Southwest MLS Names Richard Gibbens as New Director

Albuquerque, NM (January 15, 2021) – Southwest Multiple Listing Service (SWMLS) of the Greater Albuquerque Association of REALTORS®, announced today it has named Richard Gibbens as its new MLS Director.

Richard will be responsible for overseeing all MLS and Data operations for Southwest MLS.

Haedshot of Richard GibbensGibbens is joining SWMLS from his previous MLS leadership position with Central Panhandle Association of REALTORS® (CPAR) in Panama City, Florida.

Scott Dean, 2020 SWMLS President, chaired the Search Committee in its nationwide quest for a new Director. “Richard is a rising star in the MLS industry. He is part of the next generation of leaders bringing ideas and programs that will help MLSs become the most efficient, customer-centric organizations they can be. Richard is a strong leader that will continue to advance SWMLS’s goal to meet and exceed the needs of our Brokers,” he added.

“Richard is well-respected among his leadership peers: he does his research and brings well-developed ideas to the table to make it easy for the Board of Directors to make sound, nimble decisions. Given his talented background, we are confident that he will continue to evolve SWMLS as one of the top progressive MLS organizations in the country,” said Cathy Colvin, 2021 President of the Southwest Multiple Listing Service.

A self-described servant leader, Richard has been focused on customer service for more than 10 years. Prior to CPAR, Richard led a team of customer service professionals for Sprint/Teleperformance USA where he was recognized for his proactivity in evaluating and improving company processes and policies.

Richard graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and earned his MBA from Troy University in Alabama.

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About GAAR
The Greater Albuquerque Association of REALTORS® (GAAR) is the largest local professional trade association in Central New Mexico with over 4,300 members who have pledged to a strict Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. Established in 1921, GAAR is the Voice of Real Estate for the Greater Albuquerque area and the trusted source for accurate real estate market data and trends.

REALTOR® is a registered collective membership mark that may be used only by real estate professionals who are members of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® and subscribe to its strict Code of Ethics.

The Southwest Multiple Listing Service, Inc. (SWMLS) is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Greater Albuquerque Association of REALTORS® (GAAR) and strives to be the premier provider of accurate industry information and Multiple Listing Services to its participants and subscribers.

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Contact: Belinda Franco, 2021 GAAR President
Kent Cravens, GAAR CEO