RISMedia's Real Estate Magazine

DEC 2018

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32 December 2018 RISMedia's REAL ESTATE P aul Boomsma was named president/CEO of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE) in 2018 after previously serving in the roles of COO and president of the network's Luxury Portfolio International Di - vision. Upon the retirement of former LeadingRE President Pam O'Connor, Boomsma stepped in to oversee Leading RE's strategic direction and network of 565 top indepen - dent brokerages, which spans six continents. "This has been a very exciting and rewarding year for me, as I assumed my new role within our organization," Boomsma reports. "It has given me the opportunity to work even more closely with our board of directors and members around the world, as well as with leaders from across the industry." Boomsma ensures that LeadingRE delivers value to members and clients through events, education, reloca - tion, referrals, technology and marketing. He is particularly proud of the global success LeadingRE has achieved in over 70 countries, and attributes that growth to building strong relationships, understanding cultural differences, and striving to deliver the best real estate experience pos - sible for the clients they serve. LeadingRE does this by en- gaging with clients at events around the world, such as the recent Global Symposium in Barcelona and ASEAN Immer - sion Conference in Kuala Lumpur, and also through online courses, dedicated sessions on cross-cultural awareness, and considering cultural differences in business practices and communication. PAUL BOOMSMA President/CEO, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World ® INFLUENCERS | The thought leaders K atie Johnson joined the National Association of REAL- TORS® (NAR) in 2007 and has emerged as an indus- try change agent. She was appointed general coun- sel in 2014, charged with ensuring that NAR's programs, policies and activities were in compliance with the law. She also defends NAR against legal challenges and initiates litigation to protect and preserve its assets and policies when necessary. In 2017, Johnson and her team were recognized by World Trademark Review as the Not-For-Profit Legal Team of the Year for their protection of the REALTOR® trade - mark. Under her leadership, the team was also recognized for their work in battling patent trolls and working with Move Inc. to obtain a $130 million settlement from Zillow in a 2014 lawsuit alleging trade-secret violations by Zillow. This year, Johnson took center stage representing RE - ALTORS® at a joint Federal Trade Commission-Department of Justice workshop on competition in real estate, where she forcefully asserted NAR's position that the real estate industry is robustly competitive and that government inter - vention would stifle competition and innovation. In the past year, Johnson took on the additional role of chief mem - ber experience officer. "From delivering trusted transaction guidance to supporting favorable laws and being commu - nity leaders, REALTORS® are the best advocates for all property owners," says Johnson. KATIE JOHNSON General Counsel and Chief Member Experience Officer, National Association of REALTORS®

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