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2015 Leaders in Luxury Marketing Awards Winners

Thank you to all those who submitted entries for this year's Leaders in Luxury Marketing Awards. We were blown away by the amount of entries submitted, and what our members have accomplished. Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Leaders in Luxury Marketing Awards.


Jennifer Egbert, Dawn Thomas, Christine Battista, Carl Battista, Norka Parodi, Patrick Ryan

2015 Best Agent Market Report

Winner: Dawn Thomas, Dreyfus Sotheby’s International Realty, Palo Alto, CA

2015 Overall Excellence in Personal Marketing

Winner: Jennifer Egbert, JP Egbert Associates, Modern Luxury Real Estate, RE/MAX Alliance; Boulder, CO

2015 Best Marketing Campaign for a Property

Winner: Norka Parodi The Norka Group, Boca Raton, FL

2015 Outstanding Personal Achievement

Winner: Patrick Ryan, Ryan Residential, Related Realty Chicago, IL

2015 Best Marketing Video

Winner: Carl Battista & Christine Battista, The Battista Team, Keller Williams Denver Tech, Denver, CO

Watch for more on these winning entries in upcoming blog posts. Also watch for a webinar in the next few months featuring the marketing award winners’ entries.

Leaders in Luxury Advisory Board selected for 2015 event in Puerto Rico

Ten luxury professionals have been selected to serve on the Advisory Board for Leaders in Luxury (LIL), The Institute’s exclusive, invitation-only educational and networking event for real estate professionals who work in the million and multi-million dollar home and estate market.  This year’s Leaders in Luxury event is scheduled for October 4-6, in San Juan, Puerto Rico at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel and will cater to professionals who are true experts in the luxury residential market – those who work from the $1,000,000 to $100,000,000 price point.

The 2015 Leaders in Luxury Advisory Board includes

  • Val Arbona, RE/MAX Vintage, Houston (TX)
  • Christine Battista, Keller Williams, Denver Tech Center, Denver (CO)
  • Ann Chiasson, RE/MAX  Sea to Sky, Whistler (BC)
  • Christopher Fling, Fling Santy, Keller Williams, Phoenix (AZ)
  • Colleen Hensley, Keller Williams, Carlsbad (CA) 
  • Maggie Miggins, Keller Williams, Short Hills (NJ)
  • Margaret Parma, Kuper Sotheby’s International, Austin (TX)
  • Loretta Phinney, Royal LePage, Toronto (ON)
  • Raziel Ungar, Pacific Union, Christies International, Burlingame (CA)
  • Jim Walberg, Pacific Union, Christies International, Danville (CA)   

Our LIL Advisory Board is made up of a diverse group of luxury professionals from across North America who are leaders in their luxury residential markets.  What they have in common is strong expertise in the luxury home niche and a commitment to providing outstanding service to affluent buyers and sellers.  The Advisory Board provides input on topics and speakers for the event and helps promote the meeting to their peers across North America and abroad.

For information: Leaders in Luxury


Advisory Board Selected for Leaders in Luxury 2013

VIP event scheduled for Seattle, October 28-30 


Seven Institute members will serve on the Advisory Board of this year’s Leaders in Luxury (LIL), our annual, invitation-only educational and networking event for Institute members who have earned the Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist (CLHMS) designation and work in the million and multi-million dollar home and estate market in the U.S. and Canada.

Serving this year on the Leaders in Luxury Advisory Board:

-   Dawna Borg, RE/MAX Premier, Vaughan/Toronto (ON)

-   Debbie Murray, Allie Beth Allman& Associates, Dallas (TX)

-   Keiko Okubo, RE/MAX Accord, San Francisco (CA)

-   Roman Pavlik, Keller Williams Eagle Realty, Miami (FL)

-   Nancy Rondeau, Sotheby’s International Realty-Canada, Vancouver (BC)

-   Friley Saucier, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, Naples (FL)

-   Joyce Tawes, Realty One Group, Scottsdale (AZ)

“We are pleased to have such a great group for this year’s board,” said Institute President Waco Moore. “This year’s meeting is our ninth annual luxury event and we are pulling out all the stops to make it our best. We’ll begin with a luxury property tour, a networking cocktail party and a gala marketing awards dinner on the first day.  In addition, we’ve planned two days packed with informative presentations and panels and a special event at Nordstrom.  Our goal is for this meeting to set the benchmark for luxury retreats.  This advisory board will provide the guidance we need for an outstanding event!”

The LIL Advisory Board is made up of a diverse group of professionals who are leaders in their residential markets.  Each one is a Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist and has earned Million Dollar Guild recognition.  Each has strong expertise in the luxury home niche and a commitment to providing outstanding service to affluent buyers and sellers.

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NAR’s Council of Residential Specialists Adds Luxury Home Training

The National Association of Realtor’s Council of Residential Specialists® has recently approved an Institute for Luxury Home Marketing course for two elective credits toward earning the Certified Residential Specialist (CRS®) designation.

Completion of The Institute’s two-day course on luxury home marketing also results in membership in the Institute and is the first step in earning the organization’s prestigious Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist (CLHMS®) designation.

“We are excited about working with the Council of Residential Specialists,” said Institute Founder Laurie Moore-Moore. “The CRS® designation curriculum is recognized as some of the best skill-based training for working with both buyers and sellers in the industry. We are proud to have our certification course included on the CRS elective credit list.”

CRS and The Institute each provide highly regarded designations. While the CRS designation recognizes outstanding success in the residential market encompassing all price ranges, the Institute’s CLHMS designation is specific to success in the luxury home niche.

“Adding The Institute’s luxury home marketing course to our CRS elective curriculum expands the opportunities for CRS candidates to complete their education requirements in the upper tier market area,” said Toni Sherman, the Council of Residential Specialists’ Director of Business Relations (who also holds the CRS designation).

For a schedule of classes which qualify for CRS and CLHMS designation credit, visit