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OUR MANAGEMENT TEAM

We are diverse, but we all have one thing in common: we are exceptional problem solvers. We bring intellectual curiosity and a passion for world-shaping impact to each of our roles.  

DAN NUSSBAUM

CEO and Founder

Originally from Long Beach NY, Dan was young when his parents passed away, and he lived in 17 places in 9 years while putting himself through college and graduate school with the help of academic scholarships. Dan finished college when he was 20 before going to the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, and then practiced in Philadelphia for 22 years before deciding to move to California and begin a second career as a licensed investment adviser. As he always had an interest in real estate, Dan decided to also become a licensed California real estate broker and created successful local agencies in Los Angeles. After being contacted from outside the USA about promoting new home developments into the Los Angeles market, Dan became fascinated with the idea of creating The International MLS [IMLS] as an affordable way to bring together agents, brokers, developers, associations, buyers, sellers, and property listings all together into one global marketplace. Dan's vision has been to have all of the listings shared on agent and broker sites all over the world via The IMLS searches, giving agents and brokers the tools to succeed in a competitive global marketplace, with the goal of putting the power of the real estate industry back into the hands of the agents and brokers. As someone who is a licensed broker himself, it is Dan's mission to protect agents so that there will be no advertising of other agents on a personal agent member's listing page, that if it is your listing,.. it is your lead, and that there will be no For Sale By Owner listings on The IMLS along with everything posted on The IMLS 10 point Pledge. Dan relocated with The IMLS from Los Angeles to Boca Raton, Florida July 2015. When not working on The IMLS, Dan can be found running, skiing, playing tennis or golf, and maintains an actively engaged life in the Miami-Palm Beach area.

LARISSA ORTIZ

DIRECTOR LATIN AMERICA OPERATIONS

Born and raised in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Larissa was a Semi Professional Tennis player, and received her Bachelor degree in Marketing from the Dominican Republic University Catholic of Santo Domingo. In 2002, Larissa moved to Florida, and since 2004 has been a Realtor®, a CIPS,TRC, CNS, AHWD,RSPS, 1031 Exchange Specialist, and a Previews International Specialist, She is also the Broker of Record for Global Properties Realty & Investments, LLC headquartered in Ocala, having satellite offices with strong relationships in more than 95 countries and focuses on listings worldwide and the global exposure of their local properties. In her first year as a Realtor®, she got involved in numerous committees and has been Involved at different levels for more than 10 years with Real Estate Associations and their members at Local, State, National and Global arena. Her involvement with the USA NAR includes being a member of the CIPS Advisory Board since 2008 and she is the Vice Chair CIPS Advisory Board for 2017. She is also the President’s Liaison for The Dominican Republic, 2015, 2016, 2017, and a member of the Global & Alliances & Committee since 2007.

Larissa has vast global real estate experience and involvement as a Founder of CILA and Advisor from 2014-2016 and is on their Board Of Directors for 2017. CILA [Confederacion Inmobiliara de Latino America] contains all or most of the associations in South and Central America, and the Caribbean.

Larissa has received so many awards, too numerous to mention, and also has the following committees and memberships involvements::

Florida Association of Realtors® FR: Global Business Committee 2006 / 2017, Member of Commercial Alliance Committee, 2007 to 2015, YPN Advisory Committee, 2015 / 2017, YPN District 7 Key Contact, 2016 / 2017, Mobilization Issues Committee (RPAC), 2016 /2017 . MIPIM Presidential Advisory Group (PAG) 2017, Resort and Second Home Specialist Committee, 2014 /2017, Technology Committee, 2006/2010, Legislative Think Tank 2017, Major Investors Recognition Subcommittee (RPAC), 2017 Florida Realtor Party (RPAC) Coordinating Committee/ 2017. 2017 Board Of Directors, MLS Director, 2013-2015, Chairman, Heart of Florida Global Council, 2009, 2013, 2016, Vice Chair Global Council, 2017, RPAC Chair, OMCAR 2016, Community Awareness Committee, YPN 2014 / 2017, Grievance Committee, 2016/ 2017 Commercial Committee, 2006/2017, Farm Committee 2008/2017.

When not devoting herself to her real estate career in Ocala Florida or Dominican Republic, she is married and the mother of 2 girls and a proud grandmother of a 2 year old princess . Her friends say that she is a great cook, party maker, excellent friend, hard worker loyal, always smiling and known for her strong code of ethics.

DENISE COWDEN

Creative Director

Denise blends social media savvy with marketing and communication expertise. Having worked with and for some of the most iconic marketing gurus of the 20th century – from Sergio Zyman to Joey Reiman – Denise is able to leverage a passion for design with a cutting-edge approach to delivery. Over the past 15 years, Denise has assisted clients in a variety of industries, typically addressing issues of executive and marketing communications, brand management, channel and customer marketing. Denise has extensive hands-on experience managing brands and is uncompromisingly dedicated to making strategy, creativity, and technology work together to produce results for her clients. Multi-lingual and multi-faceted, Denise leads a global team of artists, designers, technologists, writers, and consultants to produce a well-balanced and distinctive alternative to traditional agencies. She is focused on creating deliverables for B2B and B2C organizations, executing online and offline marketing strategies, including web, social media, C-suite communications, brand identity, collateral, and illustration. In all her projects, she measures success in terms of usability, design, and effectiveness. Before founding BrilliantBox, Denise worked at Zyman Group, CompuCredit, and John Paul Mitchell Systems in a progression of management roles in marketing and creative services.

TERRY FRIEND

Vice President of Customer Relations

Terry grew up in the Los Angeles area and began working for the nation’s largest gas utility, Southern California Gas Company in 1972. He retired in 2007 and joined The IMLS in January 2012. Terry brings his exceptional management and organizational skills from his previous employer, where he had a successful career for over 34 years. During which time he held various management positions in the areas of Project Management, Consumer Services as well as Human Resources. In the last several years prior to his retirement his main focus was in the development and implementation of the Company’s first Customer Satisfaction Process, which involved the training and education of company employees, both management and non-management in understanding what actions were necessary in exceeding the customers expectations. By the time he retired he was considered the Company expert in the this area of customer satisfaction and process improvement. He has a relentless focus and commitment to exceeding all client expectations. Terry currently resides in the Los Angeles area and when not working at The IMLS he enjoys playing golf and spending time with his three sons and two granddaughters.

GEORGE BETZ

IMLS ADVISORY BOARD

George has been a successful sales executive, sales director and managing director during his over 30-year career in various business fields, both in business-to-business and business-to-consumer industries. George was born and educated in Hamburg, Germany in 1966, and he moved to the UK in 1995. Since 1999, George is the Global Sales Director for and partner of the Worldwide Property Show, held over 200 times in 13 countries, including the Middle East, Asia, USA, Russia, Europe and South Africa. In that position, George has forged many hundreds of direct, personal and friendly contacts with business leaders and top executives in the global property field. His experience has allowed him to gain in-depth insight into the drivers that shape the property markets internationally, and has earned him a reputation of a respected expert who can help real estate companies to enter new markets. He is also owner of Fortune International Real Estate Investments, and his exhibition company was a founder member of the Association of International Property Professionals (AIPP) in the United Kingdom.

Since January 2014, George is the FIABCI UK President, and is now also the FIBCI Global President of the Marketing and Networking Committee. With members in 65 countries, including 100 Professional Associations, 65 Academic Institutions and 3000 individual members from all professions of the real estate sector, FIABCI is the most representative organization of the real estate industry in the world and holds special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations. FIABCI Members represent all real estate disciplines including Brokerage, Property Management, Valuation/Appraisal, Investment, Development, Consulting, Legal, Architecture, Planning and Insurance.

George is also the head of Global Business Development for Fine & Country, the leading brand in the UK for property sales in the upper quartile of the market with over 300 office locations in the UK and 16 other countries

Jodi Puder

Director New Home Builders

Jodi was a past Director for the Gold Coast Builder’s Association, a past Director for the state of Florida’s Home Builder’s Association, a past Director for the National Association of Home Builders, a current builder, and is a licensed Realtor in Florida. Jodi brings a wealth of experience in the industry and from all sides. Being a Realtor as well as a builder, Jodi understands the needs and desires from both the builder’s perspective as well as the agent’s. Having consulted with this IMLS new homes project development, Jodi is knowledgeable and comfortable with all of The IMLS goals and objectives, while satisfying both the developers as well as the agent/broker community. Jodi grew up in the business as her father, and later her brother, built residential communities throughout the Northeast and South Florida. Jodi ventured in to real estate development where she successfully built and sold a number of notable communities in Palm Beach County, and is now currently building 101 Bay Harbor in the Miami Beach area. Jodi enjoys an active family life in the Miami area.