Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® Shines at Inman’s Real Estate Connect


CHICAGO, IL – July 18, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® was in full force at the recent Inman News Real Estate Connect® July 10-12 in San Francisco, with a talented array of member and staff speakers addressing a range of compelling topics.

Multiple sessions examined global real estate trends, including “Long Distance Relationships: How to Reach, Market & Close Global Business,” which included Maria Babaev, managing director of Laffey Fine Homes Real Estate; Jonathan Cooper, vice president of operations of Macdonald Realty Group; and Chuck Garrett, COO of Kahala Associates.

Exploring the Asian market, Caron Ling, Realtor at CRS Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers, and Michi Olson, vice president Relocation & Business Development of Alain Pinel Realtors, participated in “Culture Clash? The Ins and Outs of Successfully Working with Asian Buyers.” Gary Gold, EVP of Hilton & Hyland, and Pam O’Connor, president/CEO of LeadingRE, also focused on this market segment with their presentation “Opportunity Knocking: The State of the Asian Real Estate Market.”

Addressing key broker topics, Robert J. Bailey, broker-president of Bailey Properties Inc., discussed “How to Get From 900 to 200 MLSs,” and Debbie Lewandowski, director of First Team Estates, provided commentary on “Broker as Investor: Tearing Down the Old Broker/Agent Relationship.”

Helen Hanna Casey, president of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, spoke on “Ending the Broker/MLS Standoff,” while Jennifer Warden, president of Baird & Warner Residential Real Estate, shared insights on “Building a World Class Operation.” Jon Coile, CEO and president of Champion Realty, Inc., took part in “Ringleading at the Syndication Circus: Not Just Another Syndication Panel.”

Focusing on hot market trends, Cindy Ariosa, senior vice president with Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., explored “Off Market Listings – Passing Phase or Business Evolution?”, and Andrea Ballesteros, an agent with First Team Estates, offered insights on “How to Close Deals in Today’s Market.”

The enlightening “Hear It Direct from Today’s Buyers: Live Consumer Panel” was facilitated by Jennifer Berman, regional manager with First Team Real Estate, and Dawn Thomas, broker associate with INTERO Real Estate Services, participated in the Buyer Wrap-Up Panel.

“It was gratifying to see our network represented by so many thought leaders, whose insights and wisdom were evident throughout the event,” said Pam O’Connor, president/CEO of LeadingRE. “While we always benefit from having this brain power at our own conferences, it was great to see it showcased at this prestigious event.”

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