Global Business Council

The Greater Las Vegas Association created the Global Business Committee in January 2012. The committee membership includes residential and commercial real estate professionals, most of which have earned their Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) designation and are helping clients from all over the world to find and purchase in the Las Vegas Valley. The international clientele of our members include both immigrants and investors who are looking for commercial, industrial, and residential property.

Scope: We are committed to building REALTOR® awareness of the international and multicultural business opportunities.

Mission: Is to further enhance the professionalism of REALTORS® serving foreign nationals and U.S. citizens involved in global transactions by providing education, information, and networking resources.

Join: The Global Business Committee meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 10:00 a.m. at 6360 S. Rainbow Blvd., Las Vegas, Nevada 89118. If you are interested in joining the committee or have questions, please contact Kylie Grimes at

Tiffany M. Shapouri
Tiffany M. Shapouri


Global Business Resources
International Events

May 27-31, 2019FIABCI World Real Estate Congress – Moscow, Russia
FIABCI is a worldwide business networking organization for all professionals associated with the real estate industry. Connect with industry's key decision-makers and gain insight into the latest property trends and opportunities during the association´s World Congress. For more information, please click here.

June 13-14, 2019Inmociónate, Port Aventura, Tarragona, Spain
This event is the largest gathering of real estate agents in Spain, a not to miss platform to learn, connect and know the latest trends in the industry.

July 11-12, 2019The Real Estate Market Under New Perspective, 4th Encontro Global de Corretoras de Imoveis, Aracaju, Sergipe, Brazil
This meeting will be a gathering of experts in the field of planning, real estate professionals, and a CIPS Institute.
For registration, sponsorship opportunities, and more information, contact:

July 24-26, 2019IV Congreso Profesional Inmobiliario Latinoamericano, Montevideo, Uruguay
At this event, Uruguay and other Latin American countries distinguish themselves in the national and international real estate market as ideal investment destinations.

October 16-18, 2019 - Congreso Nacional Inmobiliario AMPI, San Luis Potosí, Mexico
AMPI invites real estate agents to participate in their Nacional Congress in San Luis Potosí, Mexico. The conference provides an opportunity to exchange experience and knowledge with speakers and brokers from all over the American continent.
For more information, contact

September 2-4, 2019 - International Real Estate Conference (IREC), Tokyo, Japan
This premier international real estate conference brings together real estate industry experts and influencers from all over the world to connect, learn, network, and share. Topics range from regional updates to the latest international trends.
The event is hosted by Japan Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) and the Japan American Real Estate Coalition Office (JARECO). For more information, email the IREC organizers.

Local Events

Friday, June 7, 2019
Global Day at GLVAR

If you have questions about any of the Events listed below, please contact Kylie Grimes at

Coming soon (China Outbound, Global Open Forum, Global Day)


“I am a proud member of the Global Business Committee and I love attending the meetings as I get information about international events, I meet colleagues that work in different areas and parts of the country and I get a lot of helpful ideas and input to grow my business.

I am German and I speak a couple of languages and meet other international colleagues and we can speak about our countries, cultures and how to expand our business.”

-Stefanie Foles, Realty One Group

“The global business committee has helped me achieve global success by giving me access to tools and resources needed to help multicultural or foreign national clients who want to purchase in the US or even outside of the US.

It has allowed me to expand my reach and think with an opened mind in a global arena. By doing this, it opened up doors to global business opportunities.

I have also created a network of like-minded business professionals through the global business committee and this network of people promotes professionalism in this particular industry.”

-Tiffany Shapouri, Go Global Realty

“The Global Business Committee has helped me achieve global success by opening my eyes to the fact that real estate isn't just local. We can do business almost anywhere anytime. We have more in common globally, than most think. We are consistently updated about markets in other countries and the currency exchange. We are afforded the opportunity to visit other countries and see how their real estate transactions our performed along with their customs and procedures.”

-Karen Smith, Urban Nest Realty

“As two times past Chair of our GLVAR Global Business Committee, I was honored to be selected by our Board to represent our Association at the NAR Pavilion for MIPIM this year. We had follow up meetings throughout 2017, after our return from MIPIM and on into 2018 in preparation for this year, strategizing between our local and state leadership. It's always inspiring to learn about leading-edge development throughout the world and discuss trends and projections for the future, particularly with the current disrupters in our industry. We were able to bring back valuable information for our membership on PropTech, blockchain, and the changes in data collection and distribution regulations' affecting brokerage. It was also an opportunity to shine light on Las Vegas global business opportunities and to educate people on the entire state of Nevada from mining to our innovative technology like data storage centers.

As Co-Founder of our GLVAR GBC, I am super proud of our leadership this year with Graeme Latta, Chair and Tiffany Shapouri, Vice Chair both attending MIPIM. Graeme has just attended the International REALTOR(R) Conference in Vietnam, and Tiffany travels often for real estate as well. Tiffany also serves on the AREAA Board which has further strengthen the breath and connectivity of our Global Business Committee. Graeme has also done a tremendous job planning for our Trade Mission to New Zealand which I am eager to experience; and, he takes the time every month to attend our Las Vegas Convention Center and Visitor Authority Board Meetings to keep our members up to speed with their plans to attract more international visitors, business and revenue to our city.

We recently hosted our CIPS Institute and one of our Nevada Real Estate Commissioners and Past Presidents of the GLVAR was in attendance along with our staff liaison for the Nevada Association of REALTORS. Every year, it seems, our CIPS program and our GBC gets stronger and stronger. It is a testament to not only our volunteer leadership but also our supportive Administrative Staff.

Proud Member 2012 to Present”

-Tamara Tyrbouslu, Las Vegas Real Estate

Current Roster

Karen Smith
Jocelyn Baluyut
Sarah Morris
Christopher D. Fobes
Donna Jo Bennett
Rahele Khodabandeh
Stefanie Foels
Graeme Latta
Pia Ordonez
Laura Moscuzza
Catherine Kuo
Jeffrey M. Fargo
Armina S. Hansen
Sophia M. Smith
Nelia G. Castaneda
Kathryn M. Johnson
Teresa Bolen
Vicki Y. Gilchrist
Lydia Lunsford
Karien Wang
Julian Crider
Sylvia Welsh
Victor Mabu-Kinyang
Sonia S. Passalacqua
Diane McMahon
Rena Levy
Paul G. Bell
Harold J. Humphries
Sue T. Kamjorn
Evelin R. Paolillo
Stephanie Grant
Linda S. White
Smadar Angel
Mariko K Adolph
Donald R. Lainer
Michael Schiro
Gabriele F. Lucero
Tamara L Tyrbouslu
Pradip I. Bhatt
Alina Gardner
Walt Coffey
Wendy A. Shea
Robert J. White
Rosie Harsch
Erica G. Hervol
Magda M. Nelson
Omar A. Lopez
Katherine Mae Clemmons
Alex Mejia
Susana R. Reyes-Loera
Joaquin Avila
Zsuzsanna Reinhard
Charmaine C. Lai
Lori A. Wayne
Michael H. Ring
Teresita C. Gobbo
Chudi Okafor
Haya Kessler
Jennifer Harper
Rosario M. Manalo-Bortles
Audrey R. Few
Audrey Dorenbaum
Donna M. Andrews
Curtis L. Harsch
Kylie Grimes


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