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Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® Announces New Advisory Council

CHICAGO, IL – (April 30, 2012) – Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® has announced the new officers and members of its Advisory Council, a leadership group comprised of top business development professionals. Council members share their expertise with the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE) management team, mentor other members, and serve as ambassadors for the network’s numerous programs available to its member real estate firms.

Michi Olson, vice president of business development and relocation for Alain Pinel Realtors in the San Francisco Bay area, assumes the role of chairperson, after having served as vice chairperson the prior year. Anne Incorvia, vice president of relocation and business development for Martha Turner Properties in Houston, is the new vice chairperson. Both will serve a one-year term.

Newly-elected council members include Dawn Fetherston, relocation director for Diane Turton, Realtors, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ; Diane Howard, vice president of relocation for Real Estate One, Inc., Southfield, MI; and Paige Thompson, vice president, relocation and corporate services for Zeitlin & Company, Realtors, Nashville, TN.

Members are elected by fellow council members for a three-year term based on professional expertise and reputation, dedication to LeadingRE and willingness to share their expertise for the betterment of the network.

“The addition of these professionals to the Advisory Council further strengthens what is already a powerful group,” said Erin Koops, LeadingRE executive director, Network Services. “Having these respected business leaders come together regularly to discuss the issues impacting our industry helps us create programs that are timely and effective. Their collective insights are a key element in our continued growth, and we are grateful for their commitment.”

Joining Olson, Incorvia, Fetherston, Howard, and Thompson are Outgoing Chairperson Carlotta Landschoot, Watson Realty Corp., Jacksonville, FL; Deborah Benavides, Shorewest REALTORS, Brookfield, WI; Eileen Cherny, Marx-Bensdorf REALTORS, Memphis, TN; Lisa Fix, Sibcy Cline REALTORS, Cincinnati, OH; Kim Givens, William Raveis Real Estate, Mortgage & Insurance, Shelton, CT; Vicki Hamp, Long & Foster Real Estate, Chantilly, VA; and Peter McGarry, Fonville Morisey Realty, a Long & Foster company, Raleigh, NC.

Completing their service on the council are Ryan Carrell, Carpenter Realtors, Indianapolis, IN; Elizabeth Messier, Residential Properties Ltd., Providence, RI; and Larry Zapf, Beverly-Hanks & Associates, Asheville, NC.

LeadingRE is a global network of 550 premier real estate firms with 4,600 offices and 140,000 sales associates in more than 30 countries around the world. To learn more, visit LeadingRE.com.

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About Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®

Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (www.LeadingRE.com) is the largest network of top independent local and regional brand-name brokerage firms in the residential sector of real estate. The 550 firms affiliated with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® are represented by 4,600 offices and 140,000 associates in more than 30 countries worldwide. The organization's leadership is demonstrated by the fact that its affiliates comprise 15 of the top 25 real estate companies in the country. Collectively, LeadingRE affiliates produced nearly 800,000 home sales valued at $225 billion in the U.S. in 2010. In addition, LeadingRE locally-branded affiliates hold the Number One position in sales in 40% of the top 96 markets in the U.S., more than any national franchise organizations. For complete information on LeadingRE statistics, visit http://stats.leadingre.com/.

Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®
161 N. Clark St., Ste. 1250
Chicago, IL 60601

Contact: Kimberly Ecker / Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® / 312.424.0400 x158 / kecker@LeadingRE.com

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