People on the Move
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People On the Move at Real, Endpoint, Epique and Howard Hanna 

Alexandra Lumpkin first general counsel at Real, Shawna Hernandez lands COO role at Endpoint, Sam Rodriguez joins Epique board, Kris Burdick promoted at Hanna.

March 31, 2023
4 minutes

Editor's note: As an industry with millions of agents and over 100,000 brokerage companies, new leaders rise to the top every day. Here we highlight executives and other notable leaders who've recently taken on roles that influence the residential real estate landscape. 

Alexandra Lumpkin named Real's first general counsel

The Real Brokerage has expanded its leadership team with the addition of Alexandra (Alix) Lumpkin as general counsel. 

Alexandra Lumpkin, General Counsel, The Real Brokerage.
Alexandra Lumpkin, General Counsel, The Real Brokerage.

Lumpkin was most recently deputy general counsel at homebuilding giant Lennar, where she oversaw legal securities and corporate governance. She previously worked at global law firms with a similar focus where she advised companies on M&A and capital markets transactions.

"We are thrilled to welcome Alix to our leadership team," said Tamir Poleg, Real chairman and CEO.

"She is an incredibly talented attorney who joins Real with an ideal combination of industry experience and achievements. Alix is an excellent addition to our leadership team as we continue to scale our business, instill a performance culture and achieve greater results for all of our stakeholders," Poleg said.

Shawna Hernandez moves into COO role at Endpoint 

Digital title and settlement company Endpoint has named its first chief operating officer. 

Shawna Hernandez, COO, Endpoint.
Shawna Hernandez, COO, Endpoint.

Shawna Hernandez, who joined Endpoint in 2020 as vice president of operations, was promoted to SVP in 2022 and will be the first person to hold the newly created COO position.

Hernandez has spent her career in the settlement industry, starting out as an escrow closer. Prior to moving to Endpoint, she oversaw operations as a founding member of a tech-enabled title and settlement startup. In her new role, she will lead Endpoint's digital closing solutions teams and help the company optimize and scale its operations. 

"Over the past three years, Shawna has been instrumental in Endpoint's growth and progress toward delivering the first end-to-end digital closing platform," said Endpoint CEO Scott Martino. "Her deep settlement industry expertise complements our digital transformation culture, helping us to unlock a home closing experience that combines best-in-class processes with people and technology in a meaningful way."

Sam Rodriguez brings eXp expertise to Epique

Real estate entrepreneur and former VP of growth at eXp Realty Sam Rodriguez has joined the board of directors at Epique Realty, an agent-owned, tech-based brokerage. 

Sam Rodriguez, board of directors, Epique Realty.
Sam Rodriguez, board of directors, Epique Realty.

In his new role, Rodriguez will focus on scaling Epique's "ambitious plans" for national and international growth, according to a news release. Rodriguez has a track record of successful growth at eXp, where he helped expand agent count from 2,600 agents to more than 50,000. 

He is also a founding partner of M+RE, a revenue-sharing mortgage and real estate partnership firm. 

"Sam is really the key to unlocking the door to our growth strategy," said Josh Miller, Epique co-founder and CEO, adding that Rodriguez "knows all of the moving pieces."

"There is no brokerage doing what we're doing in the industry, and building the right team to support the coming sea-change our company will cause is vital to our strategy," said Miller. 

Kris Burdick moves up at Howard Hanna

Earlier this month, the Hanna Family of Companies announced the promotion of Kris Burdick to president of brokerage operations. 

Kris Burdick, president of brokerage operations, Howard Hanna.
Kris Burdick, president of brokerage operations, Howard Hanna.

Burdick has been with Howard Hanna for nearly 20 years, and was most recently president of the Northern Ohio and Michigan regions. As a real estate agent, Burdick was a top performer in the Akron, Ohio market, where she became a regional manager and market president, and served on the Ohio real estate commission. 

She has also been recognized for the past two years as one of the most influential people in real estate, ranking 130th on the 2023 Swanepoel Power 200 list.

"Kris Burdick has been an influential leader not only within Howard Hanna, but within the entire industry," said Howard "Hoby" Hanna IV, president. "She is the perfect person for this role."

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