The Top 40 Women Executives List is a subset of the main Power200 List, and acknowledges women leaders who hold the highest senior executive positions in the residential real estate brokerage industry.
The color legend to the right illustrates the various backgrounds for the top executives in the residential real estate industry.
Helen, who began working at Howard Hanna in 1975, serves as CEO of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services. Hanna Real Estate Services is the nation’s largest family-owned and -managed brokerage company had a steady 2021. The company continues to increase its power through meaningful, regular and strategic acquisitions that grows the Hanna reach and influence. In 2021, it folded Indiana-based brokerage F.C. Tucker into the Hanna family. Howard Hanna is the nation’s seventh-largest brokerage based on a 2020 sales volume of over $27 billion.
As president and CEO of Realogy Franchise Group, Yannaccone oversees the largest cadre of real estate brokerage brands in the world, including Sotheby’s International Realty, Century 21, ERA, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate and Corcoran Group. She also manages both Corcoran Group and Sotheby’s International Realty company-owned businesses. Since joining Realogy in 2015, she has held a variety of leadership positions within the company and is the first women to hold the title of president of Realogy Franchise Group.
Jacobi Wood is one of the managing partners leading this nearly five-decade-old, family-owned company. Based in Seattle, the company operates brokerages and a franchise brand in 10 western U.S. states. In 2021, Windermere acquired large Sacramento, California-based brokerage Lyon Real Estate, which brought over 800 agents and nearly $2.9 billion in annual sales to the company’s 2020 volume of nearly $41 billion in annual sales.
In 2021, Budnick became president and CEO of HFS Affiliates, the franchise wing of HomeServices of America that runs the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices real estate brand. In this role, she leads a brand with over 50,000 affiliated agents who do over $139 billion in annual sales. She came to the position from her role as president and CEO of BHHS Florida Network Realty, which she assumed in 2018.
Liebman leads Realogy’s newest franchise brand Corcoran Group as president and CEO. The brand, designed to serve megacities and leisure markets in the U.S. and around the world, sold its first franchise in 2020 and now has, within less than two years, grown into a network of over 4,000 agents who do over $18 billion in annuals sales. Liebman previously managed the day-to-day operations of the New York City-based offices of this powerhouse for two decades.
Chris runs the Realogy Expansion Brands division, which includes Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate and ERA Real Estate, as president and CEO. In this position, she leads brands with a collective over 25,000 agents who do $56 billion in annual sales. Before taking over the two brands in 2019, Chris built the Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate brand from the ground up into the nation’s 11th largest residential real estate brokerage franchise.
Daimler became president at Zillow Group in February 2021 and, is now responsible for its Premier Agent business (Zillow Group’s biggest business), corporate communications, and government relations. Premier Agent brought in $359 million in the third quarter 2021, a 20 percent growth from the previous year. Daimler joined the company in 2013 when Zillow acquired StreetEasy, a startup she founded in 2006.
Bonnell has transitioned from president and CEO of EXIT Realty’s U.S. operations to co-chair of the franchise brand. The EXIT Realty network includes over 22,000 U.S. agents who do over $20 billion in annual sales. Bonnell also plays a prominent role in empowering women leaders in the real estate industry.
As NAR’s general counsel and chief member experience officer, Johnson ensures NAR’s programs, policies and activities comply with the law. She has played an increasingly important role in recent years as NAR manages the class-action antitrust commission lawsuits that name NAR as a defendant and in the ongoing negotiations with the U.S. Department of Justice associated with its investigation of NAR policies around competition. Johnson joined NAR in 2007 and became general counsel in 2014.
Freedman leads Brown Harris Stevens, which has over 2,500 agents who do more than $7.4 billion in annual sales. BHS operates as the brokerage wing under parent company Terra Holdings. In 2020, Freedman led the firm through a rebranding and a merger with Halstead, which doubled the company’s headcount. Before joining BHS in 2013, Freedman served as a senior managing director of the Corcoran Group’s East Side headquarters.
A broker associate at Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate in Dallas, Rouda Smith succeeds Charlie Oppler as NAR’s president in 2022. She has been a Realtor for over three decades and has served on NAR’s board of directors since 2009, and for several years on its executive committee. In 2017, she was the vice president for Region 10, comprised of Louisiana and Texas, and she chaired the ÒFuture of the Realtor PartyÓ presidential advisory group.Ê
McGahn leads NAR’s significant advocacy efforts as chief advocacy officer. In 2021, she led the association’s advocacy efforts around improving access to homeownership, a continued recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic and ensuring fair housing. Before joining NAR in 2018, McGahn served as counselor to the U.S. Treasury Secretary and staff director for House Financial Services Committee.
As leader of the eastern region of Coldwell Banker-branded offices owned by Realogy, Rossi oversees approximately 19,000 agents in over 240 offices along the Eastern Seaboard. The company-owned brokerages under her leadership account for more than $50 billion in annual sales.
Tushaus manages Eden Prairie, Minnesota-based RE/MAX Results, the nation’s 17th largest brokerage, which has over 1,200 agents who do over $8 billion in annual sales. Prior to becoming CEO, Tushaus held a variety of positions over 16 years with the company, most recently as chief operating officer. In 2020, the company completed its 15th acquisition with the purchase of Wisconsin-based RE/MAX First Choice.
Conway leads Louisiana-based Latter & Blum, which has over 3,500 agents who do more than $5 billion in annual sales. She became the company’s principal broker in 2005 and took over its leadership in 2020 from her father, who purchased it in 1986 and ran for three decades. The company operates in Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi.
Kinney heads up the nation’s largest local Realtor association in the 48,000-member Miami Association of Realtors (MAR). In this position, she also manages the nation’s fifth largest MLS in Miami Realtors. A savvy leader, she has grown the association greatly since becoming CEO in 1993, when it had just 5,000 members. In 2021, MAR in partnership with three other MLSs acquired the MLS technology firm Remine.
Adams serves as president and CEO of the HomeServices of America-owned brokerage Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties, which has 2,200 agents in 52 offices in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island. With over two decades at HomeServices of America, Adams has helped grow the BHHS brand’s first entre into New York City and also serves on the residential brokerage board of the Real Estate Board of New York.
As president of Pennsylvania-based Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach Realtors, Docktor manages the third largest brokerage in the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices network, overseeing over 5,000 agents who do approximately $12 billion in annual sales. Docktor also serves as vice chairperson of Bright MLS.
With over three decades in the industry, Cowen leads the nation’s third largest MLS in Stellar MLS (formerly My Florida Regional MLS), which serves over 64,000 subscribers in central and southwest Florida. Cowen also serves on MLS think tank The MLS Roundtable.
Christina Pappas joins father Mike Pappas as the fifth-generation leader of the 90-year-old family-owned brokerage. The Keyes Company is Florida’s largest independently owned brokerage with approximately 3,000 agents who do over $5 billion in annual sales.
As chief operating officer, Cheng oversees the development of new services for Canada’s 100-plus-year-old company Royal LePage, a division of Bridgemarq Real Estate Services and one of Canada’s two largest real estate enterprises with nearly 19,500 agents. She also leads a consolidated broker and agent services team and remains a key player in the development and execution of services designed to assist brokers and agents.
Jensen leads one of the country’s largest MLSs in Chicagoland’s MRED, which has over 47,000 members. In 2021, She also plays a key role in the MLS Grid, the MLS data-sharing initiative currently serving over 10 MLSs and serves on the boards of the Broker Public Portal, chairman of the real estate data standards nonprofit Real Estate Standards Organization and is a member of the think tank The MLS Roundtable.
The fourth-generation leader of family-owned Sibcy Cline Realtors, Sheakley leads this Midwest powerhouse, which has nearly 900 agents who do over $2.3 billion in annual sales, from its Cincinnati headquarters. She started with the company in 1996 and rose to president in 2018. She is a past chair of The Realty Alliance.
Michael Saunders leads the firm she founded in 1976. The company has grown into one of Florida’s largest brokerages with over 20 offices and nearly 700 agents who do over $3.4 billion in annual sales. LeadingRE presented Michael a Hall of Fame Award in 2017 for her contributions to the network.
Hackett heads up West Coast Realty, one of Canada’s largest brokerages and the largest franchisee of Canada-based Sutton Group. The brokerage has over 1,400 agents who do over 22,000 annual transactions approximately $20 billion in annual sales.
Hall serves as the CEO for Broward, Palm Beaches and St. Lucie Realtors (the nation’s third largest local Realtor association with over 33,000 members) and BeachesMLS, which serves over 36,000 subscribers. In this position, she helps manage five regional boards across South Florida and Treasure Coast
Mosier became president of BHHS California Properties in 2021. In this role, she leads nearly 3,000 agents in over 40 offices throughout Southern California. An attorney, she joined the company in 2008 as its assistant general counsel and has served as its general counsel since 2012.
In 2021, Blaylock joined the corporate leadership team of HomeServices of America’s as senior vice president. Previously, she led the company’s West Coast operations as president and CEO of BHHS California Properties with over 2,000 agents who do approximately $13 billion in annual sales. Blaylock began her career with Edina Realty in 1993 and in 2004 she became president of HomeServices Relocation, a startup she grew into a global relocation business.
O’Connell leads New York’s Daniel Gale, a franchisee of Sotheby’s International Realty with over 900 agents who do approximately $4 billion in annual sales. She joined the company as a sales manager in 2007 when it acquired her five-year-old real estate business, Deidre O’Connell Realty. O’Connell began working in real estate in 1991 following a career in public and employee communications for a major insurance company.
Yvette, one of the company’s principal brokers, leads Texas-based brokerage Realty Austin, which has over 500 agents who do over $4 billion in annual sales. As lead of the brokerage’s culture initiatives, Yvette has helped earn the firm awards such as Austin Business Journal’s Best Place to Work and Top Workplace. In addition, Yvette leads DEI training and the team’s Habitat for Humanity efforts over the last 10 years.
Grant runs Florida Realtors, the nation’s second largest state Realtor association, which has over 196,000 members in over 50 boards and associations. Before becoming CEO in 2019, Grant served as chief operating officer and general counsel for the association.
A three-decade industry veteran, Burdick manages Howard Hanna Real Estate’s largest region, which includes Ohio and Michigan with 2,300 agents operating from 54 offices. She is a member of the board of directors for the Akron Cleveland Association of Realtors, the National Association of Realtors, is on the Board of Governors for YES-MLS and serves as Commissioner for the Ohio Department of Real Estate and Professional Licensing.
Sanders leads Southern California-based RE/MAX Estate Properties, which has over 500 agents who do approximately $3 billion in annual sales. RE/MAX has recognized Estate Properties as one of the top offices in the “Largest RE/MAX Category.” She has grown the company through several mergers since becoming owner in 1984.
Recognized as an innovative association leader, Chenevert manages the Austin Board of Realtors (ABoR), which has over 13,000 members. In this role, she coordinates the association’s ACTRIS MLS, which has over 16,000 subscribers and hosts the ScratchThat podcast. In 2021, she helped ABoR partner with three other MLSs to acquire MLS technology platform Remine.
In late 2021, Gehringer was appointed president of Coldwell Banker Affiliates in which she guides the day-to-day operations of the brokerages affiliated with the brand. She also continues in her role as chief operating officer of the operating unit that includes affiliates of the Coldwell Banker and Coldwell Banker Commercial brands. Before becoming chief operating officer of Coldwell Banker Affiliates in 2018, she served as a senior vice president at Coldwell Banker parent Realogy Holdings Corp.
Anton oversees the growth of the Corcoran Group real estate brand, whose affiliates did over $18 billion in sales in 2020. She also services as managing director of global service for Realogy, which owns and operates the brand. Before assuming these roles in mid-2020, she served as president of Luxury Portfolio International, the luxury network run by LeadingRE.
In 2021, Muller became president of the US division of EXIT Realty Corp International, a real estate franchise brand that has over 22,000 U.S. agents who do over $20 billion in annual sales. She first started working with EXIT in 2008, when she became a regional owner before becoming a broker-owner within the franchise.
Pearson has led one of the nation’s largest woman-owned brokerages, California-based brokerage BHHS Drysdale Properties, since its formation in 2014. The brokerage has over 900 agents who do over $2.7 billion in annual sales. Gretchen has earned the Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Contra Costa County and was voted Bay Area’s Most Influential Women in Business by the San Francisco Business Times.
Evans is CEO of Council of MLS (CMLS), 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.
Karayaneva leads Propy, which provides transaction automation tools for homebuyers, brokerages and title companies using blockchain technology. The World Economic Forum named Propy as one of its 100 most promising technology pioneers in 2021. She co-founded the company in 2016 and has led it as CEO since.
DeCatsye has led 20,000-member Canopy MLS, formerly CarolinaMLS, for nearly two decades. She also manages its parent organization, Canopy Realtor Association. Both entities were unified under the Canopy brand in 2019 when its new headquarters opened. Canopy MLS provides services to brokers and agents in 24 counties in North Carolina and South Carolina. Decatsye is also a member of The MLS Roundtable.
Koberlein, who served as CEO of Long Companies from 2004 to 2021, became chairperson of the company in 2021. In this role, she helps guide the firm’s brokerage, mortgage, title and insurance wings and its 750 agents in over 14 offices who do more than $2.5 billion in annual sales. She has served in a leadership at the company since 1991.
Tuner, Wertz and Page founded the all-female Maison Real Estate in Charleston, South Carolina, in 2019, and have used innovative marketing to establish and grow their all-female brokerage, which now has nine agents and, in 2021, is on track for continued growth.
In her role as chief operating officer at Baird & Warner, Warden leads marketing, technology and human resources for the brokerage, which has over 2,300 agents who do more than $6 billion in annual sales. She joined the company in 1995, was promoted to her current position in 2014. Warden, who holds an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, was named one of Crain’s Notable Women Over 50 in 2019.
Bowers became president of HomeSmart in 2016. In this position, she oversees the one of the nation’s largest agent flat-fee real estate enterprises, which now has operations in 37 states. In 2021, HomeSmart acquired the 2,000 agent, Atlanta-based PalmerHouse Properties lifting its total agent count at company-owned and franchised offices to 22,000.
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