Holds Event in South Beach, Honors Joan Thomson

Posted by — May 14, 2010

The 8th Annual Luxury Real Estate Spring Retreat was recently held Tuesday, May 4th to Friday, May 7th, at the Ritz-Carlton, South Beach. Keynote Speakers were Katrina Campins, Owner/Broker of the Campins Company, LLC and star of the first season of The Apprentice; Joe McAuliffe of Metamorphosis Consulting and Liz Christoffersen, owner of Empower Consulting Group.

The Conference was hosted by John Brian Losh, Chairman and CEO of Luxury Real Estate, ( and Who’s Who of Luxury Real Estate), a membership-driven luxury brokerage assemblage based in Seattle, Washington. The network includes the most prominent global luxury brokers and meets three times each year, nationally and internationally, to discuss current real estate trends.

The recent event in South Beach covered multiple topics of great interest to those who serve the high net-worth demographic. An ongoing theme, covered at each of the conferences, is the state of the luxury market around the world. In addition, there were several discussions and break out sessions that focused on next generation real estate, how to differentiate your brand from your competition, ways to integrate social media and sales, how to use marketing, publicity and advertising to brand yourself and grow business, ways to grow your relocation business and financial strategies that will help double your business. Other distinguished partners and members hosted break out sessions: Jeff Bretherton, Ben Moss, Ron & Alexandra Seigel, Silvana Malpelli, and Jacky Teplitzky.

The highlight of the event was the Thursday night dinner with Featured Speaker Katrina Campins and the Awards Presentation, honoring the career of Joan Thomson with the Lifetime Achievement Award. This prestigious award is given twice annually to the Luxury Real Estate member who has set an example for the real estate industry and displayed excellence throughout their career. Joan Thomson has grown Waterfront Properties and Club Communities to become a dominant Florida luxury real estate firm through generous teaching, infectious learning and solid leadership.

About, a 2009 Webby Award Honoree, has been voted ‘Best of the Web’ by Forbes magazine multiple times, praised by the International Herald Tribune, Town & Country, the Wall Street Journal and has been ranked ‘Best Website’ by consumers according to surveys by the Luxury Institute. Since its debut in 1995, has remained the #1 portal for luxury properties on the internet, consistently driving more traffic to member websites and generating more qualified inquiries than any other website. has several times more $1,000,000+ content of any near-peer.

Also known in the industry as the Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate network, a global collection of the finest luxury real estate brokers in the world, this group of more than 1000 brokerage firms and 95,000 professionals in more than 65 countries collectively sells in excess of $190 billion of real estate annually, with an average sale price of $2,450,000. Members sell homes for record prices and handle transactions of incredible complexity and magnitude with complete discretion. Every member is carefully selected by CEO/Publisher John Brian Losh, one of REALTOR Magazine’s 25 Most Influential People in Real Estate and broker of fine properties and estates through his Seattle-based brokerage firm, Ewing & Clark, Inc.

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