RISMedia's Real Estate Magazine

NOV 2018

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40 November 2018 RISMedia's REAL ESTATE W ith a mission to create a network that's "globally aware and worldwise," the 2018 Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE) Global Symposium gathered real estate professionals from more than 27 countries in Barcelona, Spain, from September 27 - 29 for education, networking and cross- cultural enrichment. Held at Barcelona's Hotel Arts, the 11 th annual Global Symposium opened with pre-sessions for Lead - ingRE's Luxury Portfolio members, followed by a welcome reception on September 27. LeadingRE 2018 Chairman Joe Horning, president of Wisconsin- based Shorewest REALTORS®, welcomed the full Day 2 audience on September 28 by recognizing LeadingRE's four board members in attendance: Harold Crye, presi - dent of Crye-Leike REALTORS®; Pam O'Connor, past president and CEO of LeadingRE; Pat Shea, presi - dent of Lyon Real Estate; and Di- ane Ramirez, chairman and CEO of Halstead Real Estate, who will step into the role of LeadingRE chair - man in 2019. Horning also reported that a re - cord 27 countries were represented at the 2018 Symposium, includ - ing the United Kingdom, Romania, Thailand, Malta, Italy, Switzerland, New Zealand and South Africa. This speaks to the overall growth of Lead - ingRE's global membership. In fact, since just 2017, LeadingRE Execu - tive Vice President of Global Opera- tions Chris Dietz has welcomed 27 new members from 12 new coun - tries to the network, such as Brazil, Brunei, Colombia, Croatia, and Saudi Arabia. "The world keeps getting smaller and more connected day after day," said Dietz during his General Ses - sion remarks. "You might not be doing business in these countries today, but please don't discount the opportunity to be worldwise and globally aware. If you think of real es - tate as just local, you're missing out on the opportunity to connect on a deeper level in other markets." To help drive home the importance of doing business in a global envi - ronment, guest speaker Dean Foster, founder of DFA Intercultural Global Solutions, shared insights into the importance of cultural awareness, as well as best practices for doing busi - ness beyond borders. As Foster said, "If the mind is the hardware, culture is the software." Foster was followed by a look at the state of the global economy by LeadingRE Chief Economist Marci Rossell. According to Rossell, while the first six months of 2018 were strong across the majority of the globe, recent weeks had witnessed Exploring Beyond Borders Brokers Become 'Worldwise' at LeadingRE Global Symposium by Maria Patterson Photo Credit: AJ Canaria of PlanOmatic Barcelona's Hotel Arts Halstead Real Estate Chairman & CEO Diane Ramirez (third from left) with members of her team.

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