Members of the Forbes Real Estate Council are having a hot summer season. From awards to feature highlights to funding and more, our members are being recognized for all their hard work and dedication to the business. Below, we highlight six members and their big news.

Latest Funding Round Positions Convene For Innovative Expansion

Christopher Kelly

Convene, the flexible meeting and workspace co-founded by Chief Innovation Officer Christopher Kelly, has raised an impressive $152 million in a Series D round, placing the company’s value at over $500 million. New investors include Revolution Growth, Brookfield Property Partners LP, BlackRock In.c and others, according to Bloomberg.

With these funds, the company sets its sights on a global expansion. Convene has already made its mark on New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. Kelly told Bloomberg, “We really want to build the connective tissue in a building that connects people, places, services, systems and things.”

Read more about Convene’s future plans and how it’s revolutionizing workspaces here.

VHT Studios CEO Shares the Importance of Aerial Photos in MHN Feature

Brian Balduf

Visual marketing expert and VHT Studios co-founder and CEO Brian Balduf was recently invited to share his insights by Multi-Housing News magazine. In an article discussing the latest and greatest in aerial and virtual tours, Balduf weighed in on how drone-captured photos and videos are essential for positioning properties for a faster sale — 32% faster, he says.

“More and more owners and managers are learning how virtually staged photographs of a unit appeal to prospective buyers or tenants,” Balduf said in the feature. VHT Studios’ real estate photography has helped over 200,000 agents sell more than $200 billion worth of properties over the last 20 years.

To read the feature in full, click here.

Ryan Jancula Named One of Realtor Magazine’s 2018 30 Under 30

Ryan Jancula

Out of a class of over 300 applicants, Forbes Real Estate Council member Ryan Jancula was named to the Realtor Magazine‘s 2018 30 Under 30. Under the brokerage Compass, Jancula’s real estate group My Westside Home sold over $56 million in properties last year, with over $34 million in Jancula’s individual sales.

In the 30 Under 30 list announcement, Realtor Magazine said, “This year’s honorees show that authenticity is the new standard for exceptional service.” A panel of judges selected the top 50 candidates from the applicant pool, and readers cast over 15,000 votes to name the top 30.

Learn more about the honorees here or in the May/June issue of Realtor Magazine.

Stribling & Associates Agents Named to “The Thousand”

Elizabeth Ann Stribling-Kivlan

Stribling & Associates, led by President Elizabeth Ann Stribling-Kivlan, is excited to announce five agents who have been recognized for their success in real estate. The Wall Street Journal and REAL Trends named several Stribling agents to “The Thousand” (download required), the joint endeavor’s ranking of top agents nationwide. Congratulations to Alexa Lambert, Pamela D’Arc, Millie Perry and the team Shelton Smith and Elizabeth Lorenzo.

“We are so proud that our Stribling agents are recognized among the best and most successful here in New York as well as in the entire country,” said Stribling-Kivlan in a press release. “Their achievements exemplify the values, strength, expertise, and customer service for which Stribling is known, and are shared by the entire Stribling family.”

See the release in full here.

Eileen Lacerte Named Top 100 Realtor and Hall of Famer

Eileen Lacerte

After repeatedly being placed at the top of the list of Top 100 Realtors in the State of Hawaii, Real Estate Council member Eileen Lacerte has been inducted into the Hawaii Business Magazine Hall of Fame. The broker/owner of Hawaii Beach and Golf Properties, Lacerte specializes in waterfront luxury properties and boasts sales over $312 million.

Read more about Eileen here, and view the Top 100 here.


Campus Advantage Welcomes New Co-COO

Mike Peter

President and CEO Mike Peter of student housing development leader Campus Advantage excitedly announces the promotion of Jennifer Cassidy to Executive Vice President and Co-Chief Operating Officer. “Strengthening our Operations team is a huge positive for Campus Advantage clients,” said Peter in a press release. “With the growth Campus Advantage has experienced in the last 12-18 months, both in size and the diversification of clients and properties, bringing on an additional Chief Operating Officer allows for a more streamlined focus on our relationships.

Read the press release in full here.

These are just a handful of Forbes Councils members’ recent exciting achievements. Read about what other members are working on here. Have news of your own to share with the community? Submit your accomplishments to our team by visiting the “get media exposure” page in your member dashboard.


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