RISMEDIA, March 2, 2010—Property Panorama announced the appointment of Mike Barnett as the company’s Chief Information Officer. Property Panorama provides its world leading suite of online marketing tools and products to over 200,000 Realtors in more than 45 MLSs across the U.S. and Canada. Property Panorama’s easy to use solutions empower Realtors with unlimited Virtual Tours, Video Tours, PodCAST Tours, and MobileMedia Cell Phone Tours at unbelievably low prices.
Property Panorama owes its rapid ascension to the top of the Virtual Tour industry not only to unparalleled innovative technologies, but also to its strong leadership. Now with the addition of Mike Barnett to Property Panorama’s leadership team, Property Panorama’s already amazing growth rate will be sure to skyrocket.
Mike Barnett is an internationally known speaker, educator and senior technology consultant. His personal appearances number in the thousands, from engagements with many local and State Realtor associations and at numerous NAR Expos. In 1997, Mike was named NAR Educator of the Year in 1997 (honorable mention). Mike has also served as Director for Scottsdale, Phoenix and the Arizona Association of Realtors.
Barnett’s technology background started in the 1970’s when he was the founder and President of Muscle Shoals Sound Records, where they forged digital recordings with artists like Bob Seger and Bob Dylan. Those who know Mike well will tell you of the two years he spent traveling the world with Cheech and Chong.
For the past 15 years, Barnett served as VP Technology and CTO of InternetCrusade and RealTown.com. Most recently, he served as the CTO of RISMedia, launching the new RISMedia.com website and the Top5 Network.
Barnett is a 4th generation broker, first licensed in New Jersey in 1965, and is a pioneer in Real Estate technology. In 1995, Barnett was named to the America Online Real Estate Board of Advisors, where he hosted online chats weekly every Tuesday night.
Later that same year, RealTown.com was launched on a server in Barnett’s office in Scottsdale which hosted RealTalk – which is still the oldest, largest, and most respected online Real Estate social networking site on the Internet.
Under Barnett’s leadership, InternetCrusade was the first to offer online purchases of 63 character domains and the first secure, ICANN approved, online domain ‘transfer’ system, as well as InternetCrusade’s secure online voting system.
Barnett is one of the 3 creators and producers of e-PRO, the National Association of REALTORS® only Online Technology Certification Program.
“Since 1995, Mike has been instrumental in the growth of the Real Estate Electronic Publishing Company’s InternetCrusade and RealTown, and NAR’s e-PRO. Mike’s background, knowledge, creativity, and “can do” attitude will be tremendous assets to Property Panorama, as they were for REEPco” said Saul Klein, CEO Point2 Technologies Inc.
“On behalf of our Board of Directors and staff, I would like to welcome Mike to Property Panorama; we are extremely enthusiastic to be working with someone of Mike’s caliber. Mike has accomplished so much in the real estate industry and I am confident that what we will accomplish together will be nothing short of amazing”, said Justin Furmage, Chief Executive Officer.
Ken Baris, Property Panorama Board Member and President of Jordan Baris, Inc. noted that “Mike brings a perspective and depth of knowledge that will be exceptionally valuable for our infrastructure as well as a catalyst to our expanding product offerings. We have known each other for most of two decades and I have been constantly impressed with Mike.”
“I am thrilled to join a technology company and industry leader like Property Panorama that has constantly set the benchmarks for others to follow,” said Barnett, CIO. “The potential for growth at Property Panorama is enormous, and I look forward to working with Justin, Kelly and the entire Property Panorama team to reach our full potential. I have positioned myself so that over the next several months I can dedicate most of my time and energy to Property Panorama, so that we might embark on some exciting corporate and industry related initiatives. My continued commitment to “customer satisfaction” will be reflected in everything that we do at Property Panorama.”
For more information, visit www.PropertyPanorama.com.
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