Annual Atlanta Real Estate Summit

2017 Real Estate Summit

The Atlanta REALTORS® Association partnered with the Atlanta Business Chronicle hosted the 6th Atlanta Real Estate Summit on Thursday, February 2, 2017 at the Federal Reserve Bank in Atlanta.

The 90-minute event showcased an analysis of market trends from 2016, industry panel and keynote discussion of strategy and planning for 2016. Keynote speaker was Domonic Purviance, Sr. Financial Policy Analyst, Supervision & Regulation Division at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. The dynamic panel discussion was led by David Rubinger, Editor at the Atlanta Business Chronicle and panel members included: Jenni Bonura, President of Harry Norman, REALTORS®; Dan Forsman, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services; and Kevin Levent, President & CEO, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers.

A special thank you to the Atlanta Business Chronicle, Georgia Natural Gas, and all the members who came out to make the 5th annual Real Estate Summit a success!

Guest Speaker

Domonic Purviance
Domonic Purviance

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta [bio]

Sponsored by

Georgia Natural Gas

Panel Discussion

David Rubinger
David Rubinger
Panel Moderator

Atlanta Business Chronicle [bio]

Jenny Bonura
Jenni Bonura

Harry Norman, REALTORS® [bio]

Dan Forsman
Dan Forsman

Berkshire Hathaway Home Services [bio]

Kevin Levent
Kevin Levent

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers [bio]


Jenny BonuraJenni Bonura

Harry Norman, REALTORS®
President & CEO

Harry Norman, REALTORS®, a HomeServices of America company, announced that Jenni Bonura, general manager of Harry Norman, REALTORS®, has been promoted to president and chief executive officer. Dan Parmer, former president and CEO, has been named chairman emeritus.

"Jenni is extraordinarily well-qualified to serve as president and CEO," said Parmer, chairman emeritus of Harry Norman, REALTORS®. "Under her leadership, together with our outstanding agents and management team, Harry Norman is poised for even greater success."

As president and CEO, Bonura will shape the company's strategy and direct operations with a focus on driving future growth while preserving Harry Norman, REALTORS®'s 86-year legacy of exceeding clients' expectations. "We have a team of immensely talented agents, sales managers and employees," said Bonura, president and CEO of Harry Norman, REALTORS®. "I look forward to leading Harry Norman, REALTORS® to its next stage of growth and performance, supported by our excellent management team."

Bonura began her real estate career in 2002 as a Realtor® and held numerous marketing and sales management roles before being promoted in 2008 to senior vice president and managing broker of Harry Norman, REALTORS®'s North Fulton office. In early 2016 Bonura was named general manager of Harry Norman, REALTORS® where she has been actively engaged in virtually all aspects of brokerage operations and has provided guidance and direction to the company's 900 Realtors®.

Dan ForsmanDan Forsman

Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
President & CEO

Daniel T. Forsman has a passion for innovation excellence. Under his leadership, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties has become the market leader for real estate companies in Metro Atlanta. The company now leads the market in overall sales, listing inventory, sales of new homes and growth in luxury market share. Dan is known for listening carefully to the needs of his agents and delivering innovative solutions that help improve agent productivity and the highest level of value to their clients and customers. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties is recognized nationally as a leader for innovations in marketing, technology, recruiting, strategy and business process improvements.

Dan was the inventor of TeamBuilder® and DreamBuilder®. TeamBuilder® is an agent incentive program that rewards agents and employees for registering and recruiting other productive agents. He is widely recognized by his peers in real estate and the business community and has been awarded many personal honors – although he is quick to give the credit to his agents and team members.

Dan is committed to the company’s core values - To deliver service that exceeds expectations between each other and our customers, with an exemplary "We Care" spirit. Dan and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties associates believe in giving back to the communities they serve. His company has chosen to support The Sunshine Kids, an organization that helps children with cancer, as our designated Charity. To date, the company has raised over a million dollars towards the Sunshine Kids Foundation and is consistently in the top ten nationwide for our donations.

Dan Forsman lives what he believes. He resides in Atlanta with his wife Rhonda of 32 years. He enjoys his four children, grandchild and his active home life.

Kevin LeventKevin Levent

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers
President & CEO

BHGRE Metro Brokers was started with one office and a handful of sales associates in 1979 by John Hartrampf. More than 30 years later, BHGRE Metro Brokers is one of the nation's largest full service real estate companies and the world's largest Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate franchise.

Under the leadership of Kevin Levent, who became President and CEO in 1996, the company has experienced exponential sales growth facilitated by the addition of nearly 2,000 new sales associates. Levent is considered a visionary by sales associates as well as many industry leaders, especially in the area of technology.

Domonic Purviance
Domonic Purviance

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Sr. Financial Policy Analyst, Supervision & Regulation Division

Mr. Purviance serves as a Senior Financial Policy Analyst within the Supervision and Regulation division at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. In this function, Mr. Purviance is primarily responsible for conducting an ongoing assessment of risks associated with residential real estate markets and the potential impacts they may pose to the financial system. This includes analyzing conditions within individual markets as well as the impacts of external forces on real estate. In addition, Mr. Purviance is responsible for developing real estate related analytical reports and tools utilized throughout the Federal Reserve System to aid in risk surveillance and banking supervision.

Prior to joining the Federal Reserve, Mr. Purviance served as the President of Market Advisory Services, LLC, a research and consulting firm that provides analytics for developers, homebuilders, and lenders to assist in property valuations and to help assess the viability of submarkets for new development. Mr. Purviance also previously served as a Senior Consultant at Metrostudy, a residential real estate research company, where he was responsible for the firm's consulting operations in the Atlanta region.

Mr. Purviance received his B.A. in Urban Planning from Morehouse College and his Masters in City and Regional Planning for Georgia Tech.

David Rubinger David Rubinger

Atlanta Business Chronicle
Market President & Publisher

David Rubinger was recently named Market President and Publisher of Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Rubinger rejoins Atlanta Business Chronicle and parent company American City Business Journals after 16 years in private business. He originally joined Atlanta Business Chronicle in 1989 as a staff reporter, managing editor and eventually editor from 1995 to 1998.

Rubinger also served as a senior vice president for the Atlanta office of public relations firm Ketchum, was vice president of corporate communications for Equifax Inc., and most recently ran Rubinger Inc., his own marketing firm based in Atlanta.

"Atlanta Business Chronicle was my home for the first 10 years of my career in Atlanta. It's great to be back and building on the legacy that Ed Baker and the Chronicle team have built," Rubinger said.

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