MLS & Associations

Trade group for MLSs hires first CEO

Denee Evans has background in real estate finance, nonprofits

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The Council of Multiple Listing Services, a nonprofit trade group whose mission is to be the top forum and resource for MLSs, has hired its first-ever CEO: real estate finance and nonprofit veteran Denee Evans. Evans, whose first name is pronounced "Deh-NAY," was hired in mid-November and her first day on the job was Dec. 1. She is tasked with implementing CMLS' strategic plan, including its sourceMLS initiative and recently released CMLS Best Practices white papers. CMLS is currently working with the National Association of Realtors to refine the latter and may teach classes on the subject at NAR's AE Institute conference for association executives in March, said CMLS President Art Carter. CMLS began the hunt for its first CEO in May and interviewed dozens of candidates. Evans was found to "be uniquely suited to lead this increasingly complex organization into the future," Carter said in a statement. Founded in 1957 with three members, the trade group now has 234 members -...