Technology Executives

The overall 2020 Swanepoel Power 200 (SP200) ranks the most powerful leaders in the residential real estate brokerage industry as at December 31, 2018 with adjustments made for major announcements between aforesaid date and publication on January 14, 2020. The Top 20 Technology Executives List is a subset of the main Power200 List, and acknowledges executives with technology companies who primarily serve residential real estate brokerage companies.


Richard Barton

Co-Founder and CEO

Zillow Group
Rich Barton co-founded Zillow in 2005 and has played an integral role in growing it into one of the industry’s most powerful companies, first as CEO before handing over the reins to Spencer Rascoff in 2010, then as executive chairman. In 2019, Barton jumped back in as CEO to lead the company on its aggressive, ambitious move into the real estate transaction. Co-founder Lloyd Frink remains actively involved behind the scenes as Chairman. Read the extended bio.


Jeremy Wacksman


Zillow Group
As president of the powerful Zillow, Wacksman oversees Zillow Group’s agent lead generation service Premier Agent and Zillow’s rental division. Formerly, he served as the company’s chief marketing officer and vice president of product management and marketing. Before joining Zillow, he spent time at Microsoft in marketing and product management at Xbox.


Arik Prawer

President, Homes Division

Zillow Group
Prawer serves as president of Zillow Group’s relatively new Homes Division, which includes the company’s aggressive, new entry into the transaction and closing services with Zillow Offers and Zillow Home Loans. He oversees the buying, renovating and selling of homes through Zillow’s iBuying service Zillow Offers, which opened its 22nd market in December 2019. Prior to joining Zillow Group in 2018, he served as chief integration officer at Invitation Homes, the U.S.’s largest single-family home real estate investment trust.


Errol Samuelson

Chief Industry Development Officer

Zillow Group
As chief industry development officer at Zillow Group, Samuelson manages the company’s industry relations strategy and business-to-business product development and tools, roles he has played since joining the company in 2014. He spearheaded Zillow’s successful 2018 Canadian expansion and its entry into the iBuyer space with Zillow Offers, which now operates in over 20 markets.


Chris Bennett

General Manager

Bennett heads up CoreLogic’s Real Estate Solutions division, which provides the popular MLS software platform Matrix, used by over 120 MLSs and hundreds of thousands of agents. The division also offers popular real estate data management system Trestle, which CoreLogic says they will use to administer Project Upstream, the broker data-management effort that UpstreamRE contracted with CoreLogic in 2019.


Ben Graboske

EVP, Data & Analytics Division

Black Knight Financial Services
Graboske leads Black Knight Financial Services Data and Analytics division, overseeing technology development, product marketing and program management, including the company’s popular MLS software Paragon, which is used by hundreds of MLSs. Prior to his appointment in 2014, he served as senior vice president in CoreLogic’s real estate division.


York Baur

Chief Executive Officer

Baur runs the popular real estate brokerage platform MoxiWorks, which provides CRMs, websites, intranets, an advertising tool and more into one tool for brokers and agents. The company, owned by large brokerage companies Windermere Real Estate, Long & Foster and Howard Hanna, has over 260 brokerage clients and over 340,000 agents using its platform. MoxiWorks acquired automated real estate marketing firm Imprev in 2019.


John Berkowitz

Co-Founder and CEO

OJO Labs
After co-founding OJO Labs in 2015, Berkowitz continues to lead the firm as CEO. The company, which offers an artificial intelligence-powered lead incubation tool to brokers and agents, has moved fast in its young life. It acquired broker data firm WolfNet Technologies in 2018, has strategic partnerships with Realogy and Royal LePage and raised $65.5 million in early 2019 to grow its national footprint.


Michael Wurzer

President and CEO

Since 1997 Wurzer has run FBS, which offers the popular MLS software Flexmls used by over 150 MLSs and 200,000 agents. He also serves as vice chair for the board of directors of the Real Estate Standards Organization. In 2019, FBS released an all-in-one website product for agents.


Ned Stringham

Chief Executive Officer

Inside Real Estate
Stringham runs the Inside Real Estate, maker of a popular platform that provides brokers, teams and agents with an end-to-end marketing tool featuring an integrated website, CRM and marketing system. A Harvard MBA, Stringham also serves as a managing partner at venture capital firm 42 Ventures.


Patrick Arkeveld

Executive Chairman

Lone Wolf Real Estate Technologies
Arkeveld serves as the executive chairman for Toronto-based real estate tech firm Lone Wolf Real Estate Technologies, which provides websites and back-office tools to brokerages. The firm serves over 9,000 real estate offices across North America. Arkeveld previously served as Lone Wolf’s CEO.


David Mele

A 20-year industry veteran in online media, Mele oversees the overall business strategy and day-to-day operations of popular real estate portal, a popular lead gen portal similar to Zillow and Its website consistently ranks among the nation’s most popular real estate sites. Prior to joining, Mele served as president of Pilot Media and publisher of Landmark Media Enterprises Newspaper, The Virginian-Pilot.


Morgan Carey

Founder and CEO

Real Estate Webmasters
Carey’s growing company offers custom websites to more than 2,000 real estate brokerages who serve over 60,000 agents in the U.S. and Canada. In 2019, the company completed a three year, 30,000-hour development of a new national real estate platform for Century 21 Canada.


Grier Allen

Founder and CEO

Allen founded BoomTown in 2006 and has grown the company into one of the industry’s foremost lead generation CRM software providers. The firm’s lead-gen and marketing platform connects millions of homebuyers and sellers with its agent and brokers through its online marketing system. The firm released a consumer-facing mobile app in 2019.


Tyler Smith

Founder and CEO

As founder and CEO of digital transaction management platform SkySlope, Smith plays a big role in brokerages’ evolution to paper-free workflows. The platform serves over 1,800 North American brokerages. In 2017, Fidelity National Financial acquired a majority stake in the firm. Smith is also the author of “Going Paperless: Taking Real Estate into the 21st Century.”


Joel MacIntosh

Chief Executive Officer

WolfNet (part of OJO)
MacIntosh founded Minnesota-based WolfNet in 1996; the company provides responsive IDX property search, IDX websites, MLS data and other services to nearly 500,000 agents, brokerages and technology firms in over 640 MLS markets. In 2018, OJO Labs acquired WolfNet, which OJO plans to operate as a separate company, for now.


Conor McCluskey

Chief Executive Officer

McCluskey co-founded the interactive email service BombBomb in 2006 and has grown the Colorado-based video marketing platform into a multimillion-dollar operation. He has over 15 years of experience in sales, marketing and entrepreneurship, and also co-owns Washington boutique winery Proper Wines.


David Anderson


Anderson is founder and CEO of San Diego-based LionDesk, a cloud-based CRM and communications tool for realtors and brokers. Since founding the company in 2014, Anderson has guided LionDesk into partnerships with some of the U.S.’s largest MLSs.


Greg Robertson

Co-Founder and President

W&R Studios
Robertson heads up W&R Studios, maker of the Cloud Agent Suite of popular tools used by more than 500,000 agents. Some of these tools and services include Cloud CMA, Cloud MLX, Cloud Streams and Cloud Attract. W+R Studios is known for being on the leading edge of real estate tech; in 2019, it announced an iBuying partnership with Opendoor. Robertson also publishes the popular real estate blog Vendor Alley.


Scott Smith

President and General Manager

Constellation Software
Smith heads up Seattle-based Constellation Software Inc., which owns and operates a large portfolio of real estate software assets including Real Estate Digital, Zurple and Sharper Agent. He joined Constellation Software when it purchased Market Leader in 2015 and became its president in 2017.

Evaluating Leaders

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.