Local agent is RE/MAX’s top producer in the U.S., Chicagoland pros make 30 under 30 finalist list, and more

by Lydia Bhattacharya

RE/MAX honors top agent in America for closed transactions

In late February, RE/MAX awarded Ryan Smith, a broker and sales associate at RE/MAX Properties, the award for being the No. 1 RE/MAX agent in the United States in terms of closed transactions.

Smith is the current director of REO at RE/MAX Properties in Western Springs, specializing in distressed properties. Smith first joined RE/MAX Properties in 2005 after serving in the U.S. Navy for four years.

Coldwell Banker branch manager among four locals shortlisted for 30 under 30 list 

Rachel Scheid, branch manager of Coldwell Banker Realty’s West Loop office, is one of the 50 young professionals announced as finalists in the National Association of Realtors’ 30 Under 30 program.

Run by the association’s publication, Realtor Magazine, the program honors 30 outstanding members under the age of 30 every year. Judges will select 29 honorees from the group of finalists, with the final spot being reserved for a winner who has the most online votes on the magazine’s website. Voting will open to the public on March 13 and close on March 20.

Scheid is one of 50 finalists chosen from hundreds of applications across the nation. Other Chicagoland finalists include Emily Ackerman of Compass, and Jordan Pyle and Alex Wolking, both from Keller Williams Realty.

“I’m excited to be among a prestigious group of young real estate professionals,” Scheid said in a press release from Coldwell Banker. “Helping affiliated agents achieve their business goals is my passion, and I will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that they’re thriving in their careers.”

ATG announces new CFO

John Francoeur was named the new senior vice president and chief financial officer for the family of companies belonging to Attorneys’ Title Guaranty Fund, Inc. this week. Francoeur previously worked as the chief accounting officer at MB Financial Bank.

“As a member of our executive team, John will be of great value in helping to lead our organization into a future filled with opportunities, as well as challenges,” Peter Birnbaum, the president and CEO of ATG said in a press release. 

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