Members Make Annual Swanepoel Power 200 Report of Most Powerful Leaders in Real Estate
Earlier this week, The annual SP200 (Swanepoel Power 200) report was released, highlighting the most powerful leaders in the residential real estate industry. Investing over 400 hours of research, discussion, analysis, and careful consideration, the Swanepoel T3 Group narrowed their list to the top 200 for the year.
Leaders who made the list were evaluated on a variety of criteria, including the office they hold and the decision-making power that comes with that position, their financial resources, their brokerage’s overall industry significance and reach, their tenure, personal influence, and more.
Every year, we have a number of members that make the list, and this year was no exception. While we believe all our clients are making a huge impact on raising the bar for the real estate industry, we proudly congratulate the following network members for their recognition in the SP200!
#65 | Mary Frances Burleson
President and CEO at Ebby Halliday Realtors
Mary Frances joined the Ebby Halliday family in 1958, where she began as a part-time receptionist. Over the last 50 years, Mary Frances has played an integral role in the success of the company — which has grown into one of the largest brokerages in the country with over 30 offices, more than 1,700 agents, and nearly $8 billion in annual sales.
About Ebby Halliday Realtors
For more than 70 years, Ebby Halliday Realtors has helped define the real estate industry. Starting in 1945 with a modest inventory of just over 50 houses along the Walnut Hill Golf Course, Ebby Halliday Realtors undertook the task of marketing hard-to-sell properties almost immediately — which they did with great success. That accomplishment, combined with savvy business practices and an emphasis on community service, are just a few of the many reasons Ebby Halliday has grown into one of the biggest, privately-owned real estate companies in the country.
#67 | Stephen Baird
President and CEO at Baird & Warner
Stephen has led Baird & Warner since 1991, and there is no doubt that he has had a lasting impact on the industry and is one of the most respected names in real estate. Stephen has been a leader in the Chicago region for decades, but also serves as the chairman of The Realty Alliance and has testified before the U.S. Congress on matters of vital interest to the real estate community.
About Baird & Warner
As one of the oldest real estate brokerages in the nation, Baird & Warner is a highly recognizable name in real estate. Serving the Chicago real estate market for more than 160 years, they have become a dominant force in their region as well. A fifth generation company, Baird & Warner has nearly 2,000 agents, 26 offices, and generates nearly $6 billion in annual sales.
#104 | Stephen Meyers
President and CEO at Houlihan Lawrence
Stephen retained a leadership role following Houlihan Lawrence’s acquisition by HomeServices a year ago. As the fourth generation in the family business, Stephen — along with his sister Nancy and brother Chris — has seen tremendous growth over the years as they grew the company to more than 1,000 agents, 29 offices, and nearly $7 billion in annual sales.
About Houlihan Lawrence
Established in 1888, Houlihan Lawrence is build upon family traditions and is proud to be a family-owned brokerage with a successful track record for 125 years. Still holding true to their commitment to serve their local communities, Houlihan Lawrence continues to provide local expertise and global access, as well as excellent customer service and leadership. As one of the most prominent brokerages in their region, Houlihan Lawrence harnesses local expertise and data-driven insights to push real estate forward every day.
#137 | Pat Shea
President at Lyon Real Estate
Pat has more than 20 years of real estate sales and leadership experience in the Greater Sacramento Area — and as president of Lyon Real Estate he puts his strong leadership skills into action by turning long-term goals into strategic plans. His dedication has helped Lyon Real Estate grow to nearly 1,000 agents in 17 offices with nearly $3 billion in annual sales.
About Lyon Real Estate
Ranked the number one brokerage in annual home sales in the greater Sacramento region by the Sacramento Business Journal, Lyon Real Estate has served the area for over 70 years. They have successfully evolved by maintaining Lyon’s family values of honesty, integrity, and respect — combined with the spirit of continuous innovation and a quest for excellence.
#177 | Peter Niederman
CEO at Kentwood Real Estate
Peter Niederman sold Kentwood Real Estate to HomeServices in 2016, but continues as the company’s CEO. Peter is well-known in the industry and is often looked to as an innovative real estate marketer. With more than 200 agents spanning the Denver metro area, Kentwood Real Estate does nearly $2.5 billion in annual sales.
About Kentwood Real Estate
Since 1981, Kentwood Real Estate has been the most trusted name in metro Denver real estate. Locally operated, their experienced real estate professionals are ranked among the top-producing Realtors in the country. And with a strong commitment to superior customer service and unmatched market knowledge, it’s no surprise why Kentwood Real Estate continues to be a leader in their region.