RISMedia's Real Estate Magazine

DEC 2018

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38 December 2018 RISMedia's REAL ESTATE TRAILBLAZERS | The agents of change CHUNG MENG CHEONG is the chief product officer at realtor.comĀ®. Cheong's philosophy revolves around the user, and is motivated by their needs and wants. Under his leadership, real - tor.comĀ® debuted enhanced home search this summer, aligning with its brand cam - paign "The Home of Home Search." BRIAN BAIR co-founded Of- ferpad to provide customers with more than traditional real estate companies offer, such as business operations, construction, real estate, fi - nance and technology. "It's my objective to make real es - tate simple, straightforward and fun for my customers," he explains. President, The Valerie Fitzgerald Group, Coldwell Banker Valerie Fitzgerald, president of The Valerie Fitzgerald Group, Coldwell Banker, is ranked among Coldwell Banker's Top 10 agents nationwide. Fitzgerald earned the attention of the Los Angeles Business Journal for highest sales volume in Los Angeles County for residential real estate, and her team is consistently ranked the No. 1 team in the No. 1 Coldwell Banker office in the U.S. The author of "Heart and Sold: How to Survive and Thrive in Real Estate," Fitzgerald serves as a keynote speaker at events across the U.S. She currently serves on the Board of the Women's Guild of Cedars Sinai Hospital, and the Forbes Real Estate Council. u VALERIE FITZGERALD As Chief Product and Tech- nology officer at eXp Realty, SCOTT PETRONIS oversees the technology that supports the company's needs, while maintaining the systems and technologies that run the business. Petronis is instru - mental in eXp World, a cloud campus for 13,000-plus agents and 250-plus staff. BEN RUBENSTEIN co- founded Opcity, a technol- ogy platform that uses large proprietary datasets and ap- plied analytics to match top agents with qualified home- buyers and sellers in real -time with no upfront cost. In under three years, Opcity grew to 400 employees and 40,000-plus agents. DEMETRIOS SALPOGLOU is CEO of Boston Pads and provides training to more than 165 brokers and agents in five offices. He develops, deploys and adopts real estate technology and man- ages over 80 websites that deliver the highest real es- tate web traffic in the Boston area. GREG SCHWARTZ is presi- dent of media and market- places at Zillow Group. He recently oversaw the launch of Best of Zillow, a data-driv- en system that gives agents insight into home shoppers' journeys, and a new Premier Agent program that focuses on live introductions between agents and home shoppers in real-time. MANDY STREISEL is the subject matter expert of CENTURY 21 Canada's sys- tems and tools, and helped create the CENTURY 21 Con- cierge Program, a full-service training model designed to support agents by teaching them how to use the many tools and technologies the company offers. CHRIS SUAREZ is founder and CEO of Xperience Real Estate, a fast-growing Keller Williams expansion busi- ness, operating in 15 states and two countries. He is a leader in the model, which enables agents to work with- in a traditional brokerage yet expand their businesses into multiple states.

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