KoenigRubloff mixes it up, tech firms grab real estate CEOs and more

by Meg White

3 managers step up to lead KoenigRubloff

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff Realty Group announced a reshaping of their senior management team this week. The firm promoted three individuals to jointly lead the company: Diane Glass, Mark Pasquesi, and Joe Stacy.

Glass, who will serve as the company’s chief operations officer, has been with the company for 12 years and currently oversees the firm’s business development, information technology and agent development departments. Pasquesi — who’s served as vice president and managing broker for the company’s Lake Forest, Highland Park and Libertyville offices — will focus on agent experience and strategic expansion initiatives as brokerage president. Stacy will be the firm’s senior vice president and general sales manager, moving up from his prior role as manager of KoenigRubloff’s Michigan Avenue, Glen Ellyn, Naperville, Wheaton and Schaumburg offices.

The move was blessed by highers-up at HomeServices. “We are creating a new model for real estate leadership by bringing together three extraordinary individuals with leadership expertise in areas that are key to agent success,” said Ron Peltier, executive chairman of HomeServices of America, the parent company of KoenigRubloff Realty Group. “We are building an agile team with wide-ranging expertise and insight that positions us to capitalize on opportunities for growth today and far into the future.”

Current CEO Nancy Nagy, who’s led the company since 2011 and helped guide the merger of Koenig & Strey and Prudential Rubloff Properties, will be moving away from day-to-day operations, stepping into an advisory role.

Former KW CEO joins AI company

Chris Heller, former CEO of Keller Williams announced last week he’ll be joining artificial intelligence company OJO Labs as the company’s chief real estate officer. The hire is part of an effort by the Austin-based technology company to capture the attention of “consumers navigating their home journey” and “reinvent the home buying and selling experience.”

In a press release detailing the move, Heller noted that he’d been following the company’s progress for years. “OJO was the first company to come into the real estate industry and drive the innovation of an AI assistant for the benefit of consumers and agents alike,” Heller said. “The foundation is assembled for us to continue building one of the more significant companies in the real estate industry.”

New CFO at Guaranteed Rate

Earlier this month, Guaranteed Rate announced that it had chosen Suk Shah as its chief financial officer. “Suk is a huge hire for Guaranteed Rate and is a perfect cultural fit,” said founder and CEO Victor Ciardelli said in a press release accompanying the announcement. “He brings a ton of experience to the company, including areas such as mergers and acquisitions.”

Shah comes to the lender after serving a similar role at Avant, LLC, a private Chicago-based fintech company. “Guaranteed Rate is a pioneer in the digital mortgage industry,” said Shah. “I’m looking forward to joining this highly tenured and passionate leadership team to make a transformative impact for the company.”

Former eXp leader joins San Francisco brokerage

Vikki Bartholomae, who up until recently served as president at eXp Realty, joined San Francisco-based Side as chief of agent success. In a press release accompanying the announcement, Bartholomae said the equity model and technological offerings of the company are what drew her in. “The model, combined with the technology and platform, is truly disruptive,” she said. “The problem is that the technology in real estate today is designed to get between the agent and the client, and what makes Side revolutionary is that our tech works behind the agent.”

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