As Chief Executive Officer of The Agency, Mauricio Umansky leads a team responsible for representing buyers and sellers internationally with many of the world’s most distinguished architectural estates, new luxury developments, and design-centric homes. He prides himself on his ability to stay involved in and facilitate all aspects of The Agency’s team, from in-office collaboration to creative marketing and sales techniques. Mauricio places a premium on customer service, drawing on more than 15 years of experience and out-of-the box thinking to ensure that his team provides the best customer experience in the business. He is constantly innovating and planning new ways for The Agency to grow – not only as a real estate brokerage, but as a cutting-edge, 21st century lifestyle company with a global presence.
Mauricio is currently recognized by The Wall Street Journal as the #1 realtor in California by sales volume – and #3 in the entire United States. Mauricio specializes in selling and marketing luxury real estate worldwide. He co-founded The Agency in September 2011 with fellow agents Billy Rose and Blair Chang, and already their company has closed more than $1.5 billion in sales. Over the course of his career, Mauricio has personally orchestrated close to $2 billion in transactions.
Mauricio counts on the thousands of professional and personal contacts with whom he does business, and his network is always expanding. He travels throughout the world on a consistent basis making new contacts and securing existing relationships. As he likes to say, “Global is the new local.” Mauricio recently returned from multiple trips to Shanghai, China, where The Agency opened an office to further strengthen its presence in Asia. He is also in the process of opening offices in Las Vegas, Venice, Palm Springs, Marina del Rey, and Cabo San Lucas, with more on the way. All these contacts guarantee that maximum exposure is provided for every single listing at The Agency.
Mauricio also sits on the board of Prestige MLS, a business club exclusively dedicated to estate agencies specializing in marketing luxury properties internationally. In addition, he is a member of The Young Presidents Organization (YPO), a highly influential and world-renowned business networking group connecting leaders and CEOs of major companies.
Mauricio regularly appears as a real estate expert on Fox Business News and CNN Money, as well as in the pages of The Wall Street Journal, LA Times, and Forbes Magazine (among others). Many people also know Mauricio from his frequent appearances on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Mauricio enjoys writing a regular column for Beverly Hills Lifestyle Magazine. In his personal life, he participates in philanthropic work involving the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. His hobbies include golf, heli-skiing, travel, and extreme adventure sports. Mauricio is happily married, with four wonderful daughters.
Pardee Properties is the Westside real estate market leader. Tami Pardee and her team have
sold over $2 billion in residential and commercial properties to date. She is ranked as the #17
agent in the United States by Real Trends/Wall Street Journal, and is quoted throughout the
country as a leading expert in the real estate industry.
For Tami, however, success and recognition are only part of the picture. Of equal personal and professional importance to Tami is her mission to give back to the community. It’s a goal that has always been part of her life: After receiving her undergraduate degree from Boston
University and her MBA from Loyola Marymount University, Tami helped create over 500
critically needed affordable housing units. She then founded the business to best help people
realize their dreams and neighborhoods thrive, creating Pardee Properties in 2005.
Today Pardee Properties is a true powerhouse on the Los Angeles real estate market. With over 55 employees and offices in Santa Monica, Mar Vista/Culver City and Venice, Pardee Properties is not only able to offer the absolute best opportunities and results to clients, but they are also able to share that success with others through their firm’s Life-Changer program.
“Daily, on the streets around us, we see this commitment transforming lives,” says Tami, who
has lived in West L.A. for over 20 years and now raises her four children with her husband in the community. “Everything from elevating a homeless individual by providing crucial services, to supporting constructive recreational spaces for youth. From assisting needy schools to
protecting Santa Monica Bay. Life-Changer is our passion for opening doors and lifting hearts,
one life at a time.”
The program directs 10% net proceeds of each sale to local charities. To date, Life-Changer has donated over $770,000, primarily in Westside neighborhoods.
“For many people, purchasing or selling their home is the most important decision of their life –both monetarily and personally,” she says. “That’s why we strive – on a very fundamental level
– to put our hearts into homes.”
Diane M. Ramirez is Chief Executive Officer of Halstead Property and she is well-known for her passion and devotion to the residential real estate industry. She is a 35-year veteran who started her career in Palm Beach, Florida where she worked as an agent for a number of years before returning to her hometown - New York City - and embarking on a successful and exciting career.
Together with Clark Halstead, she helped found Halstead Property in the Fall of 1984. Their vision for the company was a high-end firm that utilized advanced technology combined with old fashioned elegance that covered all segments of the market and was located in the communities that they serviced. Due to their vision, Halstead Property became the first big firm to utilize storefront offices in Manhattan as well as the first to be on the West Side and in Downtown.
Under her leadership, Mrs. Ramirez has strategically grown the firm from its original goal of three storefront offices in some of the most important communities in Manhattan to its current size of more than 2 dozen offices with 1,000 agents throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Riverdale, the Hamptons, Hudson Valley, Hoboken, New Jersey and Fairfield County, Connecticut. A recent growth area was in Hamptons where Halstead has two offices in both East Hampton and Southampton.
Mrs. Ramirez was appointed by the Governor to the Department of State Real Estate Board in 2010 and is still an active member. She is also an active member of the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), where she serves on the Board of Governors, their Executive Advisory Board, the Board of Directors of the Residential Division which she co-chaired for four years, as well as the Board of NY1Residential.com. She is a member of the Residential Brokerage Division, Interfirm Forum, which she co-chaired for two years. She is currently a committee member on Admissions and has served on the Ethics Committee and Education Committee (in which she also served as co-chair for two years). In addition, she is an accredited continuing education teacher for the State. Mrs. Ramirez is also a member of the Real Estate Brokerage Managers Council - the professional organization of business management, which serves real estate brokerage owners and managers, and in 1996, she earned the industry-recognized CRB designation.
In 2007 at the REBNY annual Gala, Mrs. Ramirez was presented with the 'Henry Forster Award.' Instituted in 1990, this prestigious award is presented annually to a real estate professional with an outstanding record of achievement and conduct both within the industry and the community.
Mrs. Ramirez is involved in philanthropy both in and out of the real estate community. In January 2009, she was recognized for her community service when she was presented with the Kenneth R. Gerrety Humanitarian Award from REBNY. In addition, she has been presented with the New York Moves 'Power Women' honor, the Mann 'Real Estate Firm of the Year' Award and the OTTY 'Eastsider of the Year' Award, both of which acknowledge outstanding involvement in the community. Mrs. Ramirez was also honored by the Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter with the Celine Marcus Community Service Award. She and her husband, Sam Ramirez, are long-standing supporters of the Valerie Fund in New Jersey (an organization which helps children with cancer), and were honored at their annual Thanksgiving Gala in 2006 for their outstanding involvement and dedication to the charity.
Mrs. Ramirez resides in Manhattan with her husband, Sam Ramirez, who is the founder and CEO of the investment banking firm, Samuel A. Ramirez & Co., Inc. Their son, his wife and their three children also dwell in Manhattan; and, their daughter resides in Connecticut with her husband and two children.
Elizabeth Ann Stribling-Kivlan is the President of Stribling & Associates, a family-run business and New York City’s premiere boutique residential brokerage firm specializing in the sales and marketing of exceptional resale properties (coop, condo) and new developments. Elizabeth Ann manages the firm’s day-to-day operations and leads Stribling’s business expansion and development initiatives, from implementing new technologies and market data programs to global outreach and referral partnerships with affiliate firms in diverse national and international markets. Prior to her role as President, Elizabeth Ann was an executive vice president and director of marketing and business development. She joined Stribling & Associates in 2006 after working for two years in San Francisco with a top producer at Pacific Union GMAC. She was born and raised in NYC.
Elizabeth Ann is an expert on residential real estate and travels throughout the world and country to represent the company at meetings and conferences across a variety of industries, offering her expertise on topics including marketing and sales, business development, social media, technology, residential new development, emerging markets, real estate investment, among other topics.
Former hit record producer turned real estate mogul Peter Lorimer, a Brit, has been a a consistent and significant top producer in the Beverly and Hollywood Hills property arena for over a decade, serving the more creatively minded residents. Peter is the owner of uber trendy PLG Estates, which fuses together the art of handling incredibly delicate and private VIPs while giving all clients the feeling of being "inside the velvet rope," just like the rock stars and celebs the PLG Estates brand is known to cater to. Lorimer’s flavor of “exclusivity for all” is the perfect concoction for the sophisticated Los Angeles crowd who gulp it down with an insatiable thirst for PLG’s style and “not just any old agent” verve
Stephen has been a top producing broker and a leader in the Los Angeles community for decades. After graduating from Temple University in Philadelphia in 1969 he moved to Los Angleles. He entered the real estate business in 1975 specializing in high-end leasing, gradually moved to selling and became partner in the Beverly Hills agency, Stan Herman and Associates, which became Stan Herman Stephen Shapiro and Associates in the 1980's. Stephen opened Westside Estate Agency in 1999 with partner Kurt Rappaport specializing in High Net Worth sales. The company annually participates in a dramatically disproportionate share of the $15m+ market. The company's average sale in 2015 was over $9m. Westside Estate Agency represents leaders of industry, entertainment and technology and do so with exemplary service and discretion. The company has offices in Beverly Hills, Malibu and Miami.
Samantha (Sam) DeBianchi founded DeBianchi Real Estate in July 2011, knowing that her unique background in hospitality and passion for real estate could help her provide the market with an innovative real estate buying and selling experience second to none. Sam has represented a number of athletes, entrepreneurs, investors and locals and provides all of her clients with the best-in-class service.
Her drive for excellence coupled with her innate creativity and “over-the-top, out-of-the-box thinking” led her to fill a void missing in the industry and obtain positions writing nationally for Realtor.com, Zillow, Houses.com and Condos.com, as a real estate contributor for Realtor.com and Bankrate.com, having a weekly "real estate advice" column in South Florida's Sun Sentinel, and speaking nationally and internationally about the housing market on FOX News, FOX Business, CNBC, CNBC World and Bloomberg. Her expert advice and opinions have been featured on major media outlets including Forbes, Bloomberg, Huffington Post, FOX News, FOX Business, CNN Money, AOL, and Yahoo as well as in various publications, radio shows and television networks across the globe. Sam is also the First Lady of Million Dollar Listing Miami on Bravo TV.
In July 2016, Sam launched, SamSpeaks!, a real estate coaching platform that gives real-talk advice and showcases some of the best real estate professionals in the world.
Today, Sam is one of the nation’s most sought out business and motivational keynote speakers. Her dynamic personality and high-valued informative content is engaging all audiences across the globe.
As an avid reader and researcher, Sam is educated on the latest market news and trends, and truly has a “sixth sense” for her client’s real estate needs. She prides herself on employing a no-nonsense, straight-forward approach and is constantly aiming to raise the bar of the real estate industry.
Dolly Lenz, is a real estate executive with over 25 years of sales, marketing and branding experience. Dolly has become an industry leader having sold over $8.5 billion in properties during her career, a record that has earned her the ultimate “Stratosphere Award”, a level of achievement of which she is the sole recipient.
Due to the depth of her experience and the breadth of her knowledge in real estate matters, she is repeatedly sought after to represent some of the most exclusive properties in the world. As a regular guest on CNBC’s “Power Lunch”, “Kudlow Report” and “Fox News with Neil Cavuto”, as well as appearances on MSNBC, Bloomberg TV, and “The View” on ABC, she has developed a broad following and continues to opine on current real estate issues in various media publications including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times and Barrons. Dolly is a CNBC contributor and is featured on CNBC’s documentary series “Mega Homes: Secret Lives of the Super Rich. She is also the host of CNBC’s real estate special series “Million Dollar Home” Challenge.
A top grossing agent at Hilton & Hyland and across the nation, Rayni Romito Williams has been involved in more than $1 billion in real estate transactions throughout her career and has established herself a remarkable record. Her knowledge of local market trends and luxury property inventory paired with an energetic and confident disposition has allowed her to quickly rise to become one of the top ranking agents in the country.
Specializing in Los Angeles’ most luxurious real estate, Rayni is viewed as an honest and passionate professional with an unwavering desire to see her client’s real estate dreams come to fruition. Rayni excels in branding and marketing luxury homes and is a natural at what she does. In fact, clients find her personality, intellect, and style are together the perfect combination. She is an active member of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and has a true love of architecture and style of all kinds.
Gary Gold is a marquee name in Los Angeles luxury real estate and one its most successful technology marketers. He's an internationally recognized marketing and luxury real estate expert in Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Brentwood and the Sunset Strip. Gary is further distinguished by the rare ability to secure high net worth, qualified buyers from internet leads. This success, year after year, continues to produce a steady stream of buyers from not only the Los Angeles area, but throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia.
Gary has sold thousands of estates and luxury properties over the course of his career. A sought after expert, Gary has been cited for publications and broadcasts that include Access Hollywood, CBS Evening News, Wall Street Journal & Barron's. Gary currently stars on HGTV's Selling Los Angeles.
Gary Gold began his career in real estate over 25 years ago and has been a top producer and the Executive Vice President with Hilton & Hyland since its inception.
With more than USD 4 billion in career sales, Joyce Rey is one of the most respected names in luxury real estate worldwide. At the helm of an award-winning team, her name has consistently appeared on “best of” lists for both her real estate production and her personal and professional influence. Recent accolades include “The Los Angeles 500 Most Influential People” (L.A. Business Journal), “Top 20 Luxury Brokers in L.A. County” by (The Real Deal Los Angeles)
and “Top 10 Real Estate Power Players” (Haute Living). Additionally, Joyce remains passionately dedicated to philanthropic projects including UNICEF, Blue Ribbon, and the Public Library Foundation.
As the president of international luxury real estate auction firm Concierge Auctions, Laura Brady is responsible for leading the company and it’s aggressive growth. In only eight years, she drove the firm to a billion dollars in sales and placement on Inc. Magazine’s list of the fastest-growing companies in America. Laura’s knowledge of high-net-worth clientele and her insight into the luxury real estate market have led her to be profiled by CNBC Money, Bloomberg, the Today Show, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, among others. She has been named “One of the 100 most influential people in real estate” by Inman News for the past three years.
While Laura has a keen eye for branding and design, she is also a numbers wiz. These dueling traits led the Neiman Marcus Group to select her as a top corporate recruit from the University of Texas at Austin when she was only 20 years old. But inevitably, a lifelong love of real estate drew her in. After a quick stint of rising to be one of the top-selling luxury agents in the country, Laura was one of few who foresaw the pending market decline and wasn’t afraid to take action. She founded Concierge Auctions and has been revolutionizing the industry since. Other credentials include being a wife and mother to three daughters.