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MRIS President and Chief Executive Officer David Charron has been recognized by Inman News for the 7th consecutive year as one of the “Most Influential People in Real Estate.” David has also been named as one of the “Top Ten Newsmakers” by the Swanepoel Trends Report. In addition, David has been inducted into NAR’s Dr. Almon R. (Bud) Smith, RCE, AE Leadership Society, a prestigious honor for an MLSExecutive as it is typically awarded to association executives. The Smith Society recognizes those leaders who have proven to be leading contributors to the industry and profession.
When David joined MRIS in January 2001, he brought a wealth of leadership and strategic industry experience, combining an extensive background in real estate, information systems and Internet business solutions.
David brings a customer-service focus and first-person management style to his role overseeing all MRISoperations, ensuring that, as one of the nation’s largest MLS systems, MRIS maintains its leadership edge. He also emphasizes two-way communications with the MRIS Board of Directors and MRISShareholders, fostering collaboration and inspiring innovation.
Prior to joining MRIS, David was the President of Net Input, an Internet-based business consulting practice serving Fortune 500 clients in apparel, media, sports and real estate. From 1980 to 1997, he managed several organizations that successfully defined, marketed and delivered information systems to Real Estate professionals.
David currently serves as Chairman of the MRIS Investment Committee. Other examples of his ongoing commitment to the industry include serving as a former Board member of the REALTORS® Federal Credit Union, and as a former member of the NAR MLS Policy Committee. He is a founding member of COVE, an industry think tank comprised of large MLS organizations.
When it comes to giving back, David also exemplifies MRIS’s philosophy of service. He was selected “Volunteer of the Year” by the National Eating Disorders Association, which provides education and awareness to individuals and families suffering from eating disorders.
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CIVIX sues Trulia for alleged patent infringement
A company that holds several patents on location-based Internet search techniques has sued listings portal Trulia, claiming the company infringed on two of them.
A spokesman for Trulia said the company would have no comment on the lawsuit, filed on July 28 by Alexandria, Va.-based CIVIX-DDI LLC in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
Since it was founded in 1998, CIVIX has sued a number of companies that operate websites it claims infringe on its patents, including two of the nation’s largest multiple listing services. Both MLSs settled with CIVIX out of court.
The National Association of Realtors in May announced it had reached an agreement with CIVIX that would provide blanket protection from lawsuits for all MLSs and Realtor associations if NAR can raise $7.5 million in licensing fees by Aug. 16.
MRED to feed listings to CoreLogic analytics venture
Real estate information and analytics provider CoreLogic has signed up Lisle, Ill.-based Midwest Real Estate Data LLC (MRED) — a sprawling regional MLS representing 13 Realtor associations and nearly 40,000 subscribers — to provide listings data to its Partner InfoNet analytics program.
Although CoreLogic is calling its agreement with MRED exclusive, the MLS is currently in negotiations with a CoreLogic rival — National Association of Realtors subsidiary Realtors Property Resource LLC (RPR).
MRED President and CEO Russ Bergeron declined to discuss some details of the MLS’s agreement with CoreLogic to supply listings to PartnerInfo Net, and the ongoing negotiations with RPR.
But, he said, "My end game is to be able to participate in both. If I’m able to pull it off, every MLS in the country is going to be calling, wanting to know how I did it."