Our Leadership Team

We pride ourselves on our diverse team of local experts, bringing unique perspectives and different experiences. Knowledgable, dedicated to customer service and client satisfaction, this is the group we’ve always been building toward.


John Hodnett
President/Broker Owner

401-284-4800 john.hodnett@liladelman.com

My wife Pamela and I are raising six beautiful children here in Narragansett. I graduated summa cum laude with my BS from Northeastern University and earned my MBA from Columbia University with Beta Gamma Sigma honors. I previously worked as a CPA with a Big Eight accounting firm and as a buy-side securities analyst and have lived in both Boston and New York.

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Ryan Elsman
Chief Operating Officer

201-400-4012 Ryan.Elsman@liladelman.com

New York City Resident turned Rhode Islander, Ryan Elsman brings a fresh perspective and energized approach to all things marketing & branding. A graduate of New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, Ryan began his career at Warby Parker, the billion dollar eyeglasses startup, as a founding member of their Experiential Marketing team.

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Brandyn Brunelle
Chief Creative Officer

401-314-5044 brandyn.brunelle@liladelman.com

Brandyn has built a professional skill set in a variety of roles and leadership positions. He began his journey attending LIM College in Manhattan, obtaining his bachelors degree in marketing with a concentration in upper premium and luxury markets. He started his career working for Ralph Lauren and became well versed with the concept of "lifestyle" marketing and brand development.

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Ruth Bellino
Director of Sales

401-741-1577 ruth.bellino@liladelman.com

Ruth, a native Rhode Islander for over 30 years, has been a resident & business owner in Malibu, CA and Scottsdale, AZ, thus bringing a new perspective to the homebuyer in search for a unique quality of life.

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Kristen Jones
Director of Rentals, Relocation & Referrals

401-855-1222 Kristen.Jones@LilaDelman.com

Kristen has over 16 years of experience as a Rhode Island Real Estate Broker, selling over 100 million in real estate across the state. She joined Lila Delman Real Estate after spending 6 years as an integral member of the Alex and Ani start-up team.

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Sales Managers

Ruth Bellino
Narragansett Sales Manager & Sales Associate

401-741-1577 ruth.bellino@liladelman.com

Ruth, a native Rhode Islander for over 30 years, has been a resident & business owner in Malibu, CA and Scottsdale, AZ, thus bringing a new perspective to the homebuyer in search for a unique quality of life.

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Kendra Toppa
Newport Sales Manager & Sales Associate

401-339-6233 Kendra.Toppa@LilaDelman.com

As Manager of the Newport office and company-wide top-producing sales agent, Kendra has been offering clients a recognizable level of professionalism and dedication for close to ten years. She attributes her multi-million dollar success to her affiliation with the best Rhode Island brokerage firm in Rhode Island, a commitment to unparalleled customer service standards, and a client-centric approach grounded in effective communication.

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Lori Joyal
Watch Hill Sales Manager & Broker

401-742-1225 lori.joyal@liladelman.com

Lori is the Managing Broker of the Lila Delman Real Estate International office in Watch Hill and a licensed Broker in both Rhode Island and Connecticut. With $109,076,650 in total sales volume for 2020, Lori ranked as Rhode Island’s Top Producing Individual Agent. No other Individual Agent has ever surpassed $100,000,000 in annual sales volume. 2020 marked Lori Joyal’s, 15th anniversary at Lila Delman Real Estate. During her tenure Lori has surpassed over $650,000,000 in sales volume, more than any other associate at the firm. Lori has consistently dominated the RHODE ISLAND real estate market, ranked #1 in 2019 as TOP INDIVIDUAL PRODUCER IN THE STATE WITH OVER $83M IN SALES. In 2019, Lori surpassed ONE-HALF BILLION IN SALES in the past 15 years. Lori Joyal ranked 139th in the UNITED STATES according to REAL TRENDS, a prestigious list of the largest and most successful residential real estate agents in the entire nation "This group of highly successful real estate sales agents represents less than 1 percent of all real estate practitioners in the United States," says Steve Murray, President of REAL Trends America's Best Real Estate Professionals and President of REAL Trends. Lori is totally dedicated to excellence in customer service and brings extensive business experience with Fortune 500 companies to every real estate transaction. Lori has a vibrant personality with a high energy level and makes herself available to her customers seven days a week which has proven to be a formidable asset in her real estate career. Her enthusiasm and love of her job translate to satisfying her customers whether buying or selling real estate. Lori has a BSBA from Springfield College and Master's Degree in Human Resource Management from American International College. Lori and her husband, Bob, have a beautiful daughter, Jacqueline, who attends Providence College and is Lori's special blessing in her life. Lori has achieved unparalleled success and is a proven leader in real estate and has set a standard above the bar and consistently delivers honesty, integrity, and excellence with every client, whether buying or selling a property. Please take a moment and read Lori's testimonials and get a sense of what to expect with her.

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Bob Bailey
Jamestown Sales Manager & Sales Associate

401-413-6928 Bob.Bailey@LilaDelman.com

Bob is one of the most successful agents in the Jamestown, Newport and South County areas. What sets Bob apart is that Bob’s definition of success is based on his ability to meet the goals of his clients. His thorough research and amazing resources are relied on by his clients and respected by his peers.

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Rosemary Tobin
Block Island Sales Manager & Sales Associate

401-741-1825 Rosemary.Tobin@LilaDelman.com

Block Island has been my home for over 20 years. I love being a year round resident sharing my life with my husband Dave, our son Zane, and the Block Island community. I was born into the real estate business; my mother was an agent in the Maryland/Virginia/D.C. area for over 35 years. To carry on her legacy is my biggest honor. When you live on Block Island year round everyone wants to know your story, so here is mine... I lived in Chicago for several years, I moved there to continue my career in politics. Once at the height of my career, I decided to challenge myself by simplifying my life. I left Chicago with a backpack and started to travel, my travels ended on Block Island. I arrived on Block Island in November and caught the last ferry to the Island. The ferry ended up not running for the next three days. In those three days, I found a place to live, a career and a life-time of friends. I feel fortunate every day to not only live in an amazingly beautiful place but to be a part of the Block Island community. The Island’s true gem is its people. I am an active member on the board for the Block Island Conservancy (BIC). The preservation of the Island is very important to me. The success of the BIC will ensure that the Island remains the same for my son Zane and future generations. I am also an active member of the Block Island Housing Board. The town appointed Housing Board works to create affordable homes for all Island residents. My success is simple, I work hard and I have a passion for what I do. I am thoughtful and authentic and I create relationships that go beyond the closing. Next time you are on Island, come by for a visit.

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Tom Wegner
Providence Sales Manager & Associate

401.383.0999 Tom.Wegner@LilaDelman.com

As a professional, full time, multi-million dollar producing Realtor and office Sales Manager, Tom prides himself in providing clients with the most precise and current information while using today’s latest technologies and marketing strategies along with good old fashioned networking to ensure your property is being seen by the most qualified buyers. Living in New England for over 29 years and having a career in Leadership Development and Sales & Marketing has allowed Tom to stay up to date on current trends in the market. Clients choose to work with him for his years of experience, ethics, informed guidance and unparalleled commitment to service. Tom focuses on creative techniques to market your property appropriately and develop negotiating strategies to ensure your sale or purchase is a success. Tom's experience covers everything from white glove service in the luxury real estate market, to representing and guiding first-time home buyers, to buying and selling single-family/multi-family homes/investment and commercial property. 

Selling real estate has given Tom a unique perspective of this ever-changing industry along with a greater understanding of the expectations that today’s buyers and sellers have. He brings these qualities along with a passion for architecture, unique homes, and distinctive properties to Lila Delman. Real estate has been in his family for years. He started as a sales associate in the 80’s at his family’s real estate offices in New Jersey, exit 98 ;-).

Tom is pet and senior friendly, specializes in all types of real estate along with extensive knowledge in estate sales, waterfront, antique and historic homes. Tom is licensed in and services the states of Rhode Island & Massachusetts.

Taking an active role in the community and living life to its fullest is important to Tom. He enjoys his cottage on Peaks Island in Maine, working hard, helping neighbors, working with senior centers or raising donations for local food banks and charities. As a local, you may run into him at one of the many fine dining or hole-in-the-wall establishments that make the East Bay, East Side and Rhode Island a special place to be. Tom resides in Barrington Rhode Island, is married to a real estate attorney, and has a Boston Terrier named Chase. He understands it’s about more than the real estate transaction. It is about your life and your dreams. Let him show you, give him a call today.

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