Overall Rank: 6
Category: Trade Association/MLS
Category Rank: 1
Stinton will be remembered as the most impactful leader NAR has seen in its 109-year history. After serving for 24 years in various NAR executive positions, including chief financial officer, Stinton took the helm at NAR on Nov. 1, 2005. Slated to retire on Dec. 31, 2017, his 12 years in the CEO’s office will also make him the longest-tenured chief executive in NAR history.
Stinton introduced a business-minded approach to the nonprofit world of NAR. Along with that major mindset shift, he also led the association during tumultuous, momentous times that spanned the largest housing market collapse in living history, the rise of Zillow, a NAR settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice concerning NAR’s policy around brokers’ display of MLS listings, the passing of the 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act that prohibits national banks from operating as brokerages and realtor.com’s sale to News Corp.
Upon taking office, Stinton began developing a unique vision for the country’s largest trade association that culminated in 2007 with NAR’s Second Century Initiatives, bringing the trade association into the technology, venture capital and homeowner information race. These initiatives transformed NAR from a vanilla membership association into a business-minded cooperative.
2016 was not as eventful a year for NAR and Stinton as 2015, when NAR inked a partnership with Project Upstream, its subsidiary RPR won the bid to build the Upstream platform and it signed a multi-year contract with zipLogix to pro-vide some of the tech provider’s tools to its members for free. Even though it was quieter than the year before, 2016 was a year of solid growth for NAR, with membership growing from 1.17 million at the end of 2015 to over 1.24 million by the end of 2016.
Stinton also has a suite of other roles. He serves as chairman of the board for RPR, president of Second Century Ventures (NAR’s venture capital arm), and president of Realtor University. Stinton is a board member of the e-signature company DocuSign, as well as board member of the Center for Specialized Realtor Education, Realtors Information Network and Realtor Canada Inc.