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Rob Hahn
Managing Partner
7DS Associates

Rob is the founder and managing partner of 7DS Associates, a marketing, strategy and technology consulting firm specializing in creative solutions rooted in strategic analysis and data. With a varied background from Wall Street, corporate law, technology, product development, media and entertainment, startups, fashion and professional card playing, Rob brings a unique perspective to business problems.

He started in real estate at Realogy where he headed the interactive marketing for Coldwell Banker Commercial, and he most recently worked as the vice president of marketing at Onboard Informatics.

In addition, he writes the well-known blog Notorious R.O.B. where he opines on topics in real estate, technology, marketing, social medi, and strategy through far-too-long posts. He is a frequent speaker at industry events and has been spotted on dance floors from San Francisco to Atlanta.

He lives in New Jersey with his wife and two sons, and suffers through being a Jets fan.


sezer66 / shutterstock.com Rob Hahn: The path forward for the Realtor association

Rob Hahn: The path forward for the Realtor association

Can we be honest for a moment? The Realtor association is dying. I don’t think it’s quite dead yet, but it’s on its deathbed with intensive care unit doctors hovering nearby. You can’t see that it’s dying because the numbers appear steady: 1.15 million Realtor members (and growing!), $160 million in dues revenues and tens of millions in lobbying …

By Robert Hahn | Thursday, June 23, 2016
A woman working in a office, backlit by a window 5 women who could help change the future of NAR

5 women who could help change the future of NAR

I just read Teresa Boardman’s post on women in leadership in the real estate industry, and I have to admit, it struck a nerve. You see, I’m probably one of those who thinks the whole “gender equality” thing is overblown, because I tend to reject identity politics as basis for leadership …

By Robert Hahn | Friday, June 10, 2016
Anna Omelchenko / Shutterstock.com Forest for the trees: the NAR expenses edition

Forest for the trees: the NAR expenses edition

I’ve been really, really busy with a project I’m getting ready to announce/roll out (speaking of which, if you’re an association executive or association leadership, I’d like to chat with you) but I couldn’t help but chime in on a minor storm in a teapot that Inman brewed up recently. I speak of the article called “Where NAR Spends Its Money: Employee Compensation” in which Inman dug through the Form 990 that the National Association of Realtors (NAR) has to file as a non-profit organization …

By Robert Hahn | Monday, June 6, 2016
zhu difeng What will cities look like in the post-self-driving-car era?

What will cities look like in the post-self-driving-car era?

Glenn Kelman, CEO of Redfin, theorizes that the advent of the self-driving car will change the shape of real estate as we know it: “In our lifetimes, and the lifetimes of our mortgages, the self-driving car could change the shape of the American city even more profoundly.” I agree that self-driving cars will change the shape of the American city even more profoundly. But I differ with Kelman in how they will do so; in fact, I think the exact opposite of what Kelman thinks will happen, will happen …

By Robert Hahn | Monday, April 4, 2016
Paolo Bona / Shutterstock.com Does the MLS limit progress?

Does the MLS limit progress?

NEW YORK — What’s an Oxford-style debate? It’s a competitive debate format featuring opposing sides with a clear winner chosen at the end. And at Inman Connect New York, the two sides of this particular Oxford-style debate examined whether MLSs limit progress. (Moderator David Charron, CEO at MRIS, wanted to name the debate, “Does the MLS kill progress?” However, he was overruled.) …

By Amber Taufen | Wednesday, January 27, 2016
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