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September 30, 2021
Recordings of Global Real Estate Summit Sessions
The following Speakers provided PDF’s of their presentations
NAR Global Business Council Achievement Program Awardees
Greater Bergen REALTORS (NJ)
Hudson Gateway Association of REALTORS (NY)
Long Island Board of REALTORS (NY)
Staten Island Board of REALTORS (NY)
A Global Voyage Into Local Business
The sky’s the limit when dealing in the global marketplace.
Global Real Estate Summit 2020 (virtual)
November 5 & 6
Two Half Day Sessions of featured speakers, panels and power sessions on the Nuts and Bolts of a Global Transaction, Global Real Estate Trends, Innovative and Futuristic Development, Changing Demographics and Lifestyles, Technology, Tax and Financing, and Best Practices moving forward in a Post COVID World.
DAY 1: Learn the “how to” of getting started and making connections and money in the global real estate marketplace and hear from real estate practitioners and business partners from around the globe on how they are making the business of real estate, accessible, profitable and ethical.
DAY 2: Get a look ahead at the future of cities, and learn about the new standards for “healthy and sustainable” buildings of the future from leading global architects, designers and urbanists..
Speakers include: Top Brokers, Investors, Legal and Technology Experts addressing the issues impacting the global real estate market.
Developers will present updates on residential and commercial projects in the U.S. and abroad, highlighting the unique opportunities for brokers to engage sellers, buyers and investors.
Designation:Jennifer Stevenson, New York Association of REALTORS® 2020 President
A REALTOR® for nearly 30 years, Jennifer Stevenson is the Broker/Owner of Blue Heron Realty in Ogdensburg, NY. She is an active member and past president of the St. Lawrence County Board of REALTORS® and is also an active member of the Northern Adirondack Boards of REALTORS®.
Jennifer has been appointed the Vice Chair of the NAR Fair Housing Policy Committee. She is a member of the NAR State and Local Issues Policy Committee and the NAR Board of Directors. She previously served on the Housing Opportunity Committee.
Stevenson is a former Ogdensburg, NY, City Councilwoman and serves on the NYS Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors.
Designation:Jorge Ledesma, CIPS, CEO, Greater Bergen REALTORS®
Jorge Ledesma has been involved in multiple aspects of the Real Estate Industry for the past 13 years. Ledesma is also a trustee for the REALTORS® Care Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization that supports and provides grants to NJ local non-profit organizations whose mission center around education, housing, and food for those in need. Jorge was previously managing Broker & Partner for REMAX Quality Homes, located in Bergen County, NJ. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business.
Designation:Associate Broker, Brown Harris Stevens
Designation:Regional Operating Principal, Keller Williams, Dominican Republic
Cheryl is best known as an entrepreneurial woman, mother and wife. Cheryl Graduated in 1993 as an Electrical Engineer from Washington University, St. Louis.
Cheryl has extensive general and administrative experience in transnational groups, which has allowed her to master several languages such as English, German, Spanish and Mandarin.
She came to The Dominican Republic more than 15 years ago, believing in the great real estate potential of the country.
Chery’s career spans 20-years as a regional lead operator.
Eugenia C. Foxworth
Designation:Broker/Owner, Foxworth Realty
Eugenia C. Foxworth, opened her brokerage in 2008 in New York City. She is a CIPS, certified NYRS, FIREC, and as an MWBE with NYC and NYS.
Eugenia became an active member of FIABCI-USA in 2003 and was elected as the FIABCI-USA’s Local Council president for NY, NJ and Ct. in 2005. In 2019 she was appointed as the First Vice President of the Executive Board of Directors for FIABC-USA. She was elected in June 2020 as the President Elect for FIABCI-USA 2020-2021 and will be sworn in as the President of FIABCI-USA in May 2021.
Real Estate Weekly recognized her in 2019 as one of the “Leading Ladies in Real Estate”. She was honored as a “Woman of Excellence” by the New York Women’s Chamber of Commerce and in October 2020 Real Estate Agent Advisor highlighted her as “One of the Phenomenal Women in Real Estate”.
Emilce (Emi) Cacace
Designation:TRC, CIPS, e-Pro, ABR, SRS, CBR, CDEI, RSPS, Broker/Owner, Portico Realty Group
Emilce Cacace founded Portico Realty Group in 2015 in Westchester, and in 2017 opened a branch in NYC.
In 2020, Emi was appointed as the NAR Global Ambassador to Argentina, Uruguay & Paraguay. She is the Chair Global Council HGAR (2020) and the Vice-President of the World Council of Brokers for FIABCI-International. (2018-20)
Emi been a guest speaker at several prominent real estate forums, including the 11th Congress for Developers and Investors in Real Estate (2019); the Latin American Congress for Real Estate Professionals in Argentina (2017). She is a Faculty member for Fordham University, HGAR and CAME-Argentina.
Cacace is fluent in Spanish and English and is a contributing writer with Mann Report Residential (Real Estate Magazine)
Tony L. D’Anzica
Tony D'Anzica is a native New Yorker. He is a founder and President of Dynamax Realty, Inc. and Dynamax Realty NYC, Inc., companies that provide real estate brokerage and property management services in the New York metropolitan area and in Central New York.
Tony is an entrepreneur with over ten years’ experience in the real estate industry, having started his career as an attorney representing landlords, developers, property managers and tenants at one of New York City's largest real estate law firms. His legal experience spans the real estate spectrum from residential transactional work to foreclosures and landlord-tenant litigation.
Tony D'Anzica is the 2020 Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors Global Council Co-Chair.
Designation:PA. REALTOR® CIPS, CDPE, CRS, SFR Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty
Vira Ferreira transitioned to Real Estate over 19 years ago. She has served as NAR’s President’s Liaison to Portugal from 2016 to 2018, and in 2019, she was nominated as NAR Global Ambassador to Italy, Portugal, Spain and Andorra, a position that she still holds today.
Vira has successfully worked with clients from around the globe. She is a specialist in Relocation, Luxury Homes, Short Sales, Retirement and Vacation Homes. She has a BA degree from Lisbon University. She is fluent in English, Portuguese and Spanish.
Designation:Linda Lee, Broker Associate, Keller Williams San Diego Metro
Linda Lee has been a Realtor in San Diego, California for over 18 years. She is noted as one of Keller Williams "Gary Keller’s Top 100" agents. Linda consistently ranks in the top 50 in the AREAA National A list. Linda lee serves as an NAR Global Ambassador; was a member of NAR’s 2011 Leadership Academy; and has taken on leadership roles on the local, state and national levels.
Designation:Liviu Tudor, President, European Property Federation (EPF)
Liviu Tudor is based in Brussels.The EPF is a leading real estate organization comprised of owners, investors, and developers, with a portfolio of properties valued at over €1,500B. With over 20 years of experience in the sector, he is the founder and president of Genesis Property, the leading Romanian owner of class A office buildings. The company’s portfolio includes West Gate Business District and Novo Park while it also established the first and largest privately held campus in Romania, hosting and mentoring 1,800 students.
In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Mr Tudor launched the IMMUNE Building standard, the world’s first, open-source global certification standard with a strategy for safer engineering, pandemic proof, built environments for people and organizations returning to their offices.
Designation:Owner/Manager, NADLAN 2000, Jerusalem, Israel
Assaf Epstein has been in the real estate business for 23 years and is a native Israeli. He has been involved in public activities for the Israeli real estate brokerage industry for the past 10 years. He is currently the Chair of the Chamber of Real Estate Brokers Jerusalem (CREBJ) and the Vice-Chair of the Chamber of Real Estate Brokers Israel (CREBI).
Assaf has been a member of NAR for many years and is the first Israeli to be elected to the Board of Directors of NAR. In 2018, he served on the Global Business & Alliances Committee.
Designation:2020 President-Elect, National Association of REALTORS®(NAR)
Charlie Oppler, a REALTOR® from Franklin Lakes, N.J., is the 2020 President-Elect of the National Association of REALTORS®. Charlie has been a REALTOR® since 1981. He is the COO of Prominent Properties Sotheby’s International Realty, with 12 offices in northern and central New Jersey. He holds the At Home with Diversity certification from NAR. Charlie has served on NAR’s Board of Directors numerous times, beginning in 2003. He has chaired the REALTOR® Party Coordinating Committee and the RPAC Trustees Committee. Charlie has served on four of NAR's Presidential Advisory Groups. In 2005, he was NAR’s Vice President for Region 2, representing New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, and in 2015, he was NAR Vice President for Chris Polychron. Charlie was the president of the New Jersey Association of REALTORS® in 2004. At the local level, Charlie is a member of the Greater Bergen REALTORS®. In 1997, Eastern Bergen County Board of REALTORS® named him their REALTOR® of the Year, and in 1996 he served as their president.
Designation:FAIA, LEED AP, Founder & Design Director, RAW-NYC Architects
Raya Ani is an award-winning multidisciplinary architect and urban designer with international experience. She has worked in Baghdad, Boston, Dubai, Germany, and New York City. Named as one of the topmost influential Architects in the Middle East since 2015, she received her bachelor’s degree in Architectural engineering from Baghdad University and her masters in Architecture from MIT, where she was awarded the Harvard/MIT Aga Khan Scholarship.
Raya was the 2017 President of the American Institute of Architects-Middle East Chapter. She is the founder and design director of RAW-NYC Architects, an award-winning interdisciplinary studio based in New York City and Dubai. In 2019, Raya received the title of Fellow American Institute of Architects (FAIA), its highest honor, for her excellence in design and outstanding contributions in the field of architecture,.
Designation:Broker/Owner, American Homes Group
Ron Molcho opened American Homes Groupin Staten Island,NY, 20 years ago. Ron has expertise in real estate development, acquisition, land brokering and rehabilitation.
Born in Israel, Molcho moved to the United States at the age of four. He holds dual citizenship and returned to Israel in 1982 where he attended Tel-Aviv University, majoring in economics and political science. After spending years in retail in New York City, Ron redirected his sales expertise to real estate.
Ron currently serves as Vice President of the Staten Island MLS, and holds membership at the Building Industry Association of New York City, Monmouth Ocean Regional Realtors, REBNY and the BrooklynMLS.
Designation:Senior Mortgage Loan Officer, United Nations Federal Credit Union (UNFCU)
David Wald has been in the residential mortgage financing industry for over 35 years. He joined the United Nations Federal Credit Union (UNFCU) more than 5 years ago specializing in foreign national lending, cooperative and condominium unit financing and other unique portfolio lending programs. Founded in 1947, UNFCU has over $6 billion in assets, serving as the credit union for the employees, contractors and retirees of the United Nations, The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.
David’s prior experience working in the mortgage industry includes Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and JPMorgan Chase
Designation:CIPS, SFR, SRS, Broker Associate, COMPASS, San Francisco
Alina Aeby, , is a global real estate consultant, speaker and investor based in San Francisco, California. She has over 10 years of international real estate experience and a background in journalism and economic research with emphasis on globalization.
Alina serves as NAR Global Ambassador to Romania, Moldova and Georgia. She is a member of FIABCI, TAN (Top Agent Network) San Francisco, AREAA, and a Board of Advisory member of REALTYNA, an international proptech company.
Alina holds a PhD in Economics with emphasis on globalization. She recently completed a blockchain executive course at UC Berkeley – Haas School of Business in 2020. She is fluent in English, Romanian, French, Italian and speaks conversational Spanish.
Designation:Joe Schneider, Director of Global Strategy & Engagement, National Association of REALTORS (NAR).
Joe Schneider oversees the day-to-day operations of NAR’s international efforts and actively maintains partnerships with 100 like-kind associations in 85 countries around the world. Joe and his team ensure that NAR and its members have business avenues into these markets, while helping NAR’s partners advance their real estate markets through education, best practices, and strategic development initiatives.
Joe has worked on many special international projects in his position ranging from industry advocacy, the creation of licensing laws and regulation, and advancing specialized training programs for the real estate industry.
He sits on the Board of Directors at IHC Global, an independent, non-profit global membership coalition of organizations, businesses and individuals engaged in urban development worldwide. Joe also serves on the Board of FIABCI-USA and as a strategic advisor on the Middle East Sustainable Development Initiative (MESDI).
Designation:Director Designations and Certifications, National Association of REALTORS®, CIPS, C2EX, ePRO®, GREEN, PSA, RCE, RSPS, SRES®
Carol oversees the operations of 10 credentials at NAR. With over 23 years of Association Management experience, Carol has a diverse business specialty background in global business and professional development.
Kevin B. Brown
Designation:Senior Global Real Estate Advisor and Associate Broker, Sotheby's International Realty
With over 30 years of sales experience, Kevin B. Brown is recognized as one of Manhattan's most respected real estate professionals. A former owner and chairman of Century 21 NY Metro and a partner of Ashforth Warburg Real Estate, now Warburg Realty, Kevin is one of the city's premier luxury townhouse, co-op, and condominium brokers. and colleagues. Kevin is also a Senior Partner and Head of New Development on The Field Team
Kevin began his professional career studying for a life in the priesthood with the Maryknoll Fathers. With a master's degree in theology from Fordham University as well as an MBA in finance from Baruch College, Kevin combines his passion for real estate with his lifelong commitment to numerous charitable organizations. A portion of the commissions he receives is frequently directed back to his client's favorite charity.
Ofelia M. Ulloa
Designation:President & Broker/Owner, Costa Rica Sol First Realty
Ofelia M. Ulloa is currently the International Director of the Costa Rican Chamber of Real Estate Brokers (CCCBR), CILA President Elect 2021 (Real Estate Confederation of Latin America) and has been CILA North President during 2017/2018/2019 as well as International Member of the Board of Directors of NAR since 2017.
Ulloa is an active member of CCCBR, NAR, CILA, FIABCI and created the new CCCBR International Chapter in 2019. She has the following designations: CIPS (Certified International Property Specialist); ABR (Accredited Buyer’s Representative); SRS (Sellers Representative Specialist); and the CRS (Council Residential Specialist).
Designation:Urban Design Consultant
Charles Montgomery is an award-winning author, urbanist, and leader of a consultancy that builds happiness into cities. He is the author of the book Happy City. Montgomery and his team are using the lessons of Happy City to transform places and people’s lives in Mexico City, Auckland, London, and elsewhere. Montgomery launched the world’s first Happy Neighborhood Audit in Mexico City, and his team has worked with the World Health Organization’s Europe Healthy Cities Unit. He has worked with TIME Magazine on an interactive survey exploring happiness in American cities.
Steve Maggi, Esq.
Designation:Managing Partner, SMA Law Firm
Steve Maggi was born in Argentina and raised in the U.S., graduating from the University of North Carolina, where he studied broadcast journalism and history. Mr. Maggi received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 2001 and launched SMA in 2004. A U.S. immigration and consular law attorney with over fifteen years of experience, his law firm provides comprehensive immigration and consular law services, including assisting businesses in their sponsorship of foreign nationals as well as family-based petitions and humanitarian cases. Steve has represented clients at over 50 U.S. embassies and consulates around the world in their visa and waiver application processes. He has been interviewed by ABC News, CNN, Bloomberg, NY1, Telemundo, Currents News and NY1 Noticias.
Designation:Assistant Vice President, Emigrant Mortgage Company, a subsidiary of Emigrant Bank
Charles Ruffin has over 20 years of experience originating commercial and residential loans. Mr. Ruffin’s role at Emigrant also involves representing the bank on real estate lending panels, making presentations to residential and commercial brokers and providing public seminars on the alternative mortgage programs offered by the firm. Before joining Emigrant Mortgage Company Mr. Ruffin was a Client Manager in the Commercial Term Lending division of Chase where he focused on originating multifamily and mixed-use commercial loans. Mr. Ruffin holds a MBA from Case Western Reserve, a J.D from Cleveland Marshall College of Law and a NY Real Estate Broker’s License.
Federico Ranuzzi de’ Bianchi, Esq.
Designation:Principal Broker, Ranuzzi & Giordani Real Estate Agency
Federico Ranuzzi de’ Bianchi, Esq is received his law degree in 2004. After first working for BPER bank, he worked in marketing and communications, managing multi-purpose venues where he coordinated and organized corporate, musical and sporting events of international importance. In 2013, he obtained his professional real estate license. Since 2017 he has been the National Delegate for the foreign sector of FIAIP (Italian Federation of (Professional Real Estate Agents). In 2018 he was elected Vice President of CEPI (European Association of Real Estate Professions) based in Brussels
Francis Fernandez Ariza
Designation:CEO, Spanish International Realty Alliance
Francis Fernandez Ariza is a member of the executive committee for UCI: Unión de Créditos Inmobiliarios, PDD: Programa de Desarrollo Directivo by IESE (also known as IESE Business School): Instituto de Estudios Superiores de la Empresa and has 30 years of experience in the Finance and Real Estate industries. He was CEO for the Compracasa Network, regional manager at GMAC (Graduate Management Admission Council) and a real estate instructor with specialties in business initiatives. He holds the CRS designation in Spain.
Designation:CEO, Portuguese International Realty
Pedro Pereira has represented the cooperating Association to NAR in Portugal since 2018. He is familiar with the Portuguese real estate market for more than 2 decades as he is also the Marketing Manager of UCI, na Iberian Mortgage Lender specialized in real estate agents.
Designation:Founder, Real Estate of the Future
Nikki Greenberg directs real estate developers and owners on ways to capitalize on PropTech and disruptive innovations to gain an edge in an ever-changing environment. She is a frequent speaker at leading real estate and technology conferences around the world. With a focus on innovation, Nikki brings big-picture strategic thinking to the full real estate lifecycle. She entered the property industry through her established career in architecture where she worked on multi-award-winning transformative projects with Lendlease, Koichi Takada Architects, Payce, and others. She is an alumnus of the UNSW in Sydney, Australia where she attained her Masters of International Business with a focus on China; Masters of Architecture and Bachelors of Architecture with honors. Nikki is an Australian national now residing in New York City.
Designation:Alicea Castellanos, CEO / Founder, Global Taxes LLC.
Alicea Castellanos has more than 17 years of tax advisory experience. She specializes in U.S. tax planning and compliance for non-U.S. families with global wealth and asset protection structures which include non-U.S. trusts, estates and foundations that have a U.S. connection. Alicea also specializes in foreign investment in U.S. real estate and other assets, pre-immigration tax planning, U.S. expatriation matters, foreign inheritances, foreign accounts and assets compliance, offshore voluntary disclosures/tax amnesties, FATCA registration, and foreign companies wanting to do business in the U.S. Alicea is fluent in Spanish and has a working knowledge of Portuguese. Alicea is an active member of the Society of Trusts & Estates Practitioners (STEP), the New York City Bar, the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPAs), and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).
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