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SP2017 Emerging Leaders


We acknowledge those who were 40 years or younger as of December 31, 2016 .


Grier Allen
Founder and CEO
BoomTown
37

Allen is the CEO of the fast-growing SaaS real estate tech firm BoomTown, which connects millions of homebuyers and sellers with its network of real estate clients. Allen has a degree in computer science and over 10 years of experience in software development and real estate.

Austin Allison
General Manager
dotloop
31

After selling his innovative collaborative transaction management platform to Zillow Group in 2015, Allison stayed on to serve as general manager. The platform continues to bring in customers and release new products as it is slowly integrated into Zillow Group’s broader suite of offerings.

Matthew "Matt" Barba
Founder and CEO
Placester
30

After raising $27 million in funding in 2016, Barba oversaw Placester's acquisition of ratings and client satisfaction platform RealSatisfied in April.

Brad Bjelke
CEO
UtahRealEstate.com
40

Bjelke came to Utah’s MLS UtahRealEstate.com, the most popular real estate site in Utah, in 2015. Previously, he had worked at the nation’s largest MLS, CRMLS, for 10 years.

Jordan Connett
Founder and CEO
Redefy
33

Connett has grown his flat-fee listing brokerage and fran-chisor into a budding national player. Redefy does over 2,000 annual transaction sides with offices in 11 states.

Denee Evans
CEO
Council of Multiple Listing Services
40

Evans is helping the MLS industry evolve as CEO of CMLS. She helped forge a partnership with NAR in spring 2016 and is helping give MLSs a seat at the Upstream table by spearheading a collaboration with the firm guiding the initiative.

Andrew Flachner
Co-Founder and CEO
RealScout
28

Flachner’s RealScout gives agents and their clients branded, collaborative search through machine learning software. The firm raised $7 million in 2016 to develop it into a national offering.

David Friedman
Founder and CEO
Boston Logic
36

Friedman’s Boston Logic offers an integrated real estate lead-gen, website and CRM platform. In 2016, his firm launched “Ace,” which offers its smaller clients an out-sourced chief marketing officer.

Anthemos Georgiades
Co-Founder and CEO
Zumper
34

2016 was a big year for Zumper and Georgiades. The firm, which provides a rental search platform to consumers and a property management tool for landlords and property owners, raised $17.6 million and acquired rental site PadMapper.

David Greenberg
Founder and CEO
Updater
36

Greenberg and moving app Updater raised a whopping $30 million in 2016 to help the firm continue its growth. It claims 5 percent of U.S. movers use the app.

Brett Hagler
CEO
New Story
27

Hagler leads New Story, the transparent real estate charity platform that helps donors give to real estate-related charitable projects and know that 100 percent of the funds go to the needy. New Story came out on top in Realogy’s 2016 pitch competition.

Kuba Jewgieniew
Founder and CEO
RealtyONEGroup
40

Jewgieniew has grown his agent flat-fee brokerage and franchise model with RealtyONEGroup into an emerging national powerhouse. Founded in 2005, the firm’s more than 8,800 company and franchised agents do over $16 billion in annual sales.

Nate Johnson
CMO
Move, Inc.
40

Johnson has played a vital part in the revitalization of realtor.com, helping the site leapfrog Trulia as real estate’s second most popular in 2015. He helped oversee realtor. com’s significant rebrand and its award-winning market-ing campaign starring actress Elizabeth Banks that helped grow web traffic to over 50 million monthly visitors.

Aaron Kardell
CEO
Homespotter
36

Over 250,000 agents have access to Kardell’s HomeSpotter app, which facilitates collaboration between agents and their clients. The app won “Best in Show” at the Real Estate Standards Organization’s tech competition in November 2016.

Ben Kinney
Founder and CEO
Ben Kinney Companies
38

Kinney operates an impressive real estate empire out of Bellingham, Washington, which includes several broker-ages, a real estate team, a coaching company, and several tech firms including one of the nation’s most popular agent communities, ActiveRain.

Robert Reffkin
Co-Founder and CEO
Compass
37

Reffkin’s Compass is making industry waves, especially after its 2016 $75 million funding round at a valuation of $1 billion. The young firm’s (founded in 2012) national expansion continues; it now has over 1,100 agents in 23 markets.

Mitchell Skinner
Managing Partner
Larson Skinner
34

Skinner and his law firm Mitchell/Skinner are deeply involved in many industry initiatives, particularly in issues involving MLSs. He serves as counsel for the prominent data-standardization group Real Estate Standards Organization and provides support counsel to the Council of Multiple Listing Services and a number of large MLSs.

Chris Smith
Co-Founder
Curaytor
37

A dynamic, frequent speaker on the real estate industry conference circuit, Smith co-founded the tech and marketing firm Curaytor in 2013. The fast-growing firm serves over 500 agents and agent teams nationwide with comprehensive marketing and tech solutions. He is also the author of two well-received real estate books.

Tyler Smith
Founder and CEO
Skyslope
33

A dynamic tech leader and former top producing agent, Smith has grown SkySlope into one of the nation’s largest digital transaction management platforms. The Sacramento-based firm more than doubled its employee count in 2016, from 41 to 96.

Eric Wu
Co-Founder and CEO
Opendoor
34

Intriguing is perhaps the best word for Wu’s Opendoor, which he co-founded in 2014 and leads as CEO. The firm’s innovative brokerage model leverages a heavy dose of technology to streamline the homebuying and selling process. It raised $210 million in 2016 to add to its already impressive funding.


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