RISMedia’s 2015 Real Estate CEO Exchange
Sept. 16 & 17, 2015 – The Yale Club, New York City
(in alphabetical order)
John E. Featherston is President and Chief Executive Officer of RISMedia, Inc. Since 1980, RISMedia, the leader in real estate information systems, has been providing the industry with news, trends and business development strategies through its flagship publication, Real Estate magazine; its leading website, RISMedia.com; and its renowned networking and educational events. RISMedia also provides real estate news and information to consumers through its member-only national networks: RISMedia’s Real Estate Information Network® (RREIN) for leading brokers, and RISMedia’s Top 5 in Real Estate Network® for leading agents. Hundreds of thousands of home-buying and -selling consumers receive valuable information from leading real estate professionals daily, weekly or monthly, through their affiliation with either RREIN or the Top 5 in Real Estate Network®. RISMedia is headquartered in Norwalk, Connecticut.
Candace Adams is president and chief executive officer of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties. With more than 1,500 agents across three states, Adams has helped expand the company to provide integrated real estate services including mortgage, insurance, new development and relocation. Adams joined Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties in 1998 after managing her own successful brokerage firm. She continued to rise through BHHSNEP’s ranks, and was selected as president in 2008 and CEO in 2013. An accomplished and frequently recognized real estate leader, Adams was honored in 2008 as one of the “Eight Most Remarkable Women” in business in Connecticut. In 2011 she was named a “Woman of FIRE” by The Commercial Record, Real Estate Executive magazine placed her among the “100 Most Influential Real Estate Executives” in America in 2014, and she was most recently recognized for the second time on Swanepoel’s Power 200 list.
Dermot Buffini has served Buffini & Company since 1999. Before assuming the role as CEO in 2013, he spent 10 years as the Senior Vice President of Business Development where he was responsible for developing new markets, corporate partnerships and the overall growth of Buffini & Company.
David Charron is president and chief executive officer of the Metropolitan Regional Information System (MRIS), one of the nation’s largest MLS systems serving more than 40,000 real estate professionals in the Mid-Atlantic region. When he joined MRIS in January 2001, Charron brought a wealth of leadership and strategic industry experience, combining an extensive background in real estate, information systems and Internet business solutions. Charron brings a customer-service focus and first-person management style to his role overseeing all MRIS operations, ensuring that MRIS maintains its leadership edge. Prior to joining MRIS, Charron was the president of Net Input, an Internet-based business consulting practice serving Fortune 500 clients in apparel, media, sports and real estate. From 1980 to 1997, he managed several organizations that successfully defined, marketed and delivered information systems to real estate professionals. Charron currently serves as chairman of the MRIS Investment Committee.
Paul R. Charron is the former chairman and CEO of Liz Claiborne Inc. Following his retirement, he served for five years as senior advisor at Warburg Pincus, a New York-based private equity firm. A member of the Campbell Soup Company Board of Directors since 2003, Charron became chairman in 2009. In addition to Campbell’s, he serves on the Administrative Board of Escada SE, the global fashion brand headquartered in Munich. He is also the chairman of the U.S. Department of State’s Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy (ACIEP). Charron joined Liz Claiborne in 1994 as vice chairman and COO. One year later, he became president and CEO, and was elected chairman in May, 1996. Previously, Charron was EVP of VF Corporation, and COO of Brown & Bigelow and also served as senior vice president-sales and marketing at Cannon Mills Company, and worked in marketing management positions at General Foods Corporation. Charron received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame, and holds a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard University. He served five years as a Navy officer and is a combat veteran of Vietnam.
Craig Cheatham is president and CEO of The Realty Alliance, a network of 70 of the largest, full-service residential real estate firms in North America, comprising a combined sales force of more than 100,000 agents—in addition to hundreds of employees in real estate operations and affiliated businesses, such as mortgage, title and insurance. Before joining The Realty Alliance, Cheatham spent several years as CEO of the Association of Real Estate License Law Officials (ARELLO), an international federation of agencies involved in the regulation of the real estate industry. Before serving ARELLO, Cheatham worked for many years as COO for the Alabama Association of REALTORS®. Cheatham has been successful in supporting organizations in a non-volunteer capacity for close to 25 years and has earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). He holds a bachelor’s degree from Harding University and an MBA from Samford University.
Sheryl Chinowth is CEO and co-founder of Chinowth & Cohen REALTORS®. The brokerage opened in August of 2004 with one office and 25 sales associates, and since then, has grown to over 360 associates and seven offices, with the eighth currently under construction. The company ranks as one of Oklahoma’s largest real estate companies, voted “Best of the Best” Real Estate Company in Tulsa by the readers of Oklahoma Magazine for multiple years. Chinowth is also an owner of Elite Title Services and Elite Financial Services. A licensed REALTOR® since 1978, prior to opening Chinowth & Cohen REALTORS®, Chinowth was the top producing real estate agent in Tulsa County. She has earned multiple awards, including Tulsa Business Journal’s Influential Women in Business 2005, Women in Business Champion of the Year 2006, and Women of Achievement Award. In 2010, she was selected as a member of the inaugural Women of Distinction class for the Tulsa Business Journal. In October of 2013, Chinowth was honored with the prestigious “Extraordinary Philanthropist” Award by Luxury Real Estate; she currently serves on the board of directors for the Oklahoma Association of REALTORS®.
Sherry A. Chris is the president and CEO of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate LLC. Her appointment followed Realogy’s announcement that it was launching a new and dynamic global residential real estate brand after entering into a 50-year agreement with Meredith Corporation to license the Better Homes and Gardens® name. Chris has more than 30 years of real estate experience, including significant senior management positions in the areas of sales, marketing, new technologies, and franchise management. A native of Canada, she began her real estate career in Ontario and held increasingly senior positions with Royal LePage for 16 years before taking on executive roles within notable US brokerages. She joined Realogy in 2006 as chief operating officer for Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. Chris is a frequently sought-after speaker at international real estate and technology conferences, and is regularly featured by national media outlets such as the FOX Business Channel, CNBC, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and USA Today. A strong advocate of engaging with businesses and consumers through social media channels, Chris is the most followed CEO of a national real estate brand on Twitter. Chris serves on the realtor.com® and NAR real estate services advisory boards. She is also the vice chair of the national board of directors at the non-profit organization, Rebuilding Together.
Jon Coile is the chief executive officer and president of Champion Realty, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and part of HomeServices of America, Inc. Champion is a multi-office regional brokerage based in Annapolis, Maryland with Mortgage, Title and Insurance company subsidiaries. Coile got into real estate in 1988 and became a multi-million dollar agent. In 1991, he became a partner in Champion Realty and held many positions in the company including Branch Office Manager, New Homes Director, IT Director, General Manager, and ultimately President and CEO. He is currently the Chairman of the Board of MRIS, the MLS provider for the Mid-Atlantic region; Secretary/Treasurer of The Realty Alliance; a member of the Move, Inc. Broker Advisory Board; a member of the NAR MLS Policy Committee; and has served on the Board of Directors of the Maryland Association of REALTORS®.
Jeff Detwiler is president and chief operating officer of Long & Foster Companies. He is responsible for guiding the strategic direction of the organization and overseeing its daily operations. Long & Foster Companies consists of six major business lines: General Brokerage, Property Management, Relocation, Mortgage, Settlement Services, and Insurance, as well as several smaller ventures in related business areas. Detwiler has almost 30 years of experience in the financial services industry, with much of that time devoted to various segments of banking, including mortgage, investment and commercial banking. His background also includes insurance and portfolio management. Detwiler graduated from Princeton University in 1983.
Joan Docktor is the president of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach, REALTORS®. She embarked as a sales associate in 1986, achieved Rookie of the Year as a novice agent, and rose through the ranks. Docktor has been instrumental to the growth and profitability of the company, the largest brokerage in the Tri-State area of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. With over 60 sales offices and over 4,000 sales associates, the company also offers relocation services, builder’s marketing, and land development. In partnership with The Trident Group, customers are able to experience a one-stop shopping experience with mortgage services, title and settlement services, and property and casualty insurance. Docktor is a Board of Directors member at The Main Line Chamber of Commerce and The Realty Alliance. She is Vice Chairman on the Board of Directors of TREND Multiple Listing Service. Also, she is a member of The Forum for Executive Women and The Select Greater Philadelphia Advisory Committee. Joan was featured in Philadelphia Style magazine as one of the city’s nine most influential women.
Dan Elsea currently serves as president of Brokerage Services for the Real Estate One Family of Companies. He and his brother Stuart share the leadership of the company and its affiliates. The company is in its third generation in Michigan, having begun as Elsea Realty in 1929. Real Estate One is ranked No. 8 in the country, and the largest broker in Michigan with 39 company owned offices, 26 franchises and 1900 sales associates throughout the state. In 2014 the Real Estate One family of companies closed 4.2 billion in sales and completed over 36,000 transactions in brokerage, mortgage, title and casualty insurance. Real Estate One operates under a number of well know local brands throughout Southeast Michigan including Max Broock REALTORS®, Reinhart REALTORS® and Johnstone & Johnstone, in addition to the Real Estate One brand throughout the State. Elsea has served on a number of industry REALTOR® boards and in various committee capacities at the state, local and national levels as well as a member of the LeadingRE Board of Directors, National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Executive Committee and chairman of the NAR larger broker forum.
Wendy Forsythe is executive vice president and head of Global Operations for Carrington Real Estate. She has leveraged her passion for real estate, technology and branding to help build successful real estate networks in both Canada and the United States. Since joining Carrington Real Estate Services in 2012 as executive vice president/head of Global Operations, the company has more than tripled in size. She is responsible for the operations and growth of the brokerage, which today has over 2,400 agents across the country. In addition, she leads the brand strategy, marketing, training and online initiatives.
Dave Garland is manager for Rainmakers Consulting Group and Principal at Pacific States Capital, where he pairs his passion for innovation with an essentialist leadership style that values collaboration, clarity and creativity. He is a passionate advocate for the proper application of technology in real estate. In over 14 years of entrepreneurship, he has established, led and managed advisory, technology and investment firms each dedicated to the pursuit of increased yield to stakeholders. In addition to advising top global residential and commercial real estate organizations on everything from marketing and communications to IT and corporate finance, Garland has acquired and managed national investment-grade real estate portfolios, and has developed several mixed-use, commercial and residential properties totaling over a quarter billion dollars in market value. Garland is a Licensed Real Estate Broker, Certified Construction Specialist, member of the Urban Land Institute and sits on the board of directors at Sustainable Land Development International. Garland holds a BA, Summa Cum Laude from the University of Notre Dame; a degree from Oxford University and an MBA from the Melbourne Business School.
As president and CEO of the Houston Association of REALTORS® since 1988, Bob Hale‘s vision and drive have made HAR.com a household brand in the greater Houston area and the most frequently visited website for Houston real estate. HAR has grown to become the largest trade association in Houston and the second largest local REALTOR® association in the country with more than 28,000 members. HAR.com recently expanded to cover the entire state of Texas and receives 3.1 million visitors to the website or mobile app each month; it is the only local site that is regularly listed among the 25 most frequently visited real estate websites in the country, according to comScore Media Metrix. Member listings are viewed 40 million times on HAR.com each month. The Houston Association of REALTORS® is also a cutting-edge MLS, a Commercial Division hosting Commercial Gateway, an NAR-award-winning International Section, a REALTOR® Supercenter and a technology department which has developed hundreds of REALTOR® member tools in addition to HAR.com. Hale strives to fulfill HAR’s mission that its members achieve ongoing success by adopting and implementing a market-driven, member-centric business plan, recruiting and retaining a professional staff, re-engineering its governance, constantly surveying Houston-area real estate consumers, and becoming a cutting-edge, technologically advanced association.
Dottie Herman is president and CEO of Douglas Elliman, New York’s largest residential brokerage, with more than 80 offices in New York City, Long Island, the Hamptons, Westchester/Putnam, South Florida, Connecticut, Aspen and Los Angeles; more than 5,700 real estate agents; and a network of international affiliates. The firm has formed a global alliance with London-based Knight Frank Residential LLP in 55 countries, allowing Elliman to reach international buyers from all over the world. Douglas Elliman ranked in the top four of all real estate companies in the nation in each of the seven years from 2007 to 2014. In addition, the company controls a portfolio of real estate services, including Manhattan’s largest residential property manager, Douglas Elliman Property Management, as well as DE Title. Herman has over 30 years’ experience in the real estate business, starting as a broker with Merrill Lynch’s Long Island real estate division. In 1989, she bought Prudential Real Estate’s Long Island division and expanded the company into the Hamptons. Four years later Herman and her business partner, Howard M. Lorber, purchased Douglas Elliman for nearly $72 million. Herman has been named among the 50 Most Powerful Women in New York by Crain’s New York Business, as well as one of The New York Observer’s Power 100. She is also host of am970’s popular Saturday morning radio show Eye On Real Estate.
Anthony Hitt is the CEO of Engel & Völkers North America and is responsible for leading and managing the prestigious, Hamburg-based company’s emergence as a distinct provider of premium segment real estate in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Before being named CEO in January 2014, Hitt served as COO and oversaw the management of the brand’s premium-level client service standards among its brokerage network throughout the U.S. Hitt also established the Engel & Völkers Academy in the U.S. to maintain the brand’s level of quality offered on the continent and to ensure its consistency with standards held by the company worldwide. Hitt has been with Engel & Völkers since 2010, joining the company as head of Real Estate. Prior to joining Engel & Völkers, he worked with Sotheby’s International Realty for eight years as a top producing agent, management professional and trainer. As a REALTOR®, Hitt was recognized by both the Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times as one of the nation’s top-producing agents. Los Angeles Magazine named him one of the city’s “Super Agents,” and Los Angeles Business Journal awarded Hitt as their first and only “Green Agent of the Year.” In 2005, he began his own training company, and he is also the author of several books on achieving success in business and in life.
Thomas M. Hosack is the president and CEO of Northwood Realty Services and Chairman of the Board for The Realty Alliance. Prior to Hosack’s current, long‐standing career in real estate, he was principal of a general contracting company. Six years later, Hosack transitioned into the real estate industry. He became president of Century 21 West Penn, LLC, which was, at the time, one of the largest Century 21 companies in the country. Five years later when Century 21 merged with Northwood Realty, Hosack began his long run with Northwood being named chief operating officer of the company. In January 2007, he was promoted to president and CEO. In addition to his current career with Northwood, Hosack also owns several development companies. Hosack is also serving on NAR’s 2015 Large Residential Firms Real Estate Services Advisory Group, and has always been an active member of the REALTORS® Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh (R.A.M.P.) and has recently been named president of the West Penn Multi‐List.
Peter F. Hunt is chairman and CEO of Hunt Real Estate Corporation/Hunt Real Estate ERA. Under his leadership, Hunt Real Estate Corporation’s combined sales volume has risen to over $1.8 Billion. Hunt represents the third generation to operate the business since its founding in 1911. Since 1984, Hunt has founded Devere Mortgage Corporation, a licensed mortgage banking firm now doing business as “Hunt Mortgage,” Hunt-Vanner Agency, a general insurance agency, Realty Express, a fee-for-service real estate brokerage, The Realty Club, a membership organization supplying homeownership services, and Fisher Homes, a fine homes builder. In 1992, Hunt formed Network Title Agency of New York, and in 2003 acquired Hunt Commercial Real Estate Corporation. In March 2001, Hunt Real Estate expanded into Rochester, New York through the acquisition of Judy Columbus Real Estate and Relocation and has since acquired six additional firms in the Rochester market, opened new offices in Syracuse and acquired in December, 2008, First Properties also in Syracuse. In January 2010, the firm entered the New York State Capital District and now operates four branches there. Hunt Real Estate Corporation also operates two branch offices in Phoenix. The Corporation joined the ERA system in March, 2002, now operating 37 residential sales offices as Hunt Real Estate ERA.
As Chairman of the Board, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Mason-McDuffie, Ed Krafchow’s tenure as leader of Mason-McDuffie has been highlighted by three specific accomplishments: growth of the company, technology innovation and a focus on training agents. His basic philosophy is that good organizations create accountability, develop people at all levels of the company and acknowledge those that get their job done, create a result and serve people well. Krafchow’s greatest pride is the charitable work that has been created within Mason-McDuffie. With the help of his wife, Kathy, there have been millions of dollars and thousands of hours spent by volunteers of the brokerage in serving a variety of needs— locally, nationally and internationally. Krafchow believes the real estate industry really functions on good service and survives because of the care of its clients.
Chris Lim is the founder and CEO of Climb Real Estate, a leading San Francisco-based real estate firm. Climb offers a comprehensive array of brokerage and marketing services for residential buyers, sellers and developers. Under Lim’s leadership, Climb has become the fastest-growing boutique brokerage representing some of the finest properties in the city. Inspired by his father’s custom-home construction company and his mother’s independent real estate practice, Lim created a highly nimble and creative agency, committed to superior service and innovation. Lim began his real estate career in 2002, quickly becoming recognized as one of the top producing agents in the SOMA and South Beach areas. Prior to that, he worked in finance at both Merrill Lynch and Fuji Securities. At Grey Advertising, he built brand and digital marketing programs for Fortune 500 companies. Recognized by the Asian Real Estate Association, the Chinese Real Estate Association, and the San Francisco Chronicle, Lim’s combination of real estate prowess, marketing instinct, and design aesthetic brings a fresh point of view to the industry.
Victor Lund is a founding partner of WAV Group and CEO of RE Technology. For more than a decade, Lund has provided research, strategic planning and analyst services to MLSs, large brokerages, technology firms and investment banks. He is a published author of a body of work that understands the role of technology in real estate. Lund is currently providing services to two key industry-wide projects: Project Upstream and the National Broker Public Portal.
Michael Mahon is the president of HER REALTORS®. With over 25 years as a real estate broker, Mahon has extensive experience in all aspects of the real estate brokerage. He joined HER Realtors in 2009, and with his appointment to president, is responsible for the strategic leadership of the company and the overall operations of the organization. His history of growth, educational management, and process management have proven to be a catalyst for success for HER Realtors in recent years. Mahon currently serves as a Director for the Columbus REALTORS Association, and Ohio Association of Realtors. He is the recipient of the 2014 Sales Manager of the Year Award, and was honored with the Grand Marketer Award by the Central Ohio Builder Industry Association. HER Realtors maintains 61 office locations throughout the Ohio market, with over 1200 Sales Associates. In 2014, their closed unit volume was 10,398 units, with a closed sales volume of nearly $1.9 billion. HER Realtors been recognized as the Best Residential Real Estate Brokerage annually since 2009 by Columbus CEO Magazine, as well as the Top Volume Sales Brokerage by Columbus Business First News Journal for many years.
Fafie Moore is the president of Realty Executives of Nevada, repeatedly ranked the number one woman-owned business in the Business Press Book of Lists, and repeatedly ranked in the Top 100 Real Estate Offices in the United States by RISMedia’s Power Broker Report for sales volume. Opening in November, 1989, Realty Executives of Nevada has grown to be one of the most productive real estate companies in Nevada. Fafie and her husband Jeff have been named Broker/Owner of the Year nine times by Realty Executives International. A real estate licensee since 1981, Moore is a certified relocation professional for the Employee Relocation Council, a certified residential specialist, Performance Management Network graduate, an accredited buyer representative designee and instructor, and certified residential broker. Moore is a 1995 graduate of the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Las Vegas program and served as 2008 chairman of the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Board of Trustees. Moore hosted the “Las Vegas Real Estate Report” on KDWN Radio for nine years, and was inducted into the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors Hall of Fame in 2007. She has held numerous local and state leadership positions with the Women’s Council of Realtors, and has been named by In Business Newspaper as one of the 41 Most Influential Women in Las Vegas. She currently serves on the Board of Advisors for City National Bank in Las Vegas.
Charlie Oppler is the CEO of Prominent Properties Sotheby’s International Realty, and the National Association of REALTORS® 2015 Vice President. Oppler has been a REALTOR® for more than 30 years and has served on the NAR Board of Directors since 2003. He has chaired the REALTOR® Party Coordinating Committee twice and the RPAC Trustees Committee. He has served on four of NAR’s Presidential Advisory Groups, and multiple times as a committee liaison. In 2005, Oppler was NAR’s vice president for Region 2, representing New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, and he was the president of the New Jersey Association of REALTORS® in 2004. At the local level, he is a member of the Eastern Bergen County Board of REALTORS®.
Gretchen Pearson, CRB, is president and owner of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Drysdale Properties. Pearson founded her brokerage in 2005 under the name Windermere Welcome Home. In September 2010, Pearson aligned with Prudential Real Estate and quadrupled the size of the company. In the last 12 months, Pearson acquired five additional brokerages, 13 offices and 400 agents. Prudential California Realty, Pearson Properties, Inc. is the largest female-owned real estate company in California with 900 agents in 30 offices located throughout the Bay Area, Sacramento and the Central Valley. In December 2014, her Prudential Real Estate Brokerage became Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Drysdale Properties. In February 2015, her brokerage was named the fastest growing full-service real estate brokerage in California, and in March 2015, was awarded the Apex Award as the 12th most producing company in the BHHS network. Pearson’s professional experience has included roles as agent, office manager, and senior corporate executive. As COO for Prudential Realty in California, Nevada and Texas, she directed operations for more than 118 offices and 3,300 agents who handled more than $8 billion in sales in 2004 alone. After five years as COO, she opted for the challenges and opportunities associated with business ownership and became co-owner of Prudential’s Tri-Valley Real Estate group, based in Pleasanton, California.
Jose Perez is the founder and president of PCMS Consulting. After a long and storied career at Realogy, where he began as franchise sales director for CENTURY 21 and rose to the rank of SVP of Franchise Sales and Acquisitions for CENTURY 21, Coldwell Banker, and ERA, Perez resigned in July 2007 to launch PCMS. While at Realogy, he was responsible for the affiliation and/or acquisition of thousands of companies generating hundreds of millions of dollars in fees. In addition, he was a frequent speaker at company events, trained both domestic and international sales people, and played an active role in helping develop many systems that are still in place today. PCMS is an alternative to traditional real estate franchising, offering a suite of innovative, a la carte, solutions leading companies require to enhance their market position and profitability. Perez’s vision is focused on helping brokerages bridge the gap between the growing expectations of consumers and agents and the lack of innovation the industry has been able to deliver over the past few years.
Diane M. Ramirez is the chief executive officer of Halstead Property, growing the firm from its original goal of three storefront offices in Manhattan to its current size of nearly three dozen offices with 1,200 agents throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Riverdale, the Hamptons, Hudson Valley, New Jersey and Fairfield County, Conn. Licensed in New York, Connecticut and Florida, Ramirez has been an active real estate executive and broker for more than three decades. Together with Clark Halstead, she founded Halstead Property in 1984. The firm was purchased by Terra Holdings in 2001. Ramirez was appointed by the Governor to the Department of State Real Estate Board in 2010 and is still an active member. She is also a member of the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), where she currently serves on the Board of Governors, their Executive Advisory Board and as Co-Chairman of their Board of Directors of the Residential Division. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Leading Real Estate Companies of the Worlds, as well as on the Advisory Board of Luxury Portfolio International. Ramirez has received LeadingRE’s Leadership Award, and REBNY’s Henry Forster award for outstanding achievement and conduct in the industry and the community. She is routinely ranked by the New York Observer as one of the 100 Most Powerful People in New York Real Estate.
Joseph Rand is the general counsel and managing partner for Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate – Rand Realty, one of the largest companies in the New York region with 25 offices, 800 agents, and closing over $1.5 billion in real estate transactions in 2014. His primary responsibility is managing the company’s career development and education programs, principally based on a concept he has pioneered called “Client-Oriented Real Estate,” or “CORE,” which is designed to raise the level of client service provided by the real estate industry. You can find more about his approach to real estate education at his educational blog www.clientorientedrealestate.com, and more about him personally at his sporadically-published personal blog about his experiences moving from New York City to the suburbs at www.movetosuma.com. His contact information and links are available at www.josephrand.com.
Dale L. Ross, CRB, is CEO of Realtors Property Resource®, LLC, and has been in the real estate business for 35 years. As a real estate consultant and/or broker to many companies, Ross has been involved with asset management, renovations, and sales disposition of commercial and residential properties. He holds real estate brokers’ licenses in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. In 1984, Mr. Ross formed Pioneer Realty, Inc., as a boutique real estate company, specializing in residential and commercial investments. In 1994, he co-founded the Metropolitan Regional Information Systems, Inc. (MRIS) and served as its president and CEO for seven years. In 1985, Ross served as president of the Montgomery County Association of REALTORS® (Maryland). Four years later, he became the youngest member to be elected president of the Maryland Association of REALTORS®. In 2009, NAR formed Realtors Property Resource®, LLC to develop and operate a nationwide, property-centric, real estate database. Today, RPR® is a wholly owned subsidiary corporation of NAR, supporting the core competence of its members by providing robust property information, analytics and reports to REALTORS®. RPR®’s platform contains parcel-centric data sets covering over 166 million residential and commercial U.S. properties.
Martin J. Rueter, GRI, CRS, is president of Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc. A fourth generation REALTOR®, Rueter describes himself as “just another S.O.B”… son of a broker. His family-operated real estate business in Philadelphia continues today after 115 years. Rueter’s experienced all aspects of real estate brokerage – residential and commercial sales, leasing and property management. Before joining the Weichert® organization in 2001, he spent over 20 years with the Century 21 system, eventually serving as senior vice president at their corporate headquarters, where he was responsible for sales and management training, corporate relocation, and other franchisee services worldwide. As co-founder and president of Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc., Rueter has expanded the Weichert System by nearly 300 offices in 37 states. For his visionary leadership, he was recently recognized as No. 66 in the Swanepoel “Power 200″ list of real estate “movers and shakers.”
Mike Schlott is the president of the Randall Family of Companies, which includes Kinlin Grover Real Estate, Randall REALTORS®, Page Taft Real Estate and Pequot Commercial. With over 500 agents and $1 billion in annual sales, the Randall Family of Companies is one of New England’s largest real estate brokerages with offices in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. As a 29-year veteran of the real estate industry, Schlott has a strong background in real estate franchising, mortgage banking and mergers and acquisitions. In addition, he is a long-time member of the Board of Directors of MLS PIN, the 8th largest MLS in the country.
Jeff Sposito is president and founder of J. Rockcliff REALTORS®, headquartered in San Francisco’s East Bay region. With over 36 years of experience in real estate management and ownership, Sposito has risen through the ranks of the real estate industry and is dedicated to best serving the needs of the client by hiring the best agents and providing the tools needed to succeed. He started his career as a top-producing agent and moved up into several prestigious management and ownership positions. Over the three-decade span of his career, Mr. Sposito has won numerous awards, including REALTOR® of the Year, Outstanding Leadership Award and was recognized by the California Association of REALTORS® as having the best real estate exchange in the state of California. Sposito is currently a Lifetime Director for the California Association of REALTORS® and he also serves as a director of the National Association of REALTORS®. Additionally, he was president of the Bay East Association of REALTORS® in 1985 and president of the Contra Costa Association of REALTORS® in 2001, the only individual to have ever held both these prestigious titles.
Mark Stark is the CEO and owner/broker of the third largest Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices franchise in the world, Americana Holdings. His Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Nevada Properties and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Arizona Properties are both among the very top producing real estate firms in their respective states. Stark’s experience spans from 1985, when he joined the company that would become Prudential Americana Group, REALTORS. He became its CEO in 1997 and acquired Prudential Real Estate’s largest Arizona franchise in 2011. In April of 2014, both companies were rebranded under their new affiliation with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. Combined, the Arizona and Nevada firms have 21 offices and nearly 2,000 real estate agents. Last year the companies sold 10,425 homes and completed $2.7 billion in sales. The company’s future includes expansion into additional U.S. markets and increased market domination in both Nevada and Arizona.
Kenneth R. Trepeta Esq. was recently appointed president and executive director of the Real Estate Services Provider Council Inc. (RESPRO).Trepeta, who has been working on key issues of importance to RESPRO® for almost ten years, brings two decades of Washington experience to the association. Prior to this position, Trepeta had been the director of Real Estate Services for the National Association of REALTORS® since June of 2007. In this role, he covered the broader real estate industry for NAR on the legislative and regulatory front, acting as liaison to senior executives at large real estate firms. Prior to this, Trepeta was the Regulatory Policy Representative for NAR handling regulatory and industry relations on issues such as RESPA and federal housing policy, including FHA. Trepeta’s former roles include serving as a vice president for Government Relations at JP Morgan Chase and serving as vice president for Government Relations at the Financial Services Forum. Trepeta is a monthly columnist for RISMedia, covering the Dodd-Frank Act, RESPA and other key housing issues impacting real estate professionals and consumers.
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