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James G. Heidisch - President

James G. Heidisch

James G. Heidisch, Managing Broker of Campbell & Rosemurgy Real Estate, has been a licensed REALTOR® since 1976. He currently serves as President-Elect of the Board of Directors of the REALTOR® Association of Greater Ft. Lauderdale, Inc. (RAGFL).

Prior to his involvement with RAGFL, Jim has served on numerous committees with the Macomb County Association of REALTORS® in Michigan and the Boca Raton Association of REALTORS® in Palm Beach County. A RAGFL member since 1991, Jim has served on the Board of Directors since 2007 including terms as Secretary and Treasurer. He has been Chair of the Audit and Finance and Government Affairs Committees as well as the Investment Task Force. He has also been a member of the RAGFL Honor Society since 2007.

Jim has been active on a state level as a Florida Association REALTORS® (FAR) Director since 2006. He presently serves on FAR’s Insurance Subcommittee and the Public Policy Committee and is FAR’s Key Contact for State Representative, Gwyndolyne-Clarke Reed. Along with being an FAR Honor Society member, Jim has been a member of the Smart Growth Sub Committee, State and Local Taxation Subcommittee and the Local Board Treasurers Exchange.

At the national level, Jim currently serves as a National Association REALTORS® (NAR) Director and is member of the Membership Policy & Board Jurisdiction Committee. In 2008, he also served as a Director and was a member of the State and Local Issues Committee.

Active in his community, Jim is a Director of Jim & Jan Moran Unit of the Boys & Girls Club, a Director of the Deerfield Beach Chamber of Commerce and served as its President in 2004. He is a member of the Rotary Club and is a founding committee member of Dunn’s Run, an annual Boys and Girls Club fundraising event. He was chairman of the St. Joan of Arc Hunger Program for 8 years.

Married to Christine for 40 years, Jim has 2 sons and 5 grandchildren.

Stephen B. McWilliam - President-Elect

Stephen B. McWilliam, ABR, CRB, CRS, GRI

Stephen B. McWilliam, 2011 President Elect Steve McWilliam, originally from Massachusetts, began his real estate career in 1984. He has been a resident of Fort Lauderdale, FL since 1989.

Steve is the President and broker of Florida State Realty Group, a full service real estate brokerage in downtown Fort Lauderdale, FL and he is also the principal representative of Florida State Mortgage Group, Inc. (a Florida licensed correspondent mortgage lender) which operates as a marketing and service partner. He is also licensed by the State of Florida as a real estate instructor and mortgage broker. Steve has extensive marketing and management experience and is very active within the real estate community.

Steve accelerated his leadership role with the REALTOR® organization in 2008 by serving as the Chair of the REALTOR® Association of Greater Fort Lauderdale’s (RAGFL) MLS Policy Committee, Vice Chair of the RAGFL Grievance Committee, as well as Vice Chair of the Florida Realtors® (FR) Business Trends & Technology Forum. Continuing his dedication to RAGFL and FR, Steve moved up to the Chairman’s position of RAGFL Grievance and FR Business Trends & Technology committees in 2009. In 2010, Steve served as RAGFL Director and at the state level with the Florida Realtors® on the Public Policy Insurance and Public Policy Business Issues Sub-Committees and as a member of the FR Board of Directors. His expertise proved invaluable as he was appointed to serve on three state-level Presidential Workgroups for FR – Membership Strategic Advisory, MLS Vendor Evaluation and MLS Strategic Advisory. 2011 will find Steve rededicating his commitment of service to his profession as he continues to volunteer on numerous committees and workgroups at the local, state and national levels.

An ardent proponent of professional development, Steve gone above-and-beyond for his clientele by earning some of the most prestigious National Association of REALTOR® career accreditations - ABR (Accredited Buyer's Representative),CRB (Council of Real Estate Brokerage Managers), CRS (Council of Residential Specialist), and GRI (Graduate of the REALTOR® Institute).

Steve is regularly engaged as a real estate expert witness by numerous Florida law firms to consult and testify as a real estate expert witness in cases throughout Florida in both county and Circuit Courts as well as the Federal District Courts. These cases typically involve claims concerning the licensee's standard of care, negligence and/or alleged breach of fiduciary duties.

Brenda G. Ghibaudi - Immediate Past-President

Brenda G. Ghibaudi - Vice-President

Brenda G. Ghibaudi, P.A., CRS, LTG, PMN, a top sales associate with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Florida 1st in Fort Lauderdale, currently serves clients throughout Broward, Palm Beach and Dade Counties. She currently serves as the 2010 President of the REALTOR® Association of Greater Fort Lauderdale, Inc. (RAGFL).

A full-time sales associate with more than 27 years of real estate excellence, Brenda’s service and involvement to the REALTOR® community is limitless. Her service to the local Association consists of numerous years as a member of the RAGFL Board of Directors as well as 2008 Vice President.

Brenda's involvement at the state level has been no less impressive. She is an eleven year member of the Florida Association of REALTORS® (FAR) Honor Society and has served on dozens of committees.

Some of Brenda’s most rewarding work has come through her passionate involvement with the Women’s Council of REALTORS® (WCR). An 18-year member, Brenda has held countless elected positions including National Governor and Florida State Chapter President. Brenda has also served as a faculty member of WCR’s Leadership Academy for 5 consecutive years and still travels the country teaching a range of REALTOR® management and business topics. In recognition of her successful leadership, Brenda was honored as the Florida State Member of the Year in 1999 and State Mentor of the Year in 2003. In 2004, she reached the ultimate pinnacle by serving as the WCR National President.

Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Brenda has been a South Florida resident for over 32 years. Married to her husband John for 40 years, Brenda is the mother of two grown sons, Chris and Brian, as well as the proud grandmother of Shea Michael and Savannah Brooke. When Brenda is not selling real estate across South Florida or lecturing around the country, she can be found enjoying a round of golf, reading a good book or cooking a traditional Sunday dinner for her family.

Richard W. Barkett - CEO

Richard W. Barkett - CEO

Richard (Rick) Barkett was elected to the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the REALTOR® Association of Greater Fort Lauderdale, Inc. (RAGFL) in 2001. As CEO, Rick oversees one of the nation’s largest real estate associations and one of Florida’s largest local trade associations with a membership of over 7600 members spanning Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade Counties. At RAGFL, Rick also manages a professional staff of over 25 employees located in two offices with an annual budget of over $5 million.

Rick, a licensed Florida real estate broker since 1975, has had an extensive and notable career in the real estate industry. After eight years of practicing residential real estate, Rick moved into the commercial real estate sector where he specialized in multi-family, retail and office leasing. Prior to his position at RAGFL, Rick served as the District Manager for a major real estate brokerage firm. At the firm, Rick was credited for successfully identifying and rebuilding under-achieving offices throughout the company.

Throughout his career, Rick has received numerous honors and awards for his success including a 1999 Presidential Distinguished Service award and the 2005-2006 Winterfest Anchor Award. His most prestigious honors to date are being chosen as the 1999 RAGFL REALTOR® of the Year, the 2000 Florida Association of REALTORS® (FAR) Associate Realtor of the Year and the 2009 RAGFL Presidential Distinguished Service Award winner.

He is a member of numerous associations and boards including the Broward Housing Partnership, the Broward County Housing Council and Winterfest Inc. Rick has also served as a District Vice-President of FAR and a Director of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR).

Rick holds a certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University and a certificate in Strategies in Nonprofit Management from the University of Chicago. He is the proud father of two children and currently resides in Plantation with his wife.


Other RAGFL Leaders
Summer Greene – FAR President-Elect

Summer Greene – FAR Secretary

Summer Greene, CRB, GRI, is the Regional Manager of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Florida 1st, a 6 office, 300+ agent real estate company located in Broward County, Florida. Summer was elected by her peers to serve as the 2010 Vice President of the Florida Association of REALTORS® (FAR). She most recently served as 2009 FAR Treasurer and 2008 FAR Secretary.

A former Secretary, Treasurer and President of the REALTOR® Association of Greater Fort Lauderdale, Inc. (RAGFL), Summer has served on numerous committees and groups at the local Association level. In 2003, she was recognized by her peers as the RAGFL REALTOR® of the Year. At the state level, Summer has remained just as involved. An FAR Director since 1995, Summer has also served as the District XI Vice-President. In 2005, she was the proud recipient of the prestigious FAR REALTOR® Achievement Award. At the national level, Summer has been a National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Director since 2001 and has served numerous committees such as Multiple Listing Forum, Local Taxation and Professional Standards.

Committed to professional development, Summer has attained the challenging and sought-after CRB and GRI designations and in 1988 she received an M.B.A. from Barry University. Summer has been a licensed REALTOR® since 1988 and a Florida resident since 1967.

Jesse Acevedo - FAR District XI Vice President

Jesse Acevedo, ABR, SRES, e-PRO

Jesse Acevedo, Broker Manager of ERA Ace Realty, has been selling real estate in Broward County since 1988. He currently serves as the Immediate Past President of the REALTOR® Association of Greater Fort Lauderdale, Inc. (RAGFL).

Part of the No. 1 ERA Top Broker team, Jesse’s service to his local Association consists of numerous years as a member of the RAGFL Honor Society and RAGFL Board of Directors, including terms as Vice-President and President-Elect. Former Chair of the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) and the Professional Development Committee, Jesse has served on numerous committees in his time with RAGFL including Audit and Finance, Grievance and MLS Policy.

Jesse is actively involved at both the state and national association levels as well. A Florida Association of REALTORS® (FAR) Board of Director from 2005-2009, he has served on many FAR-committees including: Professional Development, Professional Standards, Business Trends and Technology and Business Forms. Jesse is a four year FAR Honor Society member, from 2005-2008. At the national level, he served as a National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Board of Director in 2009. He is also an active member of the Women’s Council of REALTORS® (WCR).

A champion of continuing education and professional development, Jesse has earned multiple designations and certifications such as the Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR) Designation, the Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES) Designation and the e-PRO National Association of REALTORS Technology Certification Program. He is also a proud graduate of the RAGFL Leadership Development Program.

In 2003, Jesse was recognized as #2 ERA Broker Team International and from 2004-2006, he won the coveted #1 spot as top ERA Broker Team International. In 2005, Jesse was awarded the RPAC Gold Standing Award.

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