Our Leadership

President

Debora Weidman-Phillips, ABR, CRB, GREEN, SFR
Manager, Long & Foster Real Estate
Blue Bell, PA


Debora has been in the real estate industry nearly 25 years. In 2003, she started her first Long & Foster Real Estate office in Blue Bell Pennsylvania, which has since expanded into a total of five locations that today employ over 200 agents serving the greater Philadelphia area. In addition to REBI, Debora has served in a variety of leadership and committee positions over the years for several local and state REALTOR® associations. 



President-elect

James L. Helsel, Jr., DSA, CCIM, CPM, CRB, CRE, GRI, SIOR
President, Helsel REALTORS®
Camp Hill, PA


James (Jim) has been in the real estate profession since 1975, when he started his real estate company, Helsel, Inc., in Camp Hill, PA. Since then, Jim has also worked extensively in REALTOR® association leadership, serving in several appointments on the local, state, and national levels, including President-elect of the Delaware Valley Chapter of IREM in 2017. He’s been a longtime supporter of the REALTORS® Political Action Committee and was inducted into the RPAC Hall of Fame in 2009. 


First Vice President

Candace Cooke, ABR, BPOR, CIPS, CRB, C-RETS, e-PRO, GAA, GREEN, GRI, MRP, PSA, RENE, RSPS, SFR, SRES, SRS
Real Property Counselors, Inc.
Round Rock, TX

Candy is a passionate REALTOR® who has worked in the real estate profession for thirty-five years as an appraiser, broker, and instructor. Utilizing this knowledge and experience allows Candy to provide enjoyable education to her classes. Currently a Senior Instructor with Texas Association of REALTORS®, Candace has been awarded Educator of the Year in 2012 for the state association as well as Distinguished Educator of the Year by the Real Estate Business Institute. Candy holds two graduate concentrations through REALTOR® University as well as currently pursuing a doctorate in Adult Education through Walden University. 


Immediate Past President

Miguel Berger, CRB, e-PRO, GRI
Chief Idea Officer, President, Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate Tech Valley
Albany, NY


Miguel started his real estate career in 1985 and currently is the Chief Idea Officer and President of Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate Tech Valley in Albany, NY. He’s held a variety of REBI committee positions over the years, including on the Board of Directors, Professional Development Committee, and Publications Advisory Committee. In addition to real estate, Miguel has been a leading force in the integration of technology and marketing. Together with his son, Ami, Miguel co-founded Voiceter Pro,
ed in numerous state, local, and national REALTOR® committees over the years, as well as served as President of the mid-Florida MLS in 2015. 



Chief Executive Officer

Ginny Shipe, CAE, C-RETS, RENE
CEO, Real Estate Business Institute
Chicago, IL