Mike Long will speak at Real Estate Connect July 28-30 in San Francisco.


Homestore CEO Mike Long is on a mission: to increase the value and extend the role of Realtors in online real estate.


Long took over the helm of the Westake Village, Calif.-based company that operates the Realtor.com Web for the National Association of Realtors in January 2002. He was named to that position after an impressive career that included stints as president and CEO of The Continuum Co., CEO of Healtheon Corp. and chairman of WebMD, after its merger with Healtheon.


Long’s career includes experience in developing global markets in Europe, Asia and North America in financial services, healthcare and real estate. His experiences prior to Homestore were chronicled in part by author Michael Lewis in his best-selling book, The New New Thing.


Here–in his own few words–are some insights into the chief executive’s life and personality:


IN: Which daily newspaper do you read and which section do you read first?

ML: The Wall Street Journal, New York Times and the local paper wherever I am.


IN: What’s the most unusual thing you’ve ever packed in a suitcase?

ML: Texas Barbeque


IN: What kind of music do you listen to?

ML: Mixed


IN: What style of home do you live in and when did you buy it?

ML: Traditional – 1984.


IN: Where did you spend your last vacation?

ML: My Virginia farm.


IN: What professional accomplishment in your life are you most proud of?

ML: I haven’t accomplished much by myself.


IN: What personal accomplishment in your life are you most proud of?

ML: Contributing to a family unit that is cohesive and happy.


IN: How many e-mail addresses do you have?

ML: Three


IN: What worries keep you awake at night?

ML: Global socio-political disruptions that impact global security and commerce and the future quality of American life, particularly for my children.


IN: What lesson did you learn in the last year?

ML: Continue to focus on things you can actually change or improve.


IN: What is your favorite technology device or software application?

ML: Search engines.


IN: What is your opinion of Inman News?

ML: Useful alternative source for real estate information.


IN: What was your top New Year’s resolution and have you kept it so far?

ML: I don’t make those.


IN: Are you a morning person or a night owl?

ML: Circumstances determine what I need to be.


IN: What is your worst vice or bad habit?

ML: Ask someone else who knows me.


IN: What was the best gift you ever received from or gave to someone else?

ML: Always, “your time.”

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