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Garry Marsoubian nabs top spot at MLS Now

New CEO Announced at Ohio Based MLS Now

“Effective Monday, April 8th, Garry Marsoubian will assume the role of CEO at MLS Now, bringing with him a wealth of industry knowledge and leadership acumen. Marsoubian’s tenure coincides with significant changes within the MLS landscape, driven by recent class action litigation settlements. With his proven track record, Marsoubian is poised to navigate these transitions with confidence, supported by John Kurlich, one of the most respected COOs in the MLS industry.”

Huge congrats to Garry on his new role.

Bob Hale announces retirement in 2026, René Galvan named successor.


“Following Hale’s announcement, the HAR board of directors unanimously approved current HAR Executive Vice President René Galvan to succeed Hale as HAR president and CEO in 2026. Galvan has served as a critical member of HAR’s management team since 1996 when he was hired as Director of Business Development. In 1999, Galvan was recruited away as CEO of the Realtor Association of Greater Fort Lauderdale, but he returned to HAR as EVP two years later and has held that post ever since.

Asked about his accomplishments during his tenure at HAR, Galvan said, “I am most proud of building a team of incredible professionals, keeping focused on our mission of helping members achieve success, and working closely with staff and leadership to improve service to members while keeping a watchful eye on expenses resulting in no dues increase during the past 21 years.”

“This journey has been one that I will cherish for the rest of my life,” said Hale. “I could not think of anyone more qualified and driven than René Galvan to lead HAR through the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for the real estate industry.”


What a journey! 52 years in the arena, fighting the good fight, planning, innovating, leading, teaching, and sharing. Bob’s generosity is unmatched and what he has contributed to this industry can’t be overstated. And what a class act announcing René as his successor at the same time as his retirement.

I know he doesn’t retire till February 2026 but I just want to be the first to say thank you Bob.

Cameron Paine is the new CEO of MARIS as David Price retires

MARIS Announces CEO Retirement and Appointment of New Leadership

“Expressing gratitude for his journey with MARIS, Price said, “I am immensely proud of the accomplishments we have achieved together at MARIS. It has been an honor to lead such a talented team and I am confident in the bright future that lies ahead for the organization. Cameron has earned a well-deserved reputation as an innovator and I can’t think of anyone better suited than he is to lead MARIS into the future.”


Nice quote about Cameron from David. David was always a class act. Also great to see Cameron back on the saddle again. Congrats Cameron and Happy Trails to David.

Dan Troup is the new CEO of the Broker Public Portal (BPP)


“As the former director of Data Operations & Strategy at RE/MAX, BPP stated that Troup has a demonstrated history of driving strategic initiatives, fostering collaboration, and delivering exceptional results. In his new role as CEO of Broker Public Portal, he will be responsible for the organization’s strategic vision, partnerships, business model, financials, product development roadmap, and launch.”

RIS Media

Congratulations to Dan. Interestingly enough this is the second gig Dan has had taking over for something Homes.com used to manage. First when RE/MAX ended its agreement with Homes.com for data aggregation and lead management services for remax.com (which first started at eNeighborhoods) and now when BPP ended its relationship with Homes.com (first started with Homesnap).

I will say I’m super curious on what direction BPP goes. It’s unclear to me (everyone?) what the play could be here, I honestly don’t have any idea. Maybe a partnership with Nestfully? 🤷‍♂️

Rehn Chavez named COO of VESTAPLUS(TM)

VESTAPLUS™ Elevates Rehn Chavez to Chief Operating Officer, Spearheading Growth and Innovation

“VESTAPLUS™, a leading provider of MLS software solutions, is pleased to announce the promotion of Rehn Chavez to the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO). In her new role, Chavez will drive the company’s strategic initiatives, oversee operations, and contribute to the realization of CEO Annie Ives’ vision for VESTAPLUS™.”


Congrats Rehn!


It was announced back in September that long time industry vet Carl DeMusz was set to retire this year. I didn’t get a chance to write anything back then but wanted to give him a shout out today. Let it be said that Carl was one of the good guys. I always appreciated how he never sugar-coated things and just was matter of fact about everything. He has contributed so much to the industry with his time on various conferences and advisory boards. Marilyn did a nice write up earlier this year.

I got a chance to see him at the COVE meeting in Chicago early this year. And hearing him speak reminded me of what I most like about Carl. His optimism. Which we all know we need more of, especially in these trying times.

Happy trails Carl and thank you!

Celeste Starchild promoted to President of InspectionGo

Celeste Starchild

Real Estate Industry Veteran Celeste Starchild Promoted to President of InspectionGo

“In this new role, Starchild will now lead all of iGo’s business units, excluding iGo Academy, and will oversee Marketing, B2B Sales, Human Resources, Customer Service and Onboarding. She will continue to report to iGo Co-Founder and CEO John Russell, who will direct his efforts to drive the company’s strategy and revenue. Starchild’s promotion is the next step in iGo’s evolution to support the recent growth and rapid expansion of the company.”


I’ve always been a big fan of Celeste. This news made my day. Congrats!

VESTAPLUS hires Kelly Robinson

VESTAPLUSTM MLS Software Solutions Appoints Industry Veteran Kelly Robinson as Vice President of Sales & Marketing

“VESTAPLUSTM MLS Software Solutions, a leading provider of innovative real estate technology, is proud to announce the appointment of Kelly (Pantis) Robinson as the Vice President of Sales & Marketing. With over 30 years of experience in the real estate industry, Kelly Robinson is set to lead the company’s growth initiatives and expand its comprehensive suite of MLS software solutions, which includes the highly acclaimed VESTAPLUS PROTM mobile app, Checkmate Listing Violation DetectionTM, Neighborhood SnapshotTM, ShowingsPlusTM, and TechAssistLineTM.

VESTAPLUS, Press Release

Sheeeees back! This industry is certainly Hotel California. Many may not remember but Kelly (back then it was Kelly Pantis) co-founded RealtyPlus Online, one of the first web-based MLS systems. Great hire by Annie and looking forward to seeing Kelly making an impact on the industry again.

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Chief Executive Officer – Client of T3 Sixty

A T3 Sixty client is seeking a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in St. Louis, Missouri. This is an in-office position.

The CEO initiates policy formation and advocacy on all levels for the organization. This role is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the MLS’s day-to-day operations, including technology management, member services, financial stewardship, and compliance with industry regulations. The CEO is expected to collaborate with the Board of Directors, Shareholder Council and staff, to achieve the organization’s mission and objectives.

T3 Sixty

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CEO – Greater Syracuse of REALTOR®/Central New York Information Service

“The Greater Syracuse of REALTOR®/Central New York Information Service seeks a collaborative leader with excellent communication skills. The ideal candidate possesses an agile mindset that develops and grows the organization. This leader knows how to gain alignment between the leadership, the members, and the staff. An experienced facilitator, the ideal candidate is adept at managing the complexities of a member-driven association and a Broker-owned for-profit Multiple Listing Service with volunteer leaders. The candidate should understand how to build a culture in an evolving organization due to growth and the ongoing transformation of our industry.”

Doyenne Real Estate Advisors

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