MIAMI — The MIAMI Association of Realtors (MIAMI) installed 2023 MIAMI Commercial President Jennifer M. Forbes, C2EX at its Inaugural & Awards Celebration on Feb. 3 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood.
“I am honored to lead the largest commercial Realtor association in Florida and one of the largest in the nation,” Forbes said. “MIAMI Commercial — home to the first Commercial Multiple Listing Service in the nation — has been an innovator and market leader since our start in 1992. Our 2023 leadership will continue to expand our legacy, which offers the best commercial-specific products and services, commercial data distribution and extends more resources to our members.”
MIAMI Commercial impacts key policy decisions and important issues affecting the commercial real estate industry, analyzes market information, produces strong legislative initiatives, provides vital member services, and presents commercial networking events and programming throughout the year.
With over 3,200 members, MIAMI Commercial offers more education, marketing tools and services than any other commercial association. MIAMI Commercial recently achieved the National Association of Realtors’ (NAR) highest distinction, the 2022-23 Diamond Level Commercial Services accreditation.
Miami Native & Third-Generation Realtor Leading MIAMI Commercial
Forbes is the founder and broker/owner of Commercial TeamMates, Inc. in Miami.
Forbes began her real estate career in 1989 with The Graham Companies, the developers of the Town of Miami Lakes. She transitioned to retail property marketing and management and facilitated the leasing of five shopping centers including the new, innovative Shops of Main Street. She also leased office, flex, and industrial properties in a portfolio of 2.4 million square feet.
She joined Shula’s Steakhouses during its early developmental years, leading in merchandising, business development training, real estate site selection and construction project management for new and existing restaurant locations.
Forbes entered third party real estate brokerage in 2003, becoming a top producer at Horizon Properties of Miami. She founded Commercial TeamMates in 2007 as broker/owner providing brokerage and advisory services to owners and users of commercial real estate.
Forbes is a third-generation Realtor. She serves as a State Director, Commercial Alliance Committee member, Diversity Committee member and Global Business Committee member for the Florida Realtors. She also serves as National Director for the National Association of Realtors, Leading Edge Advisory Board, and the Commercial Committee.
Forbes was a panelist speaker at the Florida Realtors Presents: Empowerment of Women in Real Estate in Dubai UAE and a panelist speaker at the International Council of Shopping Centers Florida Conference presenting The Purposeful Pivot: Leveraging Your Strengths to Re-Energize Your Career.
She is a proud Realtor Political Action Committee Crystal R Major Investor. She is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, Commercial Real Estate Women, Certified Commercial Investment Member Florida Chapter Miami-Dade Monroe District and the Commercial Industrial Association of South Florida. Forbes also volunteers for a non-profit in the South Florida community. She is an active board member of the Junior Orange Bowl and is a former chair, now committee member, of The Creative Writing Competition which empowers the youth to pursue multi-cultural experiences.
She was born and raised in Miami. Her mother immigrated to Miami with her family from Havana, Cuba in 1953 and her father of Polish heritage settled in Miami after serving in multiple branches of the armed forces. She has four siblings. She is happily married to John; who is the principal, lead architect, and general contractor at Forbes Architects & Forbes Construction. They have two beautiful daughters, Stephanie and Sophia. Forbes is fluent in English and Spanish.
Announcing the 2023 MIAMI Commercial Board
Joining Forbes are: MIAMI Commercial President-Elect Lorenzo Perez Jr., CCIM, CIPS, MSIRE of Premier International Properties; 2022 MIAMI Commercial President Michael Hinton, CCIM, C2EX of APEX Capital Realty; Governor Lenys Camacho of Upper Real Estate Management; Governor Peter M. Catania III of PMC Prime Properties, Inc.; Governor Denise Chambers Palmer of The Keyes Company; Governor Kay Conageski, ILHM, MRP, REBAC, SRES, CIPS, C2EX of The Keyes Company; Governor John Dohm, CCIM, SIOR of Infinity Commercial Real Estate/ Florida Transatlantic Consulting; Governor Craig Emmanuel, ABR, AHWD, CIPS, CPRES, e-PRO, GREEN, MRP, PSA, RENE, SFR, SRES, SRS of Commercial Realty Advisors & Investment Group; Governor David Gonzalez of The Keyes Company; Governor Michelle Gonzalez of Floridian First Realty; Governor Daniel A. Guerra, AHWD, C2EX, DEI, LEAD, PSA, CRS of Fortune International Realty; Governor Julio Guzman, C2EX of Avanti Way Realty; Governor Thomas Havron of Newmark Knight Frank; Governor Joshua Kohn, C2EX of Kohn Commercial Real Estate; Governor Kevin A. Krueger of Rise Realty; Governor Diego Leiva of Keller Williams/KW Commercial; Governor Tamika Moses, MSIRE of Robin Bird Realty; Director Jose Maria Serrano, AHWD, C2EX, CCIM of New Miami Realty Corp.; Governor Barbara Tria of Coral Pine Real Estate, LLC.
Danielle Blake serves as Chief of Commercial for the MIAMI Association of Realtors. Teresa King Kinney, RCE, CAE, CIPS, AHWD, C2EX, RSPS serves as the CEO for the MIAMI Association of Realtors.
About the MIAMI Association of Realtors®
The MIAMI Association of Realtors (MIAMI) was chartered by the National Association of Realtors in 1920 and is celebrating 103 years of service to Realtors, the buying and selling public, and the communities in South Florida. Comprised of six organizations: MIAMI RESIDENTIAL, MIAMI COMMERCIAL; BROWARD-MIAMI, a division of MIAMI Realtors; JTHS-MIAMI, a division of MIAMI Realtors in the Jupiter-Tequesta-Hobe Sound area; MIAMI YPN, our Young Professionals Network Council; and the award-winning MIAMI Global Council. MIAMI REALTORS represents nearly 60,000 total real estate professionals in all aspects of real estate sales, marketing, and brokerage. It is the largest local Realtor association in the U.S. and has official partnerships with 242 international organizations worldwide. MIAMI REALTORS has launched its new YPN Global and will host the first-ever YPN Global Congress on Feb. 12-15, 2023, in Dubai. MIAMI has been selected to host the prestigious FIABCI World Congress on June 5-9, 2023. MIAMI’s official website is www.miamirealtors.com