sfarlogoCongratulations to Walt Baczkowski as he returns to his roots in Association Leadership, taking the helm in San Francisco. Walt is departing his post at Point2 where he was VP of Marketing and wingman to division leader Saul Klein. San Francisco is a great Association and MLS – the crown jewel of the San Francisco Bay Area. San Francisco covers about 49 square miles, pinched between BAREIS to the north and MLSListings to the south. East Bay and Contra Costa are in the East Bay. They share some data, and most agents are members of more than one Association or MLS. It will be interesting to see if any major changes abound the Bay Area under Baczkowski’s leadership. He loves technology.

Here is the press release.

The San Francisco Association of REALTORS® is pleased to announce the appointment of Walter T. Baczkowski Jr., CAE, RCE as its Chief Executive Officer. Walt Baczkowski is a 31 year REALTOR® Association executive who most recently served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Point2 Technologies, an international MLS data syndication firm. Prior to this most recent position, he served as CEO for the Metropolitan Consolidated Association of REALTORS® (Detroit), the New Jersey Association of REALTORS®, and the San Diego Association of REALTORS®.

SFAR President Jeffery Woo stated, “SFAR is fortunate to have been able to attract such an experienced CEO with a proven track record of leadership and accomplishment. As SFAR continues its mission of service to our REALTOR® members and toward the promotion of homeownership, we look forward to Walt’s guidance and management of the Association in a technologically and politically changing world.

Walt Baczkowski stated, “The San Francisco Association of REALTORS® is a tremendous organization with a history of member services as well as member involvement. I am extremely fortunate to return to association management with such a terrific Association.”

SFAR conducted an eight week, national search for its new CEO with the help of Jerry Matthews, a national executive recruiting advisor. It is anticipated that Walt Baczkowski will commence work with SFAR on January 15, 2013.