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Power 200 Rank


Robert “Bob” Goldberg

Chief Executive Officer

National Association of Realtors

In his second full year as NAR’s CEO, Bob Goldberg continues to stamp the nation’s largest trade association with his imprimatur and his “kinder, gentler” culture. As NAR CEO, he is the undisputed most powerful executive in the association category. In addition to continuing to reshape the organization, he scored a significant victory (in partnership with the California Association of Realtors) against California’s gig economy bill that threatened to change the employment classification of real estate agents.

Under his leadership, NAR has continued to work behind the scenes with legislators, policymakers and regulators on issues of interest to the Realtor community. This scored another victory for NAR and its members with the passing of condominium financing policies from the Federal Housing Administration that ease ownership of condos for lower-income and first-time homeowners.

In addition, the association’s second annual Real Estate Innovation, Opportunity & Investment Summit (also known as the iOi Summit) continued in 2019, highlighting some of the best startups in real estate technology. The pre-listing renovations company Curbio took home the win at the event’s pitch battle in 2019.

Beginning his tenure with promises to “smash the ivory tower” and “turn the pyramid upside down,” Goldberg continues to push for more transparency and open communication with state and local Realtor association leaders, as well as with membership.

Goldberg is not new to NAR or the real estate industry. He has been ranked among the 50 most powerful real estate leaders since the SP200 launched in 2014. Goldberg holds a BA from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

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