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Watchlist

The SP 200 Watchlist acknowledges up-and-coming residential real estate industry leaders. Poised to make the SP 200 ranking in the coming years, they are listed in alphabetical order.
Executives Legend
The color legend to the right illustrates the various backgrounds for the top executives in the residential real estate industry.
Co-Founder and CEO, 
Pearl Certification
Adams is CEO and co-founder of Pearl Certification, which certifies high-performing homes that address water and energy efficiency, health and comfort, sustainability and resilience to natural disasters. In 2023, the company added key leadership to support the company’s growth aims. The company, founded in 2015, reports it has certified and provided appraisal addenda on over 132,000 homes in 44 states and Washington, D.C.
2024 President, 
National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals
Aguirre is the 2024 President of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals. A member since 2008, she started the association’s Greater Las Vegas chapter in 2017 as founding president. She leads a real estate team at Century 21 Americana. Aguirre, who has 16 years of experience in the real estate industry also hosts a radio program demystifying real estate for listeners of La Verdad Radio 95.9FM in Las Vegas.
Founder, 
Xcellence Realty
Alvarez founded Miami-based Xcellence Realty to unify mortgage, insurance, and title at one real estate brokerage. Alravez is CEO and qualifying broker owner of the Miami, Florida-based firm which reports it has closed over 20,000 transactions for more than $3 billion in sales since its 2005 launch. He is also CEO of RealtyBackOffice.com, a technology for automating Realtor tasks with a nationwide reach, which he founded in 2015.
President, 
Greater Capital (DC) Area Association of Realtors
Beacher is president of the Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors and an at-large director for the DC Association of Realtors (DCAR). He is also a NAR director representing D.C., and has been national Broker Engagement Council chair. In addition to these Realtor association leadership roles, Beacher is also a managing partner at Coalition Properties Group, which operates in DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia.
Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, 
National Association of Realtors
Bouhia joined the National Association of Realtors in late 2023 to work as its chief marketing and communications officer. Most recently Ernst & Young’s chief communications officer for the Americas, Bouhia has over 25 years of experience in marketing and communications. The trustee of the Institute of Public Relations joins NAR at a time of change with the association dealing with high-profile sexual misconduct allegations, class-action antitrust lawsuits against NAR, and an interim CEO appointed within a month of her start.
Commissioner, 
Texas Real Estate Commission
Brown became a commissioner on the Texas State Real Estate Commission in 2023. The nine-member commission provides licensing, education and complaint investigation services to real estate practitioners and regulates and enforces state real estate laws. Brown is also a broker-owner of CB&A Realtors in Texas.
President, 
North Carolina Association of Realtors
Brown leads the North Carolina Association of Realtors, which has over 55,000 members. In 2023, she announced her candidacy for U.S. representative for NC Congressional District 8. Brown is also broker-owner of One Community Real Estate and a board member of the Realtors Relief Foundation and North Carolina’s Housing Finance Agency.
Co-Founder and CEO, 
Doss
Bryant leads the discount brokerage company Doss, which provides brokerage and franchise services in Texas. Founded in 2017, the Doss model leverages technology to provide buyers and sellers real estate services at rates lower than the typical compensation rate. The firm, backed by Google for Startups, registered as a franchise federally and in Texas in 2022.
President, 
Side
Capezza became the first president of Side at the start of 2023. A former senior vice president of business operations at Zillow Group, Capezza was tasked with continuing the company’s transformative growth. The San Francisco, California-based brokerage employs an innovative model that provides behind-the-scenes support and technology to its real estate teams and agents throughout the country.
Regional Leader, 
Keller Williams California and Hawaii
Ching serves as regional director for KW’s Inland Empire Region, which includes Hawaii and the Los Angeles area in California. She is also broker-owner of a KW market center in Honolulu and Maui, which has over 500 agents who do approximately $2 billion in annual sales. Ching joined Keller Williams in 2006.
Regional Leader, 
Keller Williams Greater Pennsylvania Region
Clidy is regional director for Keller Williams in the Greater Pennsylvania Region. He is also operating principal at the Clidy Group which has agents and offices throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware. A former New Jersey state police officer, he began his real estate group in 1999. In 2020 Clidy published his book, “Leaving 6 Figures,” about changing careers to pursue his dreams.
Agent, 
The Nino Group
Corzo, a native of Peru and an agent on the Austin, Texas-based Keller Williams team The Nino Team, has gained notoriety as a DACA recipient who has shared his story on TEDx stages and in other national publications. He started his real estate career in 2013 and joined The Nino Team in 2015.
Founder and CEO, 
Portside Real Estate Group
Davin leads the Portside Real Estate Group, which has over 125 agents who do over 1,500 annual sides. She founded Portside in 2012, a leading residential real estate company in Maine, four years after starting her real estate career with Re/Max.
2023 President, 
Colorado Association of Realtors
Davis presided over the Colorado Association of Realtors, the nation’s 15th largest state Realtor association with over 50,000 members, for most of 2023. She remains on the association’s leadership council in 2024 as past president. She founded The Evolution Group powered by Keller Williams Group in Colorado in 2021.
Regional Leader, 
Keller Williams, Denver Southeast
Dixon is the regional leader for Keller Williams Denver Southeast. He also runs the Denver-based The Dixon Group, a team of over 40 agents. He also owns and runs First Step Home Loans and leads the mountain region of KW’s national social equity task force.
Broker-Owner, 
City Chic Real Estate
Dreyer helms City Chic Real Estate, a brokerage doing business along the I-95 corridor with offices in Fredericksburg, Virginia; Washington, D.C.; and Baltimore, Maryland. In this role, she oversees more than 20 agents, and has developed a larger industry presence through speaking engagements and coaching with a focus on balancing a real estate career with happiness.
Chief Strategy Officer, 
Baird & Warner
Davis presided over the Colorado Association of Realtors, the nation’s 15th largest state Realtor association with over 50,000 members, for most of 2023. She remains on the association’s leadership council in 2024 as past president. She founded The Evolution Group powered by Keller Williams Group in Colorado in 2021.
VP of Learning and Development, 
NextHome
Fischetti joined the fast-growing real estate franchisor NextHome as vice president of learning and development in 2022. The long-time industry real estate coach and speaker has overseen the launch of educational programs for franchise owners and agents. The internationally certified trainer has more than 50,000 consulting hours and has spent nearly 40 years in the industry.
President and CEO, Development Marketing, 
Douglas Elliman Realty
As president and CEO of development marketing at Douglas Elliman Realty, de França oversees a team offering marketing and sales expertise to developments in New York, New Jersey, Florida, California, Massachusetts, Texas and internationally. Prior to joining the company in 2011, she served as president at Related Sales for a decade. In her current role she oversees an $87 billion global new development portfolio.
Executive Vice President, 
Houston Association of Realtors
Galvan serves as the second in command of the nation’s second largest local Realtor association, the Houston Association of Realtors, which has over 45,000 members. With a background in both finance and real estate, he founded RGV Realty in south Texas in 2007 and is also a certified public accountant.
Broker-Owner, 
Keller Williams Legacy Realty
Gatamah leads 185 agents as broker-owner of Keller Williams Legacy Realty in Orlando, Florida. She began as a broker in 2016, became a team leader, and within three years bought the Kissimmee franchise. Since 2021, she has also been the territory leader for Florida and Georgia for KW New Homes powered by Legacy International.
CEO, 
BHHS Chicago (a HomeServices of America company)
As CEO of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Chicago, Glass oversees the company’s operation in Chicago and surrounding suburbs. In this role, she leads over 1,300 brokers and 22 offices in Illinois and parts of Wisconsin, Indiana, and Michigan. At BHHS Chicago since 2012, when she joined as vice president of sales development, she has helmed the company since 2020.
Culture Consultant, 
National Association of Realtors
Dr. Harper, who is a professor at the University of Southern California and founder and executive director of the USC Race and Equity Center, was tapped by NAR in October 2023 to lead its new Culture Transformation Commission. He will lead the 75-member group that will use surveys, interviews and focus groups to identify recommendations to improve NAR culture in 2024.
CEO, 
First Team Real Estate
Harrington succeeded founder Cameron Merage as CEO of First Team Real Estate in October 2023. In this role, she leads over 1,900 agents who do over $6.5 billion in annual sales. Before joining the firm in 2018 as chief operating officer, she served as broker-owner of Star Estates for over two decades.
President and CEO, 
MetroList MLS
Howe added the title of CEO to his role as president at MetroList MLS in 2023. The Sacramento, California-based MLS serves over 22,000 subscribers. Howe, who has worked with the company for more than 35 years, has played a key role in growing the MLS. He also serves on National Association of Realtor committees and groups related to MLS technology and data sharing.
SVP, 
Real Estate Board of New York
James is the SVP of residential brokerage services and products at the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY). In this role, she oversees REBNY’s Residential Listing Service (RLS) and supports residential brokerage members across New York City. Before joining REBNY in 2020, she held positions at realtor.com and Trulia.
General Manager, 
Re/Max Executive
In her leadership role at Charlotte, North Carolina-based Re/Max Executive, Johannes oversees 18 offices in North and South Carolina whose agents do nearly $2.5 billion in annual sales. In 2023, she served as president of the Canopy Realtor Association as well as its MLS and foundation.
Co-Founder and CEO, 
DirectOffer
As CEO of DirectOffer, Lappe leads a tech firm specializing in multilanguage and ADA-compliant listing services. The firm she co-founded in 2019 offers DO AudioTours, which enables agents automatically develop audio and captions to accompany listing photos. Lappe previously managed AuctionLook.com, a listing service for the American auctioneers’ associations.
Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, 
Keller Williams Realty
Israel oversees DEI initiatives at Keller Williams Realty. Her role involves training and coaching leaders, team members, and agents to recognize and address diversity. Additionally, she chairs KW’s social equity task force and is on the company’s internal DEI committee. She is also a member of the Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Committee of the National Association of Realtors.
Co-Founder and CEO, 
CarMarc Realty Group
Little serves as CEO of the brokerage she founded with husband, Marc, in 2017. The two lifelong Illinois residents serve clients in the western part of the state. Little also serves on the Mainstreet Organization of Realtors board in 2024. In the industry since 2001, she has also served on the Women’s Council of Illinois Realtors and taught for the Illinois Association of Realtors.
Founder and Principal, 
Meyer Lucas Real Estate Team
Lucas leads the Jupiter, Florida-based Meyer Lucas Real Estate Team at Compass. Nationally recognized within the sports and entertainment real estate space, she has built a business finding and selling homes for professional athletes in the Palm Beaches and Treasure Coast areas of Florida. Lucas is a member of the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing’s Million Dollar Guild.
Co-Founder and CEO, 
Lundy
Lundy helms the real estate tech company bearing his name, which he co-founded in 2018. The firm, uses natural language processing to provide a conversational interface to listings for the blind and visually impaired. The company provides services to Stellar MLS and more than a dozen other MLSs. In October 2023, Lundy expanded its services to include the Denver MLS REcolorado.
Regional Leader, 
Keller Williams Virginia, West Virginia
Martin oversees the Virginia and West Virginia region for Keller Williams Realty. Area director since 2020, he began his career with KW in 2012. In his three years as team leader of the Washington, D.C.-based KW Capital Properties, before moving to Virginia, Martin increased the office from 280 agents to 380 agents and nearly doubled the closing sales volume.
Chief Marketing Officer, 
eXp Realty
In April 2023, Merchant took over as chief marketing officer of eXp Realty. In this role, she is responsible for evolving brand and marketing efforts for the core subsidiary of eXp World Holdings. She is also focused on agent enablement for the company, which has more than 88,000 agents in 24 global markets. During her tenure as CMO, the firm launched two new tools, Listing Presentation and Active Listing Kits.
Vice President of Sales, 
NextHome
As vice president of sales, Moreno is responsible for the fast-growing franchisor’s national expansion and brand development. A 20-year industry veteran, Moreno has been with the firm since its beginnings in 2015. Prior to joining NextHome, she worked for Trulia and realtor.com. She also trained in search and rescue with the U.S. Navy.
Leader, 
LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance
Morrison, an agent with Twelve Rivers Realty in Austin, Texas, serves as immediate past president of the LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance, which was founded 2020 and has over 2,600 agent members. With more than 25 years of industry experience, she led the group in calling on Texas Realtors and its political action committee to halt funding and endorsements for elected officials or candidates engaging in discriminatory behavior.
Chief Operating Officer, 
Allison James Estates and Homes
As chief operating officer of the fee-based brokerage Allison James Estates and Homes, Mudie runs the day-to-day operations of the firm including the lead generation, CRM, transaction management, listing and other technological services it provides to its over 1,200 agents in 10 states and Washington, D.C. She began her industry career at Allison James Estates and Homes in 2013.
Co-Founders, 
ENRG Realty
On the heels of their time at The Real Brokerage as chief cultural officer and chief strategy officer, Erinn and Peter Nobel founded their own real estate brokerage, ENRG Realty. Launched in late 2023 as a rebranding of their Neue Realty Group to help agents grow their business without agent recruitment requirements, the new firm is based in Washington state. The couple also previously worked in leadership at eXp Realty and its parent eXp World Holdings.
Operating Principal, 
Keller Williams Preferred Properties
Peace leads Maryland-based Keller Williams Preferred Properties, which has more than 600 agents who do over $600 million in annual sales. He joined the firm in 2004 after retiring from the U.S. Air Force.
Executive Director, 
National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals
Riveiro leads the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals, which has over 40,000 real estate members, as executive director and chief operating officer. Riveiro returned to the organization in June 2022 after leaving in 2018 to pursue opportunities at Anywhere Real Estate and Notarize. NAHREP is one of the most influential associations in the real estate industry.
2023 President, 
National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals
Rivera led the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals as president in 2023. CEO of the Utah-based Novation Title Insurance Agency she founded in 2015, she has previously served on the board of directors of the immensely influential association, which has over 100 chapters and over 40,000 real estate professional members.
Chief Strategic Officer, 
NextHome
Robinson leads expansion and partnership building for franchisor NextHome as its chief strategy officer. Before joining the then-fledgling NextHome in 2015, he handled strategy for Prosper Marketing and was chief operating officer at Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Mason-McDuffie, where he oversaw 35 offices and more than 1,300 Realtors. In the past eight years, NextHome has grown to over 615 offices and 5,600 agents nationwide.
CEO, 
Re/Max Estate Properties
As CEO of Re/Max Estate Properties, Sanders oversees approximately 500 agents in 14 offices in Los Angeles County who do approximately $3 billion in annual sales. He began his real estate career with Re/Max in 1989. His siblings, John and Diane, also work for the firm as CTO and CMO, respectively.
CEO, 
Virginia Association of Realtors
As CEO of the Virginia Association of Realtors for the past decade, Suit advocates on behalf of more than 38,000 state professionals. With a 20-year mortgage lending career and experience as the state’s first secretary of Veteran Affairs and Homeland Security, Suit was named a Virginia Business 2023 Women in Leadership award winner. In October 2023, she joined the 75-member group tasked with creating a culture revamp at the National Association of Realtors.
President, General Brokerage, 
Long & Foster Real Estate (a HomeServices of America company)
As president of general brokerage at Long & Foster Real Estate, Thiel oversees the company’s over 200 offices and 9,000+ agents across eight states and Washington, D.C. Promoted from EVP of general brokerage operations for the Virginia-based firm in 2023, Thiel focuses on driving growth and continuous improvement. She began her real estate career with Bowers, Nelms & Fonville, which Long & Foster acquired in 1998.
Regional Vice President, 
Coldwell Banker Realty, Chicago
Thomson oversees management and profitability for Coldwell Banker Realty’s Chicago offices. Before joining the Anywhere Real Estate brand in 2019, she led a real estate consulting group and was vice president of agent development at @properties. Thomson also serves as a director for both Illinois Realtors and NAR.
2024 President, 
Asian Real Estate Association of America
As 2024 president, 32-year-old Tian is the youngest person to lead the Asian Real Estate Association of America. In this role, she will represent the group’s over 18,000 members in 43 chapters throughout North America. The CEO of the Beverly Hills, California-based RealiFi Realty, which she co-founded in June 2023, Tian began her career at Rodeo Realty in 2012, before graduating from UCLA. She is also on the board of the Greater Los Angeles Association of Realtors.
Senior Vice President, 
homegenius (a Radian company)
Vannucchi works with leaders of all homegenius business lines as senior vice president while also leading parent company Radian’s in-house brokerage division, Homegenius Real Estate. The brokerage has a presence in all 50 states and membership in more than 300 MLSs. Vannuchi is a second-generation agent who began his industry career in 1993.
CEO and Principal Broker, 
ERA Legacy Living
Nigerian-born Winsey leads ERA Legacy Living, which she co-founded in 2004 with her husband, Patrick. She is active in the industry at local, state and national levels. She has served on the Texas Realtors board of directors and in 2023 was a director of the Houston Association of Realtors.
Founder, 
OnTrackAgent
Zavitz founded OnTrack Agent in 2020 a platform uniting trainers and real estate agents online, and started NA365, a program for new agents, in 2019. The author of “Your First 365 Days in Real Estate,” Canadian-born Zavitz is also a successful broker in Portland, Oregon, at Dwell Realty. A former broadcaster, she started in the real estate industry in 2015.

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