Industry heavyweight Russ Bergeron has resigned as CEO and president of multiple listing service Midwest Real Estate Data LLC, which serves close to 40,000 members in the Chicago area.
At this time, it is unclear what Bergeron’s next step will be. Bergeron, who joined MRED in May 2010, told Inman News that his resignation was effective immediately, saying, “My work here is done.”
“I could not be prouder of all that was accomplished during my four years here,” Bergeron said in an email to Inman News. “During my tenure, MRED was brought to the national stage. Our customers reaped the benefits of multiple new product offerings and technology enhancements. Our help desk was honored as Top 25 in the nation four years in a row. In 2013, MRED was named by Inman as the Most Innovative MLS or Association in the nation. We were a finalist for 2012 and also, we just learned, for 2014.”
Bergeron said he and his wife, Janet, look forward to returning to their home in Southern California “where the winters will undoubtedly be much kinder.” Bergeron served for 17 years as CEO of Southern California MLS before joining MRED.
He declined to comment further. MRED declined to comment for this story.
Named for multiple years as one of Inman News’ 100 most influential leaders in real estate, Bergeron has been a champion for technological advances in the real estate industry. Under his leadership, MRED received an Inman News Innovator Award last year and Bergeron himself was named an “Inman Innovator” back in 1998 during his tenure at SoCal MLS.
Bergeron helped facilitate a number of industry partnerships during his time as leader of MRED including deals with the National Association of Realtors subsidiary and property database Realtors Property Resource (RPR), Trulia’s “Shared Success Program,” CoreLogic’s MLS Data Co-op program, Move’s FIND application, and Move joint venture Builders Digital Experience Inc. (BDX).
A well-connected member of the real estate industry, Bergeron serves on the boards of directors for the Council of MLSs (CMLS), the Real Estate Standards Organization (RESO) and the MLS Domains Association (dotMLS). He also sits on advisory boards for realtor.com, Trulia, Supra, CoreLogic’s Realist, RPR and NAR.