Movers & Shakers: Berkshire Hathaway, RE/MAX and CENTURY 21


The latest news on mergers, acquisitions, new real estate executives and people around the industry.

Berkshire Hathaway Homesale Realty Opens New Office in York County

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Homesale Realty has opened a new office in York County as part of a merger with Preferred Properties Real Estate, Inc.

“Welcoming Bill Shanbarger and the Preferred Realty agents into the Homesale family is great for our efforts to serve the market. This merger will make Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Homesale Realty the real estate leader in Hanover. We look forward to being able to help even more families in the area achieve their real estate goals,” says Rod Messick, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Homesale Realty.

Berkshire Hathaway Homesale Realty has 30 offices serving Maryland and Pennsylvania, including two offices in Hanover at 570 Carlisle Street and 1444 Baltimore Street. For more information, please visit


Legacy Real Estate & Associates Appoints Operations Manager Kathleen Minser


Legacy Real Estate & Associates, a San Francisco East Bay brokerage, is pleased to announce Kathleen Minser as its newly appointed Operations Manager. The announcement was made by Bill Aboumrad, Jr., President and Broker/Owner of Legacy Real Estate, during a staff meeting.

“Kathleen is an undeniable strength within our organization,” said Aboumrad. “She is the ideal leader for this position, and it brings me great joy to congratulate her on this momentous achievement.”

Minser is recognized as a results-driven, community-oriented and multi-faceted leader. She has gained invaluable experience over her 25-year period working at Waste Management as their Operations and Government Affairs Manager leading over 350 employees in seven cities throughout Alameda County. She managed franchise agreements, public relations and has a background in Human Resources. For more information, go to

Deeana Betsamo Joins Lion & Orb

Deeana Betsamo recently joined the Lion & Orb team as a publicist and account executive. “She’s an absolute all star in the PR world, joining us from Valerie Allen PR, where she primarily focused on entertainment and lifestyle PR,” says Lion & Orb Founder Audie Chamberlain.

deeanaDeeana Betsamo is a passionate Los Angeles based Publicist who has worked with a range of clients from various industries including entertainment, real estate, health/lifestyle, legal, and more.

Deeana graduated from California State University, Northridge in 2018 with a B.A. in Communication Studies. In addition to this, Deeana serves on the board of the Assyrian American Association of Southern California as the Executive Secretary.

Peter Luft to Oversee Franchise Sales for RE/MAX

With more than 8,500 offices worldwide, RE/MAX continues to expand its footprint year after year. Now, Peter Luft is at the helm of that growth in his new role as Vice President of Franchise Sales.

Luft, who will oversee all RE/MAX strategic sales initiatives and operations throughout the U.S., maintains a sharp focus on data-driven growth plans, mergers & acquisitions, conversions and startups.

“We’re creating a cohesive, strategic growth strategy that will benefit our existing membership and ownership group,” Luft says. “They’ll have a clear picture of where we’re growing and why we’re growing there.”

Luft began his career with RE/MAX in 1990 selling franchises in Indiana. He served as regional director and regional vice president before leaving and founding a successful real estate marketing company. He ultimately returned to RE/MAX in 2009, and has served as RE/MAX Executive Director of Franchise Sales since 2015.

Asheville’s Hi-Alta Real Estate Affiliates with CENTURY 21 Real Estate

With a focus on providing enhanced products and services to his affiliated agents and their clients, Kevin Griffin announced today that Hi-Alta Real Estate, a leading independent real estate brokerage in Asheville, has chosen to affiliate with Century 21 Real Estate LLC, and will now conduct business as CENTURY 21Hi-Alta.Griffin and his team of 17+ affiliated agents will now have access to the CENTURY 21®brand’s world-class marketing, agent learning, and industry-best technology and productivity tools to help the team deliver extraordinary experiences to real estate consumers. A primary goal for Griffin will be to leverage his company’s already strong community connections and local market knowledge to build the team’s investor-related business from a global perspective.

Led by Kevin Griffin, founder, CEO and John Fisher, broker of record,CENTURY 21 Hi-Alta is an independently owned and operated franchise affiliate of Century 21 Real Estate, franchisor of the iconic CENTURY 21 brand, comprised of 11,500 independently owned and operated franchised broker offices in 84 countries and territories worldwide with more than 131,000 independent sales professionals.