Real Estate Almanac

Other Service Executives

The top other services executives list, a subset of the Swanepoel Power 200 ranking, acknowledges leaders that support the residential real estate brokerage industry by providing another type of service including news/media, coaching, consulting, alternative finance or other service for brokerages, agents and consumers.
Executives Legend
The color legend to the right illustrates the various backgrounds for the top executives in the residential real estate industry.



Leading Real Estate Companies of the World
Boomsma runs LeadingRE, one of the nation’s most influential brokerage networks with over 550 firms and some 138,000 agents in over 70 countries. The invitation-only organization counts many of the nation’s largest independent brokerages as members, who network and share best practices and referrals with each other. In 2005, at his start with LeadingRE, he created its Luxury Property International, which he led until becoming CEO of LeadingRE in 2018.


Brian Buffini leads business-building firm Buffini & Company, which he founded in 1996 to coach and train real estate professionals in securing more leads and sales. His brother, Dermot, has been company CEO since 2013. In September 2023, the firm announced an exclusive pilot partnership with Re/Max in 19 Spanish-speaking countries. The firm reports it has worked with more than 3 million professionals in 45 countries.


Founder and CEO

Tom Ferry International
As founder and CEO of his eponymous real estate coaching company, Ferry plays an influential role in the industry, including in helping professionals navigate the challenges they face as they identify and implement tactical solutions for growth. He launched the firm in 2004 and now shares his insights at training events, through his two bestselling books, and a popular YouTube channel. In 2023, Ferry launched a speakers bureau featuring a roster of real estate industry experts available for speaking engagements.


President and CEO

The Realty Alliance
As president and CEO, Cheatham leads an influential network of large brokerages, which represent over 100,000 agents in 2,700 offices across North America. He has also been CEO of the Broker Resource Network, which he co-founded, since 2020.


Chief Legal Officer

Leading Real Estate Companies of the World
In 2023, Edgerton was promoted to chief legal officer at Leading Real Estate Companies of the World (LeadingRE), a global network of over 550 real estate brokerages. In her role, which also includes the title of executive vice president of industry and learning, she oversees the firm’s legal affairs and its online learning platform. She is also charged with building alliances to support diversity, equity and inclusion.

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