Three people with connections to Sarasota were among the real estate stars named in the nationwide Inman Top 101, a list of the most influential people in the industry.
The Top 101 list, according to a statement, recognizes real estate industry doers “whose ingenuity, outspokenness, strength, conviction, power and persistence drive change.” The list is broken down into categories that include brokerages, trade groups and technology. The Top 101 includes industry luminaries such as Keller Williams chairman Gary Keller; National Association of Realtors CEO Dale Stinton; Re/Max co-founder and CEO Dave Liniger; and Zillow Group CEO Spencer Rascoff.
People on this list with connections to the Gulf Coast include:
Laura Brady, CEO of Concierge Auctions: A former prominent residential real estate agent in Sarasota, Brady now runs the fast-growing New York City-based firm. Concierge Auctions has auctioned nearly $1 billion in high-end properties in 27 states and five countries, and Brady, according to Inman's list, “has helped bring the concept of marketplace auctions to the mainstream housing scene.”
Brady and Chad Roffers, another former prominent residential broker in Sarasota, launched Concierge Auctions in Sarasota in 2008. Prior to that business, the pair ran Sky Sotheby's International Realty in Sarasota, which grew rapidly in the recession, then ran into problems in the downturn. Roffers is chairman of Concierge Auctions.
Budge Huskey, president and CEO of Coldwell Banker Real Estate: A Sarasota-based executive for NRT and Coldwell Banker in the early and mid-2000s, Huskey oversaw the firm's residential and commercial brokerage units from Panama City to Marco Island. He has run the real estate giant in his current position, based in the firm's New Jersey headquarters, since a promotion in January 2013.
Huskey, says Inman, is “pushing his 100-plus-year-old brand to adopt fresh practices, pioneer new technology and improve the overall direction of the industry.”
Michael Saunders, CEO of Michael Saunders & Co.: Saunders founded her company in 1976, and has grown it into a major regional force that surpassed $2 billion in total property sales last year. Inman, in its list, says Saunders is an “outspoken and purposeful leader, encouraging the industry to adopt new initiatives and launching philanthropic activities.”