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Russ Bergeron is chief executive officer of Midwest Real Estate Data LLC (MRED), a real estate data aggregator and distributor providing the Chicagoland multiple listing service (MLS) to nearly 40,000 brokers, agents and appraisers and almost 8,000 offices.
He is known throughout the world for his leadership in bringing technological advances to the multiple listing industry. In recognition of his leadership and innovation, he was named one of the nation’s 100 Most Influential Leaders in Real Estate for 2009, 2010 and 2011 by Inman News. Russ currently sits on advisory boards of Realtor.com, Trulia.com, Supra and CoreLogic/Realist®. He was recently appointed to the MLS Domains Association Board of Directors. He is a member of the Illinois Association of Realtors® Strategic Planning Committee and the Realtors® Property Resource User Advisory Council.
Prior to joining MRED in 2010, Russ was the founding CEO of Southern California Multiple Listing Service (SoCalMLS), a position he had held for seventeen years. During his tenure, SoCalMLS earned and maintained an enviable reputation for excellence in technology and service while membership grew from 7,000 to a high of over 55,000.
Russ’ most far-reaching accomplishment at SoCalMLS was conceptualizing and leading the birth and growth of CARETS, the largest collaborative data aggregation of its kind in the country. CARETS serves over 110,000 real estate practitioners from nine MLSs serving over 30 associations in Southern California and is recognized as the statewide solution for MLS data throughout California.
For more than ten years, he was a member of the management team at Planning Research Corporation (now CoreLogic). There he held several key positions, including product manager, manager of systems design and development and national installations manager for a wide range of MLS-related products.
Russ is a magna cum laude graduate of Marywood College where he holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He proudly served his country for four years as a member of the United States Air Force stationed both at home and in Pakistan.