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Other Service Executives

The top 20 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 565 firms and more than 150,000 agents in its worldwide network. The organization counts many of the nation’s largest independent brokerages as members, who network and share best practices and referrals with each other. Before becoming CEO in 2018, he ran the LeadingRE’s Luxury Portfolio International division.


Founder and CEO

Tom Ferry International
Ferry is one of the nation’s leading coaches and has over 165 coaches across several countries and 30 states who guide agents in the sales principles he preaches in numerous events, videos, speeches, blog posts and podcasts. Both his books, “Life! By Design” and “Mindset, Model and Marketing!,” are New York Times bestsellers.


Brian Buffini founded his coaching company in 1996 and has become one of the nation’s leading coaches. An Irish-American immigrant, Buffini became a New York Times bestseller in 2017 with his book, “The Emigrant Edge: How to Make It Big in America.” Brother Dermot runs the business as CEO.


President and CEO

The Realty Alliance
As long-time CEO of The Realty Alliance (TRA), Cheatham oversees the influential and highly respected network of 70 of the nation’s largest brokerages, which represent over 120,000 agents in 3,000 offices. The TRA brokerage companies collectively do more than $406 billion in annual sales. He became CEO in 2006.


Founder and CEO

HW Media
Collins leads HW Media, a media company that covers brokerage, mortgage and finance news under the brands HousingWire, RealTrends, finLedger and Reverse Mortgage Daily. His private equity firm Riomar Capital acquired HousingWire in 2016 and deepened its real estate media play with its 2020 acquisition of the publications wing of RealTrends. HW Media acquired housing data firm Altos Research in 2022. Collins has an MBA from The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.


Founder, CEO and Publisher

Featherston founded Connecticut-based RISMedia in 1980 and today the news service reaches over 350,000 industry professionals with its Daily eNews, monthly magazine, frequent webinars, newsletters, leadership conference and annual Power Broker dinner. The publication underwent a digital revamp in 2021 with a sleeker online look.


Founded by entrepreneur and long-time journalist Brad Inman in 1996, Inman has established itself as the go-to news source for the residential real estate industry. In April 2022, the company named Paquette as CEO. She has worked in several leadership roles at Inman over the past eight years, most recently as chief revenue officer.



Council of Multiple Listing Services
Since 2014, Evans has been CEO of Council of Multiple Listing Services, the largest professional organization dedicated to the MLS industry. The organization helps guide the industry by facilitating collaboration, innovation and education for its over 200 MLS member organizations serving more than 1.2 million brokers and agents. Previously, she served as executive director of EnergyFit Nevada.


Managing Partner

Second Century Ventures
Garland manages Second Century Ventures, NAR’s investment arm that has become a notable player in real estate tech investment. It operates the Reach real estate technology scale-up program, which has over 140 firms in its portfolio. In 2022, SCV launched the NAR Reach Labs program, which helps Realtor associations engage with startups and source innovations.

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