NAR Leaders Among Inman's Most Influential

December 19, 2011

What do Fed head Ben Bernanke, Craigslist founder Craig Newmark, and National Association of REALTORS® CEO Dale Stinton have in common? They’re all part of Inman News’ list of the 100 most influential leaders in real estate, which was released at the end of last week.

Stinton and 2011 NAR President Ron Phipps were cited as influential largely because of their role in a dues increase passed earlier this year to fund the association’s political advocacy efforts in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission ruling in 2008.

Other NAR notables on the list included Jerry Giovaniello, chief lobbyist and senior vice president of government affairs; Lawrence Yun, chief economist; Mark Lesswing, chief technology officer; and Todd Carpenter, director of digital engagement.

Inman’s list, which is published every year, typically runs the gamut of real estate. The organization divided its register of important industry players into the following categories:

  • Brokerages, Franchisors, Brokerage Organizations
  • Economists, Academics, and Consultants
  • Government
  • Industry Trade Groups, MLSs
  • Media, Blogging, Social Media, Marketing
  • Mortgage, Title, Ancillary Services
  • Technology

The criteria Inman uses in its selection include the individuals’ role in generating growth and change within an important real estate organization; their participation in legislative, technology, media, or marketing initiatives that affected the industry; and the weight of their ideas, opinions, and actions on other thought leaders and the general public.

Source: Brian Summerfield, REALTOR® Magazine