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Executive appointments, mergers, acquisitions and charitable activities in the real estate industry

The New LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance Names Board of Directors

The new LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance has announced its Board of Directors in advance of the organization’s launch on October 1.


John Thorpe was elected as The Alliance’s first president. Alex Cruz will serve as Vice President, Patrick Ruble as Secretary and Scott Armstrong, who will serve as interim Treasurer for the remainder of 2020. All other roles will extend through the end of 2021. Veteran mortgage lender Ryan Weyandt has been named the CEO.

The Board was confirmed by the 53-person Steering Committee that consists of leading members of the real estate industry including agents, brokers, brand leaders, lending and title professionals and members of the LGBTQ+ community.

 The Alliance is an inclusive organization founded in June as a 501(c)6 non-profit corporation dedicated to enhancing the professional lives of its members while providing consumers with the proper resources to assist in buying, selling and enjoying their home. For more information visit   

David Charron Named To CMLS Hall of Fame

David Charron was inducted into the Council of Multiple Listing Services (CMLS) Hall of Fame during a virtual CMLS conference (CMLS2020) on Sept. 28. The honor is a means of recognizing and acknowledging a lifetime of leadership, energy, and intellect that improves and elevates the multiple listing services industry.

“David Charron is an icon in the real estate industry and MLS community. He championed some of the most significant innovations during the past 20 years, represented the industry as a key- note at countless events, and contributed to dozens of prominent publications,” said Brad Bjelke, CEO of “He exemplifies everything the finest MLS executives strive to be and has mentored dozens more to achieve great objectives. I am honored to be counted among those he has helped bring up as new leadership.”

Charron is well recognized for his stellar leadership and strategic vision. His accomplishments within real estate have benefited tens of millions of American families who buy and sell homes, along with the brokers, agents, and vendors who serve them.


After a Successful Venture as Wholesale Vendor, Canopy MLS
Announces Consolidation with the MLS of Catawba Valley


Since August 2017, Canopy MLS has operated as the wholesale vendor for the MLS of Catawba Valley, providing core MLS services, training and support for subscribers who serve buyers and sellers in the Hickory-Lenoir area of North Carolina. The consolidation of MLSCV allows some 630 subscribers to continue to receive more robust and streamlined services, access to improved products, standardized data feeds, more exposure for sellers, and increased options for buyers, all from a single source.  

2020 MLSCV President Cat McCrary said, “Over the past three years our members have enjoyed a partnership with Canopy MLS that provided us with greater access to technology and resources. We are excited about the wealth of possibilities this new chapter holds. This consolidation ensures our members can continue to compete in today’s rapidly changing industry and real estate market.” 

Canopy Realtor® Association is a trade association that provides Realtors® with resources and services to conduct ethical, professional, successful and profitable businesses. The Association is the parent entity for Canopy MLS, Canopy Real Estate Institute, which is the official school of real estate for the Association, as well as the Canopy Housing Foundation, which serves as the charitable-arm of the Association.  

Midwest Real Estate Data Joins Forces with Rockford Area REALTORS®

Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED), the largest multiple listing service (MLS) in Illinois, announced a partnership with Rockford Area REALTORS® (RAR) which allows their association’s members to have access to one of the nation’s largest MLSs.

We see offering MRED as a valuable additional MLS service to our current association’s MLS,” said Conor Brown CEO of Rockford Area REALTORS®. “Our members will be able to take advantage of increased marketing and analytics, so they can continue to be successful.” For more information, please visit 

Black Knight’s Industry-Leading Paragon MLS Platform Now Available to Regional Multiple Listing Service (RMLS) Members 


Black Knight, Inc. (NYSE:BKI) announced that Regional Multiple Listing Service (RMLS) is offering its members the option to use Black Knight’s innovative, next-generation Paragon MLS platform.

Paragon’s comprehensive capabilities empower real estate agents to deliver exceptional customer service by providing innovative tools and features that help them easily manage their business. Paragon’s optimization for any mobile device, which provides on-the-go access and advanced features that support collaboration between agents and their clients, is one of the key reasons RMLS selected the MLS system. 


“Black Knight is committed to providing clients with advanced, innovative MLS technology,” said Black Knight Data & Analytics Executive Vice President of Real Estate Solutions Chip McAvoy. “We are honored that RMLS has partnered with us and will offer Paragon to its members to further support their success.” 

For more information on Black Knight, please visit

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty Raises $7,540 for First Coast Blessings in a Backpack

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty proudly raised $7,540 for First Coast Blessings in a Backpack, a nonprofit organization that mobilizes communities, individuals and resources to provide food for the millions of elementary school children who might otherwise go hungry.   

The Northeast Florida real estate firm invited its team of Realtors, employees, partners, clients and the community to support the cause by making donations on

 “Philanthropy and helping to make a difference in the lives of children and families in the communities we serve are at the core of our culture,” said Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Founder and Chairman Linda H. Sherrer.

MLS PIN Debuts a “Wicked Smart” Rebrand

MLS Property Information Network, Inc. (MLS PIN), is releasing a “new and innovative rebrand” designed to reflect its growth and commitment to its customers.

MLS PIN’s desire to evolve its brand was driven by its growth: MLS PIN has quadrupled in size, from 11,000 customers to more than 42,000 today. The new MLS PIN logo is the first completely new rendition since the original logo was created by its initial board members, when the corporation was founded. The new logo’s contemporary design represents customers connecting to data and technology through MLS PIN, as well as the connections and services that MLS PIN customers provide their clients.

Melissa Lindberg, MLS PIN Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer, says, “Our people make us a different kind of technology company, they are ‘wicked smart’ but also warm, competitive, nimble, honest and fun, and we remain true to our roots. With the rebranding, you can say ‘we are coming out of our shell.’” Discover more at

ERA Real Estate Affiliates with Results Realty

ERA® Real Estate, a global franchising leader within the Realogy family of companies, announced the affiliation of Results Realty. The company, headquartered in St. Charles, Ill., serves the Greater Chicago area and will now be known as Results Realty ERA Powered.  

The ERA Powered® branding model allows a company that has invested in building local brand equity to affiliate with ERA and benefit from the entirety of the brand’s platform in marketing, training and operations. ERA Real Estate information is available



Title Alliance Names Tom Cestare as New Chief Financial Officer

Title Alliance, Ltd., a full-service title insurance agency offering a complete range of title and escrow services for the public, the construction industry, attorneys, banks and other lenders, and the real estate industry, has named Tom Cestare as their Chief Financial Officer.

Tom will be responsible for the planning, implementation, and managing of all the financial activities of the company, including business planning, budgeting, forecasting, and negotiations. With over 30 years of experience, Tom is a knowledgeable financial industry executive with substantial financial services and investment experience.

“I’m very excited to join Title Alliance, the company has consistently proven to be a leader in delivering high quality work while exceeding industry standards in regards to compliance and customer service,” said Tom Cestare, Chief Financial Officer at Title Alliance. “I look forward to working with enthusiastic and imaginative team members who thrive in a fast-paced environment and to bring new ideas to Title Alliance’s already exceptional service offerings and clients.” 

Coldwell Banker Collins-Maury | REALTORS® Announces Partnership to Support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

As part of the program that runs through September 16, 2021, Coldwell Banker affiliated agents or companies can choose to make an automatic donation, a minimum donation of $25 for participating affiliated agents, or $10 minimum donation per participating brokerage office, for every home sale or purchase they complete.

More than 75% of St. Jude budgeting costs come from generous donors. Continued support through campaigns like this will continue the St. Jude mission: Finding cures. Saving children.®️ Donations that are part of the CB Supports St. Jude program mean St. Jude patients can receive treatment in comfort, form lifelong friendships and just be kids. What makes St. Jude possible are the generous donors all over the world, supporters like Coldwell Banker Collins-Maury | REALTORS®. 

Jack Conway & Company Raises $67,146 to Benefit Those Challenged by Homelessness

An incredibly strong showing of support enabled Jack Conway & Company to raise $67,146 to support those facing housing insecurity in Eastern Massachusetts. Monies were raised at the 36th Annual Jack Conway Memorial Golf Tournament which was held in conjunction with a Conway-funded Matching Gifts Drive. The proceeds will benefit Father Bill’s & Mainspring whose efforts serve individuals, veterans and families facing homelessness. 

The sense of need compelled unmatched generosity this year and all 32 team slots sold out in record time. On September 24, 128 agents, vendors and partners participated in the golf event held at Easton Country Club in Easton, MA that looked a bit different than past years as efforts were taken to comply with Covid-19 precautions, but with the great cause, great company, and great weather, the event was a huge success.

In lieu of what would have been an auction, raffle, and luncheon event, additional physical and electronic donations were taken on the course as well as online by those who could not be at the tournament but wanted a way to contribute. All funds raised on the course and over the 3 days surrounding the event were matched for a grand total of $67,146 for Father Bill’s & Mainspring. 

Matthew Consalvo Named Shuttleworth MLS Executive Of The Year Award Recipient

The Council of Multiple Listing Services (CMLS) named Matthew Consalvo, CEO of Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service (ARMLS), the sixth recipient of the Shuttleworth MLS Executive of the Year Award during the virtual CMLS conference (CMLS2020) on Oct. 5. Christopher Carrillo, CEO of Metro MLS and the 2019 Shuttleworth Award recipient, made the announcement.

The Shuttleworth MLS Executive of the Year Award is an annual award that recognizes leaders who are determined to have exhibited the highest qualities of leadership within their organizations and demonstrated a dedication to excellence in Making The Market Work®.

Consalvo’s determination and vision have proven invaluable to ARMLS, which is the largest MLS in Arizona and one of the top 10 MLSs in the nation with more than 38,000 REALTORS® at over 3,100 broker offices. His relationship with the MLS began as a Supra Field Office manager for GE Security in 2003. As part of an ARMLS acquisition in 2009, Consalvo was named director of support operations before being promoted to COO in 2011 and CEO in 2012. His name has consistently appeared on the Swanepoel Power 200 since 2013.

The award itself is named after Peter Shuttleworth, former executive vice president of Metro MLS and the first CMLS Hall of Fame inductee. Shuttleworth built one of the first truly effective regional MLSs in the United States by bringing brokers, REALTORS®, and REALTOR® associations together around the idea that data can be shared without borders. CMLS is an association of over 200 MLSs committed to high standards of professionalism and performance.