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Real Estate Standards Organization Names Sam DeBord as CEO

Sam DeBord

The Real Estate Standards Organization (RESO) announced the appointment of Sam DeBord as chief executive officer, effective immediately. DeBord brings 20 years of expertise in real estate brokerage, mortgage lending, and technology consulting to the 850-member organization.

“Sam DeBord is a remarkable hire for RESO,” said Art Carter, Chair of the RESO Board and CEO of California Regional MLS (CRMLS). “It is rare to find a leader who possesses the ability to bridge the gap between engaging business decision makers and helping problem solve with technologists. He can do both and we are excited about RESO’s future under his leadership as we push harder for the adoption and implementation of standards.”

DeBord is well-known in the real estate industry and serves as a leader for MLS, REALTOR®, technology, and brokerage organizations. His passion for technology and industry collaboration is expected to energize RESO efforts to more rapidly drive adoption and utilization of standards, providing efficiency throughout the real estate industry.

“RESO has become vital to shaping the future of our real estate industry,” said DeBord.

“I’m thrilled with the opportunity to accelerate the value that we deliver to professionals and consumers through technology innovation. We know that standards adoption is critical to this progress. Our members represent the best technology minds in real estate, and it’s an honor to work with them to move the industry forward.”

DeBord has served in a wide range of industry leadership positions including as President’s Liaison for MLS and Data Management with the National Association of REALTORS®. He sits on the Board of Directors for NAR, Second Century Ventures, and CRMLS. Previously, he worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers in management and technology consulting. DeBord is also a recognized real estate industry writer for REALTOR® Magazine, Inman News, and the Swanepoel Trends Report.

DeBord replaces Jeremy Crawford as CEO of RESO, who joined the organization as its Executive Director in April 2015 and recently became Chief Executive Officer of First Multiple Listing Service (FMLS) in Georgia.

DeBord will be in attendance at the not-for-profit trade organization’s sold-out 2019 Spring Technology Summit in Boise, Idaho, April 29-May 2, 2019.

About RESO

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 some 850 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.

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