NAR Leaders Among 2020 Swanepoel Power List Ranks

January 14, 2020

Seven leaders from the National Association of REALTORS®, including CEO Bob Goldberg, were named among the 200 most influential people shaping the real estate industry in the seventh annual Swanepoel Power 200 list. The list cited brokerage and holding company executives for enlarging their industry footprints and expanding tech innovations as well as association leaders who are embracing disruption and providing steadfast vision and guidance. 

T3 Sixty, a consulting and research firm for the real estate industry, released the 2020 Leadership Rankings, the Power 200,  the first of five industry lists that it publishes each year. Rankings were based on several factors, including an individual's position within an organization, their decision-making power, and the organization's significance. 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. 

“NAR stands at the forefront of the real estate industry and we’re fortunate to have talented and dedicated leaders throughout our organization,” says NAR 2020 President-elect Charlie Oppler. “We congratulate our colleagues on this prestigious honor as they continue to innovate, educate, inspire, and blaze trails within their respective roles.”

Here are the NAR leaders who made this year’s rankings:

Power 200 Rank #7: Bob Goldberg  |  CEO, NAR
Goldberg, who has served for two years as NAR’s CEO, has led a push for greater transparency and open communication with state and local REALTOR® associations and the membership, his Swanepoel profile notes. “In addition to continuing to reshape the organization, he scored a significant victory (in partnership with the California Association of REALTORS®) against California’s gig economy bill that threatened to change the employment classification of real estate agents,” according to his profile. “Under his leadership, NAR has continued to work behind the scenes with legislators, policymakers, and regulators on issues of interest to the REALTOR® community.”
Bob Goldberg
Power 200 Rank #51: Vince Malta  |  President, NAR
Malta, who has more than four decades in the real estate industry, is the 2020 NAR president. “He will help lead NAR in a charged year that will see the association tackle the marketing of coming soon and pocket listings and the class action antitrust lawsuit that names NAR as a defendant,” his Swanepoel profile notes.
Vince Malta
Power 200 Rank #53: Katie Johnson  |  Senior vice president and general counsel, NAR
Johnson, who first became NAR’s general counsel in 2014, ensures the association’s programs and policies comply with laws. “She will have a momentous 2020 as she helps NAR respond to and deal with the class action antitrust lawsuits that name NAR as a defendant,” her Swanepoel profile notes.
Katie Johnson
Power 200 Rank #63: Bill Malkasian  |  Chief advocacy officer, NAR
Malkasian plays a critical role as head of NAR’s lobbying efforts, the Swanepoel profile notes. Malkasian directs the REALTORS® Political Action Committee’s political operations and also oversees regional political directors and public issue advocacy.
Bill Malkasian
Power 200 Rank #99: Lawrence Yun  |  Senior vice president and chief economist, NAR
Yun’s housing forecasts and analysts are closely watched across the country, and he is “widely acknowledged as the U.S.’s foremost residential real estate industry economist,” the Swanepoel report notes.
Lawrence Yun
Power 200 Rank #112: Shannon McGahn  |  Senior vice president of government affairs, NAR
McGahn advocates for top-level real estate issues and policies to lawmakers in D.C. She was recently named as one of the top lobbyists in the nation by The Hill
Shannon McGahn
Power 200 Rank #186: Mark Birschbach  |  Senior vice president, NAR
Birschbach is charged with many roles at NAR, including managing Second Century Ventures, NAR’s technology accelerator; the REALTOR Benefits® Program; and the Center for REALTOR® Technology.
Mark Birschbach

Overall Top 10 Rankings of 2020 Swanepoel Power 200

  1. Richard Barton, co-founder and CEO, Zillow Group
  2. Gary Keller, co-founder, chairman, and CEO, Keller Williams Realty International
  3. Ron Peltier, executive chairman, HomeServices of America
  4. Ryan Schneider, president and CEO, Realogy Holdings Corp.
  5. Glenn Kelman, president and CEO, Redfin
  6. Adam Contos, CEO, RE/MAX LLC
  7. Bob Goldberg, CEO, National Association of REALTORS®
  8. Robert Reffkin & Ori Allon, co-founders, Compass
  9. Howard “Hoddy” Hanna & Helen Hanna Casey, chairman and CEO, Hanna Holdings, Howard Hanna Real Estate Services
  10. Philip Soper, president and CEO, Bridgemarq Real Estate Services

View the full list of the 200 industry professionals.

2020 Swanepoel Power 200,” T3 Sixty (2020)