April 02, 2012 // Franchising.com // PARSIPPANY, N.J. - Realogy Corporation, a leading provider of real estate and relocation services, announced that Richard A. Smith, its chairman, chief executive officer and president, will participate as a speaker at “America’s Housing Crisis: Private Sector Responses and Public Policy Innovation,” a conference hosted by Zillow, Progressive Policy Institute and Columbia Business School, April 4-5 at the Grand Hyatt in New York.
Smith will appear on the April 5th panel entitled, “Private Sector Responses to the Crisis: What’s Working and What’s Not?” Fellow panelists will include Laurie Goodman, senior managing director, RMBS strategy, Amherst Securities Group; Peter M. Orser, President & CEO of Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Co.; and Rick Sharga, executive vice president, Carrington Mortgage Holdings, LLC. The panel will be moderated by S. Mitra Kalita, senior writer at The Wall Street Journal, and is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. EDT.
Realogy’s brands and businesses include Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate, CENTURY 21®, Coldwell Banker®, Coldwell Banker Commercial®, The Corcoran Group®, ERA®, Sotheby's International Realty®, NRT LLC, Cartus and Title Resource Group. In 2011, Realogy was involved — either through its franchise operations or its company-owned brokerages — in approximately 26% of all existing U.S. homesale transaction volume (sides times price) for transactions involving a real estate brokerage firm. Under Smith’s leadership, Realogy recently was recognized as one of the 2012 World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute, an international ethics think-tank organization.
Smith is a member of the Business Roundtable, an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies with nearly $6 trillion in annual revenues and more than 12 million employees, and has served as chair of the Business Roundtable’s Housing Working Group. In December 2011 he was appointed to the Bipartisan Policy Center’s newly formed Housing Commission. He is a Policy Advisory Board member for the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. In October 2011, Smith was named to SmartMoneymagazine’s list of the "Power 30: The World’s Most Influential Players.” In 2010, Smith was named one of “The 50 Most Powerful People in U.S. Real Estate” by Bloomberg Businessweek magazine.
Realogy Corporation, a global provider of real estate and relocation services, has a diversified business model that includes real estate franchising, brokerage, relocation and title services. Realogy's brands and business units include Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate, CENTURY 21®, Coldwell Banker®, Coldwell Banker Commercial®, The Corcoran Group®, ERA®, Sotheby's International Realty®, NRT LLC, Cartus and Title Resource Group. Collectively, Realogy's franchise system members operate approximately 14,000 offices with 245,800 sales associates doing business in 101 countries and territories around the world. Realogy is owned by affiliates of Apollo Management, L.P., a subsidiary of Apollo Global Management, LLC, a leading global alternative asset manager.