Mark Lesswing began programming robots in high school and went on to hold management positions with Sybase and Oracle. Now a vice president with the National Association of Realtors, Lesswing is responsible for NAR’s technology center.

Before joining NAR, Lesswing founded STR Consultancy and spent three years in high-tech turnarounds.

Lesswing is a graduate of Lehigh University with a bachelor’s of science degree in industrial engineering.

Lesswing will moderate a panel at Real Estate Connect in New York City, Jan. 9-11, 2005.

Panel or session at Connect: The Paperless Real Estate Transaction – The Component Parts.

Which daily newspaper do you read and which section of the newspaper do you read first?

Get my news online – Slashdot is my favorite.

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

A wrestling mat.

What kind of music do you listen to?

What my children are playing.

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

Suburban colonial – in 1988, with four additions since then.

Where did you spend your last vacation?

Buffalo, N.Y.

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

Starting NAR’s Center for REALTOR Technology.

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

My family.

How many e-mail addresses do you have?

Two.

What worries keep you awake at night?

Keeping up with the increasing pace in the industry.

What lesson did you learn in the last year?

There are forces at that could create a sea change in this industry.

What is your favorite technology device or software application?

My Sidekick – I’d be lost without it.

What is your opinion of Inman News?

A good source of info and insight – but sometimes takes things out of context.

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

That’s a tough one.

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

Didn’t make any.

Are you a morning person or a night owl?

Morning.

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