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18 02, 2019

Lone Wolf’s New CEO Jack Blaha – Follow the Leader

By |2019-04-10T20:13:15-07:00February 18th, 2019|Broker Technology Research, Clients, Main category, Technology, Technology Evaluation|0 Comments

WAV Group would like to welcome Jack Blaha to the real estate industry. This article is part of our Follow the Leader series that highlights real estate’s most profoundly impactful CEOs.

15 02, 2017

Merle Whitehead – Follow The Leader Series

By |2018-05-03T21:22:55-07:00February 15th, 2017|Main category|0 Comments

Our Follow The Leader Series is an effort to write about the best ideas and best practices of great leaders in our industry who are raising the bar.  In this episode, I am grateful to share the inspirational story of Merle Whitehead, a gentleman who grew America’s 9th largest real estate firm, Realty USA. The intention is to share some background on centers of excellence in real estate that others can be inspired by. Early Career Start Merle Whitehead calls the Buffalo, NY area of Western New York his home. He started his career selling clothing on commission and came [...]

7 07, 2011

RE Technology Announces New ‘Follow the Leader’ Column, Seeks Nominations

By |2018-05-03T21:25:35-07:00July 7th, 2011|Broker Technology Research, Broker-Agent Information, Main category, MLS Insights|1 Comment

RE Technology (, the leading media site for the real estate technology industry, has become a daily resource for many MLS professionals, brokers, and agents. Their already-rich array of content is now being augmented with an exciting new column: “Follow the Leader.” […]

4 08, 2022

RISMedia’s CEO and Leadership Exchange – Sept. 6 in Washington D.C.

By |2022-08-04T09:20:26-07:00August 4th, 2022|Broker Information, Conferences|0 Comments

It has been a long time since brokers have gathered to shake hands and reconnect on a professional and social level. More than anything, the RISMedia CEO & Leadership Exchange is a place for brokers to meet and learn from each other.

9 12, 2021

RESO Unveils 2022 Board of Directors, Executive Committee Leaders

By |2021-12-09T05:49:44-08:00December 9th, 2021|Associations, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Every December, the election results are revealed that announce the new Board of Directors for the Real Estate Standards organization or RESO. And every year, a stellar slate of industry leaders take the helm at RESO to help guide its vision for a streamlined real estate technology industry. The real estate industry is well represented by this group, which includes: Rebecca Jensen, MRED; Michael Wurzer, FBS; John Breault, State-Wide MLS; and Richard Renton, Triad MLS; Todd Carpenter, NAR; Jason Normandin, NAR; Matt Cohen, CoreLogic; Bob Evans, Move, Inc.; and Mark Lesswing, T3 Sixty; Turan Tekin, Zillow Group; Andy Woolley,; [...]

24 08, 2021

CFPB Leadership Becoming More Balanced and User-Friendly

By |2021-08-24T13:48:35-07:00August 24th, 2021|Associations, Bills and Policies, Communications and PR|0 Comments

There is a bill gaining traction that will change the governance of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau away from one executive to a bi-partisan board of five leaders. The goal of the governance change is to make the CFBP more inclusive and more considerate of changes to consumer credit, based on input from the real estate and mortgage industry, as well as consumers.

18 03, 2021

Four of the Industry’s Top Leaders Join Broker Public Portal Board

By |2021-04-27T09:53:57-07:00March 18th, 2021|Broker Public Portal|1 Comment

WAV Group has had the privilege of working with the Broker Public Portal since it was a concept developed by a few MLS executives and a handful of brokers from The Realty Alliance. They shared a vision for delivering a consumer search experience provided by businesses that support the consumer with buying and selling homes, not advertising. Today that vision will be carried on by four new Board Members, Dana Strandmo of BHHS (nationwide), Lacey Conway of Latter and Blum (Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi), OB Jacobi of Windermere (10 States), and Shelley Specchio of MIBOR (Indiana). From those early days, brokers [...]

10 09, 2020

Real Estate Leader Joe Rand Named Executive Director of the Broker Public Portal with Homesnap

By |2020-09-10T14:13:04-07:00September 10th, 2020|Broker Public Portal, Press Releases|0 Comments

If any of you have had the pleasure of hearing Joe Rand speak at places like the Inman Data Track or read one of his insightful books – How to be a Great Real Estate Agent or Disruptors, Discounters and Doubters, you know that he is one of the smartest and most client-centric leaders you will meet in real estate. Joe has been an avid fan of Broker Public Portal with Homesnap (BPP) since its inception.

14 01, 2019

What’s the Best Way to Announce Leadership Changes?

By |2019-01-15T08:07:29-08:00January 14th, 2019|Main category|0 Comments

The real estate industry is undergoing massive transition in leadership. Top executives who have run major real estate brokerages, Associations and MLSs for decades are heading for retirement. Moreover, at the beginning of any new year comes a flurry of new leadership announcements.

2 05, 2018

Innovation Winners, 30 Industry Leaders Honored by RESO in Denver

By |2018-05-02T09:25:39-07:00May 2nd, 2018|Main category, Press Releases, RESO, Technology|0 Comments

RESO sold out its Spring Tech Summit in Denver last week three times, organizers said. Demand by industry tech and business leaders wanting to attend within the last two weeks forced the nonprofit to re-open registration twice until it pushed to capacity. The Real Estate Standards Organization filled the main ballroom to the brim, with just short of 300 people, at the hip Curtis Hotel in downtown Denver. Art Carter, RESO Chair and head of the largest MLS in the nation CRMLS, noted how far the organization had come in the last five years. One of the most vital breakthroughs: [...]

6 01, 2017

2017 Inman Influencers List, SP200 Honors WAV Group Clients and Leaders

By |2018-05-03T21:22:57-07:00January 6th, 2017|Main category, Suveys and Research|0 Comments

The impact of the annual reveal of both the Inman Influencer List and the Swanepoel Power 200 is like a social media cannon shot: you can hear the buzz everywhere. The fact that this year, these leadership lists were released nearly simultaneously makes the buzz near deafening. The rush you get seeing your name on either – and in some cases, both – of these prestigious lists never gets old. And nor does the surprise of discovering those who are “missing” – exceptionally worthy influencers and incredibly powerful leaders who didn’t make either list. For many, it must be a [...]