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John Markunas

Real Estate Chairman

John Dean Markunas is a real estate industry blockchain advisor and business development consultant.  He is the Principal Consultant with Power of Chain Global Consultancy LLC, a blockchain advisory firm. 

Mr. Markunas’ work covers several distinct real estate sectors; property title insurance, real estate transactions, real estate tokenization along with a special focus on global land registry systems and land governance.

He has over 30 years of commercial real estate experience including marketing and sales, real estate development, brokerage, appraising, and title insurance focusing on the U.S. and Latin America markets.  Outside of the U.S. he has lived and worked in Mexico and Brazil. 

John is an enthusiastic advocate and supporter of blockchain technologies. He is an active member of the following blockchain organizations:

Government Blockchain Association (GBA)

Non-profit based in Washington, D.C. Leader of GBA’s Land Titling Working Group.  The Land Title Working group explores blockchain technologies to address land titling and land registry processes around the world.  

Foundation for International Blockchain Real Estate Expertise (FIBREE)

Non-profit based in The Netherlands.   New York City and Region Chapter Chair.

International Association of Trusted Blockchain Applications (INATBA)

Non-profit based in Brussels, Belgium. Chair of the Real Estate Land Registry Sub-Working Group.

Mr. Markunas is a prominent public speaker on blockchain use in the real estate industry, author of several articles covering a variety of topics on blockchain and its impact on real estate industry processes.  He is a GBA Certified Training Instructor.

Mr. Markunas has a BS degree in Business Administration from Florida State University. He also holds an MBA in Finance and Marketing from the University of San Francisco, State of California. He is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. 

 

 

Raleigh "Lee" Steinhauer

Real Estate CoChairman

Raleigh “Lee” Steinhauer, Esq. is President and founder of The Steinhauer Group, LLC, a strategic government & legal affairs firm located in Central Florida. He also currently serves as Government & Legal Affairs Director for the Greater Orlando Builders Association (GOBA), and Government Affairs & Legal Counsel for the Apartment Association of Greater Orlando (AAGO).

Lee obtained his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Delaware, and juris doctorate from Seton Hall University School of Law. Lee previously worked as an attorney in New Jersey and New York, and is currently licensed to practice law in Florida, New Jersey, and New York.  

Lee is active in business and community related organizations in Central Florida and is currently Chair of the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce Governmental Affairs Committee. Lee was also a member of the 2019-2020 Orange County Charter Review Commission.

Lee is the author of the book The Art of The New Cold War: America vs China. What America Must Do to Win.  The book analyzes the geopolitical clash between America and China and explores the areas of national defense, foreign policy, education, immigration, technology, and the economy. 

Lee lives in Winter Garden with his wife Allison, son Alexander, and a sheltie named Peyton.

 

 

Laura Pamatian

Real Estate Member

Laura Pamatian, a resident of Delray Beach, Florida, has 20 years of experience in the domestic and international marketing and sales of luxury resort and vertical real estate development. She has represented many prestigious offerings of 5-star Residences by globally recognized brands, including; The Ritz Carlton, Mandarin Oriental, Auberge Resorts and The Grand Hyatt, to name a few.

With some of the most coveted designations the industry has to offer;  Laura has earned the highly regarded GRI (Graduate Realtor Institute), CRS (Certified Residential Specialist) and RSPS (Resort and Second Home Property Specialist). In addition, her desire to save the planet led her to pursue the U.S. Green Building Council’s esteemed accreditation; LEED GA, which requires demonstration of green building expertise, knowledge of green design, construction, and operations in non-technical fields of practice.

A key member of the growing FIBREE Miami Chapter (Foundation for International Blockchain and Real Estate Expertise – fibree.org), Laura is instrumental in branding FIBREE throughout the State of Florida. She organizes initiatives and events to create more public and private sector awareness and understanding of the transformative technology blockchain brings to the Real Estate Industry.

Her blockchain advisory experience in real estate strategy and application is growing exponentially across the industry spectrum. She holds a coveted certification through the Blockchain Training Alliance in Blockchain Business Foundations. With a passion for decentralizing the human identity and returning the value of buying decisions back to the individual, she believes blockchain technology is the 4th industrial revolution. The goal to redistribute wealth across developed, undeveloped and underdeveloped nations drives her forward every day. 

On a personal note, Laura finds solace in yoga, surfing and hiking. Her passion project creates a safer world for children. She is the Founder of No More Johns, a nationwide coalition combating human trafficking and the demand for child sex by targeting and ending the buyer cycle. She also hopes to utilize blockchain technology to create a platform to support this cause. 

Chip Ridge

Real Estate Member

 Chip has over 20 years experience in the title industry and opened his first title company in 2002.  After building his company into a success, he sold to a regional bank in 2007.  In 2015, he opened Millennial Title in Tampa, Florida and has since grown to seven locations with licenses 23 states. In 2021, Millennial Title launched Encrypted Estates, a cryptocurrency enabled real estate settlement service to reduce friction, lower costs, and increase security in the settlement process.

Chip is a graduate of Washington & Lee and received his MBA from the Owen School at Vanderbilt University.  He is married to Carrie and they have four children. Outside of work, his hobbies include golf and horse racing when not watching kids’ sports.

The Committee

Mission Statement

The FBBA Real Estate Blockchain Committee (“Committee”) provides blockchain technology education, awareness and understanding to all sectors of the State of Florida’s real estate industry.

 

Goals

The committee  strives to connect with all segments of the real estate industry on both a private and public level to 1) educate, 2) recommend and 3) assist with the implementation of blockchain solutions and bridge the gap to state, county and municipal recognition and support of blockchain adoption.

The ultimate goal serves to form a more perfect union between and among  Florida  government and the citizens they serve in the State of Florida.

 

Committee Objectives

  • To staff and structure the Committee with interested and qualified volunteers to assist with the development of a communication outreach platform and execute agreed upon milestones;

  • To develop promotional,  marketing and educational materials  for use with outreach messaging to public and private individuals and organizations which fall within the overall sphere of influence of the State of Florida’s real estate industry;

  • To lead and assist with blockchain pilot programs and subsequent implementation and adoption;

  • To unite real estate regulators, government leaders,  representatives, and industry leaders to create a technologically  innovative business environment which benefits all Floridians.

Committee Roles and Responsibilities

  • Chair:   John Dean Markunas

  • Committee membership by invitation only

  • Other leadership roles to be defined 

Potential Committee Initiatives to include but not be limited to the following:

  • Development of educational webinars and related events

  • Creation of a standard blockchain and real estate educational slide deck

  • Development of a list of real estate representative organizations or associations

  • Creation of public-private outreach channels to communicate with industry organizations  and government entities

  • Blockchain awareness survey for county recorder’s offices

  • Development of a blockchain manual or guide book specific to land registry

  • Creation of a FBBA real estate/blockchain news and article channel

  • Research of possible new legislation needed in relation to the use of blockchain in different real estate sectors  i.e.  recorder’s office implementation, legal and regulatory aspects of tokenization and crypto use

Florida’s Real Estate Industry Sectors

brokers and agents

land registry

developers

notaries

construction companies

escrow

mortgage lending

tokenization/fractionalization

title insurance

cryptocurrency use in tokenization and transactions

appraisers

roof inspectors

property managers

attorneys

 

 

 
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