It is a space for next generation leaders to speak up and share about the assets and best practices they are utilizing that have aided in their success as well as encourage each other to new levels of leadership and influence.
National REthink Council members are recognized leaders within the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices network. Members must have achieved the prestigious Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Leading Edge Society award level or above within the past 12 months as an individual or team.
2020 National REthink Council Members
The council is composed of network members who are vetted and selected by the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices leadership team.
Eileen Allen & Shannon Assad
Eileen Allan and Shannon Assad are real estate marketing innovators and agents with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices The Preferred Realty. Eileen Allan became a realtor in the summer of 2017 and started a team with her sister, Shannon Assad, at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices The Preferred Realty in Pittsburgh, PA. “From the beginning, we put a large focus on our social media marketing to build our brand and grow our business. We use our tag line ‘The Sisters Sold It’ on everything and all of our clients refer to us as ‘The Sisters’.” Eileen and Shannon earned the Chairman Circle Gold award in 2018 individually as well as the Chairman Circle Platinum award in 2019 as a team and have sold nearly $40 Million since joining Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices The Preferred Realty less than 3 years ago. In January 2020 they were featured on the cover of the Pittsburgh Real Producer Magazine. Eileen started her Real Estate career in 2007, selling homes for a custom Home Builder. Together with her sister Shannon, The Sisters had a combined 15 years of New Construction Home Sales experience before starting their team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices The Preferred Realty.
For Sabrina Anderson, it all began on a farm in Wyndmere, ND where she was taught a strong work ethic. Living in Wyndmere also gave Sabrina extensive knowledge of Fargo-Moorhead and the surrounding areas. She has always had a passion for sales and jumped into real estate in 2008. People describe her as a real estate agent who epitomizes integrity, hard work, dedication and drive. Sabrina is proud to be a top producing REALTOR® and associate broker at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Premier Properties in Fargo, ND, a title she has held for several years in an extremely competitive sales environment. Sabrina is concerned about the needs and goals of her clients and specializes in ensuring the home selling and buying process is both exciting and enjoyable. She attributes her success in part to her loyal clients, personal referrals and repeat business. In late 2018, Sabrina was elected as a member of the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices National REthink Council and will serve a two-year term.
Born and raised in Durango, located in the southwest region of Colorado, Ashley Blackmore specializes in in-depth analytical data marketing and integrative online strategy to move some of the hard to sell listings in the area. Her listings have often been on the market for years. Ashley believes in selling the lifestyle vs. stagnate imagery while stationed at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Western Colorado Properties. Throughout her journey from agent to Associate Broker, Ashley’s hard work displays her ability to encompass the FOREVER brand.
Jared Dunn, with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Kansas City Realty in Lenexa, KS was born and raised in the Kansas City area and started his career working for various marketing and advertising firms around town. His extensive background in this creative field provided the ideal foundation for becoming a real estate agent, but he wouldn't connect the dots for another decade. Fueled by creativity and problem-solving, real estate was a natural draw for Jared and he started his career in 2015. Jared is well known in his area due to his unique skill set. He prides himself on new and creative ideas that test the limits of traditional real estate.
Gharib Haji, with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Woodmont Realty in Nashville, TN has called Nashville home since 2006 and is known as “G” to close family and friends. He was born in the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq. Later, Gharib’s family migrated to Turkey where they settled for nine years, spending the majority of their time living in a refugee camp. He then lived in Michigan for nine years before moving to Music City. Gharib earned a bachelor’s degree from Middle Tennessee State in Murfreesboro, TN and taught dental assisting for two years at Remington College. In January of 2017, Gharib decided to obtain a real estate license and during his first year in the business, he was named his firm’s ‘Rookie of the Year’. Additionally, Gharib has consistently achieved being a Top 5 monthly sales producer for his office.
Heidi Harris, with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices York Simpson Underwood Realty in Raleigh, NC is a social media guru, and uses a combination of award-winning marketing experience as well as good-old-fashioned hard work to ensure clients have a positive experience worth talking about. Whether the client is buying or selling, rest assured that Heidi has a proven process that will best benefit her client. Through precise planning, cutting edge marketing, and preferred vendors, Home Sweet Heidi helps expedite the process with local, trusted professionals. Heidi is known for her passion for life (joie de vivre, as the French call it) and it seeps through her life and work. At the end of the day, Heidi’s goal is to leave the client with a smile and more money in their pocket than if her client worked with another Realtor.
Leader of Potter Real Estate Group as well as The Potter Podcast, Ryan Potter, with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Ambassador Real Estate in Omaha, NE joined the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices National REthink Council in May of 2020. His passionate entrepreneurship in the real estate industry continually attracts clients to work with both him and his team. He has quickly become one of the most sought-after real estate agents to work with in Omaha Metro as well as in the surrounding cities due to his reputation of producing solid social media content, podcasts, creative marketing and advertising. Ryan’s personality, drive, and creativity to be different separates him from the competition. He also serves on the Omaha board for the Sunshine Kids organization and is a real estate coach, coaching students across the country with Jared James Enterprises. Ryan is no doubt impacting the real estate industry positively and is excited to bring his knowledge and experience to the National REthink Council.
Sierra Reed, a licensed real estate professional and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices National REthink Council member, was born and raised just outside of St. Louis, MO. Sierra grew up in the construction industry as the daughter of a small business owner. In 2015, she obtained her real estate license after doing design work for a civil engineering firm. Sierra’s love for marketing and community involvement paired with her experience in the construction industry provided a solid foundation for her real estate career. Sierra specializes in residential and new construction, closing over $11 million during her fourth year in the real estate business. She contributes her success to building and maintaining relationships as well as the support she receives from Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties in Troy, MO. Sierra is proud to work for and represent the #1 locally owned real estate company in St. Louis!
Molly Slagle, with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Worldwide, REALTORS® in Keller, TX is a native Texan that was raised in Southern California. Molly graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s degree in Communications. She committed 15 years to public education, specifically as a Special Education Diagnostician, which she credits to her skillful listening ability, creative problem-solving skills and her ability to quickly build trust and rapport. Molly has a unique approach to helping real estate clients feel confident and competent throughout the transaction process, educating them on the “why” of each step. Her extensive knowledge of the Houston market combined with her can-do attitude and consistent communication make up the foundation of her approach to obtain clients, who often become her friends for life. In her free time, Molly enjoys teaching group fitness classes, saltwater fishing and true crime podcasts.
Robert Van Der Wende
Robert Van Der Wende, with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Van Der Wende Properties in Caldwell, NJ grew up in the real estate business and obtained his real estate license at 19 years of age. Robert and his family own and operate two offices located within the cities of Little Falls and Caldwell in Northern New Jersey. Robert has been an active Realtor for 11 years, specializing in the Northern New Jersey market. He has been recognized as the top agent in his marketplace for the past 7 consecutive years and was the top producing agent for his office in 2019. Coming from a family who has a history in the industry, Robert combines his background with knowledge of today's real estate environment – social media marketing and the use of technology – to stand out.
Meighan Wise is a licensed real estate agent with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Indiana Realty, and an expert at conducting virtual home tours. Meighan graduated from Purdue University with a BA in English and has her master’s degree in Counseling from Indiana University. She started her real estate career in 2009 and, as a part of The Dick Richwine Group, contributed to the closing of over $42 million in sales, which ranked them 11th in the network for Residential Units sold and 24th in the network for Total GCI in 2018. Wise went from personally producing over $30 million & 100 units for three consecutive years to less personal production and a six-figure increase in GCI. 2019 closed sales for The Dick Richwine Group was over $55 million and earned them the Chairman Circle Diamond award as well as ranked them 9th in the network for Residential Units sold and 17th for Total GCI. Besides real estate, Meighan’s passions include her 3 children, Dylan-9, Tucker-6, and Alaina-4, traveling, concerts, and running.
To be the premier member-driven think tank in the real estate industry focused on sustainable success for current and future real estate agents. Defined by diversity, innovation, and a collaborative attitude, this council stimulates the recruiting and retaining of NextGen agents for the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices brokerage network as well as the formation of new local REthink chapters.
The Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices national REthink Council connects top producing NextGen leaders in real estate in an environment where they can create resources and tools to enhance the network and provide feedback to the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices leadership.