry relations in North and South America. He worked in sales and marketing at Move from 2002 to 2012.

Rob Morelli
Co-Founder and CEO
HomeKeepr

Morelli’s HomeKeepr allows agents to recommend ven-dors to clients and prospects and track which ones they use. Branded to agents, the tool also tracks home mainte-nance tasks for homeowners.

Mike Schneider
Co-Founder and CEO
First

First uses a predictive analytics model to discover when and why real estate consumers transact, so agents can reach prospects at the perfect time. Schneider and First were a finalist at Realogy’s 2016 pitch competition.

Kirby Slunaker
President and CEO
REColorado

Slunaker leads Colorado’s largest MLS, REColorado, and continues a bold expansion strategy. In 2016, the MLS also began accepting listings from MLSs and associations throughout the state for display on its public-facing website at no charge.

Shelley Specchio
CEO
NVRMLS

Specchio, the CEO of the Northern Nevada Regional MLS, which covers Reno, South Lake Tahoe and a number of other cities in Nevada, has been named CEO of central Indiana’s MIBOR, effective Feb. 1, 2017. MIBOR serves approximately 7,500 members.

Amber Taufen
Editor-in-Chief
Inman

Taufen runs the day-to-day at Inman, the industry’s most powerful news site. She has played a critical role in the site’s recent resurgence, which includes its thriving contributor program, its new Select membership product and its regional news feature.

Drew Uher
Founder and CEO
HomeLight

Uher leads the agent-consumer matchmaking site HomeLight, which assess consumers’ interests and needs and matches them with agents based on MLS performance stats and other factors.

Ginger Wilcox
Chief Marketing & Industry Officer
Sindeo

Wilcox is the face of the mortgage startup Sindeo, which is working to streamline the mortgage process by bring-ing clarity and consistency to the mortgage shopping experience for consumers.


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