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The 2020 Swanepoel Power 200 list keeps it interesting

Rich Barton took the top spot from Ron Peltier this year, with Gary Keller coming in at number 2. So that means two “technology companies” CEOs are on top of the list. ????

I count about 18 MLS Execs making the list this year, which I think is up 2 from last year.

Bob Hale, CEO of the Houston Association of REALTORS was the highest MLS exec, moving up 1 spot to #26.

The list also includes Art Carter, CEO of CRMLS at #35, up 1 spot from last year, Brian Donnelan, CEO of Bright MLS #75, John DiMichele, CEO of Toronto Real Estate Board, Teresa King Kinney, CEO of the Miami Association of REALTORS #108, Rebecca Jensen, CEO of MRED, LLC, #120, Merri Jo Cowen, CEO of Stellar MLS (formerly MFRMLS) #121 Kathy Condon, CEO of MLSPIN #130, Matt Consalvo, CEO of ARMLS #131 , Dionna Hall #141 CEO of Realtors of the Palm Beaches and Greater Fort Lauderdale, Jim Speer CEO of One Key MLS (formerly New York MLS) #146 Jeremy Crawford, CEO of First Multiple Listing Service, Tom Hurdelbrink, CEO of Northwest Multiple Listing Service, Anne Marie DeCatsye CEO of Charlotte Regional Realtor Association and CarolinaMLS at #179, John Mosey CEO of Northstar MLS #180, Emily Chenevert, CEO of Austin Board of REALTORS, #183 Brad Bjelke CEO of UtahRealEstate.com, #184, Chris Carrillo, CEO of MetroMLS #185,

Sam DeBord, CEO of RESO was listed at #154 and Denee Evans, CEO of CMLS was listed at #181.

Notable vendors include Errol Samuelson of Zillow Group at #38 (up two spots from last year), Chris Bennett of CoreLogic at #56. Mike Wurzer went up a few spots to #87. Morgan Carey, CEO of Real Estate Webmasters is listed at #129, Grier Allen, CEO of BoomTown is at #133, Joel Macintosh CEO of WolfNet #142, David Anderson, President of LionDesk went from the “Watchlist Group” last year all the way to #148 on the big list, right in front of yours truly, Greg Robertson at #149 (woohoo!). Charles Williams, CEO of Buyside, #157. Brian Boero and Marc Davidson of 1000watt #161, Mark Schacknies & Leo Pareja co-founders of Remine made the list at #164, Andrew Flachner, co-founder of RealScout at #168, Marilyn Wilson and Victor Lund of the WAV Group at #169, Mitch Skinner of LarsonSkinner up a few spots at #173, Suzanne Mueller of Realtor.com #188, John Mazur, CEO of Homesnap came in #199.

Congrats to everyone! I apologize in advance if I missed anyone.

More recognition for Industry players

When the Swanepoel Power 200 (SP200) list came out I didn’t catch a few other categories they had listed, Emerging Leaders, Trendsetters and Social Influencers. And they are full of some of my favorite people, and while I can’t highlight them all I thought some deserve quick shout out.

Shelley Specchio was listed in the Emerging Leaders section. Note to the SP200 folks, Shelley “emerged” about 10 years ago, and has been a strong leader in this industry ever since, first at NNRMLS and now MIBOR.

So glad to see Joseph Cullom get some props. What I like about Joseph is that his is unafraid to try new things and shake it up a bit. We need more leaders like that.

And speaking of shaking things up, Tim Dain, has been the mad scientist in the MLS world. You can see a lot of his fingerprints on the many initiatives out there today.

And Jeremy Crawford has really taken the horse by the reins with RESO. The sense of urgency is higher than ever, just like the number of attendees to his conferences.

On the vendor side the more I learn about Buyside the more I’m impressed with what Charles Williams is putting together.

The first time I met Tyler Gordon I was impressed with his product and vision for a more connected experience in real estate.

It’s hard to highlight any of the Social Influencers list because I follow them all. But you gotta be reading everything Sam DeBord writes, Katie Lance is a pleasure to work with, and Heather Elias has recently started a company, Artisan Consulting.

Michele Conn to lead T3 Sixty new M&A services

Speaking of M&A….

Michele Conn

T3 Sixty Adds New Mergers & Acquisitions ServicesExperienced M&A specialist Michele Conn joins the T3 Team

“As of today, T3 Sixty, the consulting arm of the Swanepoel T3 Group, announces the launch of a new group focusing exclusively on the strategic evaluation, design, negotiation and management of mergers and acquisitions within the residential real estate brokerage and technology sectors.

The group is led by Michele Conn, the newest member to join the T3 Sixty team and an executive with over 20 years of experience working with growing real estate and technology companies.”

See you at T3!

Looking forward to seeing many of you at the T3 Summit this week. Looks like Stefan and company have put together another great event.

Katie and I arrive on Wednesday afternoon. Rob Hahn and I will be doing live recordings of our podcast “Industry Relations” so I hope to include a few of you in those conversations as well.

And remember what Tio Greg says, “Never go big on the first night!”

Wendy Forsythe joins T3 Group

Speaking of new gigs, looks like Wendy Forsythe has joined Swanepoel T3 Group. They have just announced a new brokerage consulting division, dubbed T3 Broker, that Wendy will lead.

Swanepoel T3 Group Adds New Brokerage Consulting Division

Wendy Forsythe, real estate veteran of 20 years and a Gen Xer, joins the Swanepoel T3 Group as the president of T3 Broker. A division of T3 Sixty, T3 Broker will provide management consulting services to U.S. and Canadian real estate brokerages regarding expansion strategies, business planning, market analysis, compensation evaluation and leadership development.

With extensive management experience in the real estate industry, Forsythe was formerly Head of Global Operations at Carrington Real Estate Services, a company with 36 offices and over $2.3 billion in annual sales. Previously she served as Senior Vice President of Network Services for Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, a Realogy brand, and Vice President of Sales for Royal LePage, Canada’s largest real estate company.

This is on the heels of Kevin McQueen joining Swanepoel’s MLS Consulting division. Congrats to Wendy and the entire T3 team.

Swanepoel Power 200 includes over 10 MLS executives

Well its that time of year again. The 2017 Swanepoel Power 200 (SP200) was released today.

“Each year the Swanepoel Power 200 (SP200) holds a mirror up to the industry and asks: Who are the most powerful and influential people in residential real estate?

Power is an elusive concept, defined as “the ability or right to control people, companies or the industry.” But power can also exist even when it is not exercised. The concept is not easy or straightforward, so you can just imagine the healthy debate involved in creating this list every year.

But we all agree what power is not. It is not a popularity contest. It is not based only on a single criterion such as head count, office count or revenue. And it is never “pay to play.”

The list includes a lot of familiar names in the MLS industry.

Bob Hale is the highest ranked MLS executive on the list, coming in at #32, here’s the parsed list…

#32 Bob Hale, President and CEO, Houston Association of Realtors
#59 David Charron, President and CEO, MRIS
#70 Art Carter, CEO, CRMLS
#114 Teresa King Kinney, CEO, Miami Association of Realtors
#131 Tom Philips, CEO, TREND MLS
#133 Jim Harrison, President and CEO, MLSListings
#143 Merri Jo Cowen, CEO, My Florida Regional MLS
#145 John Mosey, President, Northstar MLS
#153 Rebecca Jensen, President and CEO, MRED
#159 Kathy Condon, President and CEO, MLS Property Information Network
#198 Matt Consalvo, CEO, ARMLS

Some notable vendors also made the list

#37 Dale Ross, CEO, RPR
#43 Chris Bennett, General Manager, CoreLogic
#57 Errol Samuelson, Chief Industry Development Officer, Zillow Group
#129 Marty Frame, President, RPR
#147 Gregg Larson, CEO, Clareity
#152 Marilyn Wilson & Victor Lund, Founders, The WAV Group
#175 Alex Lange, CEO, UpstreamRE
#177 Mike Wurzer, President and CEO, FBS
#179 Me : )
#196 Mitch Skinner, Managing Partner, Larson/Skinner

and last (#200) but not least, Marty Reed, Vice President, Black Knight Financial Services. Yay Marty!

Denee Evans from CMLS came in at #176. Also Kirby Slunaker, CEO of REColorado and former CMLS President, Shelley Specchio, new CEO of MIBOR was named on a list of “Trendsetters”

Congrats to everyone!

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