Meet Real Estate’s 2019 Newsmakers

December 4, 2018

More than 230 professionals who work in real estate were named as “newsmakers” for being influencers, crusaders, and trailblazers in the industry. RISMedia, a real estate news and information service, announced its “Class of 2019 Real Estate Newsmakers,” singling out those in the industry who have made headlines over the past year due to their newsworthy contributions in the field. The National Association of REALTORS® was well-represented on the list, with accolades going to: Dave Garland, managing director of Second Century Ventures, NAR’s investment arm; General Counsel Katie Johnson; First Vice President Charlie Oppler; Ginny Shipe, CEO of the Real Estate Business Institute and an NAR board member; President John Smaby; and Chief Economist Lawrence Yun.

Professionals selected for this year’s list have made a difference in the real estate and homeownership sectors and have “made a profound impact on the real estate industry, from nationwide to their own local communities,” says John Featherston, CEO and publisher of RISMedia. Those chosen for the list “are breaking the mold and the ones who are leading the industry forward.”

RISMedia readers and editors nominated professionals for the list. They were divided into the categories of influencers, trailblazers, futurists, achievers, crusaders, inspirations, luminaries, and trendsetters.

Below is a snapshot of a few of the industry professionals making RISMedia’s 2019 Real Estate Newsmakers list:


  • Paul Boomsma, President, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World
  • Katie Johnson, General Counsel, National Association of REALTORS®
  • Craig McClelland, COO, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers
  • Craig Cheatham, President & CEO, The Realty Alliance
  • Brian Buffini, Founder, Buffini & Company


  • York Baur, CEO, MoxiWorks
  • David Mele, CEO & President,
  • Valerie Fitzgerald, President, The Valerie Fitzgerald Group
  • Doug Seabolt, CEO, Rocket Homes


  • Nick Bailey, President, Century 21
  • LP Finn and Whitney LaCosta, COO and EVP, Coach, REALTORS®
  • Christina Pappas, District Sales Manager, The Keyes Company
  • James Dwiggins, CEO, NextHome
  • Kuba Jewgieniew, Founder & CEO, Realty One Group
  • Vince Leisey, CEO, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Ambassador Real Estate


  • Cheryl Eidinger-Taylor, COO/President, ERA Key Real Estate
  • Creig Northrop, Northrop Realty, a Long & Foster Company
  • Faisal Susiwala, Broker, RE/MAX Twin City Realty Inc.
  • Dean deTonnancourt, Broker-owner, HomeSmart Professionals Real Estate


  • Carl Carter Jr., REALTOR®, Founder & Executive Director, RE/MAX Elite & Beverly Carter Foundation
  • Daisy Lopez-Cid, Broker-owner, RE/MAX Premier Properties, 2018 President National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals
  • Jeff Berger, CEO/Founder, The National Association of Gay & Lesbian Real Estate Professionals
  • Brett Hagler, Co-Founder/CEO, New Story
  • Bo Menkiti,Co-Founder & CEO, The Menkiti Group | Keller Williams Capital Properties


  • DeLisa Rose, Agent, RE/MAX Ambassadors
  • Tom DeWine, CEO & Broker, ERA Colonial
  • Kiesha Curtis, Agent, Realty Kings Properties
  • Tim Murfree, REALTOR®, Keller Williams Atlanta


  • Rosey Koberlein, CEO, Long Companies/President, Central Region, HomeServices of America
  • Mike Ryan, EVP, RE/MAX
  • Mary Frances Burleson, President & CEO, Ebby Halliday
  • David Charron, Chief Strategy Officer, Bright MLS
  • Dottie Herman, CEO, Douglas Elliman Real Estate
  • Rei Mesa, President & CEO, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty


  • Louise Phillips-Forbes, Broker, Halstead Real Estate
  • Nicole Lopez, REALTOR®, Intero Real Estate Services
  • Michael Nourmand, President, Nourmand & Associates
  • Mor Zucker & Jamie Slough, REALTORS®, Team Denver Homes, Kentwood Real Estate

To view the full list of the 230 professionals, visit the RISMedia Newsmakers Gallery.

RISMedia Real Estate Newsmakers,” RISMedia (2018)