The SP 200 Watchlist acknowledges up-and-coming residential real estate brokerage leaders who are making their way up the power ranks in the industry. Poised to make the Power 200 ranking in the coming years, they are listed in alphabetical order.
The color legend to the right illustrates the various backgrounds for the top executives in the residential real estate industry.
Blair, who has a background in politics and lobbying, leads the 8,200-member Iowa Association of Realtors, which, in 2022, got behind a bill, later signed into law, that defined real estate teams and clarified advertising requirements for teams and individual brokers. Before becoming CEO of the association in 2015, he served as CEO of the Dayton Area Board of Realtors.
A seasoned executive, Collins took the helm of real estate digital advertising platform Adwerx in 2022. Before taking the helm of Adwerx, he served as an executive in residence for private equity firm Spire Capital Partners and led portfolio company Marketron, a platform that helps media amplify their brands, as CEO.
Weyandt is the co-founder and CEO of LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance, a non-profit aimed at promoting LGBTQ+ homeownership and forging professional stronger networks among its members. Since its founding in 2020, the organization has established dozens of partnerships with industry heavyweights, including NAR, Anywhere, Keller Williams and HomeServices of America.
Since joining Leading Real Estate Companies of the World in 2018, Edgerton has overseen the organization’s legal affairs and operational areas. She has also been instrumental in the launch of the “Fair Housing Minute” and diversity, equity and inclusivion initiatives. Edgerton is also a sought-after speaker on topics ranging from compliance to risk management.
Foody, as CEO and Cote, in the role of chief marketing officer, founded Cloze, in 2011. Cloze is a popular real estate CRM platform that uses AI to that integrates with existing agent tools to track deals from start to finish. Foody previously managed a $500 million software product portfolio at mobile app-enhancement firm Progress Software while Cote led marketing at pharmaceutical company Iontera.
A 26-year veteran of the real estate industry, Golden became the President and CEO of BHHS Georgia Properties in 2022 after holding several positions including sales associate, trainer, regional manager and 2019 Atlanta Realtor Association President. A second-generation real estate professional, she now leads the 1,600-agent firm with 29 offices throughout Georgia.
Gray co-founded Milestones Labs, a platform that allows agents to create private portals for clients and prospects to convert leads, guide consumers through the homebuying experience and provide homeowners with tools to consolidate all home-related records and maintenance activities, in 2019. Before starting the company, Gray served as an executive with multifamily software provider RealPage and a brief stint at realtor.com.
Haggerty became as CEO of 50,000-subscriber OneKey MLS in early 2023. For most of his nearly four-decade career, he served as CEO of the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors, which he helped guide into a merger with the Long Island Board of Realtors to create OneKey MLS in 2018.
An owner and CEO of several Century 21 franchises Harrelson also leads the Real Estate Sales Solutions coaching firm. In September, Harrelson and partners opened Century 21 Vanguard in Wilmington, North Carolina. The 20-year veteran began his real estate career working with his father in Myrtle Beach in 1999.
Hergenrother runs Livian, a platform launched in partnership with Keller Williams Realty in 2021 that provides marketing, lead generation, training and other services to real estate teams. In early 2023, the platform supported teams in 53 markets in 32 states.
Hickok leads the Oklahoma Association of Realtors, which has over 13,000 members. In 2022, she also served on NAR’s Reserves Investments Advisory Board. Before becoming CEO in 2016, she led the Greater Springfield Board of Realtors as CEO.
Jensen co-founded Inspectify in 2020. The company provides homebuyers and their agents a seamless way to book home inspections and to get repair estimates. The company, which reports its platform has been used on over $3 billion worth of homes, won the real estate tech pitch battle at the first annual T3 Tech Summit in 2022.
Lent and Bluhm co-founded Plunk, a company that provides AI-backed real-time home valuations to consumers, investors and agents, in 2019, and lead it as CEO and president, respectively. The startup raised $6.5 million in seed funding in 2021 and a strategic investment from the California Association of Realtors in 2022.
McCrory leads industry communication efforts for Anywhere Real Estate, the real estate industry’s largest holding company. Before landing her current role in 2021, she served as head of industry relations at Redfin. In 2022, she became a board member for the Real Estate Standards Organization.
O’Connor became president and chief operating officer of JPAR Real Estate’s franchising efforts in 2021. JPAR is one of the nation’s largest franchise brands, with over 3,600 agents who do approximately 25,000 annual transactions. Previously, she served as vice president of franchise development for Anywhere Real Estate’s expansion brands, which included Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate and ERA Real Estate.
Perez leads the sales and marketing efforts for homegenius, which provides automated pricing tools for real estate consumers, brokerages, agents and lenders. His deep connections throughout residential real estate, earned through his time as an industry consultant, has helped homegenius expand and grow.
In late 2022, Richter became CEO of Realty Austin, the Central Texas brokerage that has over 600 agents who do over $6 billion in annual sales. He is focused on growing the firm as it looks to expand from its current markets of Austin and San Antonio. Before joining the firm as head of technology in 2018, he served as a technology lead for a large Coldwell Banker affiliate.
Staub leads the fast-growing Denver-based brokerage West + Main Homes she co-founded in 2016. West and Main Homes had the largest gain on the Mega 1000 brokerage rankings in 2022, moving from position 713 to 311. The firm, which has nearly 400 agents do approximately $1.5 billion in annual, expanded to North Carolina in 2022. Staub also founded “Genuine Hustle,” a national real estate event for real estate agents to share insights and best practices.
Summers became CEO of Kentucky Realtors, which has approximately 13,000 members, in mid-2022. A long-time association executive, he previously served as CEO of The Realtors Association of Lake & Sumter Counties in Florida.
In 2022, Witmer launched Foiye, a real estate-focused media platform that merges MLS listings with interior design-related content. She is a seasoned media executive, most recently serving as executive vice president at Spectrum (previously Time Warner Cable). The firm announced a partnership with Miami Realtors at launch.
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