Halstead announced its Chairman & CEO Diane M. Ramirez has been named Chairman of the Board of Directors of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World (LeadingRE) on Tuesday, March 5.

“I’m honored to be elected Chairperson of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World’s Board of Directors. It has been a privilege to work alongside fellow board members, an esteemed group of global industry leaders, over the last two years in my Vice Chair role. In my new position, I look forward to continued collaboration to advance the real estate industry and strengthen the deep international relationships offered through the network,” says Ramirez.

Ramirez has been an active member of the organization for over 20 years, and most recently served as Vice Chairman since 2017. The board provides strategic guidance for LeadingRE, working closely with the company’s executive team to deliver high value programs and services to the network’s 565 market-leading real estate firms in 70 countries.


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“Diane is a visionary leader whose reputation extends worldwide and who is highly respected in the real estate community. She is committed to the individual and collective success of our members, and we are incredibly fortunate to have her serving in this role,” says LeadingRE President/CEO Paul Boomsma.

The announcement was made during the LeadingRE Annual Conference, which took place February 20-22 at Wynn Las Vegas. At the event, Halstead, which was co-founded by Ramirez, was also awarded LeadingRE’s 2019 Most Innovative Brokerage Firm, accomplished against 565 top privately-held firms within the international network.

Halstead was also recognized with first place for three additional categories, including Company Brand & Property Advertising, Specialty Marketing, and Best Real Estate Search for its newly redesigned website, Halstead.com.

In addition to this new role, Ramirez was recently awarded the Bernard H. Mendik Lifetime Leadership Award from the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), for her exceptional career in the real estate industry.  She was also previously honored by REBNY with the Henry Forster award, an annual recognition presented to a real estate professional with an outstanding record of achievement and conduct both within the industry and the community.