Real estate leadership has historically been a man’s game, but that is slowly changing.
There is a growing prevalence of women leaders on the Swanepoel Power 200 (SP200), and Zillow Group Chief Operating Officer Amy Bohutinsky is the first woman to crack the list’s top 10.
Women show up on 45 of the 200 slots on the 2017 SP200 list. While that percentage, 22.5 percent, is too low for an industry dominated by female agents — it reflects three years of growth on the SP200 list, up from 19.0 percent in 2015 and 22.0 percent in 2016.
As a key architect of Zillow Group’s impressive, sustained rise, which saw the firm report $6.8 million in profit on $224.6 million third quarter 2016 revenue, Bohutinsky is no doubt real estate’s most powerful woman. She oversees Zillow Group’s people (human resources, recruiting and learning and development), marketing, communications and consumer care spread across the firm’s stable of brands including Zillow, Trulia, StreetEasy, HotPads and Naked Apartments. Bohutinsky joined Zillow pre-launch in 2005 and built its marketing and communications divisions from the ground up.
Bohutinsky is atop the SP2017 Women Leaders list but she is not the only woman whose industry stature has grown. Helen Hanna Casey, CEO of the large and growing Pittsburgh-based real estate firm Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, jumps two slots from a year ago to No. 13 on the 2017 SP200 list. Douglas Elliman Real Estate president and CEO Dottie Herman climbs one slot to No. 17 and Windermere co-president Jill Jacobi Wood moves up to No. 21.
Rounding out the top 10 most powerful women in real estate are:
- Pam O’Connor, president and CEO of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, at No. 26.
- Sherry Chris, president and CEO of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, at No. 27.
- Pamela Liebman, president and CEO of The Corcoran Group, at No. 45.
- Sue Yannaccone, president and CEO of ERA Franchise Systems, at No. 46.
- Mary Frances Burleson, president and CEO of Ebby Halliday Real Estate, at No. 52
- Kate Rossi, executive vice president of the Southeast region of brokerage giant NRT LLC, at No. 53.
See real estate’s 20 most powerful women here.