Rick Davidson

President and CEO, Century 21 Real Estate

Overall Rank: 15
Category: Corporate Execs
Category Rank: 8

As head of the iconic global real estate franchisor Century 21 Real Estate, Davidson guides a network with more than 106,000 agents in approximately 6,900 offices in 78 countries and territories. Before taking the helm at the prominent Realogy-owned real estate brand in 2010, Davidson served as chief operating officer for both the commercial and residential wings of Realogy sister brand, Coldwell Banker Real Estate. Century 21 agents do over 400,000 transactions every year.

Davidson has served in franchise senior executive roles since 2006. Previously, he was the founding principal and CEO of Coldwell Banker Commercial Capitol Realty Services, an independently-owned and -operated company in the Washington, D.C., market. He is an avid high-altitude climber, comparing the challenge of climbing tall mountains to that of real estate: “It teaches you to be nimble, to move at the speed of the market and your clients, and to do what’s necessary to meet the objective at the end of the day.” He is an honors graduate of the College of Management and Business at National-Louis University in Chicago.