RISMedia's Real Estate Magazine

DEC 2018

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66 December 2018 RISMedia's REAL ESTATE LUMINARIES | The iconic leaders R ei Mesa has more than 30 years of experience in the industry and currently serves as a National As - sociation of REALTORS® (NAR) director, as well as on the Executive Committee, Corporate Investors Council, Large Firm Involvement Advisory Board, Large Residential Firms Real Estate Advisory Group, RPR Advisory Board, realtor.com® Advisory Board and NAR's Project Upstream. Unafraid to challenge the status quo, Mesa has promoted new types of technology to train and support real estate professionals, improve their ability to serve their customers and increase productivity. This year, under Mesa's leader - ship, the firm completed five acquisitions, including expand- ing into two new service areas. He promotes diversity and inclusion among his staff and oversees a team that speaks dozens of languages. Under Mesa's leadership, the firm has raised over $3.37 million for the Sunshine Kids, a not- for-profit organization dedicated to providing positive group activities and emotional support for young cancer patients. He has also been involved politically in issues that impact REALTORS®. Mesa appreciates the recognition of his decades of work and dedication to the field of real estate. "It is an honor to be included in this very prestigious industry recognition and be among the industry's iconic leaders," he says. REI MESA President/CEO, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty, Florida Real Estate Services H alstead Real Estate Chairman and CEO Diane Ramirez leads the firm's nearly three dozen offices and 1,300-plus agents throughout New York City, the Hamptons, the Hudson Valley, N.Y., New Jersey and Fairfield County, Conn. In 2018, Halstead underwent a comprehensive rebrand, which Ramirez describes as an "enormous undertaking and an incredible group effort." In the weeks following the launch—which involved a live company-wide meeting with more than 1,000 agents— no detail was left undone, from updating signage and branding for every office to re-designing all marketing and advertising materials. The rebrand speaks to Ramirez's eye toward the future, having founded the firm in 1984 with Clark Halstead; the pair worked diligently to expand the firm organically until it was purchased by Terra Holdings in 2001. With a long list of awards and service to real estate boards and the community, Ramirez will become chair of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® in 2019. "At Halstead, we are committed to delivering a forward- thinking and supportive culture to our agents, and the highest level of service to our clients and customers. We are so proud to be consistently recognized for our hard work and accomplishments on these fronts." DIANE RAMIREZ Chairman & CEO, Halstead Real Estate

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