Since 1925 United Real Estate has understood the needs of agents. We address those
needs by providing powerful marketing programs along with technology-based services that
are unique to the industry. Our differentiated offering allows you to maximize your income on
each real estate closing, while providing you comprehensive support through powerful branding, training, technology, marketing and lead generation that is needed to build your business.
United Real Estate is part of the largest fully integrated network of real estate and auction professionals in the nation. The company has been an innovator in real estate marketing for
over 86 years. United Real Estate supports over 600 offices across the U.S. and internationally. United has been recognized as a Top 25 Franchise by the Wall Street Journal and among Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500®.
Our Management team is dedicated to providing solutions for the needs of progressive
and success driven agents. We address those needs by providing powerful marketing programs
along with technology-based services that are unique to the industry.
Mr. Duffy joined United Real Estate in February 2006 to bring a new level of innovation to United.
He serves as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors. In his role as CEO, Mr. Duffy is principally responsible for the establishment and execution of a long-term strategy for United designed to deliver competitive advantage to agents as they operate in their local markets and serve their clients.
Prior to joining United Real Estate, Mr. Duffy spent nearly 20 years focused on serving clients
in a number of senior executive positions. Most recently Mr. Duffy served as the President and
Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft’s “2005 Global Partner of the Year” and largest North American Microsoft Business Solutions partner with over 20 offices serving 12,000 clients across the
United States and the U.K.
Prior to his tenure in the technology services market space, Mr. Duffy served as the Chief
Development and Financial Officer of an on-line business-to-business exchange serving the
auction and brokerage market for industrial equipment and was a founding member of the
Chicago practice of The Center for Strategic Transactions, a division of Ernst & Young L.L.P.,
providing strategic and corporate finance advisory services to Fortune 100 companies as well
as high growth technology, product and services organizations across multiple industries.
Over his past 20 years in the real estate industry, Peter has expanded numerous start-up
organizations into multi-million dollar companies. He has also held senior leadership positions
in a Fortune 500 company, directing strategies at both the national and local levels.
Prior to joining United Real Estate, Peter was most recently with Cendant Corporation and Realogy,
Inc., where he held the position of Senior Vice President of Franchise Sales and Development. In
this role, Peter had full authority over the development of real estate brands such as Coldwell
Banker, Century 21 and ERA across much of the United States. During his tenure with Cendant
and Realogy, Peter led the division with the highest growth in new sales for six years in a row.
Before he joined Cendant, Peter was part of the Senior Leadership of Homestore.com.
This start-up company built Realtor.com, a top-ranked real estate website. As the Vice President
of National Sales for the Broker division, Peter led a national sales team through two mergers
and grew his division’s annual revenue to more than $50 million in less than three years.
Ted Laatz has 18+ years of real estate industry experience, including positions as Regional Vice President at United Country Real Estate, President of RE/MAX Great American and President of the Aurora Tri-County Association of Realtors. In 2001, Mr. Laatz started RE/MAX Great American and built the company into a Top 500 firm in the industry as ranked by both Real Trends and RIS Media.
In addition to his senior management positions, Mr Laatz was previously a National Association of Realtors Resort & Second Home Committee Member and has spoken at numerous national and international real estate events. Over the years, Mr. Laatz has been honored with a web / technology award, a "Broker / Owner of the Year" award and as a Paul Harris Fellow. Mr. Laatz earned a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Bradley University and an M.B.A. from DePaul University.
As Managing Broker of United Real Estate – Dallas, Brenda Myers Thompson provides industry-leading service to United Real Estate clients and sales agents. With 15 years experience in real estate sales, marketing and management, Brenda brings a wealth of knowledge to the United Real Estate team.
Prior to joining United Real Estate, Brenda owned and operated a leading Dallas real estate brokerage business, earning numerous designations and honors, including being named among the Best Realtors in Dallas by D Magazine.
Brenda has held a number of leadership positions, including serving on the Board of Directors for Collin County Association of Realtors for the 2010 and 2011 terms. Brenda holds the ABR, ASR, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, RECS, SFR and TAHS designations/certifications.
Brenda has been in the metroplex since 1993 and now resides in Frisco with her husband. She is an active member of the Stonebriar Country Club and sustaining member of the Junior League of Plano.
A leader in the real estate industry, including roles such as the Managing Broker of United
Real Estate Houston, the Broker-Owner of URHome Real Estate, panel member of two
Texas Association of Realtors' committees, Board Member for the Asian American Real
Estate Association, WCR Fort Bend 2010 Entrepreneur of the Year, the Chairman of the
Fort Bend Branch of the Houston Association of Realtors, and approved by the Texas Real
Estate Commission to teach real estate MCE and pre-licensing courses.
Strong mentoring, training, public-speaking skills, specializing in technology, Internet communication, marketing and negotiations, are among her special skills and strengths.
Terri Jeffries is a 17 year
real estate industry professional. As Managing Broker of United
Real Estate – Chicago, Terri brings experience and leadership skills to the Chicagoland
area assisting agents at all levels to increase their industry knowledge, build better client relationships and develop solid foundations on which to build strong, profitable businesses.
Leadership roles have included positions as Broker / Owner of RE/MAX Lifestyles, Broker/
Manager of RE/MAX Great American, Broker / Manager of RE/MAX All Pro and Team Leader
of the Northern Illinois Home Team. She is highly skilled in office management, sales
leadership, team building and agent recruitment.
Terri has served as a Director of the Aurora Tri-County Association of Realtors, site
selection Chairman for Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity, and numerous positions for
local, school and charitable organizations. Designations include Graduate of the Realtor
Institute (GRI), Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE) and e-Pro in addition to
Judy LeDeur Recruitment Certification and a Brian Buffini Certified Mentor.
Terri has lived in the Fox Valley area for 25 years with her husband Quincy and
their three children.
Kenneth Enochs Jr. is a 13
year real estate industry professional. As the Managing Broker
of United Real Estate – Philadelphia, Ken brings exceptional skills and knowledge to the
United Real Estate team.
Ken has held numerous sales and leadership roles throughout his real estate career
including President/Broker of Record for Mid-Atlantic Real Estate Services, LLC., Associate
Broker for Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. in Devon, PA. where he was consistently in the top
3% of sales company wide, Office Manager/Associate Broker for Weichert Realtors for the
Haverford & Wayne, PA. Real Estate Offices, Regional Vice President for Weichert New
Homes and Land for the Delaware Valley Region, and Sales Associate for Weichert
Realtors, where he was consistently in the top 3% of sales company wide. He is
currently licensed in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Ken earned a B.A. in Environmental Science and a B.A. in Geography from the
University of California, Santa Barbara, CA. in 1996, where he specifically studied
Urban Planning and Development, as well as, Energy and Transportation Policies.
Since becoming a Broker, he has earned his Short Sale/Foreclosure (SFR),
Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR), and Green Designations.
Since 2004, Tony has
buyers and sellers in
transactions in the Northern Virginia area. With an emphasis on residential
listings in Loudoun County Virginia, he began his real estate career as a listing
specialist for the top Keller Williams team in the nation, transitioned to an
independent broker in 2008 and eventually started his own
brokerage, Complete Home, in 2011.
As well as being a producing and managing broker, Tony is also an active
participant in the local, state and national associations. He is currently the President
and Chairman of the Board for the Dulles Area Association of REALTORS. Previous
positions held at DAAR include Chairman of Budget and Finance Committee and
Chairman of Communications and Technology Committee. At the state level,
Tony is currently on the Virginia Association of REALTORS Information
Tony is also a certified instructor with REBAC where he teaches the Short Sale
and Foreclosure Resource (SFR) designation as well as the Accredited Buyer
Representative (ABR) designation. He has taught technology courses for real
estate agents at the local and state levels and has been a featured panelist
and facilitator at the National Association of REALTORS Mid-Year Conventions.
In his previous career as a financial professional, Tony held as many as
six securities licenses including NASD Principal, Options Principal and NYSE
Principal. As a stockbroker and financial analyst, Tony’s extensive knowledge
of the financial markets are extensive and have aided him tremendously in
his real estate career.
After moving around the world as the son of an Army officer, Tony moved
to Reston Virginia in 1979 where he graduated from South Lakes High School
in 1985 and attended George Mason University in Fairfax. After ten years on the
west coast, Tony returned to Northern Virginia in 1998 and settled in Ashburn,
where he currently lives.
Mike Duffy is focused on bringing new, added value services and programs to United franchisees. With a 20 year background building such national brands as Coca-Cola, Winston Cup NASCAR,
RJ Reynolds, Minute Maid, Community Coffee, and numerous other well known brands, Mike is bringing this experience to building recognition and understanding of the United Real Estate brand to real estate buyers. In addition to branding initiatives, Mike has extensive experience in sales, building strategic partnerships and launching new programs.
Most recently, Dickey was Sr. Vice President Professional Services for ePartners. ePartners,
the Microsoft 2005 Partner of the Year, specialized in delivering, integrating and customizing
solutions tailored specifically for each client’s business needs. The group has a concentration
in Microsoft .Net programming, Portal development services, systems integration, and a focus
on ePartners’ core ERP and CRM product offerings.
Prior to joining ePartners, Dickey was Director of Worldwide Professional Services at Pervasive Software where he led the services group in both North America and Europe. The group focused
on solving complex database problems and had a specific practice in replication and disaster recovery solutions.
Dickey has spent a number of years in the enterprise software space where he developed
mission critical software for a wide range of businesses working with clients such as Saks Fifth
Avenue, Office Depot, & Burlington Northern.
Dickey received his BBA in Management Information Systems from Texas Tech University, continuing education from Kellogg School of Management, and is a graduate of the Stagen Leadership Institute.
Ashley Appino joined United Real Estate in 2008, and brings over 10 years of comprehensive affiliate services and event management experience to our team. Prior to joining United Real Estate, Ashley was the Managing Director of Member Programs for the National Auctioneers Association. While at the NAA, she developed and implemented member services, benefit programs, as well as recruitment and retention campaigns. Additionally, she was involved in
the overall growth of the organization and strategic planning specifically relating to member development.
Prior to joining the auctioneers, Ashley offered corporate marketing and sales services to the largest golf course management association in the industry. Ashley is skilled in all aspects of meeting and events planning, event strategy and execution.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from the University of Kansas and received her M.B.A. from Baker University in 2006. Ashley is also a graduate of Reppert Auction School.
Jason Cole brings over 12 years of financial experience to United Real Estate. After joining
United Real Estate over a year ago, as Controller, he was promoted to Chief Financial Officer.
Prior to United Real Estate, Jason spent 7 years with Walmart Stores Inc, in various financial
roles, last serving as Senior Accounting Manager for the Corporate Traffic Department
managing the payables and receivables for the company.
After Walmart, he spent several years with Kansas City Southern Railroad, last serving
as Accounting Manager helping prepare the monthly, quarterly, and yearly SEC reporting
for the company, as well as managing the inventory for the railroad. Jason’s last position
was Controller doing international financial reporting for ThyssenKrupp Access, a
global German company.
Kevin Oldham brings over 14 years of marketing and advertising expertise to the United
Real Estate team. Prior to joining United Real Estate, Oldham launched a marketing firm
that catered exclusively to real estate developers, offering strategic solutions designed to
generate traffic for their projects. Prior to this entrepreneurial venture, Oldham offered
marketing services for Kansas City’s largest residential real estate broker and for
an international movie theatre circuit. Oldham earned his MBA from
Baker University in 2007.
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