WELCOME TO Real Estate Professional’s inaugural Hot List. We asked you, the real estate community, to pass on your suggestions for who should be included on this list of the industry’s most successful, most engaging and most innovative people. From CEOs and presidents of major brokerages to local heroes, the names came flooding in. While this isn’t an exhaustive list of Canada’s influential players, we’ve narrowed it down to 150 people we think merit a mention for their stellar achievements over the past year.
Our picks run the gamut, from individual agents and teams boasting hundreds of millions of dollars in personal production to CEOs whose innovations are helping revitalize the industry. In the following pages, you’ll meet a marketing superstar, tech-centric sales reps, and an exec who’s been nationally recognized for his contributions to the advancement of franchise opportunities. Everyone on our Hot List has one thing in common – they’re all changing the face of the Canadian real estate industry.
Frank Lostracco Ancaster, Ont. Frank Lostracco isn’t selling penthouse condo suites or sprawling mansions in the country’s biggest centres, but he is a force to be reckoned with in his native Ancaster, Ont. In 2013, he closed some 17% of the sales in the region, propelling him into the top 50 agents by transactions across Canada.
Maggie Tessier Orleans, Ont.
Beth Crosbie CREA Beth Crosbie’s involvement with the Canadian Real Estate Association isn’t new – though 2014 did see her take the helm as president. Regardless, the real estate veteran helped the organization complete a strategic planning exercise that highlighted the need for better communication. On that note, Crosbie set out across the country, holding meet-andgreets and open houses in an effort to open the dialogue between CREA and its members. “As Realtors, we know the business is built on relationships and getting an understanding of what people need,” she says. “We’ve just applied that to what we’re doing as a national association.”
Maggie Tessier has been the broker of record for Exit Realty Matrix for more than 15 years. Over her tenure, Tessier has made a name for herself in the Ottawa area, building two brokerages from the ground up, and most recently adding a third. Last year, she was recognized for her local contributions to the industry, and was named Faces and Businesses in Ottawa’s Real Estate Agent of the Year.
Rod Frank Hamilton, Ont. Rod Frank entered the real estate business just before the economic downturn of the early 1990s. But he emerged from the dark ages on top, and the lessons he learned during that difficult time helped him guarantee the success of his 17-person team. Indeed, The Rod Frank Team has been the number one team in the Hamilton-Burlington region since 2008. Across Canada, the team was ranked number 13 by transactions and were number 39 by dollar amount.
Georges Bardagi Montreal Georges Bardagi has been a top-performing real estate agent for almost a quarter of a century. He’s passed the skills necessary for that success onto his team of more than 20 sales reps and brokers, which has made Équipe Bardagi the number one Re/Max team in Quebec since 2005. Bardagi, who was also the first Quebec-based agent to receive Re/Max’s Luminary of Distinction award, is also educating agents outside his office. He runs a real estate coaching service called Coaching Bardagi, and hosts an annual workshop that draws some 500 participants.