Joe Horning, president of Shorewest Realtors, has been elected to a two-year term as chairman of the board of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, a selective global community of over 550 independent real estate firms. Mr. Horning is a third-generation leader of the Shorewest Family of Companies, which includes Wisconsin’s largest real estate company, Shorewest Realtors.

He succeeded his father as president of the company in 2002. After graduating from Marquette University with a degree in Business Administration, he joined Shorewest on a full-time basis and later pioneered the company’s IT division. Under the leadership of Joe Horning and his brother John, who serves as executive vice president, the company has grown to 1000 sales professionals, 300 staff members and 23 locations throughout Wisconsin.

An articulate industry spokesperson and innovator on critical online issues, Mr. Horning is LeadingRE’s youngest chairman to date. He also serves on the boards for Upstream, the Greater Milwaukee Association of Realtors, Wisconsin Homeowners Alliance and the Wisconsin Real Estate Exchange, as well as participating in the NAR MLS Consolidation Resources Work Group. He has also chaired the MLS Policy Forum for the National Association of Realtors and The Realty Alliance.

“It’s an incredible honor to serve as chairman of the LeadingRE board, working alongside some of the best brokers in the business on behalf of all of our member companies worldwide,” Horning said. “I look forward to building on the exceptional offerings we have to support our members in all areas of their operations.”

LeadingRE President/CEO Pam O’Connor comments, “We are so fortunate to have Joe move into the role of chairman. His passion for the industry, his focus on innovation and his deliberate approach to business will be incredibly valuable to us as we continue to expand the ways in which we support our members’ success.”

Other LeadingRE board officers include Immediate Past Chairman Pat Riley Allen Tate Company, Charlotte, N.C.; Vice Chairman Diane M. Ramirez, Halstead Real Estate, New York, N.Y.; Secretary Howard W. (Hoby) Hanna IV, Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, Cleveland, Ohio; and Treasurer Rob Sibcy, Sibcy Cline, Realtors, Cincinnati, Ohio. Also serving on the distinguished board are Carol Bulman, Jack Conway & Company, Norwell, Mass.; Harold Crye, Crye-Leike Inc-Nashville, Memphis, Tenn.; Jeffrey Detwiler, Long & Foster Companies, Chantilly, Va.; Mike Pappas, The Keyes Company, Miami, Fla.; Ron Peltier, HomeServices of America, Inc., Minneapolis, Minn.; Patrick M. Shea, Lyon Real Estate, Sacramento, Calif.; Ron Stader, CIR REALTY, Calgary, Alb. Canada; and William Watson, Jr., Watson Realty Corporation, Jacksonville, Fla.

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