WASHINGTON (January 11, 2022) – Six National Association of Realtors® leaders appear on this year's Swanepoel Power 200 list. The Swanepoel Power 200 – SP200 – is considered "the definitive ranking of the leaders and executives in the residential real estate brokerage industry" and published annually by T3 Sixty.
The following NAR leaders were named to the 2022 SP200 list (includes portions of SP200 narratives):
#11 – Bob Goldberg, CEO
Leading the largest trade association in the world is tough. NAR's regulation challenges continued in 2021 with several high-profile commission-related lawsuits still underway as well as a renewed battle with the U.S. Department of Justice after the department withdrew from an antitrust settlement with NAR reached in 2020. In 2021, Goldberg oversaw the passing of an NAR policy that makes disclosure of buyer agent compensation more transparent to consumers, reinforces that buyer agents cannot market their services as free and prevents agents from having the ability to filter listing searches based on buyer agent compensation rates.
#44 – Katie Johnson, General Counsel and Chief Member Experience Officer
As NAR's general counsel and chief member experience officer, Johnson ensures NAR's programs, policies and activities comply with the law. She has played an increasingly important role in recent years as NAR manages the class-action antitrust commission lawsuits that name NAR as a defendant and in the ongoing negotiations with the U.S. Department of Justice associated with its investigation of NAR policies around competition. Johnson joined NAR in 2007 and became general counsel in 2014.
#51 – Leslie Rouda Smith, 2022 President
A broker associate at Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate in Dallas, Rouda Smith succeeds Charlie Oppler as NAR's president in 2022. She has been a Realtor® for over three decades and has served on NAR's board of directors since 2009, and for several years on its executive committee. In 2017, she was the vice president for Region 10, comprised of Louisiana and Texas, and she chaired the "Future of the Realtor Party" presidential advisory group.
#53 – Shannon McGahn, Chief Advocacy Officer
McGahn leads NAR's significant advocacy efforts as chief advocacy officer. In 2021, she led the association's advocacy efforts around improving access to homeownership, a continued recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic and ensuring fair housing. Before joining NAR in 2018, McGahn served as counselor to the U.S. Treasury Secretary and staff director for the House Financial Services Committee.
#104 – Dr. Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist and Senior Vice President, Research
Yun serves as chief economist for NAR, creating economic forecasts and providing housing market analysis for the trade group. Yun also leads NAR's research group as the senior vice president of research, heading its commercial real estate and survey research teams.
#118 – Mark Birschbach, Senior Vice President, Strategic Business, Innovation and Technology
Birschbach manages NAR's venture capital division Second Century Ventures (SCV), its international real estate technology accelerator REACH and the REALTOR Benefits® Program. SCV and REACH own equity in over 100 companies that impact the businesses of over 600,000 real estate practitioners on an annual basis. Previously he served as vice president of strategic investments at NAR.
"In these challenging times, NAR's leadership continues to drive the real estate industry forward with unflappable resolve, innovative vision and supreme work ethic," said NAR 2022 President-Elect Kenny Parcell. "We applaud our colleagues on being recognized as some of real estate's best and brightest."
According to T3 Sixty, it arrives at its annual SP200 list after spending "approximately 500 hours analyzing hundreds of bios, annual reports and transaction and sales volume data." It then sends "hundreds of requests for additional information, personally verifying stats, announcements, and actions that took place over the past year."
Nominations for the Power 200 are accepted, but the majority of the 3,000 or so people reviewed and considered come from T3 Sixty's own database and ongoing research of the industry. Leaders are evaluated based on the office they hold, the decision-making power associated with the office, the financial resources at their disposal, their organization's industry significance and geographical reach, public announcements about imminent changes, their tenure and their personal influence in the industry.
"Leading the world's largest trade association is tough, and doing so during a pandemic is even more complicated," said Stefan Swanepoel, Chairman and CEO of the T3 Sixty family of companies. "Many NAR leaders helped play an anchoring role for an industry navigating many unknowns. The association's sustained work on creating a vibrant housing market has helped countless in the industry achieve great results."
Visit sp200.com for more information on The Swanepoel Power 200 and to see the full list.
The National Association of Realtors® is America's largest trade association, representing more than 1.5 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.
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