Women Executives

The overall 2020 Swanepoel Power 200 (SP200) ranks the most powerful leaders in the residential real estate brokerage industry as at December 31, 2019 with adjustments made for major announcements between aforesaid date and publication on January 14, 2020. 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.


Helen Hanna Casey

Chief Executive Officer

Howard Hanna Real Estate Services
Casey, daughter of founder Howard Hanna, 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.


Jill Jacobi Wood


Windermere Real Estate
Wood runs the large Seattle-based real estate brokerage her father founded in 1972 with her brother and husband. The company operates brokerages and a franchise brand in 10 western U.S. states with over 6,500 agents that do nearly $37 billion in annual sales.


Sherry Chris

President and CEO

Realogy Expansion Brands
After building the Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate brand from the ground up, Chris became CEO and president of the new Realogy Expansion Brands division, adding ERA Real Estate under her wing, and the total number of agents to over 28,000 doing $52 billion in annual sales. Chris serves on advisory boards for NAR’s Real Estate Services program, the Asian Real Estate Association of America Education Foundation and New Story Charity, which builds safe homes and transforms slums into thriving communities in developing countries.


Pamela Liebman

President and CEO

The Corcoran Group
Since 2000, Liebman has led the New York City-based luxury real estate firm Corcoran Group; she helped oversee its acquisition by Realogy in 2001 and has led the company’s growth to Florida and the Hamptons in New York. In 2019, Liebman oversaw the filing of franchise disclosure documents for the brand, which allowed it to start negotiating the selling of franchises. Realogy is in the process of developing the brand for global megacities and leisure markets.


Pamela Alexander

CEO, North America

RE/MAX Integra
As CEO of the North American region of RE/MAX’s largest subfranchisor RE/MAX Integra, Alexander oversees the operations of more than 900 offices and 17,500 agents. She has served in the organization in a variety of capacities for nearly four decades and assumed her current position in 2001.


Joan Docktor


Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach Realtors
As president of Pennsylvania-based Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach Realtors, the third largest brokerage in the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices network, Docktor oversees 65 offices and over 5,000 agents who do $11.7 billion in annual sales. In addition, she directs the company’s relocation, new construction and development divisions and its mortgage wing, Trident Mortgage and serves on the executive committee for one of the nation’s largest MLSs, Bright MLS.


Tami Bonnell

President and CEO

EXIT Realty Corp. International
Bonnell has led U.S. operations of the 24-year-old North American franchisor since 2001 as serves as its president, CEO and spokesperson. The network of over 22,000 U.S. and Canadian agents who do approximately $20 billion in annual sales.


Katherine “Katie” Johnson

SVP and General Counsel

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 will have a momentous 2020 as she helps NAR respond to and deal with the class-action antitrust lawsuits that name NAR as a defendant. Johnson joined NAR in 2007 and became general counsel in 2014.


Merrily Hackett

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 25 offices and nearly 2,000 agents who do over 22,000 annual transactions and over $19 billion in annual sales.


Susan “Sue” Yannaccone

Regional EVP

Yannaccone has nearly two decades of leadership experience in franchise management and real estate brokerage operations and puts it to use as a regional executive vice president for NRT LLC (part of Realogy) where she oversees over 16,000 agents generating over $40 billion in annual sales. Yannaccone was formerly CEO of ERA Real Estate.


Katherine “Kate” Rossi

Regional EVP

A powerful and motivational leader at the company owned stores of Coldwell Banker, Rossi oversees for NRT LLC (part of Realogy) the strategic initiatives of nearly 18,000 agents in over 250 offices along the Eastern Seaboard that account for more than $45 billion in annual sales. HousingWire named Rossi a “Woman of Influence” in 2018.


Mary Lee Blaylock

President, West Coast Region

HomeServices of America
Blaylock oversees HomeServices of America’s West Coast operations as president and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties, which has more than 2,500 agents in 50 offices who nearly $13 billion in annual sales.


Brenda Tushaus

Chief Executive Officer

RE/MAX Results
Tushaus became CEO of Eden Prairie, Minnesota-based RE/MAX Results, the country’s largest RE/MAX franchisee and the nation’s 20th largest brokerage, in 2018. RE/MAX Results has over 1,100 agents in 40 offices in Minnesota and Wisconsin who do over $6.6 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.


Rosey Koberlein

President Western Region

HomeServices of America
In addition to heading operations for HomeServices of America’s central region, Koberlein serves as president and CEO of Long Realty Company, where she oversees brokerage, mortgage, title and insurance, and leads 750 agents in over 14 offices who do more than $2.5 billion in annual sales.


Michael Saunders

Founder and CEO

Michael Saunders & Company
Saunders leads the firm she founded in 1976 and has grown it into one of Florida’s largest brokerages with over 20 offices and 683 agents who do nearly $2.7 billion in annual sales. In 2017, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World presented her a Hall of Fame Award for her contributions to the network.


Candace Adams

President and CEO

BHHS New England, New York and Westchester Properties
In addition to overseeing operations in HomeServices of America’s second largest region — the Northeast region — Adams serves as president and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties, whose 1,400 agents in 52 offices do over $3.7 billion in annual sales.


Diane Ramirez

Chairman and CEO

Halstead Property
As CEO and Chairman, Ramirez leads Halstead Real Estate, which has 35 offices and 1,300 agents across New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. In addition, she serves on the New York State Board of Real Estate and holds the post of Chairman for Leading Real Estate Companies of the World.


Dorothy “Dottie” Herman

Chief Executive Officer

Douglas Elliman
Herman remains a powerful leader in the industry after selling her 29 percent stake in Douglas Elliman in late 2018 for $40 million. Still officially CEO and spokesperson for the company, she stepped away from day-to-day operations after selling her stake in the company. Douglas Elliman’s over 7,000 agents do over $45 billion in annual sales.


Marilyn Eiland

Managing Partner

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene
Eiland runs Houston’s largest brokerage in Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene with Mark Woodroof. The firm got even larger in 2019 with the acquisition of the large Houston brokerage Heritage Texas Properties. The new larger firm has over 1,300 agents who do nearly $4 billion in annual sales.


Teresa King Kinney

Chief Executive Officer

Miami Association of Realtors
King Kinney heads up one of the nation’s largest Realtor associations in the 46,000-member Miami Association of Realtors. She advanced the association’s international efforts by signing a record 179 international partnerships. In 2019, the Miami Association of Realtors commercial division launched South Florida’s only commercial MLS and public portal.


Shannon McGahn

SVP of Government Affairs

National Association of Realtors
As senior vice president of Government Affairs for the U.S.’s largest trade association in NAR, McGahn helps give voice to more than 1.3 million members. Before joining NAR, McGahn served as counselor to the U.S. Treasury Secretary and staff director for House Financial Services Committee.


Robin Sheakley

Chief Executive Officer

Sibcy Cline
Sheakley recently took the reins, from father Robert Sibcy, as leader of Cincinnati-based Midwest region powerhouse brokerage Sibcy Cline as its fourth-generation leader. The brokerage she oversees has 1,055 agents in 22 offices who do nearly $2.4 billion in annual sales. Previously, Sheakley served as the company’s president and vice president.


Rebecca Jensen

President and CEO

Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED)
Jensen leads one of the country’s largest MLSs in Chicagoland’s MRED, which has 45,000 members. She also plays a key role in the MLS Grid, the MLS data-sharing initiative currently serving 10 MLSs and serves on the boards of the Council of Multiple Listing Services, California Regional MLS, Broker Public Portal and The MLS Roundtable.


Merri Jo Cowen

Chief Executive Officer

Stellar MLS
With over 34 years in the industry, Cowen oversees the nation’s third largest MLS in Stellar MLS (formerly My Florida Regional MLS and rebranded in 2019), which serves 58,600 subscribers, 14 shareholder associations and three customer associations in Central and Southwest Florida. Cowen serves on The MLS Roundtable.


Bess Freedman

Chief Executive Officer

Brown Harris Stevens
Freedman heads up New York’s Brown Harris Stevens, a luxury real estate service firm founded in 1873 and now owned by Terra Holdings, LLC. Prior to her current role as CEO, she served as co-president of Brown Harris Stevens and a senior managing director of the Corcoran Group’s East Side headquarters.


Sandra Sanders


RE/MAX Estate Properties
Sanders leads Southern California-based RE/MAX Estate Properties, which spans 17 offices with 613 agents who do nearly $3.7 billion in annual sales. RE/MAX has recognized Estate Properties as one of the top offices in the “Largest RE/MAX Category.”


Kathy Condon

President and CEO

MLS Property Information Network (MLS PIN)
Condon runs one of the country’s largest MLSs in MLS PIN, which serves 41,537 members and over 3 million consumers in six New England states and New York. She has also served as president of the Council of Multiple Listing Services and as a member of the 2017 California Regional MLS board of directors and The MLS Roundtable.


Carolyn Cheng


Royal LePage
As chief technology officer and chief operating officer, Cheng oversees the development of new services for Canada’s 107-year-old company Royal LePage. 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 Canadian real estate franchiser and owner-operator has over 19,184 agents at 674 offices.


Dionna Hall

Chief Executive Officer

Broward, Palm Beaches and St Lucie Realtors and Beaches MLS
After numerous recent mergers and name changes, Hall now serves as the CEO for both Broward, Palm Beaches and St Lucie Realtors (the nation’s third largest local Realtor association) as well as Beaches MLS, collectively representing 33,000 Realtors, 35,000 MLS subscribers and 5 regional boards across South Florida and Treasure Coast.


Jamie Duran

President Southern California

Duran leads Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Southern California, which includes offices in Greater Los Angeles, San Diego, and Orange and Riverside counties. As president, she oversees more than 60 offices with approximately 4,200 affiliated agents and 200 employees and agents who do more than $20 billion in annual sales.


Margy Grant

Chief Executive Officer

Florida Realtors
Former chief operating officer and general counsel for Florida Realtors, Grant became the association’s CEO in January 2019. In her role, she leads one of the nation’s largest state Realtor associations with over 177,000 members spread across 54 boards and associations.


Yvette Boatwright

Broker and Co-Owner

Realty Austin
Boatwright runs Realty Austin as its principal broker and co-owns the company with her husband Jonathan. Realty Austin has six offices in Austin, Texas, with 451 agents do over $2.8 billion in annual sales. She got her agent’s license in 2000 and her broker’s license in 2004.


Marilyn Wilson


WAV Group
Wilson runs influential residential real estate consulting firm WAV Group with her husband Victor Lund. WAV Group consults with brokerages and MLSs around technology, public relations in addition to other services. The group also manages the real estate and technology news service RETechnology.


Deirdre O’Connell

Chief Executive Officer

Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty
O’Connell leads New York’s Daniel Gale, a franchise of Sotheby’s International Realty. She joined the company as a sales manager in 2007 when it acquired her five-year-old real estate business, Deirdre O’Connell Realty. O’Connell manages 27 offices spanning Long Island and Queens with 987 agents who do nearly $3.5 billion in annual sales.


Stephanie Anton


Luxury Portfolio International (part of LeadingRE)
As president at Luxury Portfolio International, the luxury marketing division of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, Anton oversees a total of 565 companies across 4,300 offices. The group’s 130,000 associates did $254 billion in sales last year with transactions in over 70 countries. Before becoming the firm’s president, Anton served as its executive vice president for 12 years.


Constance Freedman

Founder and Managing Partner

Moderne Ventures
Freedman leads the investment fund and industry immersion program Moderne Ventures, which invests in technology companies in real estate, mortgage, finance, insurance and home services. Prior to launching Moderne Ventures, she served as CEO of NAR subsidiary Second Century Ventures.


Racquel Russell

Head of Government and Community Relations

Zillow Group
Russell joined Washington’s Zillow Group in 2015 to create and run its first ever government and community relations department, leading a team in public affairs, policy, social impact and government relations. Prior to Zillow, Russell served as deputy assistant to President Obama and senior vice president at GMMB.


Caroline Merrick Conway

President and CEO

Latter & Blum Realtors
Recently succeeding her father Robert Merrick as leader of Latter & Blum Realtors, the world’s largest ERA Real Estate affiliate, Conway heads up the company’s operations under a variety of brands in Louisiana and Texas, including Latter & Blum, CJ Brown, Noles-Frye, Van Eaton & Romero and Realty Associates. Latter and Blum ERA has 40 offices throughout Louisiana and Texas with 3,298 agents who do over $3.9 billion in annual sales.


Anne Marie DeCatsye

Chief Executive Officer

Canopy MLS
DeCatsye has led Canopy MLS, formerly CarolinaMLS for over 18 years. She also manages its parent entity Canopy Realtor Association. Both entities were unified under the Canopy brand in 2019 when its new headquarters opened. As a dual state MLS, Canopy MLS provides services to more than 17,500 brokers and agents in 24 counties in North Carolina and South Carolina, as well as the Asheville region. She is also a member of The MLS Roundtable.


Denee Evans

Chief Executive Officer

Council of Multiple Listing Services
Evans is the first CEO of 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 230 members, including 163 MLSs representing 1 million subscribers. Under her leadership, CMLS entered into a collaborative agreement with NAR.

Evaluating Leaders

Leaders are evaluated based on the office they hold, the decision-making power associated with the office, the financial resources at their disposal, their organization’s industry significance and geographical reach, public announcements about imminent changes, their tenure and their personal influence in the industry.