Real Estate Almanac

Women Executives

The top women executives list, a subset of the Swanepoel Power 200 ranking, acknowledges women leaders who hold the most power in the residential real estate brokerage industry.
Executives Legend
The color legend to the right illustrates the various backgrounds for the top executives in the residential real estate industry.


President and CEO

Realogy Franchise Group
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.


Company Leader

Howard Hanna Real Estate
Helen, who began working at Howard Hanna in 1975, serves as CEO of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, where she plays a large role in developing the firm’s marketing efforts. She was the first woman elected as president of West Penn Multi-List and the first woman to serve as chair of the NAR Real Estate Services Advisory Group. She is a graduate of Georgian Court University. Casey has frequently ranked as the industry’s most powerful woman leader.



Windermere Real Estate
Jacobi Wood runs Windermere Real Estate with her husband Geoff Wood and brother OB Jacobi. Founded by her father in 1972, Windermere Real Estate is the nation’s eighth largest holding company. Its over 6,000 agents at company-owned and affiliated offices do over $50 billion in annual sales.



Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices (a HomeServices of America company)
Budnick leads Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, the flagship franchise brand for HomeServices of America. In this role, she leads a brand with over 50,000 affiliated agents who do over $170 billion in annual sales. Budnick came to the position from her role as president and CEO of BHHS Florida Network Realty, which she assumed in 2018.


President and CEO

Corcoran Group
Liebman leads Anywhere’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 5,500 agents who do over $36 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.



Zillow Group
President at Zillow Group since February 2021, Daimler is responsible for the company’s Premier Agent business (Zillow Group’s biggest business), corporate communications and government relations. Premier Agent brought in $1.0 billion in 2022 through the third quarter. Daimler joined the company in 2012 when Zillow acquired Buyfolio, a startup she founded in 2006.



Anywhere Expansion Brands Portfolio
Chris serves as CEO of the Anywhere Expansion Brands Portfolio including Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate and ERA Real Estate. In this role, she leads brands with more than 25,000 agents who do $67 billion in annual sales in over 40 countries. 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.


General Counsel and Chief Member Experience Officer

National Association of Realtors
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 investigation with the U.S. Department of Justice around its policies related to compensation. The lawsuits and investigations are ongoing. Johnson joined NAR in 2007 and became general counsel in 2014.



EXIT Realty Corp. International
Bonnell joined EXIT Realty Corp. in 1999 and was appointed President and CEO of U.S. operations in 2012. She has since transitioned to co-chair of the franchise brand. The EXIT Realty network includes over 22,000 U.S. agents who do over $27 billion in annual sales. Bonnell also plays a prominent role in empowering women leaders in the real estate industry.



Brown Harris Stevens
Freedman leads Brown Harris Stevens, which has over 2,000 agents who do nearly $15 billion in annual sales. The company launched some innovative branding initiatives for its agents in 2022, including a dedicated TikTok channel complete with an in-house videographer. 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.


Chief Advocacy Officer

National Association of Realtors
McGahn leads NAR’s significant advocacy efforts as chief advocacy officer. In 2022, she led the association’s advocacy efforts around a continued recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic and making housing more accessible, available, and affordable. Before joining NAR in 2018, McGahn served as counselor to the U.S. Treasury Secretary and staff director for House Financial Services Committee.


Tushaus manages Eden Prairie, Minnesota-based RE/MAX Results, the nation’s 17th largest brokerage, which has over 1,200 agents in 46 offices who do over $9.5 billion in annual sales. Prior to becoming CEO in 2018, Tushaus held a variety of positions over 16 years with the company, most recently as chief operating officer.


Regional EVP

Realogy Brokerage Group
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.


President and CEO

Latter & Blum
Conway leads Louisiana-based Latter & Blum, which has over 3,500 agents who do more than $6.5 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 under a variety of brands in Louisiana and Texas, including Latter & Blum, CJ Brown, Noles-Frye, Van Eaton & Romero and Realty Associates.



Miami Association of Realtors
Kinney heads up the nation’s largest local Realtor association in the 50,000-member Miami Association of Realtors. 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.



BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors (a HomeServices of America company)
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 5,500 agents who do approximately $12 billion in annual sales. For 2022, the company was ranked number one in the entire national Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Network. Docktor also serves as vice chairperson of Bright MLS.


President and CEO

BHHS New England/New York/Hudson Valley Properties (a HomeServices of America company)
Adams serves as president and CEO of the HomeServices of America-owned brokerage Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices (BHHS) New England/New York/Hudson Valley Properties, which has 2,600 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.


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 76,000 subscribers in central and southwest Florida, an increase of over 8,000 from the previous year. Cowen also serves on MLS think tank The MLS Roundtable.


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.



The Keyes Company
A fourth-generation leader of the 90-year-old family-owned brokerage, Mike Pappas oversees Florida’s largest independently owned brokerage whose over 3,000 agents do more than $8 billion in annual sales. Mike is bringing along daughter Christina, who became vice president in 2020, as a fifth-generation company leader. Mike also serves as chairman of LeadingRE.


President and CEO

Midwest Real Estate Data
Jensen leads one of the country’s largest MLSs in Chicagoland’s MRED, which has nearly 50,000 members. Jensen serves on the board of the Broker Public Portal, as chairman of the real estate data standards nonprofit Real Estate Standards Organization. In 2022, the organization announced the addition of the Central Illinois Board of Realtors.



Michael Saunders & Co.
Saunders leads the firm she founded in 1976. She has grown the company into one of Florida’s largest brokerages with over 20 offices and nearly 600 agents who do over $4.6 billion in annual sales. LeadingRE presented Michael a Hall of Fame Award in 2017 for her contributions to the network.


The fourth-generation leader of family-owned Sibcy Cline Realtors, Sheakley leads this Midwest powerhouse, which has over 1000 agents in 19 offices who do over $2.5 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.


Managing Partner

Sutton WestCoast Realty
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 1,900 agents who do over 22,000 annual transactions approximately $35 billion in annual sales.



Broward, Palm Beaches and St Lucie Realtors and Beaches MLS
Hall serves as the CEO for Broward, Palm Beaches and St. Lucie Realtors (the nation’s third largest local Realtor association with over 40,000 members) and BeachesMLS, which serves over 41,000 subscribers. In 2022, she helped make BeachesMLS a member of REdistribute, a new initiative by MLSs to monetize their data. In her position, she helps manage five regional boards across South Florida and Treasure Coast.


Chief Operating Officer

Anywhere Real Estate
McSherry became chief operating officer of Anywhere Real Estate in February 2022. In this role, she oversees product, technology, corporate development and enterprise marketing for the company. McSherry most recently served as an executive at Capital One where she led teams involved with corporate strategy, data science, technology and AI.



HomeServices of America
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 60 offices and over 3,000 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.


President Midwest

Howard Hanna Real Estate
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.



Florida Realtors
Grant runs Florida Realtors, the nation’s largest state Realtor association, which has over 225,000 members in over 50 boards and associations. Before becoming CEO in 2019, Grant served as chief operating officer and general counsel for the association. In 2022, she helped secure a $1.5 million grant from NAR to help Floridians with housing issues resulting from Hurricanes Ian and Nicole.



Chicago Association of Realtors
Clement leads the nation’s 10th largest local Realtor association in the Chicago Association of Realtors, which has over 16,600 members. Under her leadership, the association hosted its first-ever diversity, equity and inclusion conference. An experienced association executive, Michelle previously served as president and CEO of the Commercial Brokers Association in Seattle and association executive for the Washington State Commercial Association of Realtors.



Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty
O’Connell leads New York’s Daniel Gale, a franchisee of Sotheby’s International Realty with nearly 900 agents who do approximately $5 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.



Austin Board of Realtors
Recognized as an innovative association leader, Chenevert manages the Austin Board of Realtors (ABoR), which has over 14,000 members. In this role, she coordinates the association’s ACTRIS MLS, which has over 18,000 subscribers, and played a key role in helping form the MLS Technology Holdings, which owns and operates MLS software Remine. In 2022, ABoR launched Reach Labs, a real estate-focused tech accelerator.



Corcoran Affiliate Network
Anton oversees the growth of the Corcoran Group real estate brand, whose affiliates did over $36 billion in sales in 2021. Before assuming these roles in mid-2020, she served as president of Luxury Portfolio International, the luxury network run by LeadingRE.


Owner and CEO

RE/MAX Estate Properties
Sanders leads Southern California-based RE/MAX Estate Properties, which has over 500 agents who do approximately $4 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.


Owner and President

BHHS Drysdale Properties
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 serving 25 counties in 46 offices throughout California and Nevada, who do over $3.6 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.


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.



Tomlinson Real Estate Group
Johnson leads the Washington-based Tomlinson Real Estate Group, which owns three franchisees under the Coldwell Banker, Century 21 and Sotheby’s International Realty brands. Collectively, these brokerages have almost 1,000 agents in 25 offices who do over $4.7 billion in annual sales. She is a fourth-generation leader of the group, which her great grandfather founded in 1938.



Coldwell Banker Apex
Arnold is a third-generation owner and manager of Texas-based Coldwell Banker Apex, which has over 1,000 agents operating from 20 offices who do $4.2 billion in annual sales. The firm is the largest women-owned Coldwell Banker franchise in the U.S. Arnold has been with the company for nearly four decades, starting as an agent in 1982 and becoming owner in 1989.


Co-Founder and CEO

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.


Founder & CEO

One Sotheby’s International Realty
As the founder and CEO of Miami-based One Sotheby’s International Realty, Mayi de la Vega co-founded One Sotheby’s International Realty in 2008 with her son Daniel. As CEO and president, respectively, they oversee more than 1,000 agents who do over $8 billion in annual sales. They have grown it into a powerhouse firm along Florida’s east coast.


Since 2014, Evans has been CEO of Council of Multiple Listing Services (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.


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 and has been a leader in modernizing MLS data.


President, California and Hawaii

Forsythe took the helm of Compass’s California region in October 2022. Before then, she served as chief brand officer for public brokerage company Fathom Realty. Previously, she served as an executive at HomeSmart.


President 2023

Pope leads the National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB), a national nonprofit dedicated to improving and serving the communities of Black real estate consumers and professionals. Pope leads to Cleveland-based brokerages E&D Realty and New Era Real Estate.


Co-Founder and CEO

Chinowth & Cohen Realtors
A second-generation brokerage owner, Chinowth runs Chinowth & Cohen Realtors, an Oklahoma-based brokerage, which has over 600 agents who do over $1 billion in annual sales. She co-founded the company in 2004 and has grown it into one of the largest brokerages in Tulsa and Oklahoma City.


In late 2022, Wheeler became CEO of Opendoor, the nation’s largest iBuying company, when co-founder and then-CEO Eric Wu stepped into a supporting role within the company. An experienced executive, she joined the firm’s board in 2019 and became its chief financial officer in 2020.



MIBOR Realtor Association
Specchio leads Indiana-based MIBOR Realtor Association, which has over 8,000 members. A long-time Realtor association executive, she became CEO in 2017 from her role as CEO of the Northern Nevada Regional MLS. Specchio also serves on the board of directors of CMLS.