In an increasingly complex and fast-moving technology environment, I closely monitor data use policies and regulations, lobby on behalf of clients on fair use of data, and advocate with the MLS industry and Realtor associations.
I was a partner in Champion Realty based in Annapolis Maryland. Champion was one of the first nine large regional companies that came together to form HomeServices.com in 1999, culminating in an IPO. Ultimately the “dotcom” was dropped from the name and the company became an affiliate of Warren Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway. I served for twelve years at CEO of Champion Realty, and fifteen years as a member of the board of HomeServices Lending, the largest joint venture Wells Fargo had in the affiliated mortgage space.
I was the founding Chairman of the Board of Bright MLS, the regional MLS for 95,000 agents and brokers in the Mid-Atlantic that was formed by the merger of nine separate MLSs owned by 42 local Realtor Associations. At the national level I served as Chair of NARs MLS Committee, NARs MLS Technology & Emerging Issues Advisory Board, and several Presidential Advisory Groups on MLS standards and state-wide data shares of MLS listing.
I’ve been honored with induction into the RISMedia Real Estate Newsmakers Hall of Fame, the National Association of Realtors RPAC Hall of Fame, and numerous mentions in the Swanepoel Power 200 Most Influential People in Real Estate.
Author of an occasional column in the Washington Post as well as two books. Speaker at various national conferences on topics including MLS mergers, Real Estate sales and brokerage operations, and affiliated mortgage lending.