Regional Broker Forums

Summer 2019

Forum Overview

The Broker Forums are designed for brokers, general managers or higher level roles that are responsible for day-to-day organizational management at their company. Relocation directors and those with responsibility in the areas of business development and relocation can attend our Relocation & Referral Forum being held Monday-Tuesday August 12-13, 2019 in Denver.

The last two years have presented a significant amount of change in our industry.  It’s important to stay informed and understand how to succeed and thrive amidst disruptions. Our Broker Forums were designed to give you an opportunity to discuss these timely topics and tackle these challenges with your LeadingRE colleagues.

We are also excited to introduce an important addition to this year’s Broker Forums, our Business Cycle of Change study.  We engaged McKee Wallwork + Company to help us generate this study so that you can better understand where your company lands in the cycle and how ready you are to embrace change and disruption.



9:30 AM
Networking Breakfast
9:45 AM
Welcome and Introductions
10:45 AM
State of the Market: An Organized Overview of Disruption

A presentation and discussion around new business models, countering their aggressive recruiting tactics, and the hype and attention that surrounds them. We will look at the impact they are having, what they’re offering and how to thrive alongside them while retaining our agents and customers.

12:00 PM
Understanding the Business Cycle Study

An exciting addition to this year’s Forum; we engaged Steve McKee, from McKee Wallwork + Company to generate this custom study.  Steve will present the overall network findings of the survey along with your confidential personalized report.  The goal is to understand how you and your team can thrive during change and identify what might be standing in your way.

1:00 PM
Working Lunch

To maximize our time together, we will present LeadingRE network updates during this working lunch.

2:00 PM
What's Working and What Needs Re-Invention (group brain-storm)

An interactive dialogue to address the current pain-points and industry challenges, from current industry platforms to increasing profitability.  As a group we’ll share our thoughts on new initiatives being evaluated as well new programs gaining traction and success after their implementation.

3:00 PM
Leading your Agents with your Story as an Independent Brokerage

During an era of change, your agents rely on you for motivation, direction and a clear path to their success.  Help your agents focus their energy and define their value to attract and retain customers and clients.  As a leader you need to stay in the right frame of mind, embrace every opportunity for growth, and stay true to your Independent Story.



Chicago - Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Five Star Amenity Center

161 N. Clark Street, 12th Floor

Chicago, IL 60601

Dallas – Monday, June 10, 2019

The Westin Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas

400 West Las Colinas Boulevard

Irving, Texas 75039

Atlanta - Tuesday, June 11, 2019

The Westin Buckhead Atlanta

3391 Peachtree Road, N.E.

Atlanta, Georgia 30326

Boston – Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Boston Marriott Cambridge

50 Broadway

Cambridge, Massachusetts 02142

New York – Thursday, June 13, 2019

The Harmonie Club

4 East 60th Street

New York, NY 10022

Denver – Thursday, August 15, 2019

The Brown Palace Hotel

321 17th Street

Denver, CO 80202

Featured Speakers

Steve McKee

Steve McKee is the president of McKee Wallwork + Company (MWC), Advertising Age’s 2015 Southwest Small Agency of the Year. He is the author of When Growth Stalls: How it Happens, Why You're Stuck and What To Do About It, an award-winning business book now published in four languages, and Power Branding: Leveraging the Success of the World's Best Brands. MWC specializes in revitalizing stalled, stuck and stale brands across the U.S. The firm made the Inc. 500 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America its first year of eligibility and has twice won the prestigious Effie Award for marketing effectiveness from the American Marketing Association.



Paul Boomsma

Paul Boomsma

President/CEO, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®

With over 20 years of experience in real estate, Paul Boomsma serves as president and CEO of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE), a global real estate community of 565 real estate firms spanning six continents. He created the highly successful Luxury Portfolio International® division for LeadingRE, previously serving as its president. He also headed operations and strategic marketing for LeadingRE as COO. Paul began his career marketing luxury office towers and later joined a top residential firm, before becoming national marketing director for a major franchise. Today, he is a frequent industry speaker on topics that include: consumer trends, global business practices, and working with affluent buyers and sellers. Among his many distinctions, he was named to the 2019 Swanepoel Power 200, ranked on Inman’s Most Influential and received the Unique Homes’ Award for Excellence in Luxury Home Marketing.

Kate Reisinger

Executive Vice President, Member Services, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®

Kate manages membership services for LeadingRE to ensure maximum engagement, performance and satisfaction from member brokerages. Her responsibilities include overseeing the core broker referral program, which generates over 30,000 member-to-member referrals annually. Reisinger is a seasoned real estate and relocation professional with more 13 years of experience. Most recently, she was Regional Director, Relocation and Client Development for a national franchise. Other experience includes serving as Vice President and Director of Relocation Services for a Chicago-area brokerage and as a Regional Director of Business Development for a relocation management company.


VP Appearances

Jennifer Harding

New York Broker Forum

Jennifer Harding serves as vice president, Business Solutions for Leading Real Estate Companies of the World. She offers expertise on the trends impacting the real estate industry to help members continuously strengthen their value proposition, delivers superior customer experiences and ensures sales associates succeed at the highest levels. She is a licensed broker and joined the industry as a sales associate and later advanced to the role of Vice President, Relocation, where she managed business development activities for a prominent LeadingRE member.

Billy Ekofo

Boston Broker Forum

Billy Ekofo is vice president, Business Solutions for Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®. Billy has worked in media production, business development and international education prior to real estate. Other area of interests include the following: Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), International Development, and Social Entrepreneurship. Billy formally served as the Director of Industry Engagement in Virginia for a brokerage servicing the mid-Atlantic region with twelve offices.

Sue Sparks

Sue Sparks

Dallas Broker Forum

Sue Sparks, VP Business Solutions has over 31 years’ experience in the Real Estate and Relocation industry. She spent over 7 years managing domestic and international Broker Networks for relocation management companies and 8 years working with residential and commercial REO assets. Sue is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa and received her CRP designation in 1999.

Staci Cowell

Staci Cowell

Chicago Broker Forum

Staci Cowell is vice president of Business Solutions of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®. In this role, she is the account liaison for member firms, helping them maximize the benefits of their affiliation. She has been with LeadingRE since 2005 and has held multiple positions within the company, beginning with the inception of Luxury Portfolio International® in 2005. Prior to joining the company, Staci worked as a global client services associate for Dover Corporation, a Fortune 500 manufacturing firm. There, she managed relationships with over 50 Latin America and Pacific Rim clients.

Jana Coleman

Jana Coleman

Atlanta Broker Forum

As vice president, Business Solutions for Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, Jana Coleman is the resource and liaison for approximately 90 members of LeadingRE located in 20 states, Mexico, Caribbean, Central and South America. Jana began here real estate career in 1986 managing the business development division for TAM-BAY Realty, Inc. Realtors in Tampa and has held an active real estate broker's license in Florida since 1980. Her experience extends to the relocation field, and she holds numerous designations from Worldwide ERC, including the Senior Certified Relocation Professional(SCRP), the Meritorious Service Award and the Senior Global Mobility Specialist(SGMS). She is a graduate of the University of South Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Business Finance.

Pat Poole

Pat Poole

Denver Broker Forum

Pat Poole is vice president, Business Solutions for Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®. In this role, she is the account liaison for member firms, helping them maximize the benefits of their affiliation. Pat’s entire career has been spent in the real estate industry, including a long tenure at Cartus that encompassed positions in operations, account management and broker services. She also served as executive vice president at McMillin Realty in San Diego. A California resident since 1985, she was born and raised in New York City and attended Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.




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