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More than 230 real estate professionals highlighted for newsworthy contributions to the industry 

2019 ‘Hall of Fame’ class to be named Q1 2019 and honored with all Newsmakers at National Press Club in Washington, D.C. in May 2019 

RISMedia today announced its 2019 Class of Real Estate Newsmakers—a dynamic group of key influencers making headlines as a result of their newsworthy contributions to the real estate industry, and their efforts to positively affect the consumers and communities they serve.

The incoming class of RISMedia’s Real Estate Newsmakers includes more than 230 industry leaders who were nominated earlier this year by RISMedia readers and editors and are showcased in both the December issue of RISMedia’s Real Estate magazine and in an online directory on, in the following categories: Influencers, Trailblazers, Futurists, Achievers, Crusaders, Inspirations, Luminaries and Trendsetters.

“In RISMedia’s Real Estate Newsmakers, you’ll find an inspirational overview of more than 230 industry leaders who are making a difference in the real estate and homeownership sectors, and whose actions have a far-reaching and profound impact on the real estate industry, from nationwide to their own local communities,” said RISMedia CEO & Publisher John Featherston. “You’ll meet the thought leaders and the icons. The heroes and the champions of a better way. The ones who are breaking the mold and the ones who are leading the industry forward.”

In addition to the 230-plus Real Estate Newsmakers, RISMedia will announce its second-annual “Hall of Fame” Class of Newsmakers in early 2019. The Hall of Fame Class will include a select group of industry leaders selected by RISMedia for their headline-making influence in real estate in 2018. All Newsmakers will be invited to attend and will be honored at RISMedia’s Annual Newsmakers Reception & Dinner at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. in May 2019, with a special awards ceremony honoring the second-annual Hall of Fame class.

This past May, RISMedia’s inaugural Newsmakers Hall of Fame class included Ron Peltier, CEO/Chairman, HomeServices of America; Elizabeth Mendenhall, 2018 President, NAR and CEO, RE/MAX Boone Realty; Joseph Rand; Chief Creative Officer; Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Rand Realty; Bob Goldberg, CEO, NAR; Helen Hanna Casey, CEO, Howard Hanna Real Estate Services; Matt Widdows, CEO/Founder, HomeSmart International; and Teresa Palacios Smith, VP of Diversity & Inclusion, HSF Affiliates. 

RISMedia’s 2019 Real Estate Newsmakers include many new faces as well as established industry icons. Some of these leaders include:

Paul Boomsma, President, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®
Katie Johnson, General Counsel, National Association of REALTORS® (NAR)
Craig McClelland, COO, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers
Craig Cheatham, President & CEO, The Realty Alliance
Brian Buffini, Founder, Buffini & Company

York Baur, CEO, MoxiWorks
David Mele, CEO & President,
Valerie Fitzgerald, President, The Valerie Fitzgerald Group
Doug Seabolt, CEO, Rocket Homes

Nick Bailey, President, CENTURY 21
LP Finn and Whitney LaCosta, COO and EVP, Coach REALTORS
Christina Pappas, District Manager, The Keyes Company
James Dwiggins, CEO, NextHome
Kuba Jewgieniew, Founder & CEO, Realty ONE Group
Vince Leisey, CEO, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Ambassador Real Estate

Cheryl Eidinger-Taylor, COO/President, ERA Key Real Estate
Creig Northrop, Northrop Realty, a Long & Foster Company
Faisal Susiwala, Broker, RE/MAX Twin City Realty Inc.
Dean deTonnancourt, Broker/Owner, HomeSmart Professionals Real Estate

Carl Carter Jr., REALTOR®, Founder & Executive Director, RE/MAX Elite & Beverly Carter Foundation
Daisy Lopez-Cid, Broker/Owner, RE/MAX Premier Properties, 2018 President, National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP)
Jeff Berger, CEO/Founder, National Association of Gay & Lesbian Real Estate Professionals (NAGLREP)
Brett Hagler, Co-Founder/CEO, New Story
Bo Menkiti,Co-Founder & CEO, The Menkiti Group | Keller Williams Capital Properties

DeLisa Rose, Agent, RE/MAX Ambassadors
Tom DeWine, CEO & Broker, ERA Colonial
Kiesha Curtis, Agent, Realty Kings Properties
Tim Murfree, REALTOR®, Keller Williams Atlanta

Rosey Koberlein, CEO, Long Companies/President, Central Region, HomeServices of America
Mike Ryan, EVP, RE/MAX
Mary Frances Burleson, President & CEO, Ebby Halliday
David Charron, Chief Strategy Officer, Bright MLS
Dottie Herman, CEO, Douglas Elliman Real Estate
Rei Mesa, President & CEO, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty

Louise Phillips-Forbes, Broker, Halstead Real Estate
Nicole Lopez, REALTOR®, Intero Real Estate Services
Michael Nourmand, President, Nourmand & Associates
Mor Zucker & Jamie Slough, REALTORS®, Team Denver Homes, Kentwood Real Estate

“Our industry has 2 million licensed practitioners, including more than 1.3 million members of the National Association of REALTORS®, all servicing the needs of millions of homebuyers and sellers,” Featherston added. “The RISMedia 2019 Newsmakers represent just over 230 of these 2 million professionals, and we are honoring their achievements and what they are doing to help all of us improve in our collective quest to better serve the needs of the industry and consumers.” 

To see RISMedia’s 2019 Real Estate Newsmakers and read about their achievements, visit the Newsmakers Gallery. Know a Real Estate Newsmaker? Email your nomination for RISMedia’s 2020 Real Estate Newsmakers to Executive Editor Maria Patterson at

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