Robert "Bob" Hale

President and CEO, Houston Association of Realtors

Overall Rank: 32
Category: Trade Association/MLS
Category Rank: 4

A charismatic industry leader, Hale heads the Houston Association of Realtors (HAR), the nation’s second-largest Realtor association with more than 28,000 members. He runs the association and its popular MLS with a market-driven, member-centric focus that has made it a cutting-edge leader and a model for other associations and MLSs. He became HAR president and CEO in 1988.

Among many other achievements, Hale has developed HAR’s consumer-facing website ( into a household brand in his market. As the most popular real estate site in the greater Houston area, the site attracts more than 3.1 million visitors each month. In 2015, Hale oversaw the website’s expansion into a Texas-wide real estate portal, providing an innovative, exposure-based model for other local associations to emulate. In recognition of his 25 years of efforts on behalf of Houston Realtors, national industry leaders and political gurus, Houston Mayor Annise Parker declared October 25, 2013, as “Bob Hale Day.”