Introducing Our Expert Panelists for The Summit

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The MLS Summit™ is just one week away, and today we’re excited to introduce our expert panelists for the event. Here they are:

Agent Panel


Jerel Taylor – Moderator

Sotheby’s International Realty

After 14 years of experience in the escrow industry, Jerel Taylor made an effortless and successful transition into the real estate industry in 2012. Since then, he has established a reputation as a top-producing agent and selfless contributor in the industry. Throughout his career, he has served on various committees as a director for The MLS™ and the California Association of REALTORS®. Most recently, Jerel became the President-Elect for the Malibu Association of REALTORS®.


Ernie Carswell

Douglas Elliman

Ernie Carswell sits at the helm of Ernie Carswell and Partners, a team of 15 residential real estate professionals with an excellent reputation and known results. Agents and staff provide superior service and consultation to clients from the business community and entertainment industry, as well as artists, foreign dignitaries, top attorneys and professional athletes. Ernie has been awarded many accolades for sales achievement and set high price records in various neighborhoods during his 25-year career in Los Angeles. Discretion and strategic skill are his hallmark traits.


Shawn Kormondy

Keller Williams

Shawn Kormondy has been a top-producing real estate agent since 2004 with the prestigious firm, Keller Williams Realty in Beverly Hills. He has represented seller and buyers of homes, income properties, and land development. Shawn founded the equitable brand, known as LA Land Man, which has closed hundreds of land sales throughout LA County and has established himself as the Authority in Land Sales. His personal experience in the development of multi and single family translates well to the first-time home buyer as well as the savvy real estate developer. His depth of knowledge and passion for real estate is unparalleled and realized by clients at the first meeting. This is why he maintains a loyal base of clients who continue to close multiple properties with him in the past, and years to come.


Charles H. Le

RE/MAX Estate Properties

In the luxury real estate market, Charles H. Le is renowned among clients and colleagues alike for his integrity, loyalty and professionalism. Charles has been consistently ranked as the #1 Top Producing Agent at RE/MAX Beverly Hills Office for 8 years in a row. He has also been ranked as Top 0.1% Agent of the Company Worldwide. He has sold and leased over 1,000 luxury properties, with a combined value of over $1 billion in Sales and Leases in Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Brentwood, Santa Monica, Malibu, West Hollywood, Hollywood, Downtown LA, the Greater Los Angeles area and the Bay Area for nearly the past 20 years.

joycereyes-01Joyce Rey

Coldwell Banker

With more than $3 billion in career sales, Joyce Rey is one of the most respected names in luxury real estate worldwide. At the helm of an award-winning team, her name has consistently appeared on “best of” lists for both her real estate production and her personal and professional influence. Recent accolades include “The Los Angeles 500 Most Influential People” (L.A. Business Journal), “Top 20 Luxury Brokers in L.A. County” by (The Real Deal Los Angeles) and “Top 10 Real Estate Power Players” (Haute Living). Additionally, Joyce remains passionately dedicated to philanthropic projects including UNICEF, Blue Ribbon, and the Public Library Foundation.


Broker Panel


Gregg Pawlik – Moderator

The MLS™ 2018 President Estates Director and Senior Certified Commercial Specialist, Coldwell Banker

Gregg Pawlik is a consistent top producer, representing millions of dollars in annual sales and leasing. He has served as President of the Beverly Hills/Greater LA Association of Realtor (2012), as well as the President of the LA Association of Realtors (1992 and 1996). Gregg has been a State Director for the California Association of Realtors (CAR) for the last 28 years. On a national level, he is on his 24th consecutive year as a Director for the National Association of Realtors. Gregg is The MLS™ 2018 President, after having served as President-Elect (2017), Treasurer (2015, 2016) and a member of its Board of Directors (2011-2018).


Raphael Barragan

CEO, Engel & Volkers Beverly Hills, LA, Santa Monica & West Hollywood

Raphael Barragán is a globally respected real estate broker who has earned a reputation for providing exceptional results to his clients through first class service. Raphael serves as the CEO for Engel & Völkers Los Angeles, Engel & Völkers Beverly Hills, Engel & Völkers Santa Monica, and  Engel & Völkers West Hollywood, serving neighborhoods from Downtown Los Angeles to the Pacific Ocean and beyond.

As an expert in the luxury real estate market, Raphael has developed a solid reputation representing buyers, sellers and developers throughout the world. Through his strategic and comprehensive marketing plans, his listings have been seen in local and international publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Business Journal, Robb Report and International New York Times to name a few.


John Closson

Regional VP, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California

Few real estate professionals know Pacific Palisades as well as John Closson, a branch manager in the lovely coastal community. John, who also serves as Vice President & Regional Manager for Berkshire Hathaway – Los Angeles, grew up, attended schools, and still lives in the Palisades today. A broker since 1991, John brings a wealth of knowledge to his role as manager. He draws on his experience to make certain our sales associates throughout the region have the finest tools and resources available to deliver the highest level of customer service.

peterhernandez-01.pngPeter Hernandez

President of Brokerage, Douglas Elliman California

Founder and Co-President of Teles Properties prior to its recent acquisition by Douglas Elliman, Peter Hernandez is widely regarded in the industry as the driving force behind the renowned Teles brand and its highly collaborative company culture. Peter has over 45 years of experience as a broker, business owner, investor, and developer. He is a passionate and dedicated thought leader that sees opportunity in any market, up or down. Peter’s expertise has been featured in a wide range of digital and print media, including the LA Times, Huffington Post, Inman, The Real Deal, and more.


Nick Segal

President, Pacific Union International Los Angeles

A nationally-renowned executive, prized speaker and celebrated innovator, Nick Segal has had immeasurable impact over his three decades in real estate. After growing DBL REALTORS® from 12 to 650 agents (leading to an acquisition by Sotheby’s in 2004), Nick founded Partners Trust, yet another wildly successful team that was acquired by Pacific Union International after achieving more than $11 billion in sales in only eight years. As CEO of Partners Trust, Nick received both the REALTOR® of the Year and William May Garland Awards.


Beth Styne

Regional VP, Coldwell Banker Los Angeles

Beth Styne has overseen the sale of the nation’s most coveted properties, including properties from A. Quincy Jones, Frank Gehry, and Le Belvedere, “America’s Most Expensive Home” according to Forbes in 2010. She leads some of the nation’s highest ranked agents and has amassed a loyal following of A-list celebrity clients. Beth’s superior professionalism, market knowledge, and negotiation skills have allowed her to close over $1 billion in sales throughout her 37-year career.

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