2019 OMDREB Board of Directors Election profiles

Lynn Hoffmann – President-Elect

Lynn started in the Real Estate industry in 2005 as a Sales Representative and became a
Selling Broker by 2008. That same year, she accepted the position of Broker/Manager for Oakville’s Downtown Royal LePage Real Estate Services Corporate office which she held until 2014.

In 2014, Lynn was promoted and appointed to Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the Luxury
Division of Royal LePage Real Estate Services with the Johnston and Daniel Division.

In 2017, a major opportunity was offered to her to be the Manager/Broker at the Luxury Collection office for Re/Max Escarpment – the first in Canada. Lynn is currently the Broker Manager for two of the 10 Re/Max Escarpment offices.

Lynn was an OMDREB Director from 2014-2018 and by acclamation for 2019 in the position of Director of Managing Brokers. As the Director of the Managing Brokers council, Lynn has implemented the Professional Development series for Broker/Owners and Broker Managers. This has allowed Broker/Owner/Manager access to valuable speakers and resources that they may not have otherwise been exposed to through their own Brokerage. This series has been very well received and the plan is to continue and develop it even further in 2019.

Lynn was the Committee Chair Person for the Discipline Committee in 2014, the By-Law Committee Chair Person in 2015 and 2016, and was the OMDREB Mediator for an arbitration case in 2016 as well.

Lynn has been a full member of OMDREB, RAHB, and TREB since 2005.

Peter Holgate – President-Elect

Peter has been actively involved in organized real estate for the past 30 years. Peter is the Managing Broker for StreetCity Realty and has been a Member of OMDREB for five years. Previously, Peter has held top management positions with RE/MAX ( Broker of Record ), Sutton Group, Royal LePage ( Broker of Record ), Right at Home, Chase Realty and most recently StreetCity Realty. Peter is a former Director at the Georgian Triangle Association of Realtors, 2011/2012 and was the Chair of the Professional Development Committee. He has also served on the board of directors of RAHB and was involved and supported the “ORTIS” group at it’s conception. Peter is a Fellow of the Real Estate Institute of Canada ( FRI ) and is currently an OMDREB director.

“My vision for the future is to have one Ontario MLS system whereby the occurrence of a client knowing more about a listing than we, the realtor, is eliminated completely “. I have chosen to risk my seat as director ( I had to resign in order to run ) and run for President Elect so that I can ensure the direction of the board to achieve our prime objective….” Data Sharing across Ontario “. I fully support the OMDREB and TREB Data Swap currently being put in place. I will work hard on improving our member experience and building on our relationships with all surrounding real estate boards. If elected, I intend to reach out to the contacts that I have formed, to further the creation of ” Data Sharing ” across all of the boards in the province.

Hazem Zienelabdeen – Director at Large

Hazem Zienelabdeen brings his experience as a sales professional to Royal LePage Real Estate Services. Prior to joining the Royal LePage family, Hazem worked for 30+ years as a regional sales supervisor with an international pharmaceutical company, and then as a department supervisor for a multinational electronics corporation.

Hazem is firmly committed to quality over quantity. His attention to detail and professionalism does not go unnoticed by his clients, which is extremely important in the current real estate market. He works closely with his clients to identify the best options, not the most, in order to streamline their search process. With a background in client services, Hazem possesses a keen ability to listen and respond to client needs. In addition, Hazem is passionate about educating buyers and sellers on the real estate process and committed to supporting them during one of the most important decisions of their lives.

Hazem, is not just a realtor, he is a real estate broker. He is member of the Toronto Real Estate Board, Oakville-Milton District Real Estate Board and the National Association of Realtors (NAR). He holds a designation as a Credited Buyer’s Representative (ABR)as well as Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES) from NAR, and a designation as a Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE) from the Real Estate Negotiation Institute.

Outside of his professional life, Hazem finds time for community activities. A very active and connected community volunteer within the Port Credit community in Mississauga, and with Food for Life in Oakville, Hazem has participated in food drives, music festivals, and Canadian Blood Services. Hazem’s enthusiasm for creating and maintaining community contacts leverages his energy and enthusiasm, enhancing his client dedication and insuring satisfied repeat clients and referrals.

Hazem has several connections, which is extremely important in this market and is also an indicator of how down to earth he is. He not only motivates himself constantly, he also does his best to motivate others to pursue their goals. Hazem is patient, kind, highly knowledgeable about GTA real estate, the ins-and-outs of buying homes, and is incredibly flexible and accommodating. He is currently very passionate about being a part of the Negotiating Team for OMDREB when dealing with the Town of Oakville regarding Open House sign by-laws.

Jennifer Bourikas – Director at Large

Jennifer has 20+ years experience as a marketing and advertising professional.

Jennifer has always had a passion for real estate and started her career 7 years ago with Century 21 Dreams Inc. She has served on the Board of Directors for two years and has chaired the Community Initiative Committee and Golf Committee raising funds for the President’s Charities. Beyond customer service and communication, Jennifer has a strong sense of ethics and a strong sense of professionalism and decided that Professional Standards and Ethics and ByLaw Committee’s are a great fit for her. She has volunteered on the MLS/IT Committee and Membership Committee through the Scholarship Program.

She is involved in the community, volunteering for a number of years at the Doors Open Oakville Event and is an alumni Big Sister (Eva and Jennifer have been ‘matched’ for 23 years

Judi Lloyd – Director at Large

Judi has a passion for assisting clients with various real estate needs. She is a trusted and well-trained professional who strives to provide the best solutions. Clients are impressed by the dedication and effort she puts into making sure that they receive top quality service and amazing results. Judi wants to join the OMDREB Board of Directors to give back to the real estate industry, and to have a voice in the way the industry is run and governed. She has previous real estate board expertise and knowledge from being a Director, President-Elect, President and Past President of the Mississauga Real Estate Board, and has the ability to effectively network with leaders in the industry. Judi is currently a member of OMDREB’s Professional Standards, Golf, Professional Development, and Trade Show Committees.

Vishal Kapoor – Director at Large

Vishal is friendly, helpful and responds to questions immediately. He is an informative, collaborative and thoughtful leader in the REALTOR space. Vishal strives for commitment and takes a strategic approach to negotiation while thinking “outside of the box” when securing knowledge and new ideas.

Stjepan Rasic – Director at Large

Stjepan is currently a Sales Representative with RE/MAX Aboutowne Realty Corp. in Oakville. Previously, he spent over 18 years in IT, servicing both the Real Estate and Financial sectors.

He successfully lead teams both as a consultant and small business owner, helping people become more productive through the use of technology. Stjepan’s goal as Director is to give you the tools you need so that you can focus your time on selling real estate. As Director, he will focus on providing a better reporting system where our members can easily generate reports, which are not just spreadsheets, but customized, formatted market reports. Having spent years in the IT industry both as a Lead Developer and a Project Manager building reporting tools, he has seen how beneficial they can be to the end user.

The landscape of our industry is changing. Sold data is becoming public, online services like Zillow are coming to Canada, more and more people are researching online. Stjepan believes we should look to leverage our MLS system with our own online presence, and enabling our websites to not simply be a landing page, but a resource for potential clients. His philosophy: Our message should be – anyone can read a sales stat, but if you want to understand it…speak to a REALTOR!

Hunter Obee – Director at Large

Before working in real estate, Hunter worked for several years in Toronto as a Licensed Stock & Options trader. He is passionate and committed towards further developing the MLS system, ultimately working towards a unified provincial database, as well as the continual enforcement of Professional Standards and Rules & Regulations.

Hunter previously served on the 2018 OMDREB Membership Committee and the 2014 Milton Initiative Committee.