Holds Fall Conference in Seattle, Honors Harry Norman, Realtors and Other Luxury Real Estate Leaders

Posted by Haley Dalton — October 1, 2010

1285964007The 15th Annual Luxury Real Estate Fall Conference was recently held Monday, September 20th to Wednesday, September 22nd, at the Four Seasons Seattle. Keynote Speakers were Cliff Burrows, President, Starbucks USA, and Stuart Silk, Stuart Silk Architects.

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 conference in Seattle 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, discussions focused on the effective use of social media marketing, catering to an international clientele, vacation rental best practices and many more. Featured speaker Cliff Burrows, President of Starbucks Coffee, USA, gave an inspirational talk about transforming the company over the past 2 years. A topic that resonated with several in the room.

1285964363The highlight of the event was the Awards Presentation, honoring the career of Patricia Choi with the Lifetime Achievement Award. This prestigious award is given to Luxury Real Estate members who set an example for the real estate industry and display excellence throughout their career. “Patricia is a true leader is the industry” states John Brian Losh “we are excited to see her sell the next billion”.

In addition, the award for Best Website Innovation was presented to Harry Norman, Realtors. This award is given to the Luxury Real Estate member with the most outstanding online presence, with a focus on the technological innovation and functionality of their website. This is a Peer Recognition Award voted on by the Luxury Real Estate membership.

Other award winners include:

Best Brand Integration – Mason Morse Real Estate

Best Overall Marketing Package – Beacham & Company, REALTORS

Most Innovative Marketing Technique Luxury Real Estate New Zealand

Best Website Design – Surterre Properties

Best Print Marketing – Stribling & Associates

Best Industry Networking – Bob Nathan of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, Bonnie Smith of Exclusive Mountain Retreats Real Estate

Billionaires Club – Patricia Choi of Choi International, Bill and Vicki Mitchell of Carmel Realty Company

Outstanding Rookie – Courtney Jones of Carmel Realty Company

Extraordinary Philanthropist – Saul Cohen of Hammond Residential Real Estate, LLC

Best New Community – The Ritz-Carlton LA Live in Los Angeles, CA

Most Impressive Listing – Brian Hazen of Mason Morse Real Estate

Outstanding Social Media Savvy – Towne Realty Group, LLC

Most Valued Partner – Ilya’s Photography

About Harry Norman, REALTORS®

Founded in 1930, Harry Norman, Realtors is Atlanta’s oldest and largest residential real estate firm with 15 sales offices, various franchise and satellite offices, and more than 1,300 real estate professionals. Harry Norman, Realtors is a wholly-owned subsidiary of HomeServices of America, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate. HomeServices is the second-largest full-service independent residential real estate brokerage firm in the U.S. with 17,000 sales associates spanning 20 states. Harry Norman, Realtors is the exclusive Atlanta affiliate of Christie’s Great Estates and achieves additional international exposure through membership in such exclusive real estate networks as Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® the largest network of independent residential real estate firms, with 600 members representing 5,000 offices and 150,000 associates across the U.S. and in more than 30 countries. More information is available at

About HomeServices of America HomeServices of America, Inc. (, based in Minneapolis, Minn., is the second-largest homeownership service provider in the United States. Owned by MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company, a consolidated subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., HomeServices’ operating companies, who average 54 years in the respective markets in which they operate, offer integrated real estate services, including brokerage services, mortgage originations, title and closing services, property and casualty insurance, home warranties and other homeownership services. HomeServices Relocation, LLC is the full-service relocation arm of HomeServices of America which provides every aspect of domestic and international relocation to corporations around the world. HomeServices operates in 20 states under the following residential real estate brand names: Carol Jones REALTORS; CBSHOME Real Estate; Champion Realty Inc.; Edina Realty; EWM REALTORS; Harry Norman, REALTORS; HOME Real Estate; Huff Realty; Iowa Realty; Koenig & Strey Real Living; Long Companies; Prudential California Realty; Prudential Carolinas Realty; Prudential First Realty; Prudential York Simpson Underwood; RealtySouth; Rector-Hayden REALTORS; Reece & Nichols; Roberts Brothers Inc.; Semonin REALTORS and Woods Bros. Realty. Information about HomeServices and the locations of its subsidiary companies is available at

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, and 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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