Heading to the holidays it warms my heart to think of the amazing progress that RESO has made in 2017.  In just two years, membership has increased 500% from 125 to more than 750 members!   Every conference sells out and enjoy great satisfaction ratings from members!  And finally, 95% of MLSs have now adopted the RESO Data Dictionary and well over half of the industry has been certified on the RESO Web API!

Broker membership has increased significantly – RESO Broker members now represent over 900,000 agents. Just about every large brand is a member now – Realogy and all of its brands, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, Keller Williams, Redfin, Movoto, Next Home, Long and Foster, eXp REALTY, RE/MAX and a WHOLE BUNCH MORE have become part of the RESO.  Having such a strong broker voice has fundamentally changed the organization, helping to make data standards more practical and more usable by tech companies and brokers!

All of the increased participation in Work Groups also drove innovation with the RESO Data Standards. The 1.6 version of the Data Dictionary was the largest release EVER. The standards now cover nearly 1300 data fields – more than enough for every tech solution I have ever seen!

RESO usage has become mainstream too!   Progressive companies like RMLS in Portland transitioned their IDX data feed to be RESO-compliant. Companies like Movoto and Wolfnet have proven that adhering to RESO data standards has saved them time and money and allowed them to focus more on innovation!

Bottomline, the industry is beginning to live the data standards dream!

And NOW here’s the latest achievement showing how RESO has really gone mainstream!   There were more applicants for the RESO Board of Directors this year than EVER before!   Every candidate was well-qualified and very passionate about the potential for innovation and industry growth that RESO opens up!  NAR has lended one of their brightest technology brains, Todd Carpenter to RESO as well. His depth of understanding of technology and the needs of the REALTOR® will be invaluable.

The newly elected and appointed Board of Directors is an AWESOME collection of smart, progressive and action-oriented leaders that will continue to make RESO happen!

I am really excited about the broker representation this year!    The level of engagement and commitment from brokers has been driven up by the passion and commitment of the current broker representatives. Paul Boomsma from Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, Alon Chaver from HomeServices of America and David Gumpper from Michael Saunders and Company have ALL been amazing contributors!  The newly appointed John DeSouza, President of Cressy-Everett is going to be awesome too!  He has a VERY strong technology background. In fact he started in the real estate industry as an IT leader.  He will be able to bring this unique combination of technology expertise and broker leadership to the table.

Technology Companies have also stepped up in a big way.  With the addition of two strong technology companies – Chip McAvoy from Black Knight and Scott Woodard from Showingtime, in addition to the re-elected Michael Wurzer from FBS Data and Jeff Young from RPR,  I’m sure we’re going to see more adoption of RESO standards from technology companies this year.  These pioneering companies will show all us “how it’s done” with Web API’s and Data Standards!

The Internet Tracking Work Group has made some huge progress this year, in large part due to the leadership brought from Suzanne Mueller from Move, Inc and Zillow Group.  Curt Beardsley is a great thinker and will definitely add a depth of character to the Board of Directors.

And certainly, last but not least, the anchors of RESO leadership are the MLS leaders. Art Carter and his entire leadership team at CRMLS have given countless hours of time to the RESO effort and have been at it for YEARS!  They were passionate about RESO Long before RESO was “cool”!   Richard Renton from Triad MLS has dedicated tons of time to managing the financial viability of the company. Tim Dain, one of the most progressive thinkers in our industry just joined the Board of Directors.  He led an effort while he was in Austin to offer the industry’s first RESO Reference Server.  That effort has allowed hundreds of tech companies, start-ups and universities to learn how to engineer products leveraging RESO standards. I believe this effort is going to net our industry some exciting new innovative technology solutions.

Can you tell that I’m really excited about the future of RESO?    Please join me in 2018 by becoming a member of RESO, attending the Spring Technology Summit so you can learn more about what the excitement is all about!

RESO logoSee the full press release below:

RESO Elects 2018 Officers and Directors

Raleigh, NC – December 20, 2017 – The Real Estate Standards Organization, or RESO, announced today the results of its Board of Directors election and appointments of directors, as well as its 2018 Officers.

“Testament to the growing success and influence of RESO, this Board election attracted the largest number of candidates ever to vie for open RESO board seats in the history of our organization,” said Art Carter, Chair of the RESO Board and CEO, California Regional MLS or CRMLS.

“A remarkable 17 highly respected and involved industry leaders ran for just five Director openings, and each of them were extremely well qualified. With those elected, we are ensured a bright future for RESO as well as growing implementation of RESO standards throughout the real estate industry.”

2018 Officers elected to the Executive Board include:

  • Art Carter, CEO, California Regional MLS or CRMLS, Chair – re-elected
  • Michael Wurzer, President & CEO, FBS, Creators of Flexmls, Vice Chair – elected
  • Richard Renton, CEO, Triad MLS, Treasurer – re-elected
  • Tim Dain, President, Mid America Regional Information Systems Inc. (MARIS), Secretary – elected

RESO Board of Director elected representing Technology Companies, Developers, Partners & Consultants with revenue over $25 Million:

  • Chip McAvoy, Black Knight –elected

RESO Board of Directors elected representing Technology Companies, Developers, Partners & Consultants with revenue under $25 Million:

  • Michael Wurzer, President & CEO, FBS, Creators of Flexmls – re-elected
  • Scott Woodard, CEO, ShowingTime – elected

RESO Board of Directors elected representing Multiple Listing Services and/or Realtor Affiliated Association with less than 50,000 members:

  • Richard Renton, CEO, Triad MLS – re-elected

RESO Board of Directors elected (unopposed) representing other association or standards groups:

  •  Jeffrey Young  Realtors Property Resource, LLC (RPR), Chief of Operations

Newly appointed member to the RESO Board of Directors, representing the National Association of REALTORS®:

  • Todd Carpenter, Managing Director of Data Analytics, National Association of REALTORS®

The RESO Board of Directors appointed four members representing the Real Estate Brokerage Industry, including:

  • Alon Chaver, CIO, HomeServices of America – reappointed
  • John De Souza, President, Cressy & Everett Real Estate – newly appointed
  • David Gumpper, CTO, Michael Saunders & Company – reappointed
  • Paul Boomsma, President, Luxury Portfolio, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World – reappointed

The RESO Board also made Director appointments to two open Board seats:

  • Suzanne Zinn Mueller, SVP of Industry Relations, Move, Inc.
  • Curt Beardsley, VP MLS Partnerships, Zillow Group

Other 2018 RESO Board members include Mark Lesswing, National Association of REALTORS®; Ethan Bailey, Senior Director of Software Engineering & Technology, CoreLogic; Chris Carrillo, CEO, Metro MLS; Brian Donnellan, COO, Bright MLS; and Steve Byrd, Carolina Multiple Listing Services, Inc.

“As we welcome and congratulate our new officers and newly elected Board members, we also must share our deep appreciation for those whose term is ending and have served our RESO Board with incredible distinction,” said RESO CEO Jeremy Crawford.

Crawford cited departing board members  Craig Cheatham, President and CEO of The Realty Alliance; Chad Curry, Managing Director for Center for REALTOR® Technology at National Association of REALTORS®; Tim Ford, President and CEO of dynaConnections; and Glenn Shimkus, Advisory Board Member of DocuSign.

“Their unquestionable support of RESO helped advance our ability to attract the best-of-the-best to our organization and chart a bright future for real estate data standards,” Crawford added.


The mission of the Real Estate Standards Organization (RESO) is to create and promote the adoption and utilization of standards that drive efficiency throughout the real estate industry. RESO was incorporated in November 2011 as an independent, not-for-profit trade organization that was previously a section of the National Association of REALTORS®. RESO has more than 730 active members, including NAR, multiple-listing services, real estate associations, brokerages and industry technology providers. For more information, visit www.reso.org. Contact RESO via email at info@reso.org.

Media Contact:

Kevin Hawkins
WAV Group Communications for RESO