I manage a team of highly experienced software engineers to support software development efforts at MLSListings. The challenge is to build highly interactive applications and deliver complex functionalities of real estate solutions in an intuitive and easy way to the real estate agents, brokers and home seekers.
We are continuously reinventing how housing data is managed and distributed to the real estate industry through web applications and internet services. My team develops various real estate products and most of our server side code is written using .net framework. The front end applications are supported by various open source libraries like bootstrap, reactJS, anularJS, nodeJS and JQuery.
Our goal is to redefine how our users visualize and analyze real-estate listing data, making the UI a critical differentiator for our products. Our culture is unique, we work to attract the best and brightest and my job here is to lead a team of seasoned engineers and ship the products that bring joy to millions of home owners and real estate agents.DLU January 31st, 2018
Curt is responsible for Zillow Group’s MLS and association-focused industry relations strategy and outreach. Curt has spent more than 20 years working in technology and telecommunications related to real estate, and he frequently speaks about trends and the future of the industry. He has twice been included among the Swanepoel Power 200 list of the most powerful people in U.S. residential real estate. Prior to joining Zillow, Curt was with Move, Inc., where he was executive vice president of industry development for realtor.com.DLU March 1st, 2018
Mark Bessett has executed in many roles in software engineering for over 20 years, and has worked in environments ranging from “dot com” startups to spacecraft for Lockheed Martin and NASA. While working over 5 years for Microsoft, Mark consulted for several Fortune 100 firms in software architecture. After working the last 4 years at Arizona Regional MLS, Mark recently moved over to California Regional MLS primarily because their benefits included an ocean.
Mark has been attending RESO since 2013 and currently serves as the workgroup chair for the Property Unique ID group.DLU January 31st, 2018
Eric Bryn is a strategic management consultant advising businesses on convergent and digital media strategies, SaaS product development, and data privacy/security issues. With nearly 15 years of experience in the real estate industry, Eric has held executive positions at Baird & Warner and Leading Real Estate Companies of the World. Most recently he’s directed product development teams at BoomTown, a top predictive CRM, marketing, and lead generation platform serving the real estate industry. Additionally, Eric was an inaugural member of the Strategic Technology Advisory Group with The Realty Alliance. He is a licensed attorney in Illinois and Adjunct Professor at Loyola University, Chicago, School of Communications where he teaches media law, mass communications, and digital marketing courses.DLU March 1st, 2018
Art Carter is Chief Executive Officer of California Regional Multiple Listing Service, Inc. (CRMLS), the nation’s largest Multiple Listing Service, providing products and services to over 71,000 subscribers from 35 REALTOR® Associations. He serves on the Boards of the Real Estate Standards Organization (RESO), and the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) and currently serves as President Elect for the Council of Multiple Listing Services (CMLS). Art is dedicated to making a REAL Difference in the day-to-day business of Real Estate Professionals and is best known for leading the data share revolution in Southern California. As the founding chair of the California Real Estate Technology Services (CARETS) Steering Committee, since its inception in 2006, Art has been the driving force in uniting MLSs across California to create a single shared database. Since 2008, California Regional MLS has successfully merged with three MLSs with over 40,000 new members. Art has also been named as one of Inman News’ 100 Most Influential Real Estate Leaders in both 2010 and 2011, and in 2012 he was inducted into the Dr. Almon R. “Bud” Smith, RCE, AE Leadership Society in recognition of dedicated service and commitment to advancing the REALTOR® organization and the association management profession. California Regional MLS provides access to listing data throughout the State of California and is dedicated to delivering phenomenal services and technology at a competitive price, including powerful MLS Tools, superior customer support, flexible training options, and consistent communication all within a statewide platform.DLU January 31st, 2018
As an R&D Engineer for NAR’s Center for REALTOR® Technology & CRT Labs, Dave Conroy investigates emerging technologies, educates NAR members & the public through presentations, webinars, blogs and podcasts, and develops products for use by members. He’s presented to REALTORS® on the national, state and local levels.DLU January 31st, 2018
Jeremy Crawford posses an uncommon combination of talents rarely found in the real estate industry: an experienced technologist, skilled communicator and accomplished business leader. As the Chief Executive Officer of the non-profit Real Estate Standards Organization, Crawford sits at the helm of one of the real estate industry’s most exciting organizations responsible for the creation, promotion and adoption of standards that is fueling innovation and helping to streamline the real estate transaction.
Crawford has more than 20 years of information technology experience in real estate, financial services, legal, insurance and education sectors. He knows RESO well. He has served on its Board of Directors, and his leadership role has included taking the reins as its Vice-Chair of the Education and Outreach Workgroup in 2010, which he co-led for two years.
Born and raised in the small town of Johnson City, Tennessee, Crawford proudly embraces his youth as a bona fide Geek. He consistently gravitated towards math and science fields, which lead to his attending high school at University School on the campus of East Tennessee State University. There, he participated in math competitions throughout the state. Crawford was also the catcher for University’s baseball team that competed in Tennessee State’s championship series multiple years in their division.
Crawford embraced multi-tasking early on. He worked his way through college in the computer labs at East Tennessee State University, and credits his mentor Rob Whelan, who oversaw all of the computer labs on campus, for igniting his interest in Computer Science. It became his major at ETSU, as its core curriculum complemented his math and physics coursework. His new passion also led to a secondary job in 1996 while attending ETSU with the Tennessee District Attorney General’s Conference that is responsible for overseeing the states 31 judicial districts. Crawford networked all of the judicial districts’ satellite offices across the state of Tennessee and provided courtroom technology support for major cases. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from East Tennessee State University, and while enrolled in graduate school there, he also taught undergraduate information technology courses at ETSU, instructing more than 180 students enrolled in his six classes.
Crawford’s STEM degree would lead to working for SAFECO, one of the largest insurance firms in the U.S., as a Systems Support Administrator. In 1999, he would join BB&T Corporation, one of the nation’s largest financial services corporations, as a Network Manager and Administrator and Bank Officer. At BB&T Crawford managed networking and helpdesk personnel as well as server and network level information systems for a region that comprised more than 40 locations and 450 employees.
His foray into real estate began in the summer of 2001 when he became Director of Network Operations and the 16th employee at Marketlinx Solutions, now known as CoreLogic, one of the largest real estate technology and information service companies in the world.
Under the tutelage of Thad Shows at Marketlinx, Crawford would enjoy extensive leadership training that would manifest into a C-level career that began when in 2006, he joined San Diego-based Sandicor, a leading MLS products and services provider, as its Chief Information Officer and was subsequently elected Secretary to the Corporation by the Sandicor Board of Directors, becoming a Corporate Officer. It was there he also served for two years as Vice-Chair of the National Association of REALTORS® Real Estate Standards Organization Education and Outreach Workgroup, and won the 2010 San Diego’s Information Technology of the Year Award.
After five years with Sandicor, in 2011 Crawford was named Chief Information Officer for MLSListings Inc., which serves 16,000 real estate professionals and more than 6,000 firms throughout Northern California. At MLSListings he was responsible for all aspects of Enterprise Information Technology, including infrastructure, design, development, implementation, and management. Shortly thereafter, Crawford was promoted to Chief Operations Officer and added to his CIO responsibilities managing customer support, Rules & Regulations, Compliance, Data Licensing, and Software Engineering. He also was elected Secretary to the Corporation, becoming a Corporate Officer in 2013. While COO at MLSListings, Crawford was the lead for the Council of MLS Technology Sub-Council. He left MLSListings to head up RESO in April 2015.
A Council of MLS CMLX Level 2 Certified Executive, today Crawford also serves on the DocuSign Executive Advisory Council, the Interop Advisory Board, and serves as President of his local homeowners association in Corinth Forest, his newest home about 40 miles north of Dallas, Texas.
Crawford attributes his hard-driving work ethic to his dad, who for the last 45 years gets up every morning at 4:30 a.m. to start his day. Described by his peers as charismatic and energetic, Crawford tries to engage every real estate professional he meets into a conversation that leads to talking about RESO, as he genuinely embraces his nonprofit organization’s mission to positively change the future of real estate.
His community activities have ranged from remaining an active supporter of his church in Knoxville, Tennessee, to undertaking local fundraising efforts for a variety of causes over the years. He continues to support Sigma Phi Epsilon, Paralyzed Veterans of America and RPAC (the Realtors Political Action Fund).
In his free time, Crawford is likely to be found spending time surrounded by his family: his wife of 10 years and their two young children. Crawford is a foodie who enjoys cooking to relieve stress, often with a glass of Rochioli Pinot Noir in hand, whipping up a meal that will also feed neighbors stopping by for a visit. He remains an avid sports participant in golf, tennis, basketball, football and baseball, and is a tireless fan of Tennessee football.DLU January 31st, 2018
Jon Druse is a Senior Developer and Data Services Manager at W+R Studios. Jon and his team handle all things data related for Cloud CMA, Cloud Streams and Cloud MLX.DLU February 28th, 2018
Sergey Ermolin is a Silicon Valley’s veteran with a passion for machine learning and artificial intelligence. His interest in neural networks goes back to 1996 when he used them to predict aging behavior of quartz crystals and cesium atomic clocks made by Hewlett-Packard at its Santa Clara campus. Sergey is currently a solutions architect in Big Data Technologies team at Intel, working on Apache Spark and distributed deep learning projects. Sergey holds MSEE as well as Mining Massive Data Sets certificate from Stanford and BS in Physics as well as BS in Mechanical Engineering from California State University, Sacramento.DLU January 31st, 2018
Meg Garabrant is the Director of Marketing & Communications for the NEREN® MLS with over 10,000 users throughout New England and is the primary MLS for the states of NH and VT. Meg oversees third party integrations, product, member training & education, and is responsible for ensuring RESO field compliance. Meg is a member of RESO and CMLS and Chair of the CMLS Green Section Council and a member of the NAR Sustainability Advisory Group.
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Bill Kellogg, Chief Information Officer, heads up ShowingTime’s product design, quality assurance, information technology and engineering groups. He is also an investor in ShowingTime and was previously the co-founder of BindView Development, a network management software company in Houston, TX. With 20 years of experience in early-stage technology companies, he has an extensive background with software design, the development process, and working with large, multi-million-dollar accounts. Bill has a B.B.A. in Engineering Management from the University of Texas and certifications in Solaris, Linux, Microsoft (MCSE/MCT) and Cisco.DLU March 1st, 2018
Award-winning software architect, a customer service activist, an IT project leader, an accomplished musician (in his own mind), a baseball enthusiast and daddy of two (the most challenging task of all)… currently the CIO of Metro MLS in Milwaukee, WI.
Fascinated with real estate technology and the powerful role it plays in the everyday lives of different people, industries and organizations.
A technology focused project leader with one common goal – to scout for areas that better benefit the user experience.
Devoted workgroup chair for RESO (Real Estate Standards Organization) and IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers). #technologyForTheBenefitOfHumanity
Being surrounded with a great team in an open environment is the secret ingredient to a fulfilling and successful occupation.DLU February 2nd, 2018
Rob Larson is the Chief Information Officer for California Regional Multiple Listing Service (CRMLS). He has 14 years with CRMLS; graduated from the Grove School of Music, majoring in Composition and Arranging; and has over 25 years in Information Technology.
Rob is an original architect of CARETS (California Real Estate Technology Services), www.ca-rets.com; an author of NAR’s Green the MLS Toolkit, www.greenthemls.org; the Treasurer for Build it Green, www.builditgreen.org; on the Board of Trustees at Carden Arbor View School; a partner in the US Department of Energy’s Home Energy Accelerator Program, https://betterbuildingssolutioncenter.energy.gov/accelerators/home-energy-information; and he is the Chair and Editor of the Real Estate Standards Organization’s (RESO) Data Dictionary.DLU January 31st, 2018
Pre-Qualifying Judge – Joshua Lopour
I romance the idea of being an entrepreneur. I love being involved in the creation of a company. At my core I enjoy the process of building a product. I’m also good at repeating the same thing three times in three different ways.
I’m a serial entrepreneur, involved in three startups to date. Co-Founded AppLabz and bootstrapped the company into profitability. Also Co-Founded Retsly – a data platform that has proved to be my most ambitious project to date.
I’m interested in big projects that have seemingly insurmountable hurdles. More importantly I’m interested in working with a team members that are idealistic, stubborn, and focused on success.DLU February 15th, 2018
Kevin McQueen is President of the MLS division of T3 Sixty, and over the past 35 years, has worked with more than 350 real estate organizations. These days, most of his work is focused on MLS consolidation and helping leaders prepare for what’s next.
He is the only industry consultant to have successfully consolidated more than 50 MLSs and is currently working with 40 others. Every organization, regardless of their size has options and Kevin is sharing what works and what doesn’t.
Kevin spent 17 years as an MLS vendor and as CEO of Realcomp, Michigan’s largest regional MLS, providing him with a 360-degree insider’s view of the industry and the big shifts taking place right now.DLU March 1st, 2018
Greg began his Real Estate technology career in 1986 at the Santa Barbara Board of REALTORS and Multiple Listing Service to install and manage an in-house MLS system. After 6-years he moved on to East Bay Regional Data (EBRD) for 7-years to manage operations and technology for a 10,000 member, 6-MLS regional. He then spent 2-years with HomeSeekers.com developing and deploying one of the first Internet-based MLS systems.
Greg has been at RMLS for over 16 years. As Vice President of Technical Systems, he provides leadership and general oversight of RMLS’ technological goals and activities. He facilitates the technical requirements for data processing, hardware services, network communications, and management information services to accomplish the company’s goals and objectives.
Greg’s exciting and fulfilling personal life ironically takes place in Boring, Oregon with his wife of 25+ years.DLU February 9th, 2018
Director, Innovation Labs at Keller Williams Realty International
Adi Pavlovic is the director of KW Labs, the innovation hub of Keller Williams. He leads a team responsible for developing Keller Williams’ innovative consumer, agent and market center technologies through direct collaboration with the company’s real estate agents and consumers. KW Labs is dedicated to involving the real estate agent through all phases of product development, from ideation to minimum viable product and ultimately general availability. Pavlovic works closely with Keller Williams’ in-house product team to progress product development on Keller Cloud, alongside KW Labs, in order to validate concepts, designs and products through rapid prototype iteration cycles.DLU March 16th, 2018
Scott Petronis is an experienced product management professional that is devoted to uncovering market needs, defining product strategy to meet market demands and creating compelling product offerings that solve problems and generate a return on investment. Scott’s motivation comes from seeing customers’ problems solved and needs met beyond their expectations. Over the past 20+ years he has worked to bring dozens of new products to market and enhance products to meet market needs and expectations. Scott has specific expertise in defining and driving API offerings and all that goes along with them. He loves to think big picture, long-term strategy and plot a course to get there, but doesn’t shy away from the day-to-day tactics needed to ensure schedules are met. As much as he loves product management, he loves to design and build highly effective product teams that effectively drive profitable products that delight their users.DLU January 31st, 2018
Real estate is in Katie’s blood. She’s a second generation REALTOR and comes to TRIBUS after working for a prominent custom home builder in metro Atlanta, GA. While selling homes, she realized she had a passion for helping agents establish a meaningful real estate brokerage web presence and a build CRM that worked. Since then she’s become a Certified Scrum Master (CSM) and graduated from a UX program, all while staying grounded in real estate technology
Her background in the industry and her training in psychology have paved the way for her current user experience focused role, where she leads the product design and development team at TRIBUS. Katie is also manages our 150+ relationships with our integration partners.DLU February 28th, 2018
Greg Robertson is the co-founder of W+R Studios. W+R Studios is a privately-held software company, located in Huntington Beach, California, creators of the Cloud Agent Suite (http://CloudAgentSuite.com). Their creations include the popular Cloud CMA, Cloud Streams, Cloud MLX and new Cloud Attract.
Greg has been in the real estate technology industry for over 25 years. He has been named by Inman News as one of “Real Estate’s 100 Most Influential Leaders” for 5 years in a row.DLU January 31st, 2018
L.D. Salmanson was born in Providence RI, and has extensive experience founding, advising, and investing in leading private technology companies. Prior to founding Cherre, L.D. served as Executive Director of Oppenheimer’s Private Shares Group, after Oppenheimer acquired GreenCrest Capital, a firm he co-founded to enable late-stage pre-IPO transactions in some of the largest private technology companies in the world, including Facebook, twitter, and Uber. Prior to that L.D. served as the Principal of Knight Capital Group’s Private Equity Fund, and previously as a captain in the Israeli Army. L.D. earned his MBA in Finance from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School, and is a Joseph Wharton Merit Scholar. L.D. also holds a B.A., LL.B., and LL.M. in finance and International Law from IDC Herzliya.DLU February 7th, 2018
Lisa joined OSCRE as CEO in 2013 and brings over 20 years’ experience as a real estate leader in strategic planning, property and asset management, real estate development and operations, brokerage management, and effectively managing change in dynamic environments. With strong attention on how data is driving business processes and performance, she understands the challenges organizations face as we move to an increasingly digital world. As OSCRE’s CEO, Lisa drives strategy and executive level relationships for the organization, working to expand understanding and implementation of OSCRE Standards, effective data governance and emerging technologies with a variety of constituents including investment firms, corporate real estate end-users, service providers, software developers,consulting firms and other member-based associations. As an organization, OSCRE is committed to working with industry leaders to transform the way digital information drives the real estate industry. She believes that the accelerated advancement of emerging technologies will significantly impact our world bringing a global foundational change not unlike the expansion of the internet. She is committed to constructive and innovative collaboration to address emerging technologies with a focus on “what’s next?”DLU March 1st, 2018
Laura Stukel is a change management expert in the real estate, energy efficiency, and technology industries over the past 25 years. She is a third-generation REALTOR with L.W. Reedy Real Estate. She consulted the Obama White House staff on market-driven energy efficiency issues. Laura serves in national and local roles for the National Association of REALTORS®, including as lead developer for the Green MLS Implementation Guide. She is the voice for the “Mainstreet Real Estate Minute” on WBBM news radio in Chicago. Laura was awarded EcoBroker’s 2010 Consumer Advocacy Award and the first NAR EverGreen Award for Industry Advocacy in 2012.DLU March 15th, 2018
Holly is the CEO and co-founder of BuildFax, the only national database of historic construction permit records. Believing that these building permits offer a better way to understand a property’s history and current condition, Holly has led her pioneering team to take BuildFax from “a cool idea” to its current industry-changing trajectory. Through her relentless pursuit of customer-focused product innovation, BuildFax turned their unique database of raw permits into products that leading insurance carriers and lenders use today to make better business decisions (leveraging cloud based technologies as an early-stage company). Under Holly’s leadership, BuildFax’s building permits database has grown from 0% to 70% national coverage, encompassing more than 8,000 U.S. cities, counties and townships, 80+ million residential and commercial properties including over 10 billion data points on those properties.
Prior to BuildFax, Holly co-founded BluePrince, an award-winning, early innovator in online process management and mobile-driven solutions for construction permitting and municipal management. Prior to her entry into entrepreneurism, Holly worked as a business plan analyst for a venture capital company investing in high-tech startups. Holly is a sought after speaker and panelist for industry events across the country, a business advisor to early stage companies, and is active in serving her community. Holly is a married mother of two boys, Cub Scout leader, alumnus of The University of Texas at Austin and bleeds Burnt Orange (Hook’Em!).DLU March 1st, 2018
Liz Tewksbury is the Product Manager for the NEREN® MLS which serves all of New England and is the primary MLS for the states of NH and VT. In addition to bringing new products to the MLS, she dedicates her time enhancing product offerings to meet member needs and expectations while also aiding in defining the company’s long term product plan. Liz enjoys being the liaison between end users and vendors by taking ideas from concept to delivery. Liz is responsible for ensuring RESO field compliance within the MLS Database and serves on the RESO Data Dictionary workgroup.DLU February 28th, 2018
Rick Trevino has been in the MLS industry for over 25 years – with 17+ years at MetroList Services as IT Director. MetroList is the largest MLSs in Northern California servicing more than 18,000 real estate professionals within seven counties. Rick is an active participant in RESO workgroups and RESO conferences. Rick is currently the Chair of RESO newest Payloads workgroup. He has been instrumental in MetroList becoming the first MLS in the country to be certified on RESO Data Dictionary 1.3 Platinum and 1.4 Platinum. Recently, Rick has earned his CMLX2 designation from the Council of Multiple Listing Services. Rick has earned his B.S degree in Business with concentrations in Management and Business Computers Information Systems.DLU January 31st, 2018
Tavi Truman is a seasoned Software Architect and Developer with more than 25 years of world-class software architecture and development skills and experience. Tavi has previously filled roles of Chief Software and Business Architect, CTO, both Lead and Principle Software Development roles, Relational Database Architecture, Desktop UI/UX Architect Leads, Web UI/UX and Multi-Touch UI/UX Architect roles in large Enterprises.
Tavi has an extensive and proven performance history in designing, implementing award winning enterprise-class commercial software across dozens of industries and product lines including Microsoft, Texas Instruments, Loral Space and Range Systems, Borland International, IBM, Milliken, and Autodesk, to name a few.
Tavi has successfully managed and lead multi-million-dollar software development business budgets and IP portfolios while growing profit margins; he holds “Records of Inventions” and patents in the areas of Ontology-based Software Design, Ontology-driven Workflow Automation, Meta-programming and High Performance Parallel Processing Parsers and Parallel Large-Scale distributed processing.
Today, Tavi leads the RocketUrBiz technical vision and all software development which includes Azure Cloud Microservices design and implementation, In-memory RDF-graph Knowledge base design and implementation, Advanced Self-generating UI/UX Frameworks, SDK and API designs, Ontology-driven Business Process Modeling, Workflow Engine design and implementation.
Tavi works on the Microsoft Trinity and Graph Engine Team in GitHub Opensource Repository designing and developing next generation RDF-Graph Engine, OWL/2 SDK, APIs for the .NET platform and for general Cloud-based Semantic Web Microservices computing environments.
When Tavi is not coding you can find him in the gym working out or in garden tending to a wide variety of plants from around the world. He enjoys cats and cooking yummy healthy meals.DLU March 15th, 2018
Michael is the President and CEO of FBS, creator of the Flexmls System and Spark Platform, currently licensed by 160+ Multiple Listing Services. In addition to his leadership role at FBS, Michael serves the MLS industry on the Board of Directors for both RESO and Council of MLS. Michael’s first RETS meeting was about 15 years ago and he’s been a passionate supporter of standards ever since, including having served as the first Chair of the RESO Board.
Prior to joining FBS, Michael was an attorney practicing securities and corporate law in Los Angeles and Minneapolis, and, in law school, his research and writing focused on the scope of copyright protection for software.DLU January 31st, 2018
Shaun is the Executive Director of Technology for Homes.com focusing on data acquisition and aggregation efforts in addition to building enterprise and MLS client solutions. He has over 10 years of experience working in real estate product delivery. Shaun is an active member of the RESO community and looks forward to the continued growth of the standards in pursuit.DLU January 31st, 2018