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John Mosey, CEO of Northstar MLS, set to retire this year

Mosey steps away after more than 40 years in the industry

Longtime NorthstarMLS CEO and real estate industry veteran John Mosey is set to retire later this year, according to an announcement released Friday.

Mosey has served as Minnesota-based NorthstarMLS’ CEO since 2002 and has been involved in the real estate industry for more than 40 years. In that time, his career has taken him all over North America, from Toronto and Vancouver in Canada, to California and finally Minnesota in the U.S.

“John encourages other MLSs to control their destiny when it comes to their data. He helped show the way that if you could develop that piece on your own, it put you into a much stronger position to do some of the things you need for your brokerage community,” Art Carter, the CEO of the California Regional MLS, said in a statement. “One of the things I admire about John is that if he agrees with you, he’ll tell you; and if he disagrees with you, you’ll hear that, too. He is always the consummate professional.”

Prior to joining NorthstarMLS, Mosey began his career at Moore Data, where he ran multiple business units, the firm’s Canadian operation and eventually became vice president of sales for North America. In addition, Mosey was responsible for the MLS Book, Tax and Homes Magazine units at Moore Data. In 1998, Mosey assumed leadership and direction of Moore Data’s newly launch real estate website, Cyberhomes.

Mosey left Moore Data to lead a showings technology start-up before joining NorthstarMLS.

In addition to being the CEO of NorthstarMLS, Mosey is a multi-year board member of the Council of Multiple Listing Services. He also serves on the boards of The MLS Grid, the Broker Public Portal (BPP) and was on the industry-controlled board of directors of the joint venture that oversees Homesnap’s delivery of the BPP’s value proposition.

In 2015, Mosey developed the concept for Common Data Platform (CDP), a shared database and listing input system that any of the major front-end MLS tech vendors can plug into. The system allows other Realtor associations in the region to contribute their data to the CDP as full NorthstarMLS clients or as shared CDP data partners.

CDP allows local control of the MLS system and helps brokers reduce their business expenses by having all the data in their market available through a single association membership.

“John has had a vision of creating an MLS eco-system where information sharing and economies of scale can transcend geography and political structures,” John Fridlington, CEO of the Saint Paul Area Association of REALTORS, one of three NorthstarMLS shareholder associations, said in a statement.

An exact date for Mosey’s retirement has not been publicized and NorthstarMLS has announced that a selection committee will be conducting a national search for Mosey’s replacement.