Bob Goldberg has been named CEO of the National Association of REALTORS®. Goldberg currently serves as NAR senior vice president of Sales & Marketing, Business Development & Strategic Investments, Professional Development and Conventions for NAR.
Goldberg was the choice of NAR’s leadership team after an extensive national search. He succeeds Dale Stinton, who is retiring after 36 years at NAR and 12 as CEO. Goldberg has been with NAR since 1995 and will be NAR’s 12th CEO since the association was founded in 1908.
“For more than 25 years, I have had the pleasure of knowing and successfully working with Bob Goldberg on many different projects,” says RISMedia President and CEO John Featherston. “Bob has worked tirelessly on behalf of REALTORS®, fearless in his defense of the membership and the immense value proposition the National Association of REALTORS® provides for our country. In an industry that is continually challenged by technological, competitive, economic and legislative changes, Bob has been a stalwart leader in helping our industry address, meet and adapt to the evolving needs of both the consumer and the National Association of REALTORS® membership.”
“Bob’s vision, business acumen and unique ability to successfully leverage NAR’s technology investments will ensure REALTORS® remain at the center of the real estate transaction,” says 2017 NAR President William E. Brown, a REALTOR® from Alamo, Calif. “With extensive knowledge of the association and real estate industry, Bob brings with him a strong track record for future-based thinking and enacting change, which is why the NAR leadership team is extremely confident in his ability to lead the association and membership to continued future success.”
In his current SVP role, Goldberg is responsible for brand and strategic marketing and association non-dues revenue, and oversees the largest employee base at NAR, with 69 division personnel. He guides a broad range of association initiatives including business development, strategic planning and partnerships, association product and marketing services and management, member professional development, competitive brand positioning, marketing, advertising and promotions, and group conventions.
In addition to his NAR roles, Goldberg also acts as SVP of administration for REALTOR® University, overseeing graduate school staff, day-to-day operations of the research center, curriculum development and budgets. He is also president and CEO of the REALTORS® Information Network, or RIN, an NAR for-profit and wholly owned subsidiary responsible for overseeing the realtor.com® operating agreement with Move, Inc.
“I’m humbled and excited to be named NAR’s next CEO,” says Goldberg. “This is a dynamic time for the association and the industry, and I am looking forward to my new role and working with REALTOR® leaders and staff to advance the association and our members toward long-term success.”
After soliciting and considering recommendations from NAR’s members, the leadership team appointed a diverse 15-member search committee in December 2015 to work with executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles to recruit candidates for the CEO position. 2015 NAR President Chris Polychron served as the search committee chair, and 2003 NAR President Cathy Whatley served as vice chair.
“Finding a successor for Dale Stinton was far from easy, but it was a challenge our search committee took very seriously. The final candidates, who were all top-notch, brought diverse backgrounds and the right mix of skills, but Bob Goldberg stood apart because of his considerable understanding of and expertise in the many the issues facing the industry and NAR’s members,” says Polychron. “We greatly appreciate Heidrick and Struggles’ insights and assistance throughout the entire selection process and look forward to moving ahead.”
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