MLS & Associations

Florida Realtors have new CEO, mum on predecessor’s departure

Association shuttered for-profit subsidiary after posting deficits in 2010, 2012

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The 140,000 members of Florida's statewide Realtor association are getting a new CEO -- Michigan Realtors CEO Bill Martin -- but leaders of the Florida association are saying little about the departure of his predecessor, John Fridlington, who worked for the association for a decade and was named CEO in 2010. Martin, CEO of the Michigan association for the past 14 years, is a former Army paratrooper and Michigan State Police trooper who's served in Michigan's House of Representatives and been in charge of the state's lottery and then its prisons. "This opportunity is very exciting and I look forward to joining a high-performance and high-powered organization like Florida Realtors," Martin said in a statement, noting that "I've gotten to know a number of Florida Realtors' leaders over the years and there are quite a few Realtors and friends from Michigan with homes in Florida." Fridlington joined Florida Realtors on the eve of the housing downturn, and presided over an initiati...