20 Influential and Powerful Women in Real Estate

March is Women’s History Month. The 2017 theme for National Women’s History Month honors women who have successfully challenged the role of women in both business and the paid labor force. Women have always worked, but often their work has been undervalued and unpaid. Recently, the Swanepoel Power 200 (SP200) list of most powerful and influential people in real estate was released.

According to Stefan Swanpoel, the SP200 is based on a great deal of research. “We scoured the web, read hundreds of bios and LinkedIn pages, sent hundreds of requests for additional information. We reviewed annual reports, transactions and sales volume, we called many leaders to clarify announcements made and stats provided, we verified actions taken and then we spent several days in a room deliberating who, what and why. We invested over 600 hours of research and discussion into this year’s effort.”

And in honor of Women’s History Month, we’re celebrating the 20 most powerful and influential women on the SP200 Women’s List:

1. Amy Bohutinsky | COO | Zillow Group

Within Zillow Group’s office tower overlooking Seattle’s Elliott Bay, Bohutinsky is often referred to by company insiders as the smartest of a very smart group of senior executives, which includes other SP200 leaders Greg Schwartz, Errol Samuelson, and, of course, Spencer Rascoff. She joined Zillow pre-launch in 2005. READ MORE

Overall Rank: 10

2. Helen Hanna Casey | President | Hanna Holdings

Hanna Casey serves as CEO of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, where she plays a large role in developing her firm’s multi-media marketing efforts. The firm operates one of the nation’s largest brokerages, which has over 260 offices and 8,000 agents in nine Midwest and Northeast states. READ MORE

Overall Rank: 13

3. Dorothy “Dottie” Herman | President and CEO | Douglas Elliman Real Estate

Herman runs New York’s largest real estate brokerage Douglas Elliman Real Estate, which has over 80 offices and nearly 6,000 agents in New York, New Jersey, South Florida, California, Connecticut and Colorado and produces over $22 billion in annual sales. She has been New York City real estate royalty since acquiring Douglas Elliman in 2003. READ MORE

Overall Rank: 17

4. Jill Jacobi Wood| President | Windermere Real Estate

Jacobi Wood is a second-generation leader at Windermere, responsible for guiding the franchise side of the company. She also oversees the brand’s franchise development and helps run Windermere’s six family-owned offices. Together, these operations represent more than 6,000 agents who do over $31 billion in annual sales. READ MORE

Overall Rank: 21

5. Pamela “Pam” O’Connor| President and CEO | Leading Real Estate Companies of the World

A highly influential industry leader, O’Connor leads the largest network of real estate brokerage companies in the world with 550 member firms representing over 128,000 agents. Together, these firms account for over 1 million transactions and more than $350 billion in sales volume each year. O’Connor has led the organization since its inception in 2005. READ MORE

Overall Rank: 26

6. Sherry Chris| President and CEO | Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate

Chris is one of the most widely recognized CEOs in the industry as head of the nearly 300-office, 10,000-agent Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate franchise. BHGRE’s impressive expansion marched on in 2016, as the brand moved into 11 new market areas. Chris, who spearheads the company’s culture initiatives, made headlines when BHGRE debuted “Inclusion” as a new core value in fall 2016. READ MORE

Overall Rank: 27

7. Pamela Liebman| President and CEO | The Corcoran Group

Liebman has led the large luxury New York City-based real estate firm The Corcoran Group since 2000. The company was acquired in 2001 by Realogy and today has more than 2,500 agents in 33 offices across Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Hamptons and Palm Beach, Florida, generating over $21 billion in annual sales. READ MORE

Overall Rank: 45

8. Susan “Sue” Yannaccone| President and CEO | ERA Franchise Systems

Yannaccone took the helm of Realogy brand ERA Franchise Systems in September 2016, succeeding Charlie Young who took the helm as CEO at Coldwell Banker Real Estate. ERA’s network includes 36,000 agents, 2,300 offices in 31 countries responsible for 121,000 annual transactions. She joined ERA in July 2015 as chief operating officer. READ MORE

Overall Rank: 46

9. Mary Francis Burleson| President and CEO | Ebby Halliday Realtors

Burleson has grown Ebby Halliday into one of the nation’s largest brokerages with 31 offices and more than 1,500 agents generating over $7.9 billion in annual sales. After more than half a century, she still manages the day-to-day operations of Texas’ largest independent real estate brokerage.

Overall Rank: 52

10. Kate Rossi| EVP | NRT Southeast Region

Rossi oversees the strategic initiatives of more than 200 offices and over 10,900 agents in 181 offices, spanning from Texas up the eastern seaboard to Washington, D.C. She began her career as a sales associate in 1982.

Overall Rank: 53

11. Joan Docktor| President | BHHS Fox & Roach

Docktor oversees 62 offices and more than 4,300 agents who do nearly $11 billion in annual sales as president of BHHS Fox & Roach, which is owned by HomeServices of America. In addition to running the brokerage, Docktor directs the company’s relocation services, new construction and development, as well as cross-marketing Fox and Roach’s affiliated lending arm, Trident Mortgage.

Overall Rank: 61

12. Maureen Passerini| EVP | NRT Northeast and Eastern Seaboard Regions

Passerini leads two of NRT’s large regional support centers, including eight Coldwell Banker-branded operations in the Northeast. She is responsible for the strategic initiatives of more than 250 offices and over 12,500 agents. Passerini will be retiring in 2017.

Overall Rank: 63

13. Tami Bonnell| President and CEO | EXIT Realty Corp. International

With 30 years of industry experience, Bonnell has served as CEO of EXIT Realty since 2001 and has been instrumental in growing the company to 590 offices and 23,000 agents across the U.S. and Canada. She hosts a quarterly online seminar that informs the public on real estate issues.

Overall Rank: 66

14. Mary Tennant| Regional Owner | Keller Williams Realty

After stepping down as president of Keller Williams Realty in 2015, Tennant still remains a force at Keller Williams corporate as a board member and the owner of four market centers. Her market centers do over $3 billion in annual sales and include one of the nation’s largest offices with over 1,300 agents.

Overall Rank: 68

15. Pamela Alexander| CEO | RE/MAX Integra

As CEO of the North American division of Re/Max brand’s largest sub-franchisor Re/Max Integra, Alexander helps shape the business lives of more than 16,000 agents. After leading a Toronto-based Re/Max brokerage early in her career, she moved to management at Re/Max Integra, which her father founded in 1980.

Overall Rank: 69

16. Merrily Hackett| Managing Partner | Sutton West Coast Realty

Hackett heads up Sutton West Coast Realty, one of the largest brokerages in Canada, and the largest franchisee of the prominent Canadian-based brand Sutton. It has more than 1,800 agents who generate $14 billion in annual sales.

Overall Rank: 72

17. Nancy Seaman| Chairman | Houlihan Lawrence

Nancy Seaman, with her brothers Chris and Stephen Meyers, runs the 30-office, nearly 1,300-agent company Houlihan Lawrence in upstate New York as chairwoman. The firm does nearly $6 billion in annual sales.

Overall Rank: 76

18. Linda M. Vaughan| President and CEO | ReeceNichols

Vaughan leads more than 2,100 agents in 20 franchised offices at ReeceNichols, a subsidiary of HomeServices of America. The firm does over $4.8 billion in annual sales.

Overall Rank: 82

19. Michael Saunders| Founder and CEO | Michael Saunders & Co.

Saunders founded her brokerage in 1976 and has built the company into one of the largest brokerages in Florida, with 19 offices, over 650 agents and $2.6 billion in annual sales. Her son Drayton joined the company in 2003 and now serves as president.

Overall Rank: 89

20. Kathryn “Kathy” A. Korte | EVP | NRT, Sotheby’s International Realty

As president and CEO Korte oversees the 1,900 agents and 43 offices owned by NRT operating under the Sotheby’s International Realty brand. During her 13-year tenure, she has been responsible for nearly tripling profits while increasing sales volume to more than $1 billion.

Overall Rank: 92

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