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Howard Hsieh

Experienced technologist with a technical background in full stack software development for high-volume, customer-facing web applications and services. 10+ years’ experience analyzing requirements, architecting systems, and creating and executing strategic plans and technical roadmaps. Exceptional at leading cross-functional teams within engineering and leadership to achieve project goals while utilizing hands-on, technical expertise to manage teams and projects through the entire software development lifecycle. Passionate about product development with a focus on efficiency and continuous quality improvement.

Miguel Berger

With more than 30 years of experience in the real estate industry, Miguel is the owner of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Tech Valley franchise and cofounder of Voiceter Pro. Miguel has been a local REALTOR® association and MLS president. He is recognized nationally as an industry leader and forward thinking businessman with a love of technology. He is the 2018 president of the Real Estate Business Institute.

Jeremy Crawford

Jeremy Crawford possess an uncommon combination of talents rarely found in the real estate industry: an experienced technologist, skilled communicator and accomplished business leader. As the Executive Director of the non-profit Real Estate Standards Organization, Crawford sits at the helm of one of the real estate industry’s most exciting organizations responsible for the creation, promotion and adoption of data standards that is fueling innovation and helping to streamline the real estate transaction.

Crawford has more than 20 years of information technology experience in real estate, financial services, legal, insurance and education sectors. He knows RESO well. He has served on its Board of Directors, and his leadership role has included taking the reins as its Vice-Chair of the Education and Outreach Workgroup in 2010, which he co-led for two years.

Born and raised in the small town of Johnson City, Tennessee, Crawford proudly embraces his youth as a bona fide gGeek. He consistently gravitated towards math and science fields, which lead to his attending high school at University School on the campus of East Tennessee State University. There, he participated in math competitions throughout the state. Crawford was also the catcher for University’s baseball team that competed in Tennessee State’s championship series multiple years in their division.

Crawford embraced multi-tasking early on. He worked his way through college in the computer labs at East Tennessee State University, and credits his mentor Rob Whelan, who oversaw all of the computer labs on campus, for igniting his interest in Computer Science. It became his major at ETSU, as its core curriculum complemented his math and physics coursework. His new passion also led to a secondary job in 1996 while attending ETSU with the Tennessee District Attorney General’s Conference that is responsible for overseeing the state'sstates 31 judicial districts. Crawford networked all of the judicial districts’ satellite offices across the state of Tennessee and provided courtroom technology support for major cases. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from East Tennessee State University, and while enrolled in graduate school there, he also taught undergraduate information technology courses at ETSU, instructing more than 180 students enrolled in his six classes.

Crawford’s STEM degree would lead to working for SAFECO, one of the largest insurance firms in the U.S., as a Systems Support Administrator. In 1999, he would join BB&T Corporation, one of the nation’s largest financial services corporations, as a Network Manager and Administrator and Bank Officer. At BB&T Crawford managed networking and helpdesk personnel as well as server and network level information systems for a region that comprised more than 40 locations and 450 employees.

His foray into real estate began in the summer of 2001 when he became Director of Network Operations and the 16th employee at Marketlinx Solutions, now known as CoreLogic, one of the largest real estate technology and information service companies in the world.

Under the tutelage of Thad Shows at MarketLlinx (now CoreLogic, Crawford would enjoy extensive leadership training that would manifest into a C-level career that began when in 2006, he joined San Diego-based Sandicor, a leading MLS products and services provider, as its Chief Information Officer and was subsequently elected Secretary to the Corporation by the Sandicor Board of Directors, becoming a Corporate Officer. It was there he also served for two years as Vice-Chair of the National Association of REALTORS® Real Estate Standards Organization Education and Outreach Workgroup, and won the 2010 San Diego’s Information Technology of the Year Award.

After five years with Sandicor, in 2011 Crawford was named Chief Information Officer for MLSListings Inc., which serves 16,000 real estate professionals and more than 6,000 firms throughout Northern California. At MLSListings he was responsible for all aspects of Enterprise Information Technology, including infrastructure, design, development, implementation, and management. Shortly thereafter, Crawford was promoted to Chief Operations Officer and added to his CIO responsibilities managing customer support, Rules & Regulations, Compliance, Data Licensing, and Software Engineering. He also was elected Secretary to the Corporation, becoming a Corporate Officer in 2013. While COO at MLSListings, Crawford was the lead for the Council of MLS’s Technology Section Sub-Council. He left MLSListings to head up RESO in April 2015.

A Council of MLS CMLX Level 2 Certified Executive, today Crawford also serves on the DocuSign Executive Advisory Council, the Interop Advisory Board, and serves as President of his local homeowners association in Corinth Forest, his newest home about 40 miles north of Dallas, Texas.

Crawford attributes his hard-driving work ethic to his dad, who for the last 45 years gets up every morning at 4:30 a.m. to start his day. Described by his peers as charismatic and energetic, Crawford tires to engage every real estate professional he meets into a conversation that leads to talking about RESO, as he genuinely embraces his nonprofit organization’s mission to positively change the future of real estate.

His community activities have ranged from remaining an active supporter of his church in Knoxville, Tennessee, to undertaking local fundraising efforts for a variety of causes over the years. He continues to support Sigma Phi Epsilon, Paralyzed Veterans of America and RPAC (the Realtors Political Action Fund).

In his free time, Crawford is likely to be found spending time surrounded by his family: his wife of 12 years and their two young children. Crawford is a foodie who enjoys cooking to relieve stress, often with a glass of Rochioli Pinot Noir in hand, whipping up a meal that will also feed neighbors stopping by for a visit. He remains an avid sports participant in golf, tennis, basketball, football and baseball, and is a tireless fan of Tennessee football.

Tavi Truman

Tavi Truman is a seasoned Software Architect and Developer with more than 25 years of world-class software architecture and development skills and experience. Tavi has previously filled roles of Chief Software and Business Architect, CTO, both Lead and Principle Software Development roles, Relational Database Architecture, Desktop UI/UX Architect Leads, Web UI/UX and Multi-Touch UI/UX Architect roles in large Enterprises.

Aakriti Agarwal

Aakriti Agarwal is a Product Manager at Blend, focusing on making delightful products for enterprises in consumer lending. Prior to that, she was at Palantir Technologies working in product and business development to solve very hard problems using data. In addition, she has experience in roles ranging from software engineer to business analysis. She graduated with a Bachelors degree in Computer Engineering from Nanyang Technological University Singapore. She has a keen interest in the intersection of technology and social good and believes in its super power to change the world. In her free time, she likes to dance, travel, and explore the outdoors.

Scott Petronis

As eXp Realty’s Chief Product and Technology Officer, Scott leads the delivery of strategic agent-centric solutions that power the company’s business and rapidly growing agent base. Scott has more than 20 years of experience in delivering software and SaaS products for businesses and consumers. For more than six years, Scott has been a fixture in industry technology initiatives through his work with the Real Estate Standards Organization (RESO), including leading the Web API initiative as the Chair of the Transport Workgroup. In that role, he drove agreement on a new standard that allows companies to more rapidly innovate solutions for the real estate industry.

Adi Pavlovic

Adi is the Director of KW Labs, an innovative approach to developing real estate technology through collaboration with agents, market centers, and consumers. KW Labs develops, tests, and validates prototypes based off agent-centric research with the goal to create seamless experiences that drive agent productivity and success. Prior to founding KW Labs, Adi worked as the Sr. Technology Research Analyst at KWRI conducting large-scale research studies on technology trends within the real estate industry as well as other parallel markets. Adi is responsible for advising KWRI executives regarding potential technology partnerships, innovation opportunities, and how emerging technologies may impact the real estate industry in the near future.

Debra Schwartz

Edouard Barthelemy

Edouard is a Software Engineer with a Master of Engineering in Computer Science and Information Technology. Passionate about Science, Web, Systems & Networks, and Business, he spent the last 7 years putting is efforts in trying to design and develop useful applications in order to enhance people lives. His experience includes Research & Development in the Telecommunication, Telephony & Call Center, and Real-Time IT Support industries solving complex issues using the best of cutting-edge technologies: Decentralized Application Design & Development with Ethereum, Solidity & IPFS, Ruby, Node.js & React.

Seth Siegler

Seth is an experienced CTO, startup founder and software developer. He has founded a number of startups in the real estate industry and successfully exited two of them, staying onboard to act as CTO of the acquiring companies for some time afterward. He is currently the owner of Hoverboard Labs, a custom software and consulting firm where he’s worked with industry companies of all sizes as a virtual CTO and to build a variety of custom software and apps, in addition to offering in-house SaaS products such as Hyperlead. Prior to his tech career, Seth was a real estate broker for 5+ years. He lives in sunny San Diego and spends his free time either on the water, with his family, or believe it or not...writing code...

Katie Ragusa

Real estate is in Katie’s blood. She's a second generation REALTOR and comes to TRIBUS after working for a prominent custom home builder in metro Atlanta, GA. While selling homes, she realized she had a passion for helping agents establish a meaningful web presence and a build CRM that worked. Since then, she's become a Certified Scrum Master (CSM) and graduated from a UX program, all while staying grounded in real estate technology. Her background in the industry and her training in psychology have paved the way for her current user experience focused role, where she leads the product team at TRIBUS.

Josh Team

As Chief Innovation Officer for the world's largest real estate franchise by agent count, Josh Team leads Keller Williams' innovation labs, developing platforms, creating solutions, and forming coalitions with businesses and entrepreneurs. Josh is charged with disrupting traditional approaches to real estate - envisioning, building, and scaling next-generation tools for Keller Williams and its global associates.

Zvi Band

Zvi Band is the co-founder & CEO of Contactually, the top CRM which empowers professionals in real estate, consulting, and other professional industries to build authentic relationships. Having founded Contactually in 2011, Zvi has led Contactually to $12M in venture backing, 75 employees, and tens of thousands of customers, including 8 of the top 20 real estate brokerages in the country. An engineer, a seasoned entrepreneur, developer, strategist and startup advisor, with unique both technical and non-technical operations. Thrice named a Washingtonian Tech Titan, featured in the New York Times, The Washington Post, and Washington City Paper, Zvi was also a finalist for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year. Zvi is a passionate speaker and author whose writing has appeared in Forbes, Inc, Inman News, and many other outlets. His first book, a study of relationship marketing, will be coming out with McGraw Hill next year. He also hosts the Real Relationships podcast and has interviewed hundreds of leaders on how they built the relationships that moved their careers and businesses to the next level.

Ami Berger

A technology geek with a love of voice-driven technology, Voiceter Pro Chief Technology Officer Ami Berger recognized very early on the potential for conversational interactions with artificial intelligence devices. Voiceter Pro was born from a vision of an app that would allow consumers to ask Amazon’s Alexa to find them the home of their dreams. This vision became the Real Estate Skill, which was launched in early December 2016. Since then they have launched some 20 other skills across the real estate space.

Tom Flanagan

Tom Flanagan is our Chief Technology Officer and is responsible for overall technology strategy and implementation throughout the company.

Prior to joining The Group, Tom was the Vice President of Technology at Alain Pinel Realtors in the San Francisco Bay Area and was the Vice President of Marketing and Technology at Residential Properties Ltd. in Providence, Rhode Island. He has been a featured speaker at both local and national events including the Google IT Summit, Microsoft CIO Summit and Real Estate Connect. Most recently, he was a recipient of the Rhode Island Tech 10 Award with outstanding recognition for overall achievement.

Tom was also a syndicated columnist for Inman News. His column explored the best practices and trends in website design, mobile applications and online services that real estate companies can use to grow their businesses and run them more efficiently.

Melody Foster

Melody brings more than 20 years of real estate marketing experience and a deep understanding of technology platforms to the Zephyr Real Estate team. In addition to overseeing all advertising, branding and marketing initiatives for Zephyr, she's also on the forefront of identifying and integrating new marketech platforms and initiatives for the company. As marketing and technology continue to further entwine, she and her team work closely with Zephyr's technology team to advance the space where technology and marketing seamlessly grow and thrive. Previously, she worked at Paragon Real Estate Group and Pacific Union GMAC Real Estate.

Mark Choey

Mark is co-founder, partner, CTO of Climb Real Estate and helped lead Climb to being one of the top residential real estate brokerages in the San Francisco Bay Area. Mark has led the business strategy and development of CLIMB since its inception in 2007 first as a sales group and later as an independent brokerage in 2010. Today, CLIMB is among the top real estate brokerages in the San Francisco Bay Area and nationally recognized as an innovative real estate brokerage brand. Mark helps manage the strategic vision and direction of Climb and is leading CLIMB | LABS, the company’s innovation arm. He was co-chair of SFAR's MLS and Technology Committee and continues to contribute to the long-term strategic vision of San Francisco's MLS. Mark also serves as an advisor to Sindeo, Zillow and Trulia and an angel investor and advisor in various technology companies.

Maëlle Gavet

As Chief Operating Officer, Maëlle oversees technology, product, marketing, and other corporate functions and is responsible for the execution of the company’s strategic priorities. Most recently, Maëlle oversaw global operations at The Priceline Group where she was tasked with driving the company's strategy and integrating its six major brands. Prior to The Priceline Group, she was the Chief Executive Officer of Russia's largest e-commerce site and a principal at The Boston Consulting Group. Maëlle has been named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, one of Fortune's 40 Under 40 and one of the Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company. A native of France, Maëlle holds degrees from The Sorbonne and Sciences Po.

Haitham Al-Beik

As an entrepreneur, engineer, designer and a motivational speaker, my goal is to seek truth in all aspects of life. In the last 15 years I have had more than 4 startups under my belt, a patent to predict server components from malfunctioning, and building one of the early autonomous Mars robots for research with WPI, as well as AI and Machine Learning in the healthcare industry. Currently focusing on bringing all my experience in UX and platform design to enable a more open marketplace for technology vendors, brokers, and agents in the real estate business.

Ashish Antal

Ashish Antal is the engineering director at MLSListings where he manages a team of highly experienced software engineers to support software development efforts at MLSListings. The challenge is to build highly interactive applications and deliver complex functionalities of real estate solutions in an intuitive and easy way to the real estate agents, brokers and home seekers. Ashish enjoys mentoring software engineers on best practices, code quality and architectural vision. He innovates with his team members in a productive agile environment and understands how to guide a technical team. He is also an accomplished programmer with experience in .net, c#, c++ and javascript programming. He has a deep understanding of open standards such as HTTP, SAML, OAuth, OpenID, and OData.

Ashish has been working closely with multiple workgroups at RESO (Real Estate Standard Organization) to push standards for data transport and security and was recently recognized as one of the most valuable volunteers at RESO. He also won an award for best use of listing data at RESO 2017 Datacomp where he implemented a Hyperladger based blockchain application to utilize existing real estate listing data. He is now actively involved with a workgroup to investigate and propose new standards for implementing distributed ledgers in real estate industry.

Pei-Chin Wang

Pei-Chin is a Senior Director of Product at Redfin working on Consumer Experience. Before Redfin, she spent time at Sosh, Google, and Stanford. Pei-Chin is passionate about creating user-centric products and culture.

Hunter Stevens

Hunter has been in the real estate tech space for the last several years. Primarily focused on geolocation and data systems, he is eager to find new ways to apply technology to the vast industry of real estate.

Greg Cypes

Kevin Regensberg

Kevin is a lead developer with Bridge Interactive. Together with his team in Vancouver, Canada he designs and builds the BridgeAPI and Bridge Agreement Management software.

Jay Lee

Jay has worked for over 20 years in the software industry, working for various enterprise software companies before joining Bridge Interactive. At Bridge he currently leads the development teams responsible for the design and implementation of the Bridge API.