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Industry Relations named as finalist for Most Innovative Industry Podcast by Inman News

2024 Inman Innovator Awards finalists unveiled ahead of ICLV

“Inman Innovators include entrepreneurs pushing the old ways aside, data scientists discovering new ways to examine behavior, marketers reimagining how to showcase properties, teams reinventing how to communicate with clients, companies building advanced technologies, and brokerages and teams creating groundbreaking business models.”

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We were nominated last year but lost. Hopefully this will be the year. Thanks to everyone who nominated us!

Lone Wolf execs recognized in latest HousingWire Insiders list

It’s a bit late but I did want to give a shout out to my former colleagues at Lone Wolf for making the 2023 HW Insiders list. Aaron and Kyle are both great people and I enjoyed working with them side by side and happy they received this attention.

Industry Relations podcast is a finalist to win an Inman Innovator Award for top video or podcast

Speaking of Inman Connect, Rob Hahn and I are a finalist for and Inman Innovator Award for top video or podcast. This was a complete surprise and grateful for those who nominated us.

I’m not sure when they announce the winners but we have some stiff competition.

2020 HW Tech100 Real Estate winners

Lots of great companies were featured on Housing Wire’s Tech100 Real Estate list, including:

Black Knight, Bright MLS, CRS Data, Homes.com, Homesnap, MARIS MLS, Opendoor, Propy, realtor.com, Redfin, Referral Exchange, Redfin, Remine, ShowingTime, TrustFunds, VESTAPLUS, WiseAgent, W+R Studios, Zillow and many more.

“This year’s Tech100 winners blew past innovation, moving beyond innovation to transformation,” HousingWire Associate Magazine Editor Kelsey Ramírez said. “In both the real estate and mortgage sectors, fintech companies continue to create new ways to approach the housing process, improving efficiencies, cutting costs and creating a new experience for all parties involved.”

Congrats to all the winners.

Ernie Graham, Homebot CEO, named to HousingWire Vanguard list

Ernie Graham

Introducing the HW 2019 Vanguards – 50 executives leading the housing industry

“The HW Vanguard Award recognizes leaders of businesses contributing to the growth of the housing economy and its various sectors, including mortgage, fintech and real estate. And this year’s winners distinguished themselves as some of the top leaders innovating the housing industry today.”


Lots of great people on this list including Chris Heller, now of OJO Labs, Pat Stone of WFG, and Drew Uher of HomeLight. Congrats to Ernie and the rest.

Merri Jo Cowen awarded the Peter Shuttleworth MLS Executive Award of Excellence

Merri Jo Cowen Named Peter Shuttleworth MLS Executive Award Of Excellence Recipient

The Peter Shuttleworth MLS Executive Award of Excellence is an annual award that recognizes leaders who, through a rigorous nomination and review process, are determined to have observed the highest qualities of leadership within their organizations and demonstrated a dedication to excellence by making substantial contributions to the MLS industry.

I’m still catching up with news after a long trade show season. I was lucky enough to be at the MLS Executive Session to the surprise on Merri Jo’s face. Read the entire post from CMLS, she has accomplished so much and I have a feeling she is just getting started. Well deserved. Congrats Merri Jo!

Many MLS Execs and vendors featured on 2018 SP200 list

Swanepoel Power 200

Leaders are evaluated based on the office they hold, the decision-making power associated with the office, the financial resources at their disposal, their organization’s industry significance and geographical reach, public announcements about imminent changes, their tenure and their personal influence in the industry.

Number 1 on the list this year is Gary Keller. Hard to overstate KW’s influence. They are currently the number one brand by agent count, and Gary’s writing have launched many a real estate career.

Bob Hale jumped two spots this year to #32, Art Carter made a big leap from #70 to #49. The list also included, Tom Philips, the venerable David Charron,Teresa King Kinney, Merri Jo Cowen, Rebecca Jensen, former CMLS president Kathy Condon, Jim Harrison, Matt Consalvo, Cantey Davis, Dionna Halland Anne Marie DeCatsye and Dale Ross of RPR.

Other MLS Industry folks sprinkled on the list included Errol Samuelson, who jumped two spots, Chris Bennett, Ben Graboske, Mike Wurzer, Marilyn Wilson, Victor Lund, Chip McAvoy, Gregg Larson, Denee Evans, and Mitch Skinner.

In the notable section of the report, Stefan highlighted a few people. Two of them I’m very interested in, Nick Bailey (#22), new CEO of Century 21. Nick is a Zillow alum, which could make things interesting. And of course Eric Wu, chief product developer for Zillow and Redfin errr… I mean CEO of OpenDoor (and former Trulia alum) ????

Some new blood I noticed was Leo Pareja of Remine, and taking one of my previous spots at #199, Andrew Flachner (who also happens to be a huge Demi Lovato fan, but that’s another story).

I’m also very flattered to be included on the list as at number #180, which is down from last year at #179. Yikes! I better get to more writing.

Big thanks you to Stefan Swanepoel and Jack Miller. And congrats to everyone!

BTW – Look for a new Listing Bits Podcast this week featuring Jack Miller of T3 Sixty. We had a great conversation that I’m sure many of you will enjoy.

Also, Sorry if I missed anyone, please email if I made an error.

RESO Best In Show

HomeSpotter, Agent Inbox and TrustFunds Win Top Tech Honors at RESO Show N Tell

“More than 330 real estate technology and business leaders — a new conference attendance record for RESO, which develops, adopts and implements data standards and process for all real estate transactions — voted to select the winners of the 2016 RESO “Show N Tell.” Attendees represented the full spectrum of the real estate industry, including real estate brokerages, Multiple Listing Services (MLSs), and real estate technology providers.”

I’m a bit late on this (as usual) but I wanted to mention the vendors that won “Best At Show” at the last RESO Conference (which was great BTW, good for you Jeremy!). Top spot was taken by Aaron Kardell of Homespotter, and honorable mention given to Tyler Gordon and his app Agent Inbox and Lynn Leegard of TrustFunds. Congrats to all of them.

Cloud MLX named as finalist for Inman Innovator Award

Cloud_MLX_symbol_blue2016 Inman Innovator Awards

“The Inman Innovator Awards are given each year to recognize and celebrate industry innovation and accomplishments.

Who qualifies?
In some cases, a specific app, technology or business process qualifies someone for consideration. In other cases, the company as a whole consistently tries new things, adopts new technology or creates a new culture or approach to real estate.”

Super stoked that Cloud MLX made the cut as one of the most innovative technologies in real estate!

CRMLS wins “Most Innovative MLS” award from Inman Inman. Celeste Starchild from ListHub also honored.

Congrats to Art Carter and the rest of the CRMLS team for winning this year’s Inman 2015 Innovator Award winner for “Most innovative MLS”. Inman news cited “has been clawing away at getting local MLS organizations to participate in its shareable database of listings, which will expedite innovation.” I think what made the difference for CRMLS was the well crafted messaging, videos and social media around their #ItsMyBiz campaign.

Also happy to see Celeste Starchild being recognized as one of the “four women who have shown leadership in the constant pursuit of innovation. Susan Daimler from Zillow, Chelsea Goyer from Redfin, and Dottie Herman from Douglas Elliman Real Estate. I’d like to see this list kept going and expanded next year, there are many others deserving to be recognized.

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