Midwest Real Estate Data adds five new members to Board of Managers

Illinois’ largest multiple listing service announces Preferred Unit Owner election results

Lisle, Illinois, UNITED STATES

LISLE, Ill., Dec. 19, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED) is proud to announce the additions of five esteemed Illinois real estate professionals to its Board of Managers. Chad Gilbert, Ruth “Drussy” Hernandez, David Naso, and Royal Hartwig were each individually selected for Board seats through election by their peers. MRED’s existing Board also added Luigui Corral by unanimous vote to fill a vacated seat during its most recent meeting.

The election took place as part of a unique MRED initiative that allows brokerages to own their multiple listing service (MLS). MRED brokerages that become a Preferred Unit Owner (PUO) have the opportunity to run for and elect 13 of the 15 voting seats on the MRED Board of Managers, attend and vote at PUO meetings, and co-create MRED’s annual Strategic Plan.

MRED PUOs are broken down into three categories based on brokerages’ number of transactions in a year. Category 1 consists of the top 10 brokerages in MRED’s coverage area based on that transaction data, with Category 2 being brokerages ranked 11-160, and Category 3 covering the remaining firms. This allows every MRED firm to be represented on the Board, no matter its size or location.

Gilbert was elected as a Category 1 representative, Hernandez and Naso are from Category 2, and Hartwig will represent Category 3.

“This is a knowledgeable group of experienced brokers who are ready to do their part in advancing the mission of MRED to serve agents and consumers better,” said sitting Board Chair John Matthews SVP Residential Sales Baird & Warner. “It will be exciting to bring them on.”

“We’re thankful for everyone who participated in the election; this is a fantastic way for brokerages to be in control of their MLS and we’re really happy with how this process works,” said MRED President/CEO Rebecca Jensen. “This year’s electees are a wonderfully intelligent and savvy group of professionals. Bringing in new individuals with fresh perspectives is one of the many ways that MRED keeps moving forward.”

Jensen also acknowledged the outgoing members of the Board: Jeff Gregory, John Murray, Tom Poulos, and Molly Ryan. Gregory served as Chairman of the Board for 3 years, acting as MRED’s Interim President and CEO for eight months in 2015, and Ryan served as Board Secretary.

“I couldn’t be more grateful to these four incredible Board Members and I want to thank them each individually for their years of service dedicated to working for the betterment of MRED,” Jensen said. “This group has seen so much change and many exciting advancements in the industry; they handled it all thoughtfully and with the best interests of brokers in mind.”

The following new Board Members will take their seats at the start of 2019:

Chad Gilbert - Co-Owner of REMAX Suburban and Precision Title Company
Chad has successfully led RE/MAX Suburban for more than 3 years after a successful sales leadership career in the public and private sector for over 15 years. RE/MAX Suburban is the largest RE/MAX company in Illinois and one of the largest in the United States. His focus continues to be on the strategic growth of the company and support for the Realtors. He received the prestigious Broker Owner of the Year award in 2017 from RE/MAX, LLC. In 2017, Chad purchased Precision Title Company to continue to expand its service offerings.

Ruth “Drussy” Hernandez - Managing Broker, Compass
Hernandez has been a participating representative at MRED as a Preferred Unit Owner since 2010 and a past member of the Board of Managers. She is also a current Board of Director member of the Chicago Association of Realtors as well as a participant in other committees within the association. Hernandez has more than 30 combined years of real estate experience.

David Naso - Managing Broker, Keller Williams Lincoln Park
Naso has served the membership of the Chicago Association of Realtors in various roles during the last 6 years, having served on Professional Standards and Forms and Contracts committees, and has been a Director for the Association since 2015. He manages an office of 190 agents, overseeing compliance of MLS data and acting as the liaison for his agents’ MRED matters. Naso has been selling real estate for nearly a decade.

Royal Hartwig - Managing Broker / Owner, The Royal Family Real Estate
Royal has 14 years of real estate experience, starting his career with Coldwell Banker, where he was named rookie of the year and soon became his office’s top agent. In 2015, Royal opened up his own real estate brokerage called The Royal Family Real Estate. Royal and many agents in his office rank in the top 1% of Realtors in terms of number of home sales per year. He is also a member of The Schaumburg / Hoffman Estates Rotary Club and serves on the club's Foundation Board.

Luigui Corral - Managing Broker Owner, RE/MAX American Dream
Corral is a real estate industry veteran, serving as a Broker Owner at RE/MAX, Wheeling for nearly 12 years. Currently, Corral is the Managing Broker Owner at RE/MAX American Dream in Round Lake Beach. He’s been named as one of the top 250 Latino Agents in the United States for 6 consecutive years and was President of the Chicago Chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals® (NAHREP) for 2 years.

About MRED

Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED) is the real estate data aggregator and distributor providing the Chicagoland multiple listing service (MLS) to more than 45,000 brokers and appraisers and over 7,300 offices. MRED serves Chicago and the surrounding "collar" counties and provides property information encompassing northern Illinois, southern Wisconsin, and northwest Indiana. MRED delivers more than 20 products and services to its customers. MRED is the 2013 Inman News Most Innovative MLS/Real Estate Trade Association, and for nine consecutive years the MRED Help Desk has been identified as one of the best small business centers in North America by BenchmarkPortal. For more information please visit MREDLLC.com.



MRED's new Board Members, from left to right: Chad Gilbert, Ruth “Drussy” Hernandez, David Naso, Royal Hartwig, and Luigui Corral.

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