As a major sector of any economy, real estate plays an integral role in our community. Residential real estate provides housing for individuals and families while commercial real estate creates jobs and spaces for retail, offices and manufacturing. Our dedicated real estate professionals are working day-in and day-out to fuel the vision of Southern Nevada as the best place to live, work and play.
With that in mind, Vegas Inc presents our first-ever Real Estate Awards to acknowledge the many roles found within the industry. The first part of the awards recognizes industry leaders who excel in their particular role within real estate. The second part showcases seven honorees who have reached a pivotal time in their career and are considered by their peers and clients to be standouts in the industry.
Not only do each of these real estate professionals advocate for their clients, but they also advocate for our community. They often serve as unofficial ambassadors, selling the many benefits to living and doing business here. They are working to make Southern Nevada more than just a place to live. They are making it home.
The 2021 Vegas Inc Real Estate Awards originally appeared in a special issue of Vegas Inc found inside of Las Vegas Weekly. Sign up to get each of Vegas Inc’s special publications delivered to your inbox on the day of their release.
CAREER MILESTONE PROFILES
AGENCY OF THE YEAR – COMMERCIAL
Colliers Las Vegas
702-735-5700 | colliers.com/lasvegas
Established in 1993, Colliers Las Vegas has contributed more than $1 billion to the Las Vegas economy and has been named NAIOP’s Top Commercial Real Estate Firm for 15 years in a row.
In 2020, Colliers secured several noteworthy transactions, including a $108 million sale of 38 acres on the Strip during Clark County’s first-ever virtual bankruptcy auction and the $83.5 million sale of The Wells Apartments, the world’s first integrated health village.
Colliers Las Vegas also remains committed to the community through its nonprofit, Links for Life, donating more than $2.8 million to local disadvantaged children and children’s charities since 1995.
AGENCY OF THE YEAR – RESIDENTIAL
Urban Nest Realty
702-853-2444 | urbannestrealty.com | IG: @urbannestrealty
Urban Nest Realty was founded in 2012 as a purpose-driven company by father and son team, David Tina, Sr. and David Tina, Jr., with a commitment to “leave every place better than we found it.” It also serves as a coaching and consulting brokerage, offering unparalleled support, training and educational opportunities for its agents.
Celebrating its 10th anniversary next year, the company has grown to 500 agents completing over 3,500 transactions and $1.5 billion in sales annually. With a philanthropic company culture, the Urban Nest team invests in the community and regularly volunteers time and donates resources to local nonprofit organizations, including Three Square.
AGENT OF THE YEAR – COMMERCIAL
Kevin Higgins and Garrett Toft
CBRE | 702-369-4844 | 702-369-4868 | cbre.us
Kevin Higgins, SIOR, and Garrett Toft, SIOR, lead a Las Vegas-based industrial team of five who completed a record 92 transactions in 2020, encompassing over 7.6 million square feet and nearly $850 million. With a combined over 50 years of commercial real estate experience, Higgins and Toft were recently named NAIOP Southern Nevada’s Industrial Brokers of the Year.
Higgins is a member of SIOR and NAIOP, and previously served as a board member and chapter president for both organizations. Toft is a member and past president of SIOR Southern Nevada and is an active member of NAIOP. Toft is also on the board of Junior Achievement of Southern Nevada.
AGENT OF THE YEAR – RESIDENTIAL
The Ivan Sher Group | 702-400-2400 | isluxury.com | IG: @isluxury
Ivan Sher has been in the real estate industry for 25 years. In this time, he brokered the most expensive home sale ever in Las Vegas (David Copperfield) and the most expensive high-rise unit ever sold (Palms Place). In 2020 alone, Sher and his team sold more than $444 million in residential real estate. They were also recently awarded the No. 1 ranking for the entire Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices’ global network.
Sher believes in giving back to the community and he hosts Quarterly Taste events to support several local charities, including The Shade Tree, Grant a Gift Autism Foundation, Boys Town Nevada and Jewish Nevada.
Berggren Commercial Real Estate | 702-326-3535 | BerggrenCRE.com | IG: @dana.berggren and @thecoopcowork
Creative and solution-mind, Dana Berggren has become a community leader since moving to Las Vegas in 2002 and launching her career in corporate commercial real estate. In 2017, Berggren founded The Coop Coworking Space & Meeting Rooms in Summerlin, with the goal of helping other businesses get their start.
After a tumultuous year caused by the pandemic, The Coop Coworking Space & Meeting Rooms is now thriving as more people seek alternative solutions to traditional office spaces. Berggren has won the NAIOP Southern Nevada Broker of the Year award three years in a row and currently sits on the board for the National Association of Women Business Owners Southern Nevada chapter.
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Nevada Properties | 702-796-7777 | bhhsnv.com
Mark Stark’s luxury real estate firm completed a record-breaking $7.1 billion sales volume in 2020—a $1.6 billion increase from the prior year. Stark is an oft-awarded and innovative leader who gave his real estate executives an assortment of tools—including new technologies and platforms—to circumvent sales challenges caused by the pandemic.
Stark has worked in Southern Nevada real estate since 1985 and has dedicated himself to community involvement. He also serves as the director of the company’s corporate giving program, which donated more than $77,000 to the Sunshine Kids Foundation and more than $38,000 to the Susan G Komen Nevada Foundation last year alone.
Nevada HAND Inc | 702-739-3345 | nevadahand.org | IG: @nevadahandlv and @ahamernik
Audra Hamernik brought 25 years of experience in real estate, social impact investing and lending and more when she arrived in Las Vegas in 2019 to become Nevada HAND’s president and CEO.
Nevada HAND serves over 7,900 residents and provides over 4,600 units of housing across its 34 apartment communities located in the valley. Under Hamernik’s leadership in 2020, no Nevada HAND resident was evicted for non-payment of rent, no late fees for non-payment of rent were assessed to any resident and there were no staff layoffs. Additionally, two months’ worth of food was delivered to 2,700 seniors’ during the stay-at-home order and 225 affordable homes were financed and constructed.
INDUSTRY LEADERS LIST
- Lisa Martin – residential | WFG National Title Insurance Company | 702-728-5281 | wfgnationaltitle.com
- Andrew Aliotti – residential | Inspect LV | 702-210-5333 | inspectlv.com | IG: @inspect_lv
- Paul Busch – residential | The Home Examiner LV | 702-461-3678 | thehomeexaminerlv.com
- Douglas Liebig – residential | Las Vegas Home Inspections, LLC | 702-806-5280 | lvhomeinspections.com
- Ricky Montanez – residential | Castle & Cooke Mortgage | 702-493-0622 | castlecookemortgage.com
- Shelly Panzarella – residential | Prosperity Lending | 702-499-3279 | shellypanzarella.com | IG: @shellypanzarella
- Crystal Schulz – residential | RWM Home Loans | 702-357-5555 | crystalschulz.com | IG: @loanshrk
- Andrew Leavitt – residential | PIF Lending | 702-467-1244 | piflending.com
- Robert Ybarra – commercial | CBRE | 702-369-4859 | cbre.us | IG: @cbre
- Darbie Adams – commercial | American Nevada Company | 702-896-6353 | americannevada.com
- Natalie Allred – commercial | Avison Young | 702-580-3777 | avisonyoung.com
- Larissa and Shannon Gaccione – residential | Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Nevada Properties | 702-205-0695 | 702-303-4717 | bhhsnv.com
- Jennifer Kennedy – commercial | Colliers International | 702-836-3772 | colliers.com | IG: @jnladyjack
- Heather Lambert – commercial | CBRE | 702-369-4876 | cbre.us | IG: @cbre
- Amber McDaniel – commercial | Colliers International | 702-836-3745 | colliers.com
- Jennifer Mount – commercial | Colliers International | 702-836-3753 | colliers.com
- Robert Perkins – commercial | MDL Group | 702-388-1800 | mdlgroup.com | IG: @mdlgroup
- Angelina Scarcelli – commercial | Colliers International | 702-836-3768 | colliers.com
REAL ESTATE AGENT
- Dave Bauman – commercial | MDL Group | 702-388-1800 | mdlgroup.com | IG: @lasvegascre
- Troy & Mary Benson – residential | Signature Real Estate Group | 702-419-5423 | bensonrealtynv.com | IG: @Bensonrealty_NV
- Harvey Blankfeld – residential | The Blankfeld Group of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Nevada Properties | 702-203-1165 | blankfeldgroup.com | IG: @harveyblankfeld
- Amanda Bolton – residential | Platinum Real Estate | 702-528-6596 | amandaboltonrealtor.com | IG: @amandatory
- Lindsey Butler – residential | Lindsey Butler Real Estate – Keller Williams Realty Las Vegas | 702-823-3600 | LindseyButlerHomes.com | IG: @LasVegasLindsey
- Ben Correa – residential | Urban Nest Realty | 702-768-8244 | bencorrea.com | IG: @bencorrea
- Andrew Enk – residential | Urban Nest Realty | 702-461-5119 | andrewenk.com | IG: @andrewenkrealtor
- Sarah Gabany – residential | Realty One Group | 858-722-8264 | sarahshowsyouvegas.com | IG: @sarahshowsyouvegas
- Tony Galindo – residential | Platinum Real Estate Professionals | 702-417-5550 | IG: @tony_galindo_lv
- Claudia Marion – residential | Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace | 702-521-9797 | homesbyclaudiamarion.kw.com | IG: @homesbyclaudiamarion
- Aldo Martinez – residential | Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Nevada Properties | 702-525-2536 | InSevenHills.com | IG: @aldommartinez
- Bobbi Miracle – commercial | Commercial Executives Real Estate Services | 702-316-4500 | cevegas.com | IG: @commercialexecutives
- Frank Napoli – residential | The Napoli Group of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Nevada Properties | 702-768-3334 | thenapoligroup.com | IG: @thenapoligroup
- Dan Palmeri – commercial | Cushman & Wakefield | 702-688-6909 | vegascre.com | IG: @danpalmeri_
- Greg Reich – residential | Realty One Group | 702-525-7204 | gregreich.myrealtyonegroup.com
- Nancy Storey – residential | Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Nevada Properties | 702-595-2656 | nancystoreyteam.com
- Phoenix Sun – residential | Addicted Realty | 702-381-4550 | addictedrealty.com | IG: @embodyphoenix
- Debbie Tuttle – residential | Debbie Tuttle Team – Keller Williams Realty | 702-493-8990 | debbietuttle.com | IG: @debbietuttlerealtor
- Olena Webster – residential | Mahsheed Real Estate | 702-726-0273 | mahsheed.com | IG: @mahsheedluxuryrealestate
REAL ESTATE APPRAISAL
REAL ESTATE BROKER
- Adrienne Allen – residential | Homie | 505-480-3265 | homie.com
- Mahsheed Barghisavar – residential | Mahsheed Real Estate | 702-769-6274 | mahsheed.com | IG: @mahsheedluxuryrealestate
- Vandana Bhalla – residential | Signature Real Estate Group | 702-401-1404 | realtorvandana.com | IG: @realtorvandana
- CNR Retail Team: Chris Clifford, Steve Neiger CCIM, Brett Rather – commercial | Colliers International | 702-836-3760 | colliers.com | cnrretail.com
- Gregory DeVille – residential | DeVille Realty Group | 702-787-7559 | devillerealty.com | IG: @devillerealtygroup
- Nick Devitte – residential | Forever Home Realty | 702-528-9913 | foreverhomelv.com | IG: @foreverhomerealty
- John Faulis – residential | Vegas Dream Homes INC | 702-493-5471 | realtorcop.com | IG: @johnfaulis_realty
- Ashley Hawks – residential | Black & Cherry Real Estate | 702-795-4663 | blackandcherryrealestate.com | IG: @blackandcherryrealestate
- Bruce Hiatt – residential | Luxury Realty Group and Talega Systems | 702-456-7080 | LuxuryRealtyGroup.com | IG: @luxuryrealtygroup
- Adam Malan & Deana Marcello – commercial | Logic Commercial Real Estate | 702-954-4105 | logiccre.com | IG: @logic_cre and @thatcregirl
- Mike Mixer – commercial | Colliers International | 702-735-5700 | colliers.com
- Hayim Mizrachi – commercial | MDL Group | 702-388-1800 | mdlgroup.com | IG: @hayim_mizrachi and @mdlgroup
- Mike Tabeek – commercial | Newmark | 702-405-1750 | nmrk.com | IG: @miketabeek_cre
- David J. Tina, Jr. – residential | Urban Nest Realty | 702-853-2444 | urbannestrealty.com
- Kodiak Yazzie – residential | South West Realty Las Vegas | 702-860-9155 | swrlv.com | IG: @kodiak_swrlv
REAL ESTATE DEVELOPER
- Sam Cherry – residential | Cherry Development | 702-747-9884 | cherrylv.com | IG: @sharedowntown
- Eric Cohen – residential | The Calida Group | 702-947-2000 | thecalidagroup.com | IG: @ElysianLiving
- J Dapper – commercial | Dapper Companies | 702-733-3622 | dapperdevelopment.com | IG: @dapper_companies
- Frank Marretti – commercial | G2 Capital Development | 702-242-4211 | g2capdev.com | IG: @g2capitaldevelopment
- Kevin T. Orrock – residential & commercial | The Howard Hughes Corporation | 702-791-4215 | summerlin.com | IG: @summerlin
- David Paull – residential | Nevada HAND Inc | 702-308-7638 | nevadahand.org | IG: @nevadahandlv
- Tom van Betten – commercial | Matter Real Estate Group | 858-882-0900 | matterrealestate.com | IG: @matterrealestategroup
- Cody Winterton – residential | Raintree Investment Corporation | 702-538-5571 | lakelasvegas.com | IG: @lakelasvegas
REAL ESTATE INVESTOR
- Ryan Pineda – residential | Forever Home Realty and Homerun Offer | 702-297-6328 | foreverhomelv.com | IG: @ryanpinedashow
- Kevin Romney – residential | Camino Verde Group | 702-379-8857 | caminoverdegroup.com
- Uri Vaknin – residential | KRE Capital LLC | 404-932-9970 | juhllv.com | IG: @juhllv
- Heidi Carlsen – residential | Home Staging | Stately LLC | 833-782-8359 | statelyhomestaging.com | IG: @statelyhomestaging
- Cassie Catania-Hsu – commercial | Managing Director | CBRE | 702-369-4921 | cbre.us | IG: @cbre
- Pam Heiney – residential | Multifamily Accounting | Ascent Multifamily Accounting | 702-307-2881 | multifamilyaccounting.com