RISMedia's Real Estate Magazine

DEC 2018

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RISMedia's REAL ESTATE December 2018 49 As President of Jordan Baris REALTORS®, KEN BARIS has dedicated himself to leading and improving the company founded and named after his father in 1952. Under his direction, the company has revamped infrastructure, ex - panded its team, improved systems, updated offices, and developed a multi-year strategy for success. "I am energized by frequently sharing ideas with other in - dustry leaders," says Baris. "Technology has profoundly changed our business, and it is exciting to keep finding ways to use it to continually improve the experience of cli - ents and associates." MARK WOODROOF is man- aging partner of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene in Hous - ton, Texas, ranked No. 73 in RISMedia's 2018 Power Broker Report for sales vol - ume. As a business leader, Woodroof is focused on growth and relevancy. "Hope is a wonderful thing, but not much of a business plan," he says. "You have to get better every day. I believe our biggest accomplishment is continuing to grow our com - panies by enhancing agent and client experiences— maintaining relevancy and alignment with our agents and clients is critical." As President of the Randall Family of Companies, MIKE SCHLOTT is responsible for the growth and strategic vi- sion of the firm's three resi- dential and three commercial brands, which include Kinlin Grover Real Estate, Randall REALTORS®, Page Taft Real Estate and Pequot Commer- cial. With 650 agents and $1.4 billion in annual sales, the firm is one of New Eng - land's largest, servicing Mas- sachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. This year, the firm embarked on rebranding its companies as indepen - dent brokerages, and also ac- quired a four-office, 50-agent residential firm on Cape Cod. When it comes to growth, MIKE HUFF —broker/own- er of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties—focuses on con- solidation and diversity. With a background in acquisition and development, Huff has grown his firm to one of the largest in his area, moving from five agents in Houston to 1,000 agents in 40 loca - tions throughout Texas, Okla- homa and Arkansas. His firm is often buying companies and consolidating branches. When it comes to diver - sity, the firm has more than 35 countries represented, with 30 different languages spoken. LISA FETTNER is VP of mar- keting at ReferralExchange, where she manages market- ing, branding, public rela- tions, and industry relations for both ReferralExchange and TopAgentsRanked.com, the company's consumer di - rect website. She also hosts a series of webinars that teach real estate agents and brokers how to improve their marketing and networking techniques. In the past year, she successfully negotiated a partnership with a leading national brokerage. "Forging successful partnerships and relationships can yield ben - efits beyond an initial sale or deal," says Fettner. As the President & CEO of Engel & Völkers Americas, ANTHONY HITT leads brand vision, strategy and expan - sion. In 2018, the network saw a 32 percent increase in sales volume and a 44 per- cent increase in new GCI for the Americas year-over-year, opening several new shops. "At a time when our industry is more afraid of what others are doing, Engel & Völkers continues to embrace and enhance what makes us the service-focused luxury brand for today and the fu- ture," he says. "Be a center of influence to authentically grow and connect with your sphere." MIKE TEZAK is a manager, broker/owner and team lead- er with Realty Executives Premier. He launched Team Tezak in 2004, and since 2005, they have produced an average of $20 million in annual sales. In 2008, Tezak opened a Realty Execu - tives franchise in Valparaiso, Ind., with six agents. The of- fice has grown to employ 62 agents today, and is ranked No. 1 in the local market. Tezak also studied trades and building processes, and created a development com- pany, Stonebridge, that is in the process of developing a residential community in Valparaiso. MICHAEL LANE is presi- dent of ShowingTime, a tech- nology provider for 950,000 agents in over 250 MLSs. In the past year, Lane led the introduction of new, market- wide ShowingTime products to more than 50 markets in North America, and the com - pany nearly doubled its sales and marketing team. Show- ingTime expects to manage almost 50 million showings this year. Lane attended the U.S. Naval Academy and served for five years as a naval officer aboard the USS Chicago. He earned an MBA and Master's of Engineering Management from North - western University. 2019 NEWSMAKERS

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