Mark Birschbach is the Senior Vice President of Strategic Business, Innovation & Technology (SBIT) for the National Association of REALTORS®.
Mark and his team seek to drive innovation in real estate and benefits to NAR members through strategic relationships with a broad range of business and technology players. Those strategic relationships drive significant non-dues revenue, return on investment, and cost savings to NAR members.
Mark is responsible for managing Second Century Ventures, an investment fund with investments worth over $300M; the REach® Technology Accelerator, a nine-month accelerator program that has partnered with 48 early stage technology companies since inception in 2013; the REALTOR Benefits® Program with over 30 partners that provide significant cost savings and drive non-dues revenue to NAR; the Center for REALTOR® Technology, responsible for researching emerging technologies and their potential impact on the real estate industry; NAR's top level domains (.realtor and .realestate) business, its products business, and NAR's relationship with Move Inc., operator of realtor.com®.
Mark is also leading the effort to create and collaborate with a strategic think tank of world class business leaders and innovators to ensure that NAR is at the forefront of emerging technologies and business trends that will lead the National Association of REALTORS® into the future.
Mark previously held the position of Vice President, Strategic Investments, for NAR and was responsible for managing Second Century Ventures, REach®, and other NAR investments.
Prior to joining NAR, Mark was a technology entrepreneur, serving as President and COO of two real estate tech startups. Prior to his startup experience, Mark was a Vice President in Investment Banking at Citi where he led transaction teams during the execution of M&A and capital markets transactions across a broad range of industries including a significant focus on technology, media and telecom.
Mark is active in the entrepreneurial and technology communities serving as an advisor and consultant to several start-up companies. Mark received a BBA from the University of Notre Dame.