Sam DeBord Named CEO of RESO

April 11, 2019

Sam DeBord

The Real Estate Standards Organization announced Thursday that Sam DeBord, a well-known voice within the real estate industry, will become its new CEO. DeBord says he plans to help accelerate “technology innovation” in his new role at RESO.

DeBord has more than two decades of experience in the real estate industry, spanning real estate brokerages, mortgage lending, and technology consulting. He has served as a leader for MLS, REALTOR®, technology, and brokerage organizations, including as president liaison for MLS and data management with the National Association of REALTORS® and on the board of directors for NAR, Second Century Ventures, and the California Regional MLS.

“Sam DeBord is a remarkable hire for RESO,” says Art Carter, chair of the RESO Board and CEO of the California Regional MLS. “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.”

RESO is an 850-member organization that was created to promote the adoption and use of standards and processes to guide transactions and the real estate industry. Its members include professionals from NAR, multiple listing systems, real estate associations, brokerages, and industry technology providers. RESO was previously a section of NAR, before being incorporated in 2011 as an independent, not-for-profit organization.

“RESO has become vital to shaping the future of our real estate industry,” says 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 replaces Jeremy Crawford as CEO of RESO. Crawford joined RESO as executive director in April 2015 and recently was named CEO of the First Multiple Listing Service in Georgia.