Staff & Contacts

Eric Balog

Chief Executive Officer Eric Balog

Throughout a 25+ year professional career, Eric has pioneered ways of understanding markets qualitatively and quantitatively, to create intuitive products, services and methodologies that become indispensable for users, and provide high rate of return for employers and investors. He finds solutions that are win-win-win for customers, providers, and investors.

His early use of data science in financial services enabled the redesign of bank and brokerage products and processes to better suit customers, improve satisfaction and ultimately increase shareholder return; it foretold a sea change in customer knowledge/relationship management and the use of data to drive decision-making in the industry.

Eric later provided strategic leadership within an entrepreneurial group of Charles Schwab by solving the difficult and costly problem of efficiently acquiring high net worth customers. During a fifteen-year period, he helped define a new business unit (equity comp) and take that group from inception to industry leader, landing some of the world's most important corporate clients (Amazon.com, Cisco, Google, and more).

He has been a founding member of venture-backed startups, as well as an investor in early-stage companies. Eric has a BSc in Economics/Game Theory/Mathematics, summa cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania. He has been a featured speaker on user-centered design and human-computer interaction within the context of financial services web product design.

Eric has lived and worked in Australia, the Middle East and throughout the US, and has been a nationally ranked athlete in cycling. He enjoys spending time climbing and skiing in the mountains and connects with nature as often as possible.

Email Eric
Phone: (307) 699-2337

Annalisa Povlock

Our President Annalisa Povlock

As President of Leverage Global Partners, Annalisa is responsible for developing products and services, producing events & media, and managing the team that serves our network of real estate firms.

Under Annalisa's leadership, Leverage has achieved a membership base of 130+ real estate firms and has launched an internal marketing agency to serve the creative development and brand marketing needs of its members. With Leverage Global Partners from its beginning, Annalisa has contributed to every functional area of the company.

Prior to joining Leverage, she managed acquisition and construction of multi-family housing developments for an affordable housing developer and worked as an Associate to a top-producing Real Estate Agent in Los Angeles. She holds a Master of Planning degree from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health from Indiana University.

When she's not steering the ship at Leverage, Annalisa can be found with her family enjoying all that life in Southern California has to offer and completing renovation projects on her duplex.

Email Annalisa
Phone: (310) 500-3661

Our Staff

We have assembled a team of experts in their respective fields - from digital marketing to customer service - who are working to keep Leverage on the leading edge of the global real estate market.

Dakota Spillman

Account Manager Dakota Spillman

Hailing from Northern California, I was raised in a family immersed in the real estate business. This gave me the opportunity to travel nationally and internationally at a young age, awakening my passion for meeting new people and learning about different cultures. Since then, I have been lucky enough to study Communication and Linguistics in cities from Santa Barbara, California to Zurich, Switzerland. I started my professional career in Business Management, arriving at Leverage with experience in media, marketing, and real estate. As an Account Manager, I am driven to create an individualized strategy for your business. When I am not in the office you can find me spending time with my family in Sonoma County, enjoying the sunshine at the beach, or jet setting to someplace new.

Email Dakota
Phone: 310.500.3663

Lauren Pena

Account Manager Lauren Pena

Originally from Miami, I attended Film School in Los Angeles and moved to London shortly thereafter. Living in London, I had the opportunity to travel across Europe where I immersed myself in global architecture, cultures, travel, and the arts. Upon my return to Los Angeles, I began working in Malibu as a Real Estate Assistant as well as Marketing Manager for Zuma Farms, a notable hobby farm and investment property with celeb-pedigree. My passion has always been technology, and as an Account Manager at Leverage, I take great pride in optimizing our client’s goals whilst reaching a global audience. When I’m not working, you can find me surfing the beaches of Malibu and cruising the Pacific Coast Highway in my Tesla!

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Jamie Cohen

Marketing Manager Jamie Cohen

Born and raised in Southern California, I recently graduated from Loyola Marymount University, where I earned a Bachelor’s degree in English and Business Administration. I took the chance to broaden my horizons by spending a semester abroad in Germany, during which I spent weekends traveling throughout Western Europe. During this time, I discovered my passion for traveling and immersing myself in different cultures. As Marketing Coordinator at Leverage, I am able to use these interests in order to help our valued partners all over the world grow and benefit from our services. When I am not traveling or immersing myself in a new creative venture, I prefer to spend my days on a yoga mat and my nights sleeping in a tent.

Email Jamie
Phone: (310) 500-3659

Alec Megerdichian

Account Coordinator Alec Megerdichian

Growing up in a family with an extensive history in the business of real estate, I came back to my roots here in Southern California after graduating from the University of Arizona to pursue this passion of mine. Joining Leverage Global Partners as an Account Coordinator gives me the opportunity to use my real estate experience and tech-savvy strengths to help our members find referrals, optimize our digital advertising platform, and assist members with any enquiries. Outside the office, my interests include traveling to new places, spending time with friends, or a never-ending hobby of working on cars. 

Email Alec
Phone: (310) 500-3641

Irlanda Navarro

Creative Contributor Irlanda Navarro

Irlanda Navarro is a multidisciplinary designer based in San Diego with a background in Social Media Management, Marketing, Graphic Design and Photography. Her cross-cultural experience working with companies in Mexico and in the States, and speaker of English, Spanish and French, allow her to bring a global and fresh perspective into her creative endeavors.  

When not in front of her computer, you can find her enjoying the beach, trying out new sports and spending time with her family.

Email Irlanda
Phone: (310) 500-3641

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