Steven Hightower will speak at Real Estate Connect in San Francisco, July 28-30.

Steven Hightower is back at the helm of real estate software venture Terradatum.

Hightower was president and CEO of the company from its inception in 1996 until its 1999 merger with He then was EVP of HomeSeekers’ MLS/software division and president of the company’s software subsidiary until 2002, when he again became president and CEO of Terradatum, which had begun to resurrect its own corporate identity apart from HomeSeekers, now known as Realigent.

Terradatum’s BrokerMetrics software provides business intelligence, decision-support efficiency and productivity tools for real estate brokers. The application embodies the concepts performance measurement and management based on data mining, according to the company. The product suite includes software that helps brokers measure market share, analyze market trends and conditions, recruit sales agents, analyze agent and office performance and track performance trends.

Here is some more information about him:

IN: What are your current or childhood nicknames?

SH: None (printable)

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

SH: The San Francisco Chronicle, The Wall Street Journal, The Santa Rosa Press Democrat and occasionally The Financial Times

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

SH: A cobblestone from the streets of Istanbul

IN: What kind of music do you listen to?

SH: Classical, jazz, classic rock–most all except country and rap

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

SH: Mediterranean–designed and built in 1987 by my wife and me

IN: Where did you spend your last vacation?

SH: London and Morocco

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

SH: Building and selling two software companies

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

SH: Not one, but helping friends and family, in general

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

SH: Three

IN: What worries keep you awake at night?

SH: Educating brokerage managers as to the importance of performance measurement and data mining

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

SH: To keep our system simple, easy to learn and easy to use

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

SH: BrokerMetrics, of course!

IN: What is your opinion of Inman News?

SH: A great source of industry news

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

SH: From my wife, a second-hand Girard-Perigeaux watch many years ago

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

SH: Both–but occasional quick catnaps are vital

IN: What is your worst vice or bad habit?

SH: Losing my temper


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