Real Estate Almanac

Organized Real Estate Executives

The top 20 Realtor association/MLS executives list, a subset of the Swanepoel Power 200 ranking, acknowledges staff executives or elected officers of a Realtor association, council, board, etc. MLS organizations and other subsidiaries executives are also included here as the businesses are usually intertwined.
Executives Legend
The color legend to the right illustrates the various backgrounds for the top executives in the residential real estate industry.


California Regional MLS
Carter leads the nation’s largest MLS in CRMLS, which has over 108,000 members, and is the country’s most powerful and influential MLS executive. Known as a clear, innovative leader, he has helped spearhead numerous MLS initiatives, including a new MLS data-monetization effort in REdistribute. In 2023, he coordinated a data-share agreement with two other large MLSs: Bright MLS and BeachesMLS.


Donnellan leads the nation’s second largest MLS in Bright MLS, which serves over 104,000 members in the Mid-Atlantic region, with a steady, clear focus on innovation and serving members. In 2022, he helped spearhead a new data-monetization strategy for MLSs through the creation of the REdistribute initiative and, in 2023, helped launch a new MLS-powered national portal in Nestfully.


President and CEO, 
Houston Association of Realtors
In 2023, Hale celebrated 50 years at Houston Association of Realtors. First hired as legal counsel, Hale became president in 1988. The association has grown to over 45,000 members across Texas, making it the nation’s second largest local Realtor association. Its real estate portal, which displays listings throughout Texas, draws approximately 8 million monthly visitors, making it one of the nation’s most trafficked portals.


2024 President, 
National Association of Realtors
UPDATE: A day before launching the 2024 SP 200, Kasper resigned her position as 2024 NAR president. A broker from Idaho who has been on NAR’s board of directors since 2016, she assumed her position early in August 2023, when her predecessor Kenny Parcell resigned. The turnover among NAR leaderships continues a trend of turmoil at the top of the association, which saw its CEO resign in late 2023, has grappled with allegations of sexual misconduct, and continues its legal battles related to several high-profile compensation lawsuits. To learn more about NAR and its future, get complimentary access to the leading chapter of the 2024 Swanepoel Trends Report, “Why NAR Must Fundamentally Change or Fail.”


Cowen leads the nation’s third largest MLS in Stellar MLS, which serves over 80,500 subscribers in Florida and Puerto Rico. In 2023, Stellar developed a data share agreement with Alabama’s Gulf Coast MLS and Georgia’s First MLS. She is a current director and twice past president of the Council of MLS (CMLS) and is dean of the CMLX certification program.


First Multiple Listing Service
Crawford is CEO of First Multiple Listing Service (FMLS), the nation’s fourth largest MLS with over 57,000 subscribers. A proponent of MLS collaboration, he spearheaded data sharing with Florida’s Stellar MLS, Alabama’s Gulf Coast MLS and Miami Association of Realtors in 2023. Crawford began his real estate career in 2001 at the company now known as CoreLogic. He joined broker-owned FMLS in 2019 from the Real Estate Standards Organization.


Miami Association of Realtors
Kinney leads the Miami Association of Realtors, the nation’s largest local Realtor association with over 55,000 members and operator of the US’s seventh largest MLS. In 2023, she helped coordinate a three-way data share with Alabama’s Gulf Coast MLS and Florida’s Stellar MLS. It also partnered with BeachesMLS in South Florida to integrate with MLS-owned portal Nestfully.


Toronto Regional Real Estate Board
DiMichele manages the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board, North America’s largest local Realtor board with over 67,000 members. In addition to leading the over-100-year-old association, DiMichele also serves on the board of directors for Council of Multiple Listing Services.


General Counsel and Chief Member Experience Officer, 
National Association of Realtors
With CEO Bob Goldberg stepping down in 2023 and president Tracy Kasper resigning in early 2024, Johnson is the association’s most powerful leader. She has navigated a difficult year for NAR, headlined by large competition and compensation lawsuits in which NAR is a defendant, as well as high-profile sexual harassment and misconduct allegations against the association. She will play a key role in NAR’s effort to right the ship in 2024.


Chief Advocacy Officer, 
National Association of Realtors
As chief advocacy officer at the National Association of Realtors since 2020, McGahn focuses on improving access to homeownership, ensuring fair housing for all, and promoting NAR research to inform policymaking. Before joining NAR in 2018 as its first woman executive of government affairs, she had a nearly two-decade Capitol Hill career serving as counselor to the U.S. Treasury Secretary and staff director for the House Financial Services Committee.


California Association of Realtors
Sebree runs the nation’s second largest state Realtor association in CAR, which has over 215,000 members. CAR continues to be an association heavyweight, involved in advocating for many key housing-related issues in California. He came to CAR from his role as CEO of Missouri Realtors. The Kentucky native also worked previously for the U.S. House of Representatives committee on banking, finance, and urban affairs.


Chief Economist, 
National Association of Realtors
Yun heads NAR’s research group as chief economist, creating economic forecasts and providing housing market analysis for the trade group. Yun also leads NAR’s research group as the senior vice president of research, heading its marketing research and analytics teams. He has created economic forecasts and provided housing market analysis for the trade group since 2008 when he was promoted from senior economist.


Grant runs Florida Realtors, the nation’s largest state Realtor association, which has over 223,000 members in over 49 boards and associations. Before becoming CEO in 2019, Grant served as chief operating officer and general counsel for the association.


Broward, Palm Beaches and St. Lucie Realtors
Hall serves as the CEO for Broward, Palm Beaches and St. Lucie Realtors, the nation’s third largest local Realtor association with over 37,000 members, and BeachesMLS, which serves over 43,000 subscribers. In this position, she helps manage five regional boards across South Florida and Treasure Coast.


President and CEO, 
Midwest Real Estate Data
Jensen leads one of the country’s largest MLSs in MRED, which serves over 50,000 members in northern Illinois, southern Wisconsin and northwest Indiana. Jensen also chairs the boards of the MLS Grid, the MLS data-sharing initiative currently serving more than 29 MLSs, and the Real Estate Standards Organization. The board vice chair of the Broker Public Portal. Jensen began her tenure at MRED in 2015.


Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service
Consalvo runs one of the nation’s largest MLSs in Arizona Regional MLS (ARMLS), which has nearly 41,000 members. He is also a founding member of MLS Aligned, an MLS collaboration with ARMLS, Beaches MLS, Metro MLS, Utah Real Estate, Regional MLS (Oregon), Northern Nevada Regional MLS and MLS Listings (California), which collectively served over 150,000 real estate professionals in 2023.


President and CEO, 
Millman leads REcolorado, the Denver-based MLS with over 27,000 members. Since taking the helm in 2020, he has led the MLS into multiple collaboration networks including MLS Grid and REdistribute, where he sits on the board of directors. Millman started his career as a broker.


Texas Association of Realtors
As CEO of the Texas Realtors Association, Kessler leads the nation’s third largest state Realtor association representing over 153,000 Realtors. Before taking the reins in 2010, Kessler served as CEO for the San Antonio Board of Realtors and the Greater Fort Worth Association of Realtors. Kessler is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.


President and CEO, 
As president and CEO of Realtracs, White leads the largest MLS in Tennessee with nearly 20,000 users. Since he started Realtracs in 1996, it has grown to cover Tennessee and reach into Alabama, Georgia, and Kentucky. White has overseen the company’s technological evolution including becoming the only MLS in the southeast with entirely in-house code. In 2023, White spearheaded the launch of a Southeast MLS alliance integrating data from the largest MLSs in Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina.


Ontario Real Estate Association
Hudak has run the Ontario Real Estate Association, Canada’s largest association with approximately 96,000 professionals from 34 boards, since 2016. In 2023, OREA announced a Wellness Program benefits program. Previously, Hudak served for 21 years (1995-2016) in the provincial legislature, including as leader of Ontario’s Progressive Conservative Party.

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