Shenehon Center for Real Estate
UST Minnesota Real Estate Hall of Fame
2013 Keynote Speaker
Ron Peltier, chairman and chief executive officer, HomeServices of America, Inc.
Ron Peltier is chairman and chief executive officer of HomeServices of America, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and the nation's second-largest full-service residential real estate brokerage firm. With his keen insight and experience in virtually all aspects of the residential real estate industry, Peltier has helped build HomeServices into a national presence, expanding the company to provide integrated real estate services including mortgage, title and homeowners insurance, among other home related services.
Peltier began his career in 1977 after joining Edina Realty. He held numerous executive positions within the company, eventually advancing to president and chief executive officer in 1992. In 1998, MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, purchased Edina and Iowa Realty. Peltier was then appointed chairman of HomeServices of America, Inc. in 2008.
A promoter of goodwill and innovation in the real estate community, Peltier was honored with RISMedia's first annual Homeownership Person of the Year award in 2004, and ranked first on REALTORŪ Magazine's list of the real estate industry's top 25 most influential people. A REAL Trends survey also named Peltier as one of the top five most admired individuals in the real estate industry. He is a founder and member of the Board of Directors for the Realty Alliance (a trade group consisting of the nation's leading brokers), a member of the Board of Directors for National Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, Forsythe Appraisals and a director for the National Association of Brokers. Peltier also serves as chairman for RESPRO (Real Estate Services Providers Council, Inc.).
A native of St. Paul, Peltier is an active member of the Rotary Club and other community activities. He attended the University of Minnesota on a NCAA hockey scholarship and holds a master's in business from the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis. Peltier also serves as a member of the University of St. Thomas Real Estate Advisory Board.