ue Yannaccone lived in six different states before she even turned 12, something that she says helped her adjust to new surroundings. “I lived a nomadic lifestyle,” laughs Yannaconne, who was promoted to president and CEO of ERA Real Estate in July. Not only did those moves force her to embrace changes, but they sparked her interest in real estate. “I understood the impact homes have on families. And I developed an interest in the home-buying and -selling process,” she says. Professional Goals So it’s no surprise that as soon as she graduated from Clemson University with a degree in finance and a concentration in real estate, she earned her license and got into commercial real estate in New Jersey. “I did that for three years and realized I didn’t have a burning passion for that side of the business.” So she left and joined GMAC Home Services as a senior risk analyst, and then manager of contract administration, and finally, vice president of operations. In 2000, the company merged with Real Living. Soon after, she took a position as vice president of network services for HSF Affiliates after Berkshire Hathaway bought Prudential and Real Living. In July 2015, she joined ERA as the chief operating officer. “I’ve been in the industry a long time and witnessed change. I saw ERA changing in all the right ways. They were reimagining things from the inside out and positioning the company for today and tomorrow,” says Yannaccone.
“I can’t do everything myself. Every leader needs the support of a strong team, and ERA is a team and collaborative network.” — Sue Ya n n a c c o n e , president and CEO of ERA Real Estate