Congrats Brian!  So well deserved!

See below for the full press release.

Brian Donnellan, President and CEO of Bright MLS, Named MLS Executive of the Year

Las Vegas, Nevada, September 22, 2021— The Council of Multiple Listing Services (CMLS) named Brian Donnellan, President and CEO of Bright MLS, the seventh recipient of the Shuttleworth MLS Executive of the Year Award during the virtual CMLS conference (CMLS2021) on September 22. Art Carter and David Charron, both past recipients of the Shuttleworth Award, made the announcement. The Shuttleworth MLS Executive of the Year Award is an annual award that recognizes leaders who are determined to have exhibited the highest qualities of leadership within their organizations and demonstrated a dedication to excellence in building a better marketplace.

“Brian is a bold and visionary leader. He is willing to push big ideas and guide strategic discussion in order to advance the multiple listing service. Being one of the largest MLSs in the country, the decisions they make at Bright MLS help pave the way for other MLSs to join and collectively move the industry forward, “said Denee Evans, CEO of CMLS. “CMLS is honored to name Brian the 2021 MLS Executive of the Year.”

In his short tenure as President & CEO of Bright MLS, Donnellan has led the organization through a global pandemic by spearheading the launch of the Bright Steps initiative, a 360-degree suite of solutions aimed at supporting every aspect of Bright MLS’s subscriber’s needs. Additionally, under his leadership, the Bright Heart Program provided healthy meals to frontline healthcare workers during the early onset of the pandemic by partnering with local restaurants.

Most recently the ON/OFF market study conducted by Bright MLS has proven to be beneficial to all MLS organizations; an excellent example of how Bright MLS moves the MLS industry forward.

In addition to leading one of the largest MLSs in the country, Donnellan holds leadership positions with several industry organizations, including the MLS Technology and Emerging Issues Advisory Board and Multiple Listing Issues and Policies Committee at the National Association of REALTORS®, the board of directors of the Real Estate Standards Organization (RESO), as an advisor on the REALTORS® Property Resource Advisory Council and the Executive Advisory Committee. He was named to RIS Media’s 2021 Real Estate Newsmakers and Housing Wire’s 2020 Tech Trendsetters lists.

Aside from his numerous contributions to the industry, Donnellan is an avid musician and sports fan.

Donnellan was selected as the seventh recipient of the award because of his unique and highly effective multi-disciplinary approach in his work to make the MLS more relevant and valuable to subscribers and the consumers they serve.

The award itself is named after Peter Shuttleworth, former executive vice president of Metro MLS and the first CMLS Hall of Fame inductee. Shuttleworth built one of the first truly effective regional MLSs in the United States by bringing brokers, REALTORS®, and REALTOR® associations together around the idea that data can be shared without borders.


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